Tuesday, May 5, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: Just by Accident (1975) Actress Susan Keller - Actor Sal Acquisto - the late great Fritzi Burr - funny man Gordon Jump - Michael Fox - Actress Beatrice Colen - Actor Oliver Clark - the beautiful actress E.J. (Edra Jean) Peaker - the late actor Fred Sadoff - Actor David Spielberg - Steven Keats - Joey Aresco - Neva Patterson - RACE TRACK LOCATION: Ascot Park (Speedway) in Gardena, California

A blog viewer asked this question regarding this episode:
A large building was under construction in this episode. Does anyone know what building this would be? Under construction around 1974-1975 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Still image from The Rockford Files - Episode: Just by Accident (1975) showing the building under construction that is in question.
ABOVE IMAGE: I was able to capture this image during the building scene. The still scene image partially shows the SHERATON UNIVERSAL Building directly behind the large building being built.
The SHERATON UNIVERSAL is located at: 333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
ABOVE IMAGE: The SHERATON UNIVERSAL (1970's) located at: 333 Universal Hollywood Dr, Universal City, CA
So this narrows down the location of the building under construction being located very closed to the Sheraton Universal Building.
If any viewers have a possible answer to question... please let us know either in the comment section or
Above Photo: Pioneer Used Cars Lot in North Hollywood, California

Above Photo: Hall of Records  227 north Broadway 
Los Angeles, CA

Above Photo: The Standard Gas Station that was once located at the corner of Lankershim Blvd and Riverside Drive - across the street from Mayberry Ford
Below Photos: Some great actors and actresses appeared in this episode of The Rockford Files

 Above Photo: The late actress Neva Patterson

 Above Photo: the late actor Steven Keats and the very much alive actor Joey Aresco.
 Above Photo: Actor David Spielberg
 Above Photo: the late actor Fred Sadoff
 Above Photo: E.J. (Edra Jean) Peaker
 Above Photo: Great character actor Oliver Clark
 Above Photo: the late great character actress Beatrice Colen

Above Photo: Actor Michael Fox - He is the reason why Michael J. Fox added the "J" to his name. 
 Above Photo: Late great character actor Gordon Jump of WKRP fame.
 Above Photo: A regular on The Rockford Files, Fritzi Burr
 Above Photo: His only acting credits are for his two appearances on The Rockford Files, Sal Acquisto
Above Photo: The beautiful Susan Keller 

RACE TRACK LOCATION: That is NOT Riverside International Raceway. Anyone who believes it is has never attended a race there or knows anything about automobile racing in Southern California. The location is the famous and now defunct Ascot Park (Speedway) in Gardena, California.

Ascot was a short oval track that hosted a variety of races including "Figure 8" and Demolition Derbys. In the episode, you can clearly see the figure 8 portion of the track inside the oval.

Riverside was a long road course that never hosted figure 8 or demolition derbys.

An advertisement for radio station KIEV is clearly seen at the track. KIEV is a Los Angeles AM station (why would you advertise in Riverside County, CA).

Yes, I attended several races at both locations.

Thursday, April 30, 2015

What or where was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of BOB MORRIS' PARADISE COVE BEACH CAFE & the parking lot of the long defunct Tonga Lei Lounge / Don the Beachcomer's Lounge both in Malibu California - 29 Cove Road - 2356 Pacific Coast Highway - 28128 Pacific Coast Highway - Paradise Cove Beach Cafe - 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy

This Blog's #1 Internet Search Question - What was the location(s) of Jim Rockford's beach front trailer and office?
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ABOVE PHOTO: In the first year of filming the ROCKFORD FILES the house trailer used by Jim Rockford was parked directly next to Malibu's Tonga Lei Restaurant & Lounge which was once located at 22878 Pacific Coast Hwy. Malibu, Calif. 90265 456-6444.  This location was actually right on Pacific Coast Highway unlike the later location which was well off Pacific Coast Highway.
Tonga Lei was a popular Malibu restaurant and motel right on PCH in scenic Malibu, and operated from the '60s probably into the '70s, when it became a Don the Beachcomber.
Later on Jim Rockford's house trailer was moved to the parking lot of what is now the Paradise Cove Beach Café located at 28128 Pacific Coast Highway. Although it has a Pacific Coast Highway address it is actually located down a ways from the highway and is situated right on the oceanfront. The road is called Paradise Cove Road, thus the address they used for this location in the TV series: 29 Cove Road Malibu, CA

ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTO CREDITS:   http://laobserved.com/malibu/   Los Angeles Observed


Saturday, April 4, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: This Case Is Closed - Episode Blooper and a Question about one of the Actresses - Who played Kathy or Cathy in the Rockford Files - Episode: This Case Is Closed

During the first segment of this episode Jim Rockford was being tailed by another private investigator. Jim loses this tail by going into a gated parking lot. In the above image you can see the two camera men and the two movie cameras on tripods as the scene shows the parking lot entrance/exit gate. 


In the above images the actress in the white and orange outfit played "Kathy" or "Cathy". Her role was unaccredited in the show's ending credits.  Additionally, her role was not listed or identified on the website: Internet Movie Data Base (IMDB)  http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0688091/

I was wondering if anybody knows who this actress is?

The above actress is still an unsolved mystery to us. But as a good detective I am trying some new avenues in my attempt to get this actress identified. I love a good mystery.

Today, 04/27/2010, I was helping my kids with some stuff when my cell phone rang with a California area code... I was going to ignore it since most long distance calls on my cell phone are usually unsolicited sales calls.

To my surprise the caller identified himself as James McEachin (He was an actor in this episode) . Mr. McEachin wanted to reach out to me about the letter I wrote him before he left for Kuwait, where he was going to in order to entertain our troops. A true American and also a war hero himself.

Mr. McEachin related that he didn't know the actress I was inquiring about. He stated that most likely it was just an extra that they used at the last minute to fulfill a short speaking role.
How delightful of this gentleman to reach out to me when he is packing for an overseas trip. This man is nothing but class! God bless you James McEachin and may your trip be safe and full of happiness!


Today, April 24th, 2012, I sent letters to two guest stars from the Rockford Files episode "This Case is Closed" (1974). One being the beautiful Sharon Gless and the other being the talented James McEachin. James is not only a great entertainer and actor but was also a highly decorated US Soldier. At the age of 18 he joined the US Armed Forces and served in the Korean War earning many medals of valor include the Purple Heart and Silver Star. Most of the other stars from this 1970's episode are no longer with us and I wish them Godspeed.

In these letters I enclosed copies of the images of the mysterious actress, asking them if they know who this actress was that appeared in the same episodes as they did. I will keep you informed of any answer(s) I may receive back from the aforementioned entertainers.
James McEachin was born on May 20, 1930 in Rennert, North Carolina. At the age of 18 he joined the US Armed Forces and served in the Korean War earning many medals of valor to include the Purple Heart and Silver Star. After leaving the military he spent time as a policeman and then fireman before moving to California and becoming a record producer.
After a short stint in the music industry McEachin went into acting and spent many years in film and television. Not yet content he took time away from acting to become an award-winning author and maker of audio books. In 2005 McEachin was appointed as a US Army Reserve Ambassador and spends his free time speaking to soldiers, veterans and America.
In late 2006 he produced the film-short Old Glory, a film short for the soldier, veteran and patriot in us all. In 2008 McEachin opened his one-man play, Above the Call; Beyond the Duty at the John F. Kennedy Center, Washington, DC and his since played Casa Manana, Ft. Worth, TX, Brentwood Theater, Los Angeles, CA, and Merle Reskin Theatre, Chicago, IL.

Monday, March 30, 2015

Rockford Files Season 6 Episode 8 The Hawaiian Headache

An E-mail from KVS Travel / Shawn Kelchner:

The Beach scene where the guys are counted the money:

Rabbit Island in the background, Waimanalo Beach, can be seen.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: Backlash of the Hunter Parts 1 & 2 - Some Great L.A. Area Landmarks - Gazzarri's On The Strip - Peacock Bar - #9 Pacific Palisades bus with the Holiday Inn Hotel - The Lobster Restaurant - Continental Hyatt House - Red Roulette Room - Cyrano Dinner Lounge - Tail o' the Pup Hotdog Stand - Mayfair Theater - UPDATE: The Peacock Bar location (at least the exterior shots/scenes) has been identified by Eitan Alexander - The name of the restaurant / bar was named the MEDITERRANIA located at 55 / 51 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA - Today in 2015 it is The Stinking Rose - 55 N La Cienega Blvd but it was recently sold....

9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
It was one of Hollywood's biggest dance clubs
Gazzarri's on the Sunset Strip - 9039 Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood
Founded by Bill Gazzarri (above photo) who died in 1991.
LOCATION UPDATE: An alert blog viewer nails the location of the "Peacock Bar"
A GIANT THANK YOU TO Eitan Alexander

This one we need help with, the exterior shot of this restaurant shows "Peacock Bar" but the interior shots show the wait staff wearing shirts that say "Butterfield's"... Anybody know what the real name of this place is and where it is located or once located?
The Peacock Bar location (at least the exterior shots/scenes) has been identified by Eitan Alexander
In the two below scene photos from a 1971 episode of the TV series "Mod Squad" the exterior of the Peacock Bar can be seen. The name of the restaurant / bar was named the MEDITERRANIA located at 55 / 51 North La Cienega Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA
Today in 2015 it is The Stinking Rose - 55 N La Cienega Blvd but it was recently sold....

ABOVE PHOTO: The #9 Pacific Palisades bus with the Holiday Inn Hotel in the background
Above Photo: The Lobster Restaurant which was located by the SANTA MONICA BEACH-AT THE PIER (Pacific Palisades)

The Continental Hyatt House featuring the Red Roulette Lounge
8401 West Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Exterior shot of the pharmacy that was once located at 7500-7508 Sunset Blvd
Drug Store Interview: 7500-7508 Sunset Blvd
Actor Bill Mumy

ABOVE PHOTO: Cyrano Restaurant: 8840 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048

ABOVE PHOTO: 1970's bikini shop once located at 320 N. LaCienega Blvd. West Hollywood, CA

Above Photo: Sarah’s Bikini Shop: 320 N La Cienega Blvd, West Hollywood, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Tail o' the Pup - 311 N La Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, California. The iconic hot dog stand is no longer in use in Los Angeles. It has been saved and there has been talk about bringing it back to the street.

ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: The Mayfair Theater located at 216 Santa Monica Blvd, Santa Monica, CA. - Martyn Green & Gene Bell were the 1970's headliners at the Mayfair Theater