Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot on Location

The 1960's & early '70s

Filming locations of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.

Remember that some of these locations are private homes.
Do not trespass on their property, knock on their doors,
or in any way distrub the residents.


  • If this house looks familiar, it's because it was the inspiration for the Stephens' house in the classic sitcom "BEWITCHED", where Samantha and Darrin shared their unusual marriage.

    Located at 267 18th Street, on the northeast side of Santa Monica, CA. (near San Vicente Blvd), the house was copied by the "Bewitched" producers, who built a replica of this actual house on the lot of the Warner Bros ranch (in Burbank), which was used for the show's filming.

    When they built the replica, they opted to build it as a mirror image, the right side on the left side and vice versa.

    Click on the house photo above to see a larger version, as well as an old B&W screenshot of the Stephens house taken from the TV series.


  • After the success of "Bewitched", Screen Gems launched another TV series about a normal man involved with a magical woman: "I DREAM OF JEANNIE".

    In the pilot episode of that show, astronaut Tony Nelson (Larry Hagman) finds himself stranded on a desert island after his rocket malfunctions. And while he's on the beach, hoping to be  rescued, he finds a bottle - which just happens to contain a wish-granting genie - named (what else?) Jeannie.

So, where was that "desert island"?

That wasn't an island, of course.  It was actually none other than Point Dume beach, in Malibu, California.  Point Dume's huge cliffs and rocky shore are instantly recognizable to anyone familiar with the Malibu area.

Point Dume is about 20 miles northwest of Santa Monica, CA, and about nine west of the Malibu Pier.

The beach, next to the Poit Dume cliffs, where Tony wrote "SOS" on the sand, is known as Westward Beach.  It lies to the immediate west/northwest of the cliffs - just past Pirate's Cove (which is the blue spot of water in the screencap above).

( Tony & Jeannie's home "in Cocoa Beach", on the other hand, was simply a permanent house set on the back lot of the Warner Ranch, in Burbank, the same place where they built the replica of the "Bewitched" home.
It still sits right next to the "Partridge Family" house at the ranch, and had previously been used as the Anderson home on the '50s sitcom "Father Knows Best". )

When you see the "Minnow" sail off to "GILLIGAN'S ISLAND" on that infamous "three-hour tour" (during the opening credits for that sit-com) the boat's supposed to be sailing out of an Hawaiian port.

Actually, that harbor scene in the opening credits was shot, at the Alamitos Bay marina, in east Long Beach, CA.

(They added a few palm trees to make it look more like Hawaii.)

  • Remember the Cunningham house from the 1970's TV sitcom series "HAPPY DAYS," where Richie, Joanie, Mr. C, Marion, and Fonzie lived?

    Well, you can find it at 565 N. Cahuenga Avenue, Hollywood, just north of the Wilshire Country Club.

  • "Here's the story, of a lovely lady..."

    You remember TV's "THE BRADY BUNCH," of course, but you probably didn't know that you can find the real Brady House at 11222 Dilling Street (on the south side of the street), in Studio City - not far from Universal Studios.

    It may not look exactly the same - the trees have grown and its owner of 20 years put in a fence to keep tourists from peeking in her windows. Also, the "Brady" producers temporarily installed a fake window on the roof to make the split level home appear to be a full two stories.

    (By the way, the Brady's fictitious address on the show was 4222 Clinton Way, and their phone number for the Brady house was 555-6161.)


  • Fans of the popular 1970's series "CANNON" (starring William Conad) will remember the high?rise apartment house where the detective lived.

    That building is now called the Sunset Tower, and you can find it at 8358 Sunset Blvd, in West Hollywood (on the Sunset Strip, just east of Kings Road).  

  • Jed & Granny Clampett were supposed to live at the fictional address of 518 Crestview Drive in Beverly Hills. But in fact, the huge mansion that you saw each week on TV's original "THE BEVERLY HILLBILLIES" is located at 750 Bel Air Road, in nearby Bel Air.

Alas, the current owner has drastically remodeled the estate, so you won't recognize the old place. The mansion was originally built in 1935 by millionaire Lynn Atkinson, but his wife thought it was too ostentatious, and refused to live there!

  • The "Wayne Manor" mansion seen in the "BATMAN" TV series was located in Pasadena.

    "Batman" was shot at 380 S. San Rafael Avenue, on the west side of Pasadena.

    (However, the home is behind gates and is not visible from the street.)

    Some false reports have put it at 160 S. San Rafael Avenue, the same impressive home where scenes from "Being There" and "Rocky V" were shot.
    (That house burned down in a 2005 fire.)

  • The "Bat Cave" in the "BATMAN" TV series (and the first two "Batman" movies) is located in Griffith Park. Known as the Bronson Caves, it has been used in numerous sci-fi/horror movies and Westerns, including 1993's "Army of Darkness," 1933's "The Three Musketeers" (with John Wayne), some "Star Trek" scenes, Gene Autry's old serial "THE PHANTOM EMPIRE" and the original "INVASION OF THE BODY SNATCHERS." It's about a quarter mile walk from the north end of Bronson Avenue (Canyon Drive) on the southwest side of Griffith Park.
  • (The trail leading to the Bronson Caves can be a bit tricky to find, so to make it easier to find, I've added a series of photos contributed by a fan of Seeing-Stars, as well as a trail map. To see the photos, just click here.)

One of Jack Webb's more popular TV series was "EMERGENCY!," a 70's show about the men of Los Angeles County Fire Deptartment's "Station 51" and its paramedics, 'John Gage' & 'Roy Desoto', who responded to emergencies, guided by the staff of "Rampart hospital."

Well, the actual fire station used in that series was Station 127, located at 2049 E. 223rd Street (just east of Wilmington Avenue), in the city of Carson, California.

In fact, the station has been named "The Robert A. Cinader Memorial" station in honor of the television producer who created the TV show, and a large plaque on the outside wall is dedicated in his name.

"Rampart General Hospital" isn't far away. It was actually Harbor General Hospital, now known as the Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  It is located on the outskirts of Carson (about four miles west of Station 127), at 1000 West Carson Street, in Torrance, CA.

From 1978-1981, TV's "THE WHITE SHADOW" (Ken Howard) coached basketball at "Carver High School," supposedly a tough, inner-city school. But in reality the location shots for the show were shot at two schools in the Valley:
  • North Hollywood High, at 5321 Colfax Ave. (at the southeast corner of Colfax & Magnolia Blvd.), in North Hollywood (for most of the establishing exterior shots) , and

  • Notre Dame High School, located at 13645 Riverside Drive (on the northeast corner of Riverside & Woodman Avenue), in Sherman Oaks.
  • (Most of the show was shot inside CBS Studio Center, also in the Valley - in Studio City.)

  • The squalid hotel depicted on the cover of "The Doors" album "Morrison Hotel" is located in a bad part of town, at 1246 S. Hope Street, in downtown L.A., just two blocks east of the Los Angeles Convention Center. *


* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.

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