Tuesday, March 14, 2017

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

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. 
 Above Photo: Music composer and actor Tom Scott 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.

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?

10 comments:

Anonymous said...

I don't know the location but I always enjoyed Robert Webber's appearances on the show. Especially when he played the crime swami.

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the cafe location, but in the 4th man episode when Jim follows the postman down the street he was walking east on Ventura Blvd. between Vantage and Laurel Canyon and then he goes into the coin store which is now some real estate place, and hey thanks this is a great site'

Anonymous said...

I don't know about the cafe location, but in the 4th man episode when Jim follows the postman down the street he was walking east on Ventura Blvd. between Vantage and Laurel Canyon and then he goes into the coin store which is now some real estate place, and hey thanks this is a great site'

Anonymous said...

I'm surprised there are no locations on this one, just actor profiles. The last part with the motorcycle chase on the cliffs looks like it was shot at Leo Carrillo State Beach.

Bill Anderson said...

A not so important piece of trivia -- In the Linda Dano image, the lady with the microphone is Kelly Lange, local KNBC anchor for years and years.

As of a year or two ago, I now own Kelly Lange's working script from this episode.

Anonymous said...

The location is between Santa Barbara and Ventura on Pacific coast highway...check it out on Google maps street view;-)

Anonymous said...

Thanks a lot..
Will drive down tomorrow morning and take a look..

Anonymous said...

You full of it..no Oscar joint in sight from Santa Barbara to Santa Monica...oh well worth the drive..

James Rockford said...

I think somebody posted that possible location due to the dialog in that episode. Based on where the accident occurred. What many fail to know is a shooting location can be anywhere and the "pretend" location for the movie/show can be anywhere they want it to be.....

Anonymous said...

Right on.