Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Rockford Files TV Movie - "If the Frame Fits" (1996) - Victor Clothing Company - Wyss Brothers Catering, Southwestern Bag Co., Bunker Hill Police Station, Los Angeles Federal Building 11000 Wilshire Blvd, Nate Starkman Building, Silverlakes Car Wash or Silver Lakes Car Wash, Carl's Pantry Restaurant

ABOVE PHOTO: Gretchen Corbett returned to the Rockford Files to play Jim Rockford's attorney Beth (Davenport) Van Zandt - The new last name to reflect her marriage to a fellow attorney. Gretchen was just turning 50 years old in this 1996 Rockford Files TV Movie and looked pretty damn good!

ABOVE PHOTO: One of the special sexiness to the Rockford Files was the TV show's ability to use very sexy and attractive older women in series. So many TV shows like to use 20 year old female models but the Rockford Files always found mature beautiful women to guest star in their show. If the Frame Fits was no exception. The very sexy  Dyan Cannon played Jim Rockford's love interest Jess Wilding (IRS Agent). Dyan Cannon was born in 1937 and was almost 60 years old in this episode.
BELOW PHOTO: Jess Wilding showing off her terrific body and legs!

ABOVE PHOTO: LEFT TO RIGHT - Tom Atkins as Commander Diehl (Now age 77), James Garner's real life brother Jack Garner as Capt. McEnroe (Deceased 2011) and James Luisi as Capt. Doug Chapman (Deceased 2002)

ABOVE PHOTO: James Garner's real life friend and co-star Joe Santos returning for his role as Lt. Dennis Becker (Age 81)

ABOVE PHOTO: The Rockford Files episode "If the Frame Fits" was the first episode to address the passing of Noah Beery Jr. who played James Rockford's TV dad Joseph Rockford also known as Rocky. Noah Beery Jr. passed away at 81 years old in 1994.

ABOVE PHOTO: Carmen Argenziano of the GODFATHER movie fame played Hector Gustavo, born in 1943 Carmen is alive and well today in 2013. 

ABOVE PHOTO: Born in 1961, Dyana Ortelli played Linda Gustavo.

ABOVE THREE PHOTOS: Stuart Margolin returns to this 1996 Rockford Files movie to relive his fantastic role of Evelyn Angel Martin... Angel was scamming a stay in the above mansion when Jim Rockford came knocking on his door.

ABOVE PHOTO: Michael Leopard played Jim Rockford's handyman George.

ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: The Metropolitan Police Station - Bunker Hill Division is actually a building located at 635 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA

 ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: Victor Clothing Company 242 South Broadway, Los Angeles, CA - Above photo shows front of the building and below photo shows the rear of the building with a large painted mural for Victor Clothing Company.

ABOVE PHOTO: One of Jim Rockford's most hated place to visit, the Federal Building at 11000 Wilshire, Los Angeles, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Jim Rockford being the perfect gentleman as usual as he walks his longtime friend and past love interest Beth Davenport to her car. In the background you can see the SOUTHWESTERN BAG Co. located at 1380 East 6th Street. Los Angeles.
This building is right by the building used as a police station in this episode.

ABOVE PHOTO: The Nate Starkman Building 544 Mateo Street, Los Angeles, CA

ABOVE PHOTO: Linden Chiles played U.S. Senator Aspall in this episode. Linden Chiles is pushing 80 years old today.

 ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: The above photo shows Jim Rockford driving his car into the Silver Lakes Car Wash located at 3595 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA - the below photo shows the Carl's Pantry Restaurant located across the street from the car wash at 210 N. Virgil Ave in Los Angeles. 

ABOVE & BELOW PHOTOS: Jim Rockford in one of his famous car chase scenes, this time at Scott Street and Stadium Way in Los Angeles. Below photo shows the Grace E. Simons Lodge turn off. 

 ABOVE AND BELOW PHOTOS: What would be a Rockford Files episode that didn't include Jimbo getting some kind of Mexican food? Here Jim Rockford stops at a WYSS BROTHER CATERING TRUCK specializing Mexican food to go. The truck is parked right outside the above mentioned Victory Clothing Company. 

Monday, January 21, 2013

The Rockford Files - Episodes: The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) & The Kirkoff Case (1974) - The Bradley Hotel was actually the RIVERA COUNTRY CLUB

The RIVERA COUNTRY CLUB located at 1250 Capri Drive in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California was used in at least two episodes of THE ROCKFORD FILES TV Show. These episodes were: The Farnsworth Stratagem (1975) & The Kirkoff Case (1974). The Kirkoff Case episode had special guest star (a very young) James Woods.

ABOVE TWO PHOTOS: The sexy and beautiful Linda Evans starred in "The Farnsworth Stratagem" and played the role of con-artist Audrey Wyatt... The Rockford Files TV Show always had a knack for having hot sexy female special guest stars.

Most teenage boys in the 1970's had a big crush on Linda Evans but for some reason I was really sweet on actress Pat Finley who played Sgt. Dennis Becker's wife, Peggy Becker. I always though she was smoking hot... So to Pat Finley... YOU ARE FRICKEN BEAUTIFUL!

ABOVE PHOTO: Drilling for oil at THE BRADLEY HOTEL (The Rivera Country Club). Jim Rockford, Rocky Rockford and Audrey Wyatt are the characters in the above scene.

ABOVE PHOTO: Dennis Becker attempts to get hotel rooms for his wife and Jim Rockford after buying into THE BRADLEY HOTEL. Needless to say they didn't get any rooms and Dennis got hoodwinked in the deal.
ABOVE PHOTO: James Rockford took on the identity of J.W. Farnsworth, an oil drilling tycoon to help save his best friend Dennis Becker.
ABOVE PHOTO: James Rockford was confronted by Mafia mobsters living at THE BRADLEY HOTEL.
ABOVE PHOTO: The real identity of THE BRADLEY HOTEL is the world famous RIVERA COUNTRY CLUB located at 1250 Capri Drive in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles, California.

ABOVE PHOTO: In the episode "The Farnsworth Stratagem" there is a scene where James Rockford and Audrey Wyatt meet with attorney Beth Davenport at a small outdoor café. Based on the scene's footage - you can see the old Mayberry Lincoln Mercury Ford Dealer down the street and that white house seen in the above photo (upper right hand corner) I was able to pinpoint this location as the 4097 Lankershim Blvd. in North Hollywood California. The corner of Lankershim Blvd and Landale Street.
The name of this café was Andy's Kitchen
Thanks to TERRY GUY for the exact location and name of this restaurant!
CORRECTION: While it is true that the Andy's Kitchen photo is on Lankershim Blvd, it is not at the corner of Landale. It is at the corner of Chiquita St and Lankershim across the street from the old Toyota dealership next to the Universal Bar and Grill (UBG). As a kid, I had many many wonderful burgers, hot dogs, and fries at Andy's
Thanks to one of our viewers for this information.

ABOVE PHOTO: The buildings that once housed the Mayberry Lincoln Mercuty Ford Dealership on the 4400 Block of Lankershim Blvd. - BELOW PHOTO: What the site of the above cafe looks likes now in 2012.

The Rockford Files - Episode: Coulter City Wildcat (1976) Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works Sign - Santa Paula, CA

This is one we need help with. The Internet is void of any information of Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works. Based on the information contained on IMDB.com this large sign may have been in the city of Santa Paula, CA since part of this episode was filmed there.
Does anybody have any idea where the "Gilbertson's Oil Tool Works" corporation is or was located?

Thanks to Don H. we have the correct address for this filming location. Don's full e-mail was placed in the comment section. A big THANK YOU to DON H!
SANTA PAULA, CA 93061-0009

The Rockford Files - Episode: The No-Cut Contract (1976) Location: Pickwick Drive In Theater - 1100 W. Alameda Burbank, CA

The Rockford Files - Episode: The No-Cut Contract (1976)
Location: Pickwick Drive In Theater - 1100 W. Alameda, Burbank, CA

TAGS: Pickwick Drive In Theater Burbank, CA

The Rockford Files - Episode: Various - Malibu Inn Restaurant on Pacific Coast Highway

Malibu Inn Restaurant: 22969 Pacific Coast Highway Malibu, CA 90265-4934
It is still there today as well as the Jack In The Box just down the street.

Sunday, January 20, 2013

The Rockford Files - Episode: A Bad Deal in the Valley (1976) Stiles Real Estate Office - Burbank, CA

A Bad Deal in the Valley
Stiles Realty  Olive & Buena Vista Burbank, CA
This building was torn down to make way for a giant office building.

The Rockford Files - Episode: Reincarnation of Angie (1976) Holiday Inn & My Brother's BBQ

I really like the old Holiday Inn green signs...Too bad they are no longer in use.

ABOVE PHOTO: My Brother’s BBQ: 21150 Ventura Blvd Woodland Hills, CA
The yellow building next dor to the BBQ joint was a hardware store...It is no longer there.