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# 041 <3.01> Cimmerean Dawn
 
 
(revised 10/04/2021)
 
 
The episode title is a historic allusion to the Cimmerians, an ancient people that may have inhabitated a region that is now Ukraine and southern Russia. In HOMER's "Odyssey" in ancient Greek Mythology, the Cimmerians were described as living in a land of fog and darkness, at the edge of the world and the entrance to Hades. BOB McCULLOUGH chose this episode title to allude to the darkness in the Tuscany Valley and the thin line between the fights and feuds on the one hand and death (re: Jacqueline) on the other. It remains unclear, however, why BOB chose to use an unusual spelling ("Cimmerean" instead of "Cimmerian").
 
The pictures of JANE WYMAN, ROBERT FOXWORTH and SUSAN SULLIVAN are specifically filmed for this season's main title.
JANE's title card picture was filmed during the shooting of # 044.
The filming location for SUSAN's shot on her title card is the yard of the South Pasadena estate usually serving as the McKay House.
For the other actors' pictures in the main title, especially those coming from various scenes, see the information listed in the respective episodes.
 
The wine glass ROBERT FOXWORTH holds in this season's main title is one of the glasses with the engraved falcon coat of arms.
 
This season features the first frontal views of the stained glass window in the Gioberti House dining room. Whereas the interior set is propped with the falcon coat of arms, the real window in Stags' Leap Manor is decorated with a different coat of arms and a lettering saying "Ne cede malis" (Latin: "Never give in to misfortune"), which can be seen in some outdoor scenes.
 
The picture on LORENZO LAMAS' main title card is identical with the one from the second version of the season 2 main title; see there for details.
 
The shot of San Francisco - a helicopter view over Financial District and the Golden Gate Bridge in the background (filmed in northwestern direction) - is first used specifically for the main title (before DAVID SELBY's card). This shot will be used again for the season 4 and 5 main titles.
This aerial view, which was specifically filmed for the series, is part of a longer sequence from the helicopter (see # 064 for details).
 

The aerial shot over Tuscany Valley vineyards - first used before ABBY DALTON's main title card - is part of a longer helicopter flight (see # 052 for details).

 
The shot of Julia at the table in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion dining room in this season's main title (right screen capture) is from an unused version of the scene in # 038 (compare the left screen grab for the version used in the scene in the previous season).
 

The aerial shot of the Gioberti Estate - first used before MEL FERRER's main title card - is part of a longer helicopter flight (see # 057 for details).

 
The two cars that are prominently visible in the first row at Jacqueline's funeral and seem to belong to some of the funeral guests are a silver Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow I (left) and a white 1979 Cadillac Eldorado Biarritz (right).
 
Jacqueline's grave is not located at the Gioberti Family Cemetery, but on the property of the Gioberti Estate. As seen in the establishing shot of the funeral, the grave is situated on a little knoll to the north of the tree-lined driveway to Falcon Crest. - The "grave" was actually an uncultivated piece of land at Shafer, a neighboring winery to Stags' Leap. When John Shafer, the owner, later planted vines on the little knoll LORIMAR had propped as Jacqueline's graveyard, he named his new vineyard La Vigne Lana in honor of LANA TURNER. The prop headstone, however, was removed.
The location scouts had originally chosen the Public Cemetery in St. Helena, CA as the filming site. But these plans were changed shortly before filming. St. Helena Public Cemetery was later used as a filming location for # 069, 099 and 128 though (compare there).
 
LANA TURNER was written off the series because of the heavy rivalry between her and JANE WYMAN. "Babe" (JANE's nickname on the set) demanded LANA's character be killed off.
 
The writers also took into consideration to have Chase killed by Julia's gun shots as ROBERT FOXWORTH was not happy with his rôle and thought about leaving the show. The actor complained about the series drifting away from the original vineyard concept. He did not want the show to become too similar to "Dallas" - a show ROBERT FOXWORTH refused to work on when he first had been asked by LORIMAR to portray ruthless J.R. Ewing, the world famous rôle that later went to LARRY HAGMAN. LEE RICH, the founder and then president of LORIMAR, however, managed to persuade BOB FOXWORTH to stay on "Falcon Crest" - also granting him the possibility to direct a few episodes.
 
In the season 2 cliffhanger, the casket was already lowered into its final resting place while the mourners were standing very close to it. - Inconsistencies: This episode, the bouquet of roses is not in the center of the casket as it was in # 040. The mourners are not standing directly next to the casket, but a few steps away at the graveside. The casket will not be lowered during the funeral; even after all the mourners have left, Richard comes to the grave to say goodbye to Jacqueline, and her casket is still there. Also, the lawn around the grave is pretty burnt from the sun whereas it was very green in season 2. All this is a result of the different time of filming in a different place (compare # 040).
 
Original script drafts had Angie and Phillip sit in the back of the black Mercedes-Benz 600 near the Gioberti Estate and watch Jacqueline's funeral from the distance. - This scene was deleted from the final version.
 
Angie's Mercedes-Benz 600 being in use as envisioned by the writers is the reason for Lance, Melissa and Emma using a rental limousine to and from Jacqueline's funeral, a black 1976 Cadillac Fleetwood 75 (yellow arrow).
 
Maggie, Vickie and Michael drive off from the burial site in a rental limousine also, a silver stretched 1977 Cadillac Fleetwood Broguham (red arrow).
 
Mistake in the scene with the chauffeur of the Giobertis' rental limo after Jacqueline's funeral: In post-production, the cut between the long shot with the driver at the rear fender on the passenger side and the subsequent close-up of him arriving at the driver side (hand visible on screen grab 2) was executed too hastily. Unless he really ran, the chauffeur could not have been on the driver side so fast.
 
The hospital is now called Tuscany Valley Hospital - although it was the Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital last season.
 
The pictures in Chase's room at the Tuscany Valley Hospital are props LORIMAR had used previously for other purposes. The picture in Chase's room marked red on screen grab 2 was also visible in the waiting area at the hospital in the previous season (screen capture 1) and, before that, in the 1981-82 season on "Dallas" (compare # 033). The picture in Chase's room marked yellow on screen grab 2 was also used on "Dallas". For more details about the use on "Dallas", check out the Beyond the Show - Props - Set Dressing section.
 
Chase's room is number 315.
 
The original choice for the name of RON RIFKIN's character was Dr. Norris before it was changed to Dr. Lantry in later script drafts.
RAYMOND ST. JACQUES' character, Dr. Arthur Hooks, was originally called Dr. Benjamin Hooks in earlier script drafts.
 
Mistake: In the scene in front of Chase's room in the Tuscany Valley Hospital, Maggie's position is different in the wide angle shot and the subsequent close-up.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique - check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti-House) for details.
 
The same mistake occurs in the same scene only moments later: The position of Cole's arm is different in subsequent frames filmed from different angles.
 

A poster in the Tuscany Valley Hospital shows a Red Cross advert for blood donation.

 
Lake Madigan on Wild Horse Valley Road outside Napa, CA is used as the place where Melissa and Lance are riding on their horses and, in the flashback, where Carlo and Julia met. - This place has been known as the Tuscany Valley lake near Cross Creek from # 025 (compare there also for the use in other episodes).
 
Richard has been having some decorative laminated glass objects of art in this New Globe office since season 2.
While they were in different places all over his office in the previous season, the laminated glass sculptures are all arranged on the sideboard behind his desk in this episode.
Each piece is a unique work of art by Los Angeles based artist VASA MIHICH.
 
Before Emma enters his office, Richard recites parts of the final verse from the "Annabel Lee" poem by American writer EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809 - 1849):

"[...] the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes
Of the beautiful Annabel Lee;
And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side
Of my darling - my darling - my life and my bride,
In the [her] sepulcher there by the sea -
In her tomb by the sounding sea."

Biographers and critics usually suggest POE's frequent use of the "death of a beautiful woman" theme stems from the repeated loss of women throughout his own life, including his mother ELIZA POE and his foster mother FRANCES ALLAN. Richard quoting this poem is obviously part of mourning the loss of his alleged mother, Jacqueline.
 
Different footage: In this episode, the moment when Emma tries to console Richard in his New Globe office, just before she leaves and he starts to trash the place, is a wide angle shot. In the sneak preview before the main title, however, Richard is seen in a close-up. He also stands in a different position towards the window. - The footage comes from various takes of the scene.
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 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for the advantages and disadvantages of this shooting procedure.
 

The black / beige Buick LeSabre (check # 013 for details), a well known picture car, drives past the entrance of the Tuscany Valley Hospital.

 
The Tuscany County Jail is the Sonoma City Hall in real life. The building is propped with a sign saying "Tuscany County Jail" to cover the real lettering "Sonoma City Hall". The footage filmed this season will be reused for establishing shots in later years.
 
Uncredited stand-in GORDON HODGINS appears as an extra again - this time in his usual rôle as a Tuscany Valley gentleman, visiting an inmate at the Tuscany County Jail.
Compare # 182 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about GORDON HODGINS, compare # 001.
 

The curly haired blonde (an uncredited extra) is among the inmates in the Tuscany County Jail in this episode.
Compare # 169 for a list of the woman's appearances throughout the series.

 
Real-life allusion: Richard recites the final stanza of "Annabel Lee", a poem by EDGAR ALLAN POE (1809 - 1849).
 
Inaccuracy: Richard refers to Henri as his stepfather. - Denault, however, was his adoptive father. This mistake will be made again in # 101 and 201.
 
The picture in the cafeteria at the Tuscany Valley Hospital is the same prop as the picture hanging in Chase's hospital room (see above, yellow arrow also).
 
The interior set of the cafeteria, by the way, is the slightly redressed set of the waiting area at the hospital.
 

Uncredited extra JACK DOUGLASS appears in this episode again - this time as a patron in the cafeteria at the Tuscany Valley Hospital.
Compare # 130 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 032.

 
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Lance and Chao-Li wear the same sport outfits they already wore in season 2 (# 022) when they do their tai-chi-chuan exercises near the pool of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion.
 
Real-life allusion: Dr. Lantry mentions the Nobel prize.
 

Inside joke: Dominic, the vineyard worker at Falcon Crest, is actually DOMINIC BELMONTE, the show's property master. He portrayed the same rôle in # 027.
In # 029 (compare there), he appeared in a different part.

 
The filming location for the Falcon Crest reservoir featured in the scene with Phillip and Angela is situated on the north side of Oak Knoll Avenue outside Napa, CA; it belongs to the North Coast Irrigation company nowadays.
The same reservoir was used as a filming location in # 027 (Vickie and Nick jogging).
 
Angela mentions criminal lawyer Sam Raney. - As in # 024, he is just referred to, but has no on-screen appearance.
 
Julia's inmate number at the Tuscany County Jail is 9655822.
 
Inside joke: Levitov, one of Julia's fellow jail inmates, is named after DOREE LEVITOV, an uncredited writers' assistant.
 

In the scene with Lance and Melissa, the bush at the right corner of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion's main tower is missing again - now even at the real Villa Miravalle (for the set, compare # 029). This will also be the case in # 042; in # 045, however, the bush will be back again (see screen captures).

 
The entrance and foyer of another New Globe annex building is portrayed by the western entrance and foyer of the Biltmore Hotel (nowadays Millennium Biltmore Hotel) on South Grand Avenue in downtown Los Angeles.
The driveway where Richard's limo comes out is actually the driveway to the parking garage of the Pacific Center, headquarters of Pacific Mutual Life Insurance next to that wing of the Biltmore.
 
Mysterious: In the establishing shot of the Tuscany Valley Hospital, Angela's Mercedes-Benz 600 is parked on the driveway. When Angela and Phillip come out of the building a few moments later, the car is parked in the opposite direction.
 
Uncredited extra GEORGE SASAKI appears as Dr. Fong at the Tuscany Valley Hospital again in this episode.
Compare # 222 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.
 
 
A poster with an artwork by American artist SUSAN PEAR MEISEL (born 1947) - "The Washington Monument" - can be seen in the waiting area at the Tusacany Valley Hospital.
 
During Lance's visit in jail, Julia tells him about her relationship with Carlo. The flashback scene at the lake was originally staged in the Agretti Stables in early script drafts, ending on the lovers rolling in the hay. An intermediate script draft staged the scene in Carlo's bedroom while the final version opted for the lake as the location.
 
Early script drafts contained more scenes, which were omitted in the final version:
  • Removed was a scene with Melissa seeing Cole in front of the Tuscany Valley Hospital. She wanted to visit Chase and thank him for solving the murder case, but learns from Cole that his father is not able to receive visitors.
  • Also omitted was a scene with Richard and Pamela going through and inspecting an old winery building Richard might want to buy. Pamela says she will not make the same mistakes as Diana Hunter - sleeping with her boss in the first place. Melissa arrives to tell Richard that Angie forced most winegrowers' grapes under her control for this harvest season.
 
The scene with Angela and Phillip at the country club in Tuscany was originally staged at Phillip's yacht in early script drafts. The location was changed shortly before filming, however, to make more use of Wine Country based locations.
The filming location is on the terrace behind the main building of the Silverado Country Club in Napa - the hotel where a few of the cast and crew members are staying while shooting in the Wine Country and which will be used regularly as the Del Oro from season 6 on.
 
Julia's police case number is 147374.
 

The picture in the closing credit with CLIFF ROBERTSON's credit superimposed is stock footage. It comes from the main title of the predecessor, "The Vintage Years" (compare # 019).

 
 

 
 
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