Monday, March 25, 2013

Quincy, M.E. - Film Locations - Larchmont Boulevard

Jack Klugman is Quincy, M.E.

For a few months now I've been on a Quincy, M.E. kick. This 1970s-1980s television show starring the likable Jack Klugman was a precursor to contemporary hit shows like the CSI crime investigation series. Klugman plays the title character, Quincy, a savvy Los Angeles coroner who never saw a crime scene that couldn't be solved. As the show is set in Los Angeles, numerous LA area film locations appear frequently. Right from the get go, during the first episode of Season 1, the episode Go Fight City Hall...to the Death (1976), includes shots of Dodgers Stadium, City Hall, Marina Del Rey and other Los Angeles locations. One location in particular that appears briefly at the beginning of the episode caught my eye - a scene of a coroner's ambulance driving down Larchmont Boulevard.

226 N. Larchmont Boulevard as seen in Quincy, M.E.

Contemporary view looking down N. Larchmont Blvd.

In the screenshot above we see the ambulance driving north down Larchmont Boulevard, in the heart of the Larchmont Village. Just below the screenshot is a contemporary view looking down Larchmont Boulevard. On the right of the screenshot is a Safeway market which I remembered from watching the Bob Hope film, Eight on the Lam (1967). 

226 N. Larchmont Blvd as seen in Eight on the Lam (1967).

Contemporary view of 226 N. Larchmont Boulevard.

The Larchmont Village has been a popular filming location ever since the silent era and the area continues to be used as a filming location. Some films I've previously covered on Dear Old Hollywood to feature Larchmont include Off Limits (1953) starring Bob Hope and Mickey Rooney, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) starring Joan Crawford and Bette Davis, and Eight on the Lam (1967) starring Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Shirley Eaton, and Jill St. John.

Quincy, M.E. has been released on DVD and is also available for streaming through Netflix.

5 comments:

olpaul said...

Check out "Wings for the Eagle" (1942) filmed at Lockheed in Burbank. http://wesclark.com/burbank/wings_for_the_eagle.html

M. Bouffant said...

Ah. I was wondering what happened to the Safeway.

Raquel Stecher said...

Gah! I love this! Quincy M.E. is one of my favorite TV shows and I just adore Jack Klugman. Thanks for doing a post about one of the filming locations. Very cool.

Robby Cress said...

olpaul,

Thanks for the link. I loved seeing those photos of the old Lockheed plant! I'm also enjoying checking out some of the other photos on that site.

Raquel,

You're welcome. I'll have some more locations from Klugman's show that I'll do this year. It's all a matter of so many locations, so little time.

Chris Hoch HQ said...

I remember watching Mark Harmon filming an episode of Police Story on Larchmont Blvd in 1976 and a Barnaby Jones episode was filmed there.
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0676374/?ref_=nm_flmg_act_69

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