Saturday, August 9, 2014

What was the locations of Jim Rockford's house trailer & office on the Rockford Files TV Show - The parking lot of 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
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Rockford Files - EPISODE: The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club (1975) Re: Municipal Light Water Power building - Another filming mystery solved - Thanks to Don! Municipal Light Water Power 5108 Lankershim Blvd. It's now the Lankershim Arts Center

 
 
 
As always I am so thankful for all the viewers who submit information.... but in this case I do NOT think this is a match. ABOVE PHOTO: building on the left is the Municipal Light Water Power building as seen in the Rockford Files.... the building on the right is the address that was submitted by our viewer Don, Municipal Light Water Power building is: 2417 Daly St., Los Angeles CA 90031.
The buildings have two different facades. And as seen in the lower photo, the building in the Rockford Files was much wider with a widow to the left of the large entrance area.
Also the building as seen in the episode has the words MUNICPAL LIGHT WATER POWER straight across the canopy - the building on Daley Street has the words arched out around the canopy. 
So my guess is that there were a few of these Municipal Light Water Power buildings in Los Angeles. We just haven't found the correct one yet.
 
 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Rockford Files - EPISODE: The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club (1975) - Filming Locations: Burbank Community YMCA located at 321 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA - Jack In The Box Restaurant 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA - Bob's Big Boy Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street in North Hollywood - Eckerman & Heisman Funeral Home and Bud's Flowers both were once located on the 300 Block of Olive in Burbank, CA - George's Automotive Serivce - Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood - Municpial Light Water Power Building 5108 Lankershim Blvd - ACTORS/ACTRESSES: Blair Brown - Jack Garner - Sharon Ullrick - William Phipps - Chuck Hicks - Joel Fabiani - Byron Morrow - Stewart Moss of Chicago - Paul Stevens - Stuart Margolin (Angel) - James Garner

 
ABOVE PHOTOS: The Bay City Boys Club building was actually the Burbank Community YMCA located at 321 E Magnolia Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502

ABOVE PHOTO: The Burbank California YMCA, 40 years after the filming of "The Girl in the Bay City Boys Club"


 

 
 


ABOVE PHOTOS: Jim Rockford pulls into a Jack in the Box in this episode. In the background a Bob's Big Boy restaurant and one of the early 7-11 stores can be seen during this filming.
This Jack in the Box is still located at 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA. The Bob's Big Boy is long gone, it once stood across the street from Jack in the Box at Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street.

ABOVE PHOTO: The Jack in the Box as it appears in 2014 - 6551 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA.
 
ABOVE SPLIT PHOTOS: Bob's Big Boy was torn down and a Carl's Jr. was built on that location...recently the Carl's Jr. was torn down and now in 2014 the lot is empty at Lankershim Blvd and Kittridge Street.
 
ABOVE PHOTO: In this still image you can see Eckerman & Heisman Funeral Home and Bud's Flowers. Both were once located on the 300 Block of E Magnolia Blvd in Burbank, CA. Neither business are still in operation today.
 

ABOVE PHOTOS: WE NEED HELP LOCATING THIS FILMING LOCATION
Municipal Light Water Power Building
Anybody have any suggestions? Please let us know!
BELOW PHOTO: Another filming mystery solved - Thanks to Don! Municipal Light Water Power 5108 Lankershim Blvd. It's now the Lankershim Arts Center
 
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood also seen is George's Automotive Service behind Green's OK Tire Service.
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Green's OK Tire Service is still up and running at 11634 Vanowen Street in North Hollywood (2014 Photo)
 
ABOVE PHOTO: The young and beautiful  played the dual role of Kate Flanders / Dep. DA Kate Doyle
 
ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner's brother Jack Garner is the uniform police officer on the right. Jack Garner played numerous different roles in the Rockford Files series. Many of his roles are documented on this blog.
ABOVE PHOTO: The pretty and perky  played the clerk at the Municipal Water Light Power Co.
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Actor  is still with us in 2014 at the great age of 92! God bless William...
ABOVE PHOTO: The late great  played Sy Mosher
(File Photo)
ABOVE PHOTO: Actor (#1) is a familiar face on the Rockford Files, it is actor and stunt man Chuck Hicks. Actor (#2) is . (Fabiani is also the below photo)
 
 
 
ABOVE PHOTO: The late great  played Ted Thatcher
 
ABOVE PHOTO: Her role was unaccredited - Anybody know who the great looking actress is? Let us know please!
 
ABOVE PHOTO: A fantastic actor -  - played the dual roles of Dep. DA Burton Kimball / Mr. Phelps.
Mr. Moss is from my hometown of Chicago, IL.
 
ABOVE PHOTO: (File Photo) Another late great actor  played the role of George Welles perfectly!
 
 
 

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Rockford Files' James Garner Dead at 86 - U.S. Korean War Veteran and Internationally Beloved Actor - James S. Rockford passes away!

James Garner, star of 'Maverick' and 'The Rockford Files,' dies at 86



James Garner, whose whimsical style in the 1950s TV Western “Maverick” led to a stellar career in TV and films such as “The Rockford Files” and his Oscar-nominated “Murphy's Romance,” has died, police said. He was 86.
 
He was found dead of natural causes Saturday evening at his home in Brentwood, Los Angeles police officer Alonzo Iniquez said early Sunday.

Police responded to a call around 8 p.m. and confirmed Garner's identity from family members, Iniquez told The Associated Press.

There was no immediate word on a more specific cause of death. Garner had suffered a stroke in May 2008, just weeks after his 80th birthday.

Although he was adept at drama and action, Garner was best known for his low-key, wisecracking style, especially with his hit TV series, “Maverick” and “The Rockford Files.”

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Monday, July 14, 2014

Rockford Files - Episode: Second Chance (1977) - Dionne Warwick, Isaac Hayes, Actor Jack Garner, Shapiro Linen Supply, ALSCO 900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038, Highland and Willoughby, Rockfish

ABOVE IMAGE: Still image from "Second Chance" - Shapiro Linen Supply - located at  900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038

ABOVE IMAGE: The building used in Rockford Files "Second Chance". In this episode this business / building was called Shapiro Linen Supply. The building is ALSCO now and its located at 900 N Highland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 

ABOVE IMAGE: James Garner's brother Jack Garner returns again to the Rockford Files, this time as the bartender. Also seen in this image is Isaac Hayes as the infamous Gandolph Fitch.
 
ABOVE IMAGE: Isaac Hayes and Dionne Warwick do a fabulous job in this episode of the Rockford Files.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

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

 
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