Friday, January 20, 2017

The Rockford Files - EPISODE: Nice Guys Finish Dead (1979) Filming Locations: San Fernando Road - Lindy's Liquor, Sir Sico Restaurant, Simmons Market, K&A Parts and More!

BELOW PHOTO: In this episode of the Rockford Files "NICE GUYS FINISH DEAD" 1979 - Jim Rockford (James Garner) teamed up with Lance White (Tom Selleck), Freddie Beamer (James Whitmore Jr.) and pictured in the second photograph, Vern St. Cloud (Simon Oakland) in one great episode of the Rockford Files.



ABOVE PHOTO: Actor Larry Manetti appeared in this episode. Larry Manetti would later team back up with Tom Selleck on the TV series Magnum P.I.

ABOVE PHOTO: You have to give the Rockford Files casting department credit because they always had some of the most beautiful actresses on this TV series. In the above photo, this unaccredited actress handed Vern St.Cloud the name of the Goodhue Award. I will not spoil this episode by telling who won the award.

 ABOVE PHOTO: 8400 Block of San Fernando Road in 1979

 ABOVE PHOTO: Simmons Market located at 8361 San Fernando Road - displaying the beautifully hand painted Pepsi logo on the side of their store and also on the overhead street sign. 

ABOVE PHOTO: Sir Sico Restaurant located at 8351 San Fernando Road.
Have you ever ate there? Let me know please!
I added the photo of the matchbook to the above image.

Frank R. Sica; Called a Major Crime Figure of 1940s and '50s - Owner of Sir Sico

(1987) Memorial services were conducted Thursday evening in Burbank for Frank R. Sica, the youngest of three brothers considered by police to be major California crime figures during the late 1940s and early '50s.
Sica, 70, who died last Saturday after a lengthy illness, was the owner until early last year of the Sir Sico restaurant in Sun Valley.
Beginning in 1959 he fought a lengthy battle to obtain an entertainment permit for that establishment. For seven years it was opposed by the Los Angeles Police Commission on grounds that he had a lengthy record of arrests for gambling and that he was associated with "known criminals"--his brothers.
He finally won that permit after Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Alfred Gitelson noted that Sica already had a liquor license and that addition of a piano bar had no relation to any allegations of bad character.
The brothers in question, Joseph and Alfred Sica, were described in a state Special Crime Commission report of that era as having left the notorious Mickey Cohen mob to join that of rival gangster Jack Dragna.
Joseph and Alfred Sica were indicted by a federal grand jury in January, 1950, with Abraham Davidian and 13 others on charges of operating the then-biggest heroin smuggling ring in Southern California.
Davidian turned state's evidence, but was murdered in Fresno before the trial. Prosecution of all defendants was abandoned, prompting U.S. District Judge Peirson M. Hall to criticize prosecutors for their failure to track down the killer or killers in that and three other dope case killings.
Frank Sica leaves two other brothers, Jimmy and Nunzio; his wife, Mary; sons Gary, Bob and Ron as well as sisters Ann DeVito and Jennie Sica.

ABOVE PHOTO: Lindy's Liquor located at Vineland and San Fernando Road.

ABOVE PHOTO: Bus ad for "seeyouaround", any idea who this advertising campaign was for?

 ABOVE PHOTO: The vintage "BUS" sign was shown in this episode. Anybody have any idea where this sign was once located?

ABOVE PHOTO: Rockford & crew drive past K&A Parts at San Fernando Road and Penrose. K&A Parts are still located there at 8557 San Fernando Road!

ABOVE PHOTO: Yes I saved the best for last. Freddie Beamer couldn't concentrate on being hypnotized by Brandy Alexander. I wonder why????
The sexy and chesty Brandy Alexander was played by the beautiful actress Erica Hagen. 


The Rockford Files - The Countess - James Garner as Jim Rockford - Tribute to Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) - Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 - Jan 21, 1999) - Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) - Todd Martin (FEB 11, 1927 - IMDB list him as alive today) - Actor Tom Atkins (Nov 13, 1935) - Jean Le Bouvier (Aug 19, 1920 - Apr 06, 1983) - Melvin F. Allen (Nov 23, 1933 - Sep 01, 1992) - Gretchen Corbett (Aug 13, 1945) - Harold J. Stone (Mar 03, 1913 to Nov 18, 2005) - Joe Santos (Jun 09, 1931 to Mar 18, 2016) - James Cromwell (Jan 27, 1940) - Art Lund (Apr 01.1915 to May 31, 1990) - Frederick "Fred" Fitz Apking (Nov 12, 1927 to Aug 25, 2006) - William Bryant (Jan 31, 1924 to Jun 26, 2001)

Below Images: The late Susan Strasberg (May 22, 1938 - Jan 21, 1999) played the very beautiful & sexy Deborah Ryder a.k.a. The Countess 













Below Images: We just lost actor Dick Gautier (Oct 30, 1931 to Jan 13, 2017) played the mobbed up villain Carl Brego.  U.S. Navy Veteran.

 They must of had a no belly button showing rule based on high he is wearing his pants




Below Images: 31626 Sea Level Drive, Malibu CA - This residence has since been torn down and replaced with a much larger home.





Below Images: Actor Todd Martin (FEB 11, 1927 - IMDB list him as alive today) played the motorcycle cop that "busted" Jim Rockford.

Below Images: Actor Tom Atkins (Nov 13, 1935) played the tough Lt Axel Diel  - *** Per wwwIMDB.com - His longtime partner David Lewell died in 2004. Not sure if that is a business partner or otherwise.

Below Image: Actress Jean Le Bouvier (Aug 19, 1920 - Apr 06, 1983) played a party goer.

Below Image: Melvin F. Allen (Nov 23, 1933 - Sep 01, 1992) played the smooth operating cab driver.

These unaccredited actors played an old couple on the beach who witness the murder of Carl Brego.


Below Images: Jim Rockford's old flame and attorney Beth Davenport played by the beautiful Gretchen Corbett (Aug 13, 1945) Gretchen Corbett is one of a few surviving original cast members of the Rockford Files.

Above Image:  North Hollywood High School was used as a police station in this episode, located at Magnolia Blvd & Colfax Ave, Los Angeles, California


Below Image: The late great Harold J. Stone (Mar 03, 1913 to Nov 18, 2005) played the Godfather, Mr. Sorrell.

The late actor Joe Santos (Jun 09, 1931 to Mar 18, 2016) played Rockford's good buddy Sgt Dennis Becker.

Below Images: The late great James Garner as Jim Rockford. Look at some of that high tech 1970's gear! James Garner is a Korean War veteran with 2 Purple Hearts along with other awards/medals.





Below Image: Actor James Cromwell (Jan 27, 1940) played Terry the lucky tennis instructor for Susan Strasberg

Below Image: The late Art Lund (Apr 01.1915 to May 31, 1990) played Mike Ryder (Susan Strasberg's Husband) who ends up dying at the end of this episode.





Above Photo: Only the first few Rockford Files episodes has Rockford's trailer actually on Pacific Coast Highway next to the long gone Tonga Lei famous Malibu restaurant nightclub. See the sign above the trailer.



 ABOVE PHOTO: Left - Frederick "Fred" Fitz Apking (Nov 12, 1927 to Aug 25, 2006) Far Right -  William Bryant (Jan 31, 1924 to Jun 26, 2001) played two mob thugs




Above Image: The Jack In The Box and Malibu Inn restaurants on Pacific Coast Highway