Wednesday, October 28, 2020

The Rockford Files - Episode: Heartaches of a Fool - Filming Locations (1978) Paradise Cove and more....

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The late Taylor Lacher played Country singer Charlie Strayhorn (Willie Nelson Voice)
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Joseph "Rocky" Rockford unknowingly drives a load of smuggled meats from Mexico
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Rocky can be seen driving past the above street sign:
9200 Rayford Drive
The street now ends there due to the Westchester Parkway being built after the filming of this scene.
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Rocky is forced off the road by trucking union thugs and his truck flips.
BLOOPER: In the bottom photo you can see the stunt man with a black helmet in the driver seat instead of Rocky Rockford.

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A little humor here by the the Rockford Files writers... The hospital Rocky is taken to is called "PAINE HOSPITAL" in reality it is really Los Angeles' Good Samaritan Hospital on Wilshire Blvd.
James Jeter as  Sheriff Milburn
John Davey as Deputy Harnsworth
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Filming scenes of Joseph Rocky Rockford in his hospital bed.
The very sexy and beautiful Lynne Marta as
Country singer Charlie Strayhorn's wife
Carrie Strayhorn - these two played a torn married couple fantastically! 
 Joe E. Tata who usually plays Jim Rockford's bail bondsman
actually plays Charlie Strayhorn's agent/manager
Norman Abbott Kline
Maybe somebody can help me out with this guy.
Anybody know who Mr. Hair is?
Mark Roberts as Hillman Stewart
The late Leo Gordon as Union Thug Clark Streeter
James Shigeta as Clement Chin
The late Don 'Red' Barry as Shorty McCall
Sadly Don committed suicide in 1980
 Charlie Strayhorn's jet - Tail Number: N778GA (1978)
Los Angeles Chinatown (1978)
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Norman Alden as Roland Eddy
This filming location was in Burbank California
The house address is 5356 as seen on the mailbox but
the street is unknown. This area was probably all knocked down for
upscale housing since the filming.
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Exterior and interior filming at Malibu's Paradise Cove Restaurant & Bar back in 1978.
Jim Rockford's mobile home was parked next to this restaurant while filming the Rockford Files for many of the episodes.
Cenooco Celestial Noodle Company
9839 Bellanca Avenue, Los Angeles, California
Cenooco Celestial Noodle Company
9839 Bellanca Avenue, Los Angeles, California
INCA Company
9625 Bellanca Ave. Los Angeles, CA
 You can see the painted sign for long time Los Angeles Nightclub
"Carolina West" located at 5601 W Century Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA

We just heard about this 2014 death - James Shigeta who played the Chinese Mobbed Up "Clement Chin" in the 1978 Episode of the ROCKFORD FILES titled "Heartaches of a Fool"

James Shigeta, like James Garner, was a Korean War Veteran.

June 17, 1929 - July 28, 2014 
Mini Bio (1)
Hawaiian-born James Shigeta was, for a time, the biggest East Asian U.S. star the country had known for decades. His up-and-down career reflected the country's changing interest in films with East Asian themes, but, when called upon, he filled both A-movie starring roles and minor T.V. guest appearances with the same cool and classy style. An aspiring song-and-dance man early in his career, he had a series of romantic leading roles in the late fifties, culminating in his most important one, the lead in Ross Hunter's glitzy production of Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, Flower Drum Song (1961). Supporting parts followed, his last showy turn coming again from Ross Hunter, with star billing and his own production number in the ill-fated musical remake of Lost Horizon (1973). Along the way, there have been many notable T.V. guest appearances showcasing Shigeta's facility with both sympathetic and villainous roles. His status as the foremost East Asian leading man of twentieth century U.S. film will endure undiminished by an erratic career.
- IMDb Mini Biography By: David Durrett

Trivia (9)

One of six children born to a Honolulu contractor, he was educated at New York University where he majored in English.
Discovered as a singer by TV's Ted Mack & the Original Amateur Hour (1948), where he won first place and an annual scholarship prize. This led to Vegas and nightclub appearances. Pat Boone and Ann-Margret are other celebrities who benefited from Ted Mack's popular show.
Speaks fluent Japanese, French and Italian.
The first Asian-American to crack the old Hollywood studio star system, albeit briefly, groomed as a romantic leading man.
On April 18, 2005, he was awarded a Visionary Award from East West Players, the nation's premier Asian American theatre organization.
Chosen by Goldsea Asian American Daily as one of the "100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time".
His publicist was Jeffrey Leavitt.
Upon his death, he was cremated and his ashes were scattered into the pacific ocean.
The Monday, September 1, 2014, issue of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported by Rob Shikina that services were held on Sunday, August 31, 2014, at Hosoi Garden Mortuary in Nuuanu and also reported that "Shigeta, a Marine during the Korean War, will be inurned in a private ceremony Tuesday at the National Memorial Cemetary of the Pacific at Punchbowl".

Personal Quotes (2)

I think an actor's life is necessarily self-involved. And that's what I would like to get away from.
I have never personally referred to myself as a star. When asked I always say, 'I'm an actor, a working actor.' I think the term 'star' is a vastly overused expression. That term has been used in reference to me but it is not of my own choice.

Sunday, April 5, 2020

The Rockford Files - Episode: Aura Lee, Farewell (1975) Filming Location: Oscar's Restaurant

Brian from FaceBook - Brian's Rockford Files has some great updates and photos on this episode.

Brian's Main Page For The Rockford Files Is

This episode featured many great actors/actresses.
 Above Photo: The "Bionic Woman" Lindsay Wagner makes her second appearance in The Rockford Files as bikini shop owner Sara Butler.
 Above Photo: A very young and beautiful Melissa Green plays the role of Aura Lee.
 Above Photo: The woman in the black and white checkered coat is actress Linda Dano, her current photo is shown in the bottom right corner of this image. Linda played Senator Evan Murdock's wife. The woman interviewing her is real life news reporter Kelly Lange. The late great Robert Webber can be seen standing in front of Jim Rockford, Webber played California State Senator Evan Murdock. 
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Date of Birth1 January 1948Brooklyn, New York, USA
Birth NameThomas Scott

Mini Bio (1)

Tom Scott was a predominantly a '70s African-American lead and supporting actor who appeared sporadically on television and in films beginning in the late 1960s. His first Hollywood appearance was as a student on "The Patty Duke Show" in 1964, He made appearances, mostly in guest spots on such popular TV shows as "Sanford and Son", "Marcus Welby, M.D.", and "Quincy M.E". His last Hollywood appearance was in a 1999 low-budget science-fiction thriller entitled "Age to Age".
played the motel manager, Ralph Salisbury.

 Above Photo: Actor Greg Mullavey played the seedy con-artist Dirk Schaffer very well... You got to love that slick 1970's outfit he is sporting in this scene. 
 Above Photo: Veteran character actor Henry Slate played the crusty restaurant owner Oscar. Henry sadly passed away in 1996 at the age of 86. 
 Above Photo: Bill Mumy who became famous as young Will Robinson in the TV series "Lost in Space" played the painter/artist Trask. Along with his most impressive list of television/film credits, Bill is also a very talented well-known musician, songwriter, recording artist, as well as writer. He plays guitar, bass, keyboards, banjo, mandolin, harmonica, percussion and sings. He has released three solo CDs, 1997's "Dying To Be Heard", 1999's "In The Current" and the 2000 release of his third solo album, "Pandora's Box". All three released on Renaissance Records.

Oscar's Restaurant Update: I received the following information from Melissa Greene who played Aura Lee (As seen in the above photo) - She currently writes on FaceBook - Write From The Heart (Is her page)
Hello William - Oscar's was on the Pacific Coast Highway, on the right as you were heading north from the point where Sunset Blvd meets the Pacific Coast Highway. I'm not sure if that was the real name or not. The Sea Shore restaurant, shown in a few of your shots may very well have been right there at the end of Sunset Blvd., where it meets Pacific Coast Highway. If so, Oscar's was located across the street from a 50s style motel  - now gone, I'm sure - where the two highways intersected. That's where Robert Webber and I shot the montage of our  dinner and drinks preceding our "one night stand." The car accident scene was shot on a street on the Pepperdine College Campus in Malibu.


UPDATE: May 11, 2018: 

On May 10, 2018, I received a phone call from Gary J. Moreno. Mr. Moreno worked on the original Rockford Files TV series – listed by in the following fields: Set Decorator | Art Department | Special Effects. I recent wrote him in an attempt to ascertain any additional information about Oscar’s restaurant.  

Since this episode was filmed over 40 years, I knew, at best this was a shot in a dark. I can hardly remember what I did last year, let alone almost ½ a century ago. Mr. Moreno was able to remember a few things about the Oscar’s filming location. First that Oscar’s was not the real name of the restaurant but a fictitious name for the purpose of filming. Mr. Moreno also confirmed what was previously stated to our blog by actress Melissa Greene who played Aura Lee. Specifically that the Oscar’s location was located north of Sunset Blvd. on Pacific Coast Highway. Oscar’s was located just north of a real restaurant shown in this episode called Sea Shore Inn restaurant – which in 2018 is named Gladstone's

17300 Pacific Coast Hwy, Pacific Palisades, CA 90272. 

Mr. Moreno, and rightfully so, could not recall the real name of the restaurant called Oscar’s in this episode.  He also confirmed it was on the Oceanside of Pacific Coast Highway, directly across the street from an old roadside motel that is no longer in existence (Non-Oceanside of PCH).    

Thank you Mr. Moreno for your gracious phone call and information…… 

OK, enough with the actors/actresses in this episode. Here is what we need help identifying. It's a little grill called Oscar's in this episode. Not sure if that was the real name of the restaurant or not. It appears to be along the Pacific Coast Highway in 1975. The above two images show the building.
Anybody have any idea where this place is or was located?

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

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: Originally I had this location at Cyrano Restaurant: 8840 Beverly Blvd., West Hollywood, CA 90048 but I was corrected by a viewer. This episode was filmed before they moved Cyrano to Beverly Blvd. The correct address would have been 8711 Sunset Boulevard - Thanks to James for that info... his late mother used to work at the Cyrano Restaurant when it was on the Sunset Strip.

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