Seeing Stars: Where the Movies Were Shot on Location
The 1960's & early '70s
of TV Shows,
Made-for-TV Movies & Music Videos.
that some of these locations are private homes.
Do not trespass on their property, knock on their doors,
or in any way disturb 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.
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". )
- 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 new owner 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!
And while we're on the subject of popular TV sitcoms from the '60s, how about "MY THREE SONS"?
The show starred actor Fred McMurray as the 'Steve Douglas', the widowed
dad raising those three sons (with the help of his grumpy
father-in-law), and it was on the air for a record 12 seasons..
On the show (for the first eight seasons), the family was supposed to
live in Bryant Park, a fictional Midwestern suburb. But never believe what you see on TV.
In real life, the white, two-story Douglas home seen every week on the show, is an
actual house located in Los Angeles, in a suburb just southeast of
You'll find it at 837 5th Avenue, Los Angeles.
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
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.)
The final episode of "THE FUGITIVE"
(with David Janssen) drew the
largest TV audience of any show up to that date. Set throughout Los Angeles,
that final chase took Dr. Richard Kimble from the Los Angeles
Produce Mart (near 7th and Central - see
a map) in downtown (where he shielded his face from a policeman by
carrying a box of lettuce on his shoulder), to the Los
Angeles Zoo (in Griffith Park).
- The "Wayne Manor" mansion seen in the
series (starring Adam West) 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 actual home is still standing)
- 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
(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.)
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,
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,
- The squalid hotel depicted on the cover of "The Doors"
1970 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
A jungle treehouse played a key role in the kid's
series, "LAND OF THE LOST,"
wherein a family is sucked into a portal and ends up in a prehistoric world
with dinosaurs and cavemen.
That treehouse used to stand at Descanso
Gardens, which doubled as the jungle in that TV series.
But I've recently been told that it is no longer there.
The garden is located at 1418 Descanso Drive, in the city of La Cañada/Flintridge
(northwest of Pasadena).
* Locations marked by an asterisk (*) may be located
in areas with high crime rates.
Exercise reasonable caution.
For information about watching TV sitcoms
being taped live in the studio, see the separate page about getting tickets
to live TV tapings.
for something in particular? Search the Seeing-Stars website!