SAIGON — James Garner, the latest Hollywood actor to play the USO Borscht Circuit in Vietnam, feels that the main reason the U.S. public hasn't been sold on the war is because the United States was not attacked.
Garner, a Purple Heart veteran of Korea, says that he personally feels the situation is much like it was in Korea when General Matthew Ridgway addressed the troops and asked, "If you see a burglar coming, do you want to stop him at the back fence or wait until he gets into the house?"
"Here in Vietnam we couldn't wait for some sensational incident to happen or it would have been too late to help these people save their country from communism," Garner added.
The prospect of making a Vietnam tour caught Garner off guard, he readily admits. "I asked them what they thought I could do — no songs, no dances, no jokes. But here I am."
Traveling solo around the country, he has arrived at the conclusion that "the morale here is about 100 percent higher than it was in Korea."
Occasionally Garner runs across a GI who wants to try him for size. "They might ask if I was over here on some tax write off, or how much I get paid. When I explain that I'm an ex-rifleman private with the 24th Inf. Div.'s 5th Regimental Combat: Team, and came over for nothing, everything is OK."
As for Hollywood and the war, Garner feels it will be some time before any pictures based on the Vietnam war are produced.
"There are a lot of technical problems — getting the right equipment, finding the right locations and such, but above all it is too soon. The pictures made about the Korean War didn't do well at the box office, but World War II pictures are well received now."
Garner is not worried about his most recently released film doing well. "Grand Prix," the story of European auto racing, seems well along the road toward soaking up 40 or 50 million at the box office.
This was a labor of love for Garner, who was a California hot-rodder in his youth.
While he developed a great admiration and respect for the men who drive the powerful Formula I cars, Garner doesn't hesitate to admit that it isn't for him.
Garner, star of the highly successful "Maverick" TV series, is getting ready to mount up again soon when he plays Wyatt Earp to Jason Robards Jr.'s Doc Holliday in a picture that takes up the great lawman's career after the battle of the OK Corral.
ByWALLY BEENE as published in the Stars and Stripes
ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: I believe this is the only Rockford Files episode that has a woman older that James Garner playing a love interest of his. The beautiful Lauren Bacall was born in 1924 where as James Garner was born in 1928.
AMAZINGLY BOTH GARNER & BACALL ARE BOTH WITH US TODAY IN 2012.
The above images are from the filming location directly outside Western Costume Rentals located at: Next to the Paramount Motion Pictures Group, Melrose Avenue, Los Angeles, CA
THANKS TO ROBERT HOWE FOR THIS CORRECTION
ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: The 1700 Block of Ocean Park Blvd
Above is the image from the Rockford Files (1979) in which you can see Marty's Liquor located at 1736 Ocean park Blvd.
BELOW: Today - Marty's Liquor has changed its name to Marty's Gourmet Wines.
ABOVE TWO IMAGES: Jim Rockford and Kendall Warren (Lauren Bacall) leave a florist shop.
The florist shop in 1979 was Juliana Flowers located at 2318 Lincoln Blvd in Venice, CA.
As of recently it was Florist Artist Flower Shop.
The Standard gas station across the street is still located there expect for much more modern Chevron signs.
ABOVE THREE PHOTOS: The Baja Cantina Restaurant & Bar located at
311 Washington Boulevard, Marina Del Rey, CA
The top two images were from 1979 Rockford Files episode and the photo directly above is of recently (2011).
ABOVE PHOTO: Not the first time Gene's Auto Sales was in a Rockford Files Episode...
It was also in the two part episode titled GEARJAMMERS.
Gene's Auto Sales was located at 220 S Victory Blvd Burbank, CA.
Ross Reynolds Fiat Auto Sales was located across the street.
In the above two photos you can see "All In Motors" which was once located at 401 South Victory Blvd in Burbank, CA and Ross Reynolds Fiat & Subaru Auto Dealer which was once located at 338 South Victory Blvd in Burbank, CA. The Ross Reynolds building is now part of D & D Auto Repairs at 338 S. Victory Blvd which has multiple buildings attached to each other as one business.
The Borrmann Steels sign can be seen in this scene. It is still present at 110 Olive Ave in Burbank, CA. This scene took place under the Golden Gate Freeway.
Vincent Thomas Bridge, San Pedro, Los Angeles, California, USA
Above Image: A gas station can be seen across the way from La Paz Liquors, it is no longer there.
La Paz Liquors located at 4101 West Magnolia Blvd.
In the interior store image you can see a sign for a six pack of Schlitz for $1.59
That is almost as good as gas being 56 cents a gallon as seen in many scenes of the Rockford Files. La Paz Liquors is still there.
In the four above images various businesses that were located next to Magnolia Auto Works (Now Victory Auto) located at 4220 West Magnolia Blvd can be seen.
Taco Bell (Old style Taco Bell Signs) 4301 West Magnolia Blvd
The Taco Bell is still located there.
The four following businesses are long gone:
Sterpa Realty 4300 West Magnolia Blvd
Grocery Store 4221 West Magnolia Blvd
Nolie's Antiques and Treasures 4209 West Magnolia Blvd
Photo Studio also located at 4209 West Magnolia Blvd
The photo studio may have been named Magnolia Photo Studio.
NBC's TV "Chicago Fire" is filmed almost exclusively in the Chicago land area. If you keep an eye open you can catch yours truly in some of the episodes. So far I have been in 6 of the first seasons episodes. They use real Chicago cops and firefighters as extras and actors in this TV series.
It is your blogmaster on the set of CHICAGO FIRE. I have played a uniformed Chicago cop in 6 of the show's episodes so far! Keep your eyes open... and play WHERE'S WALDO???
I wish all the filming locations were this easy to identify. In the above video clip from this episode, Jim Rockford reads off the address he is visiting and it truly is the actual address he is at including the apartment number (105).
11558 West Riverside Drive Los Angeles, CA
Not only does Jim Rockford verbally states the location but the mail he is looking through also contains the same correct address of this filming location.
This shot in the same episode shows the old Citizens Bank Building.
Gibby's Place Restaurant & Bar was located at 13300 Ventura Blvd in Sherman Oaks, CA. It was actually a real restaurant & bar but the true name of the business wasn't Gibby's Place. Anybody know what the real name of this place was? Today the Prudential Realty Co. occupies the building at 13300 Ventura Blvd.
ABOVE IMAGES: Still frames from this episode of the Los Angeles Marriott Airport Hotel. The baby blue interior is a sign of the 1970's! Below is the way the Marriott Airport Hotel appeared during this period. The Marriott Hotel has spent millions of dollars in updating this large hotel.
ABOVE IMAGE: Aerial shot overlooking the 300 Block of East First Street during the late 1970's as seen in this episode. Florsheim Shoes is on the left Merit Savings Bank is on the right.
ABOVE IMAGE: Aerial shot overlooking the 300 Block of South Broadway during the late 1970's as seen in this episode. The Astro Theater can be seen on the left.
Above Images: The Spotlight Club THEN & NOW.
Located at 1601 N. Cahuenga in Los Angeles.
ABOVE IMAGE: This inside bar scene is suppose to be the interior of the Spotlight Club. But based on the doorway being totally different than the exterior shot, I would guess this is a studio/stage bar located at NBC / Universal studios. I do love the sign on the wall just past the man sitting at the bar that reads "CHILI 20 CENTS"
ABOVE IMAGES: The LaCita Bar as seen in this episode of the Rockford Files.
336 South Hill, Los Angeles, California, USA
The old Savoy Hotel on 6th Street and Grand Ave in Los Angeles. This area has been turned into expensive high end condos as of recently.
ABOVE IMAGES: The Mayfair Market Grocery Store that was once located at 1234 LeBrea Street in West Hollywood, CA - In recent years it was a Jon's Grocery Shop but today it is closed down and the building remains unused.
ABOVE IMAGE: Jim Rockford gets attacked by two thugs in the parking lot of this dry cleaners once located at 7063 Sunset Blvd. Today it is a StarBucks Coffee Shop and mini-mall.
Actor Ed Harris of the RIGHT STUFF & APOLLO 13 fame starred in this episode of the Rockford Files as a murdering bad LAPD cop.
Arturo's Flowers use to be in the corner building in this row of commercial buildings located on the 1200 Block of North LaBrea Ave.
ABOVE IMAGES: The address on the ashtray does not exist nor is there any information on the Internet about the "Satyr Adult Motel". Most likely the ashtray was just a prop for this episode of the Rockford Files.