Thursday, July 2, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: The Reincarnation of Angie (1975) Billy's Diner on 5th - Paty's Restaurant on Riverside Drive - Marie Callenders Pies on Riverside Drive - The beautiful actress Elayne Heilveil - Copper Penny Family Coffee Shop

Elayne Heilveil played Angela Perris - She would later appear on another episode of the Rockford Files and get married to Jim Rockford prison buddy Angel Martin 

ABOVE PHOTO: Jim Rockford butts heads with FBI Agent Dan Shore (played by the late great Wayne Tippit) at Billy's Diner on 5th Street - which was actually the sidewalk cafe of Paty's Restaurant 10001 Riverside Drive - which is still operating in Toluca Lake California.



ABOVE THREE PHOTOS: Different scene shots from the 1975 episode of the Rockford Files - which were filmed at Patys Restaurant. The above photo shows the same intersection as it looks likes in 2013 - 38 years later. 

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WE HAVE AN UPDATE 
I need some help on the below photo....
Above Photo: This scene shot is from the same episode as the above images. Jim Rockford can be seen talking on a payphone - Jim was speaking with FBI Agent Dan Shore.
The overhead sign seen outside of the telephone booth in the upper left hand corner reads
???????  PENNY
It appears to be possibly a restaurant sign maybe????
This scene was the scene just before Rockford meets Shore at Paty's Restaurant, so I believe this location is probably in or around Toluca Lake.
Anybody have any idea as to what business that sign belongs to?
Thanks 
UPDATE: An alert viewer informed us that this is the: Copper Penny Family Coffee Shop 
which had multiple locations.
This one appears to be by an expressway/freeway ramp and probably is in either Burbank, CA or the Toluca Lake neighborhood.
Anybody know????

2ND UPDATE: From the comment section
I can assure you that Copper Penny Family Coffee Shop as seen in that image was the one once located at: Riverside Dr & N Pass Ave, Burbank, Los Angeles, California.
Just blocks from the movie studios. 
I am a retired police officer from Burbank, CA and was a frequent visitor to that location.

CAN ANYBODY CONFIRM THIS?

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From the comment section: Unknown said...
In scene that shows the investment building behind Jim Rockford you also see the image of a white railing. This can also be seen across from Paty's on google maps

https://www.google.com/maps/place/10001+Riverside+Dr,+Toluca+Lake,+CA+91602/@34.1522079,-118.3496425,3a,52.5y,159.76h,76.33t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1syu68pnd0uUnmLcJnCpyjPQ!2e0!4m2!3m1!1s0x80c2be325c7d3801:0x77b108cc5918dc00!6m1!1e1


ABOVE PHOTO: Holiday Inn: 21101 VENTURA Blvd · WOODLAND HILLS, CA
I really like the old Holiday Inn green signs...Too bad they are no longer in use.

ABOVE PHOTO: My Brother’s BBQ: 21150 Ventura Blvd Woodland Hills, CA
The yellow building next dor to the BBQ joint was a hardware store...It is no longer there.
 

Sunday, May 24, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: "Rattlers' Class of '63" (1976) We need this Toluca lake apartment building identified



The above apartment or condo building is named "TOLUCA EAST". I would guess that this building is either in the east portion of the Toluca lake area or in the area just east of Toluca Lake.

Anybody have any idea of the address of this building?
 
IT HAS BEEN IDENTIFIED BY A VIEWER:
The apartment/condo building is located at:
4140 Warner Blvd. in Burbank, CA
 
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From the comment section:
Anonymous said...
I disagree with this location. Viewing the pool area via google maps shows this cannot be the location. Completely different building design in the pool area is featured in the episode.
 
 
A building can change a lot in 40 years.... but this is without a doubt the building in question. In addition to the exact design details, I contacted management of this unit and they confirmed that the images from the 1976 episode of the Rockford Files are in fact this building,.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) Seward Reservoir 1971 is Castaic Lake State Recreation Area, Thrifty / Kragen 842 S. Pacific, Guillermo's Beautique and Beauty Salon 522 West 9th Street in San Pedro, "Drive-Away Car Rental Systems" 828 S Grand in San Pedro, Peppy's Restaurant 584 West 9th St. San Pedro, Cigo's Restaurant 911 South Pacific Ave. San Pedro, The Evergreen Motel 12787 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles - Carol Thorne / Lynette Mettey, Sal Viscuso played the conventioneer, Lee Delano played the man following Carol Thorne, Sandy Ward (Born Sandy Brown) played Police Officer Boris Sausman, Robert Symonds played the dual role of Mr. Hoad and Miles Keeley, Irene Tedrow played Mrs Hoad (Dixie), Vince Howard played the gun drawing uniform cop, Horse Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. played himself, Bill Fletcher played Nate Spinella, Jim Antonio played Cliff Hoad

 
In the top image of this set you can see James Rockford (with suitcase and hat on) walking to the telephone booth. In the background is Thrifty Drug Store. Thrifty is now a Kragen store. The business is located at 842 S. Pacific Ave in San Pedro / Los Angeles, California.

 
 
 
Actress Lynette Mettey can be seen in these images visiting the Guillermo's Beautique and Beauty Salon. This business was once located at 522 West 9th Street in San Pedro / Los Angeles, California. The last image shows how this filming location appears as of today. In the first photo their is a little girl sitting in the back seat of a car that is traveling past this filming location. I wonder if she ever knew she was once on The Rockford Files? She has to be over 40 years old now.

 
 
 
 

In the above set of images actress Lynette Mettey played a recently released prisoner by the name of Carol Thorne. Here she is attempting to purchase or rent a car from "Drive-Away Car Rental Systems". This car lot is was located at 828 S Grand in San Pedro / Los Angeles, California. The last photo shows how this filming locations appears today.

 
 
ABOVE PHOTOS: Inside Peppy's Restaurant which was once located at 584 West 9th St in San Pedro / Los Angeles California. It is now the J. Trani's Restorante. Its restaurant sign can be seen in the third photo up. In my upcoming trip to the Los Angeles area the J. Trani's Resorante is one of the places I will be visiting and having dinner at. I heard it is a fantastic place!

We need a little help with this restaurant/lounge. It was decorated with all horse racing photos, ribbons and trophies. Anybody know which restaurant this once was?


Rocky walks through the parking lot of Cigo's Restaurant which was once located at 911 South Pacific Ave in San Pedro / Los Angeles California.

The very beautiful Lynette Mettey played a great role in this episode of The Rockford Files. The tough but beautiful female recently released prisoner. She truly made this episode work well.
 

ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: Seward Reservoir 1971 is Castaic Lake State Recreation Area
 
 

The motel in the above four images are from the scene where Jim Rockford finds Miles Keeley and Nate Spinella going through his motel room. Jim is able to flee and a "Rockford" car chase follows. This filming location and motel is located at 13055 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA.
UPDATE: One of the men (the one closest to the railing) Jim Rockford is walking with has been identified as actor Sal Viscuso, who was born in New York in 1948


The above three images are from another scene and were shot at a motel located at 12787 San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, CA. The motel has "The Evergreen" painted on its entrance.


The car chasing Jim Rockford crashes into a street sign pole just off San Fernando Ave at El Dorado Ave as the street sign so states.

ABOVE PHOTO: Lee Delano played the man originally following Carol Thorne
Oddly he had a speaking role in this episode but his acting was unaccredited

ABOVE PHOTO: Sandy Ward (Born Sandy Brown) played Police Officer Boris Sausman. Ward died in 2005 at age 78. He starred in three episodes of the ROCKFORD FILES
The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Peter Henshaw / The Sheriff / Det. Boris Sausman

- So Help Me God (1976) ... Peter Henshaw
- Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken (1975) ... The Sheriff
- In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) ... Det. Boris Sausman
 
ABOVE PHOTOS: Robert Symonds played the dual role of Mr. Hoad and Miles Keeley - Symonds died at age 80 in 2004 & was a WWII era Veteran.
Irene Tedrow played Mrs Hoad (Dixie) and died in 1995 at age 87.
Tedrow had two appearances on the ROCKFORD FILES
The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Mrs. Tooley / Mrs. Hoad / Dixie
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Mrs. Tooley
- In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) ... Mrs. Hoad / Dixie
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Vince Howard who is 78 years old in 2015 played the gun drawing uniform cop.
Howard had four appearances on the ROCKFORD FILES
The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Billy Mayhue / Kleinschmidt / Police officer dealing with vending machines / ...
- The House on Willis Avenue (1978) ... Billy Mayhue
- The Trouble with Warren (1976) ... Kleinschmidt
- Chicken Little Is a Little Chicken (1975) ... Police officer dealing with vending machines (uncredited)
- In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) ... Patrolman
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Horse Jockey Laffit Pincay Jr. retired in April 2003 as horse racing's all-time winningest jockey until that time, with 9,530 victories.
Pincay played himself in this episode of the ROCKFORD FILES
 
ABOVE PHOTO: LEFT is Bill Fletcher (Born 1922 & is 93 years old in 2015) played Nate Spinella - The other actor pictured with him is unaccredited, if anybody knows his identity, please let us know.
Fletcher had two appearances on the ROCKFORD FILES
The Rockford Files (TV Series) 
Hitman / Nate Spinella
- The Gang at Don's Drive-In (1978) ... Hitman
- In Pursuit of Carol Thorne (1974) ... Nate Spinella



 ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS: Then and now.... is actor Jim Antonio who was born in 1931.
Antonio played Carol Thorne's boyfriend Cliff Hoad


ABOVE PHOTO: I always wondered if these kids in this park car knew they were going to be in an episode of the ROCKFORD FILES or were they just parked there???

ABOVE IMAGE: Anybody know what make, model and year Cliff Hoad's car is???
 

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
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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
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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 






CORRECTED LOCATION THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING COMMENT LEFT BY A VIEWER:
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.