# 078 <4.10> Tarantella
This episode marks the first appearance of uncredited extra LARRY HUMBURGER. He is an American actor, who appeared as an extra in many TV series and movies, particularly in the 1980's and 1990's. Besides his work as an atmosphere person, he is best known for his duties as technical advisor on the legal drama "Matlock", which earned him his nickname "Legal Larry".
He plays a variety of rôles on "Falcon Crest" and is a patron at the Tuscany Downs Turf Club in this episode.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
The view over San Francisco from Richard's KRDC office is the same photographic backdrop (translight) that has been in use behind the interior set of the New Globe executive office since season 2 (compare the left screen grab from # 074).
As it is revealed this episode, the room where Richard and Francesca stayed in the previous episode, was suite 2460 at the Tate Hotel in San Francisco. Odd: Why did Richard stay at a hotel owned by the cartel?
Real-life allusion: Lorraine likes WOODY ALLEN movies.
Deleted scene: Act 1 contained a scene in Richard's bedroom with Francesca stepping out of the bathroom after a tête-à-tête with Richard. He says he wants her to get to know Lorraine. She replies that she married the last man, who wanted her to meet his family. This scene was filmed, but removed in post-production.
Early script drafts included a scene with Lance and Lorraine arriving in Lance's Porsche at the gate to Richard's home on Hilltop Road. Lance takes her home after a date — they went to the movies. This scene also included a gate guard observing Lance driving off. DICK DUROCK (compare # 079 and 080) was cast in the rôle of the guard, but the whole scene was never filmed as it was omitted during the script revisions.
Actor OWEN BUSH was originally cast in the small rôle of the locksmith at Terry's house. Although he was never photographed, he received payment. The part finally went to AL HOPSON.
Although establishing clips of the first filming location for the McKay House have been in use again since # 075 (see there), the new interior and exterior scenes for the current episode are filmed at the second location (compare # 055) again.
The exterior shot of Money Loan in San Francisco, the pawn shop where Terry buys the gun, features the Lawrence Hotel in San Francisco; the Frisco Frisco nightclub used to be on the first floor on the left of the building at the corner of 6th Street & Jessie Street. Right next on the first floor at street number 52, there used to be the pawn shop. The hotel just had the entrance on the first floor at street number 48 while all the rooms were upstairs. The building is located in the South of Market district. Nowadays, single occupancy rooms for the less well-off are on the upper floors, and an event space is where the nightclub used to be on the first floor.
Two dogs can be noticed in front of the Falcon Crest Winery Building. They belonged to MIKE and SUSAN ROBBINS, the owners of Spring Mountain Vineyards in those days.
Early script drafts staged the scene with Maggie and Chase and the incoming phone call from Mike Harris in the living room instead of the Gioberti House kitchen.
Product placement: Angela's safe in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study is made by Armor.
Edited scene: In the segment with Spheeris breaking into Angela's safe in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion study, he is almost discovered by Chao-Li. The parts of the scene including Chao-Li were removed in post-production.
Deleted scene: When Julia and Lucas go into town, the scene initially started out with them getting into his car and driving away from his trailer. The scene was filmed at Stags' Leap (on a part of the property, which is now Quixote Winery; compare # 075), but removed in post-production.
The lettering on the ambulance of the real Piner company (compare # 069) was changed to Riner in the scene with Julia's abduction by Spheeris and his squad.
In a wide angle shot, the Riner ambulance (a 1983 Ford Econoline 350 with license plate number Nevada RSH 572) used by Spheeris' henchmen starts following Lucas and Julia. In the next frame, however, it cannot be seen through the back window of Lucas' car. In the next wide angle shot, the ambulance can be seen again. Obviously, various takes of the scene were combined in post-production.
Julia and Lucas' ride through Kellogue, NV is a combination of shots from various locations in Yountville, CA. Parts of their drive are filmed on Yount Street, others on Washington Street, all combined in the editing process, but not matching the real-life topography.
Click here for a *.pdf file with a visualization of their car ride through Kellogue, NV (Yountville, CA) on a map.
The final segment where Julia is abducted by Spheeris in downtown Kellogue is filmed in front of a historic general store in downtown Yountville, CA, which has been used for different commercial purposes since filming. The same location will be used for a different purpose in # 131 (see there).
The burgundy Jaguar XJ (Series III) of an unknown guest at Francesca's farewell party is a picture car LORIMAR will use on various occasions throughout the series (compare # 123, 186, 194, 195 and 203).
For LORIMAR's further use of this picture car, check out the Beyond the Show – Props – Picture Cars section.
PETER PAUL EASTMAN (uncredited extra) plays a white-haired gentleman, who is a guest at Francesca's farewell party in this episode.
Compare # 221 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 021.
Uncredited extra ROBERT HITCHCOCK appears in this episode again as Mr. Winslow — this time as a guest at Francesca's farewell party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 193 for biographical details about this minor rôle and for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.
Uncredited extra SHARRI ZAK appears as the gray-haired Tuscany Valley socialite with the pony tail again; this episode among the guests at Francesca's farewell party in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
Compare # 202 for biographical details about this rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 009.
Mistake: When Gustav and Angela go past the glass table in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer, Pamela would have to be visible on the left of the frame — because right after the cut (between screen captures 2 and 3), she is standing in front of the center of the table (compare her gown on screen grab 3), facing towards the living room and looking into Gustav and Angela's direction.
In the usual process of making a movie or a TV show, scenes are shot at least twice — as a wide angle shot and in close-up, which bears the risk of inconsistencies. Compare # 001 (Chase and Maggie at the Gioberti Family Cemetery) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
Mistake: During Francesca's farewell party at the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion, Joel and Terry first go past Richard and Pamela towards the living room. In their next close-up, they are still in the foyer and head towards the living room again. In the background, Greg and Pamela ought to be seen on their way towards the bar in the dining room — but they are nowhere to be seen.
Also, when Greg and Pamela turn around in the foyer, many guests can be seen in the dining room in the background, but after cutting to Terry and Joel, far less people are in the dining room.
Not the most careful arrangement of scenes in post-production!
Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again — this time as a guest at Francesca's farewell party.
Compare # 207 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 016.
Uncredited extra GAYLE FRANK, who plays a court stenographer in the series, is a guest at Francesca's farwell party in this episode.
Compare # 215 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 017.
When Francesca leaves the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion living room after her dance, some of the extras change their positions in subsequent frames. This becomes apparent particularly because PETER PAUL EASTMAN and a blonde female extra are standing in the living room (near the pocket doors) first, but in the foyer immediately after the cut (yellow arrows).
The reason is that, in order to minimize production cost, the number of atmosphere people hired is quite limited, so they have to constantly change their positions in a scene, depending on the camera angle.
The script suggested that the scene with Julia's abduction be this episode's cliffhanger (and not Gustav's handing the contract over to Francesca). The scene order was changed in the editing process.
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