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Connections between "Falcon Crest" and Other Productions
 
(revised 03/16/2020)
 
 
 
 
Many props from "Falcon Crest" were reused in other productions, which is a usual process in the entertainment industry because not everything is bought specifically for a production. Below are a few striking examples of props that were prominently reused in other shows or came from other shows and were reused on "Falcon Crest".
 
 
 

  • Documents:
     
     
    • Newspaper Articles (various seasons):
       
       
      Various newspapers throughout the series featured the same articles, including those entitled "City Bond Issue Nears Approval" (yellow mark), "At 91, Another First" (red mark) and "Valley Area Records Record Growth" (green mark). These articles appeared in various New Globe issues and other papers all over the series. For details, check out # 072, 075, 086, 138, 142, 147 and 198 in our Behind the Scenes section.
      The "secret" of these props is that they were produced by EARL HAYS, a Los Angeles based company that has specialized in printed prop items for the entertainment industry. They offer a variety of generic items, which they adapt and amalgamate into specific props. These articles are part of their generic layouts. The articles' contents are mainly empty phrases, rearranged over and over again in repetitive style. The same articles were sold to many other productions for prop newspapers since approximately the 1960's. The "Valley Area Records Record Growth" article was also used in the following series and movies (examples only, not a complete list):
      • "Dallas": episode "Some Leave, Some Get Carried out" (# 354 <13.20 - original count> / <14.20 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 04/19/1991, CBS)
      • "Married... with Children": episode "Chicago Shoe Exchange" (# 259 <11.24>; original U.S. airdate: 06/09/1997, Fox)
      • "A Murder of Crows"; theatrical release dates: 12/12/1998 (UK), 07/06/1999 (USA); 07/18/2000 (Germany - TV)
      • "Charmed": episode "Pre-witched" (# 061 <3.17>; original U.S. airdate: 03/22/2001, The WB)
      • "Angel": episode "Carpe Noctem" (# 048 <3.04>; original U.S. airdate: 10/15/2001, The WB)
      • "Six Feet Under": episode "Death Works Overtime" (# 37 <3.11>; original U.S. airdate: 05/11/2003, The WB)
      • "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre"; theatrical release dates: 10/15/2003 (USA), 01/01/2004 (Germany)
      • "Desperate Housewives": episode "There's Something about a War" (# 036 <2.13>; original U.S. airdate: 01/22/2006, ABC); episode "Bang" (# 054 <3.07>; original U.S. airdate: 11/05/2006, ABC); episode "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" (# 123 <6.12>; original U.S. airdate: 01/10/2010, ABC)
      • "Smith": pilot (# 1; original U.S. airdate: 09/19/2006, CBS)
      • "Everybody Hates Chris": episode "Everybody Hates Malvo" (# 27 <2.05>; original U.S. airdate: 10/30/2006, The WB)
      • "Scrubs": episode "My Words of Wisdom" (# 133 <6.16>; original U.S. airdate: 04/12/2007, NBC)
      • "No Country for Old Men"; theatrical release dates: 05/19/2007 (France), 10/06/2007 (USA), 02/28/2008 (Germany)
       
       
    • Sales Contract (season 9):
       
       
      The sales contract between Emma Channing and Michael Sharpe about Falcon Crest from # 214 <9.09> was never featured as an insert in a close-up on "Falcon Crest". It was only seen briefly in various scenes.
       
      In an episode of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer", entitled "Teacher's Pet" (# 004 <1.04>; original U.S. airdate: 03/24/1997, The WB), an insert with a close-up of this very same contract was featured for the purpose of showing the address of a certain Miss French. It was only doctored up with French's address in a different font. Many parts of the otherwise unrelated contract are legible, including "Michael Sharpe", "Falcon Crest" and "Tuscany Valley", etc.
      Although it has not been possible to verify how exactly this prop made its way from the "Falcon Crest" set to "Buffy", which is owned by the completely unrelated 20th CENTURY FOX TELEVISION company, it seems very likely that JOSEPH M. ELLIS, who was the unit production manager of season 9 of "Falcon Crest", brought it to "Buffy" where he also served as unit production manager during its first twelve episodes.
     
     
     
  • Picture Cars:
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    • Horse Buggy (Falcon Crest; season 2):
       
      The Falcon Crest carriage at the Founder Day Parade in "'...Divided We Fall'" (# 030 <2.12>; original U.S. airdate: 12/31/1982, CBS) is a prop owned by THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). It was rented by LORIMAR for this episode. Just a few weeks before, the same horse buggy was used on "Hart to Hart", which had just moved to film its 1982-83 season at THE BURBANK STUDIOS; the episode was entitled "Hart's Desire" (# 073 <4.06>; original U.S. airdate: 11/16/1982, ABC).
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    • Zimmer Golden Spirit (Tony Cumson; season 6):
       
      Tony's neo-classic convertible - on the right, a screen capture from "The Stranger within" (# 130 <6.03>; original U.S. airdate: 10/17/1986, CBS) - is an old LORIMAR prop, best remembered as Mark Graison's (JOHN BECK) car on "Dallas"; left screen grab from "The Road back" (# 132 <6.01 - original count> / <7.01 - DVD count>; U.S. airdate: 09/30/1983, CBS).
       
     
     
  • Phone Number (Richard Channing's New Globe office; season 7):
     
    In # 171 <7.16>, 555-2368 can be read on Richard's New Globe telephone (compare the entry and screen grab in our Behind the Scenes section). It is obviously his office phone number. The area code for San Francisco is (415).
    555-2368 is a particularly popular phone number in the entertainment industry. The fictional "safe" phone number for TV and movie productions (for the 555 prefix in general compare # 005 <1.05> in the Behind the Scenes section) was provided for a number of area codes. The most famous version might have been used in the crime drama series "The Rockford Files", in which this number was featured on Rockford's phone in each episode's main title - in Los Angeles with the (213) area code. Later, the number was used in season 2 of "Quincy, M.E." for the medical examiner's office with the completely fictional (311) area code. The same number with the (311) area code was featured both as Jaime Sommers' phone number in "The Bionic Woman" - as seen in the episode "Jaime's Mother" (# 08 <1.08>; original U.S. airdate: 03/24/1976, ABC) - and as Giorgio Cabri's phone number in the "Hart to Hart" episode "Vintage Harts" (# 063 <3.19>; original U.S. airdate: 03/23/1982, ABC). Commercials of Bell System (a phone provider) sometimes made use of the number in the (311) area code also.
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  • Set Dressing:
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    • Bed (Emma Channing; seasons 1 and 2):
       
      The bed in Emma's rooftop studio in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion from seasons 1 and 2 was not a LORIMAR owned prop, but rented from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). This bed was previously used on other shows filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS, in particular two episodes of "Police Woman": "Once a Snitch" (# 057 <3.12>; original U.S. airdate: 01/04/1977, NBC) and "Silky Chamberlain" (# 066 <3.21>; original U.S. airdate: 03/08/1977, NBC). That series was produced by COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION. At the time, COLUMBIA PICTURES shared an interest in THE BURBANK STUDIOS.
       
       
    • Bed (Chase and Maggie Gioberti; seasons 4 through 7):
       
      Between seasons 4 and 7, there was a white metal framed bed with decorative elements in the form of grapevines in Chase and Maggie's master bedroom at the Gioberti House. The screen capture is an example from # 070 <4.02>.
      This LORIMAR owned prop was used in other productions before and after "Falcon Crest".
       
      • "Flamingo Road":
        It was previously featured on LORIMAR's "Flamingo Road" in Sandy Swanson's apartment.
        The screen grab is an example from "Double Trouble" (# 29 <2.14>; original U.S. airdate: 02/23/1982, NBC).
         
         
      • "Hart to Hart":
        It was also previously featured on COLUMBIA's "Hart to Hart" in the guest bedroom at a wildlife ranch. This show filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS at the time and rented it from LORIMAR.
        The screen grab is from "Hunted Harts" (# 078 <4.11>; original U.S. airdate: 01/04/1983, ABC).
         
      • "Knots Landing":
        It was later reused as Michael and Linda Fairgate's bed in "Knots Landing".
        The screen grab is an example taken from "Bad Dog" (# 295 <12.19>; original U.S. airdate: 02/28/1991, CBS).
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    • Cabinets (Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer; seasons 2 through 6):
       
      From season 2 through early season 6 (# 129) of "Falcon Crest", the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer was furnished with two small, very elegant matching serpentine cabinets (standing on either side of the study's pocket doors), one of which you can see in the screen grab from "Inconceivable Affairs" (# 108 <5.10>; original U.S. airdate: 12/06/1985, CBS). They were antique walnut and cherry veneer pieces of furniture in French Louis XV style (built during the Napoleon III era though) with elaborate floral intarsia, figural bronze metal mounts and a red marble surface. These unique props had been acquired by LORIMAR to dress the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion when the set was refurnished and refurbished for season 2 to give it a more elegant look.
      These side cabinets were later reused on other LORIMAR / WARNER BROS. shows. When LORIMAR was bought out by WARNER BROS. in 1989, all their assets, including these small cabinets, became property of WARNER BROS.
       
      • "Knots Landing":
        In season 9 of LORIMAR's "Knots Landing", the cabinets were used to dress the set of Greg Sumner's ranch - one of them in the living room, the other one in the bedroom. The "Knots Landing" screen capture is just an example from "Noises Everywhere - Part 2" (# 201 <9.11>; original U.S. airdate: 12/10/1987, CBS).
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      • "A Walton Wedding":

        In the fifth reunion movie of "The Waltons" entitled "A Walton Wedding" (original U.S. airdate: 02/12/1995, CBS), the cabinets were used in the living room of Janet's aunt Flo's residence.

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      • "Gilmore Girls":
        The same props later resurfaced on "Gilmore Girls" in the foyer of Emily and Richard Gilmore's mansion throughout the whole series. The "Gilmore Girls" screen grab is just an example taken from "Eight o'Clock at the Oasis" (# 048 <3.05>; original U.S. airdate: 10/22/2002, The WB).
       
       
    • Chandeliers (Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer and dining room; seasons 1 and 2):
       
      The three identical crystal glass chandeliers in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer, dining room and living room in seasons 1 and 2 were not LORIMAR owned props. They were rented from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was a joint venture of WARNER BROS. and COLUMBIA PICTURES at the time.
       
      The chandeliers were previously used on other shows filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS, in particular two episodes of "Police Woman": "Tennis Bum" (# 053 <3.08>; original U.S. airdate: 11/30/1976, NBC) and "Blind Terror" (# 077 <4.10>; original U.S. airdate: 01/04/1978, NBC).
       
       
    • Desk (Angela Channing; season 1):
       
      Angela's desk in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study in this season is an antique piece of furniture with veneer intarsia. It was not a LORIMAR owned prop, but rented from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS), which was a joint venture of WARNER BROS. and COLUMBIA PICTURES at the time.
       

      This desk was previously used on other shows filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS, in particular in "Father to the Man", an episode of "Police Woman" (# 056 <3.11>; original U.S. airdate: 12/21/1976, NBC).

       
       
    • Desk (Angela Channing; seasons 2 through 9):
       
      For details about Angela's iconic French Louis XV style bureau plat in the study of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion between seasons 2 through 9, check the entry in # 019 <2.01> in our Behind the Scenes section.
      As many other LORIMAR / WARNER BROS. props, the very same desk from "Falcon Crest" can be rented from WARNER BROS. by other production companies nowadays.
       
      • "Flamingo Road":
        LORIMAR used its own desk prior to "Falcon Crest" in the 1980-81 and 1981-82 seasons in the study of Lute-Mae's Saloon on "Flamingo Road" - here is just an example in a screen capture from "The High and the Mighty" (# 33 <2.18>; original U.S. airdate: 03/30/1982, NBC). This desk model is exactly the same as the one that later appeared on "Falcon Crest".
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      • UNIVERSAL Productions (same model):
        The same desk model (but not the very same desk from LORIMAR's prop warehouse) had appeared on TV in a number of UNIVERSAL productions before, including the following shows:
        The three screen captures are just examples of scenes from UNIVERSAL productions that made use of this type of desk.
        Among other shows, the UNIVERSAL owned desk was featured in:
         
        • "Columbo": three episodes - screen capture 1, for instance

        • "Kojak": one episode

        • "The Bionic Woman": three episodes - screen capture 2, for instance

        • "The Incredible Hulk": two episodes

        • "Knight Rider" (classic series): one episode

        • "Chicago Justice": one episode - screen capture 3, for instance

       
    • Dining Room Chairs (Gioberti House; season 1):
       
      The brown dining room chairs in the Gioberti House from season 1 (except in # 002 - compare our Behind the Scenes section for further details) had a striking curved backrest.
      These props were not owned by LORIMAR, but rented from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS). These chairs were previously used on other shows filmed at THE BURBANK STUDIOS, in particular in "Requiem for a Bored Wife", an episode of "Police Woman" (# 010 <1.10>; original U.S. airdate: 11/29/1974, NBC) produced by COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION. At the time, COLUMBIA PICTURES shared an interest in THE BURBANK STUDIOS.
       
       
    • Office Chair (Angela Channing; seasons 2 through 7):
       

      For details about Angela's iconic French Louis XVI style office chair in the study of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion between seasons 2 through 7, check the entry in # 019 <2.01> in our Behind the Scenes section.

       
      This chair reappeared in the "Dallas" episode "Paradise Lost" (# 327 <12.20 - original count> / <13.20 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 03/09/1990, CBS) in the interior set of a fur store.
      This LORIMAR owned prop became property of WARNER BROS. when the companies merged and is still owned by WARNER BROS. to this day. As many other WARNER BROS. props, the chair can be rented by other production companies.
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    • Office Chair (Richard Channing; season 3):
       
      The elegant swivel armchair made of wood and black leather in Richard's office in The New San Francisco Globe in season 3 was a prop owned by THE BURBANK STUDIOS, a joint venture between WARNER BROS. and COLUMBIA PICTURES in those days. While "Falcon Crest" was shot there, the prop masters did not only dress the set with props owned by LORIMAR, but also ones that came from THE BURBANK STUDIOS prop warehouse.
      When "Falcon Crest" moved from THE BURBANK STUDIOS to the CBS STUDIO CENTER in Studio City, CA during the hiatus between seasons 3 and 4 in order to shoot the remainder of the series there, the armchair had to be returned to the prop house at THE BURBANK STUDIOS. For season 4, Richard's office was redressed with a different antique armchair owned by LORIMAR.
      Before and after "Falcon Crest", the armchair owned by TBS was used in various other productions shot on the lot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (nowadays WARNER BROS. STUDIOS); the following list is in chronological order:
       
      • "Police Woman":
        Prior to "Falcon Crest", the armchair was used in the "Police Woman" crime drama in the episodes "The Purge" (# 33 <2.11>; original U.S. airdate: 11/25/1975, NBC) and "Generation of Evil" (# 42 <2.20>; original U.S. airdate: 02/10/1976, NBC).
        "Police Woman" was a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
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      • "Police Story":
        The armchair was also used prior to "Falcon Crest" in "Eamon Kinsella Royce", an episode of "Police Story" (# 64 <3.20>; original U.S. airdate: 02/20/1976, NBC).
        "Police Story" was a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
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      • "The Waltons":
        Also, the armchair was previously used in EARL HAMNER's earlier series, "The Waltons", in "The Cloudburst" (# 109 <5.09>; original U.S. airdate: 11/11/1976, CBS).
        This LORIMAR production had rented the prop from THE BURBANK STUDIOS.
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      • "Hart to Hart":
        The armchair was also previously featured in "Million Dollar Harts" (# 070 <4.03>; original U.S. airdate: 10/19/1982, ABC) and in the study of King Rashid's mansion in "In the Hart of the Night" (# 075 <4.08>; original U.S. airdate: 11/30/1982, ABC) as well as in "Hunted Harts" (# 078 <4.11>; original U.S. airdate: 01/04/1983, ABC).
        "Hart to Hart" was a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
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      • "Mike Hammer":
        The armchair was later reused on "Mike Hammer" where it was featured in "Torch Song" (# 011 <2.01>; original U.S. airdate: 11/29/1984, CBS).
        "Mike Hammer" was also a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
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      • "Hooker":
        The armchair was also reused on "T.J. Hooker", which was also a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production:
        First, it was featured in a priest's office in "The Confession" (# 058 <4.09>; original U.S. airdate: 12/15/1984, ABC); left screen grab.
        Later, it was used in another office in "The Night Ripper" (# 080 <5.08>; original U.S. airdate: 01/29/1986, CBS); right screen capture.
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      • "Crazy Like a Fox":
        The armchair was also used in an office in "Suitable for Framing" (# 12 <1.12>; original U.S. airdate: 03/31/1985, CBS).
        "Crazy Like a Fox" was another COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
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      • "Scarecrow and Mrs. King":
        This series featured the armchair in "Billy's Lost Weekend" (# 73 <4.07>; original U.S. airdate: 11/07/1986, CBS).
        "Scarecrow and Mrs. King" was a WARNER BROS. TELEVISION production.
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      • "Beauty and the Beast":
        This series (the original 1987 - 1990 show) featured the armchair in the "world below" as the chair at Jacob "Father" Wells' desk throughout its run. The screen capture is an example from "China Moon" (# 13 <1.13>; original U.S. airdate: 01/15/1988, CBS).
        "Beauty and the Beast" was a REPUBLIC PICTURES production filmed at various studios; the producing staff rented this prop from THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS).
       
       
    • Picture (Richard Channing's KRDC office; seasons 4 and 4 / Chase Goberti's Gioberti Enterprises office; season 6):
       
       
      One of the bird pictures on the wall in Richard's KRDC office in seasons 4 and 5 and later in Chase's office at Gioberti Enterprises in San Francisco in season 6 - here screen captures from "The Decline..." (# 094 <4.26>; original U.S. airdate: 03/06/1985, CBS) and "Hot Spots" (# 138 <6.11>; original U.S. airdate: 12/12/1986, CBS) as examples - was reused in "Knots Landing" in Dianne Kirkwood's TV station office. The screen grab is an example from "Let's Get Married" (# 276 <11.29>; original U.S. airdate: 05/17/1990, CBS).
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    • Signage (Sturdevant General Store; season 3):
       
       
      For details about the filming location for the Sturdevant General Store, check the entry in # 063 <2.23> in our Behind the Scenes section.
      In the 1984-85 season of the TV series "The Dukes of Hazzard", the same exterior set on the backlot of THE BURBANK STUDIOS (now WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) was utilized in the episode "Danger on the Hazzard Express" (# 140 <7.10>; original U.S. airdate: 11/30/1984, CBS). It was dressed with the exact same signage as on "Falcon Crest" seven months earlier.