Wednesday, December 12, 2012

The Rockford Files - Episode: Lions, Tigers, Monkeys and Dogs (1979) Gene's Auto Sales, Western Costume Rentals, Florist Artist, Juliana Flowers, Baja Cantina Restaurant - Vintage Venice & Marina Del Rey California

 
 
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.
 
 

2 comments:

Doug Easterly said...

Amazingly a short time later - 1984 - Fiat exited the US market due to moribund sales and then in 2009 it came roaring back with the initial stake and currently majority interest in Chrysler Corporation (which in 1979 was struggling for survival and got the first automaker govt guaranteed loans). And WHO EVER would have thought Pontiac and the Firebird would cease to exist back then?

Robert Howe said...

I have to correct you on the Western Costume location. This was shot on Melrose Ave when Western was still located next to Paramount Studios. I know, I was there.