Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Rockford Files: Season 4 Episode 16 - "The Paper Palace" (1978) Starring Rita Moreno as Rita Capkovic - Canadian American Trading Company 500 East Olive Burbank CA - The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA - Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA

We need some help identifying this filming location. This 1970's hotdog stand was used in this episode. Few clues could be found since the filming was a pretty tight shot of location. Does anybody recall where this restaurant was or currently still is?
 
UPDATE: Our viewers are great.... This hot dog stand was located at the corner of Alameda Ave and San Fernando Blvd - Burbank California
It is currently El Tapatio Restaurant  926 South San Fernando Blvd.
 







UPDATED IMAGES:
ABOVE IMAGES: As you can see in the above split screen images the window structures are the same as well as the white tiles and red cement step.  The left half of the above image is El Tapatio Restaurant in 2015 - The right half of the above image is a still image from the 1978 episode of the Rockford Files.

ABOVE IMAGES: The same building can be seen in the split screen image.

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ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Canadian - American Trading Company building - The filming for this location is the below building which is located at 500 East Olive, Burbank CA
 
 
 
BELOW THREE IMAGES: The CASTAWAY Restaurant & Banquets 1250 E Harvard Rd, Burbank, CA 91501 - which is still in operation today.

ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner teams up with his real life brother Jack Garner for this scene. 
 
BELOW TWO IMAGES: Rita Capkovic's apartment building is located at 216 East Valencia Ave in Burbank, CA
 ABOVE: As seen in this episode - BELOW: As it is in 2015
 
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ABOVE IMAGE: Luis Delgado played LAPD Police Officer Billings
(A regular role for him on the Rockford Files)
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Patricia Donahue who passed away in 2012 at 87 played Eleanor Loft - Bruce Kirby was born on April 24, 1928 in New York City, New York, USA as Bruno Giovanni Quidaciolu Sr. played Sid Loft. Sid is alive and well as of this posting.

ABOVE IMAGE: Regular cast members end this episode on a happy note. Pat Finley played Peggy Becker, Joe Santos played Sgt. Dennis Becker, Noah Beery Jr. played Rocky, James Garner played Jim Rockford.
 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

The Rockford Files - Episode: Tall Woman in Red Wagon (1974) - Ashbrook and Elmira, California, Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California - James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year, John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth, Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey - A big thank you to Terry Guy for help in identifying the train depot used in this episode - Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA

Need help in the two below photos:
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The bank sign over the shoulder of Jim Rockford is the key to identifying this filming location. I believe the bank sign is for the Santa Clarita Bank in Santa Clarita, CA.
Anybody remember where this sign once stood? Please let us know by leaving it in the comment section.
 
 
 
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: The train depot use for this episode located in the cities of Ashbrook and Elmira, California - In this episode the Rockford Files used the same train depot for the two aforementioned cities. Thanks to Terry Guy, a viewer of this blog and pro photographer, we have learned that the train depot used was the  Santa Fe Railway station in Pasadena, CA.
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Train Station / Depot at Pasadena, CA - Terry Guy Wrote the following:

That picture was taken within the last two weeks of Amtrak service to that location.  The line from downtown Los Angeles out to Pasadena had been purchased by the Los Angeles County Transportation Agency for conversion into an electrified light rail line, and the Amtrak trains would switch to a more southerly routing into L.A. after January 14, 1994.  



Trains on what is now known as the MTA Gold Line still stop here, but the station building has been converted into a restaurant and is hemmed in by multistory, mixed-use, retail/residential buildings.  Attached is a picture I took of it in 2010. 

 


 

ABOVE IMAGE: Fred Harvey's Ranch House Inn, Wayne's Mill Place & North Tourney Road, Valencia, California
 
ABOVE IMAGES: Some amazing Hollywood talent - LEFT TO RIGHT - Fellow Chicagoan James Murtaugh played train conductor Steve McWilliams - Murtaugh guest starred in four Rockford Files episodes - George DiCenzo played IRS Agent Harry Stoner - George DiCenzo past away at age 70 in 2010 - Angus Duncan played Joe Barron Jr. - Duncan guest starred in three Rockford Files episodes and past away at age 70 in 2007 - Jack Stamberger played a train station manager - he past away at age 70 in 1980 - Ryan McDonald played a hotel manager, he will be 84 years old this year.
 
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Conductor (unaccredited)
 
  ABOVE IMAGE: Mob Thugs (unaccredited)
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Waitress (unaccredited)
 
ABOVE IMAGE: John Crawford played Dr. Kenilworth
 
 
 ABOVE IMAGE: Susan Damante played Charlotte Duskey

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Another Filming Location Identified! - The Rockford Files - Episode: Where's Houston (1975) - Safeway Grocery Store with rooftop parking






This Safeway Food Store had rooftop parking. I would guess the store and the building are long gone... I believe this store was located either in or around Burbank, California. Anybody know what locations this was? Thanks!

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Thanks to an anonymous blog viewer we now have 100% confirmation of this filming location. 864 Swarthmore Avenue, Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, CA 90272... It is now a CVS Drugs with the same rooftop parking area. You can match up the house on the street to both the 1970's photos (ABOVE) and to the 2012 photos (BELOW). Thank you to the person who sent this information in to us!




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Split image screen shot shows the intersection of
East Olive Ave and First Street, Burbank, CA
The Sunset Marquis Hotel
1200 Alta Loma Rd,  West Hollywood, CA 90069
LEFT IMAGE: Screen shot from this episode - RIGHT IMAGE: 2015
As Jim Rockford looks out the window of Room 105 of the Sunset Marquis Hotel, he sees police pulling up next door at the Park Wellington Condos located at 1131 Alta Loma Rd, West Hollywood, CA 
 
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Attempting to identify these two actors.
ABOVE IMAGE: Unaccredited actress played the clerk
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Lane Bradbury played Houston
 
 

Thursday, June 18, 2015

The Rockford Files - EPISODE: This Case is Closed (1974) & Columbo - EPISODE: An Exercise in Fatality (1974) - Attempting to identify an unaccredited actress who appeared in these two TV series - My guess is she was a contract actress working with NBC/Universal Studios

I am re-visiting a mystery I had posted earlier on this blog. In a 1974 episode of the Rockford Files titled "This Case is Closed" (Part 1), there is an actress who plays a character named "Kathy" or "Cathy". She appears to be around her mid 20's in this episode, placing her being born about 1950. Her role is totally uncredited even though she had a speaking role in this episode. Does anybody have any idea who this actress is??? She can be seen wearing a white jacket and pants with an orange shirt in the below images. 




 
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BELOW IMAGES: Columbo (TV Series)
EPISODE: An Exercise in Fatality (1974)
 



 
 
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FROM THE COMMENT SECTION:
Hi Brian and fellow Rockford lovers, I don't know who this actress is by name, but.... I am almost certain I have identified her in another TV series, Columbo. The episode is from Season 4, Ep 1, "An Exercise in Fatality", and she is the woman behind the counter at a large corporation, with lots of old 1970s computers behind her. It is a rather lengthy comedic scene where Columbo is requesting information on an employee and putting up with the bureaucracy of the company. If you can get a hold of this episode (which is on Netflix) the scene begins at 53:10. Sadly, I still don't know her name because, as with Rockford, IMDb (and the show's ending credits) do not credit her -- at least, I could not find this. - Mike