Saturday, May 9, 2015

Jim Rockford and the "Paramount House"


In The Rockford Files season 2 episode, "In Hazard," Jim Rockford (James Garner) discovers a body inside the garage of a suburban house. The home just happens to be the former "Paramount House" which used to be located on Universal Studios Colonial Street backlot and was originally constructed for the film The Desperate Hours (1955) starring Humphrey Bogart and Fredric March. Below is a comparison of the Paramount House as seen in The Rockford Files episode and in The Desperate Hours.

The "Paramount House" in The Rockford Files.


The house looks mostly the same except for in The Rockford Files episode there is the addition of a lower roof. What I find most interesting is seeing how the tree in the front lawn has grown in 20 + years between Desperate Hours and Rockford Files. The tree trunk and branches still maintain the same shape, but by the time of the Rockford Files the tree is much larger and fuller.

7 comments:

beachgal said...

The 2nd Leave it to Beaver house after they moved from Republic to the Universal lot.

Susan said...

I remember it as the "Leave It To Beaver" house, too~

Raquel Stecher said...

I've been watching the Rockford Files and one of the reasons I love it is all the on location filming. Great post!

annettehoffman said...

This also looks like the second Cleaver house on "Leave it to Beaver"?

Robert Howe said...

This house was also used as Marcus Welby's house. I use to eat lunch on the front porch during breaks.

rocket9 said...

Some houses are lodged in your mind and then you sometimes unconsciously react positively to a certain kind of design without realizing it's because of movies..lol

Chris Shasho said...

Also the Youngs house in desperate housewives series.

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