# 061 <3.21> Little Boy Blue
Chez Petite is another Tuscany Valley restaurant where Michael and Terry meet.
The establishing shot is stock footage from a film library. This footage originated on the short-lived 1981 TV series "Nero Wolfe" starring WILLIAM CONRAD in the titular rôle. The location was a façade on 13th Street on the backlot of PARAMOUNT PICTURES STUDIOS in Hollywood, CA, the northernmost part of the New York Street exterior set. This façade was specifically dressed for that show's episode "What Happened to April?" (# 09 <1.09>; original U.S. airdate: 03/20/1981, NBC) with a black-and-white still of actress DEBORAH FALLENDER guest-starring as Julie Keen in one of the windows (yellow arrow). That still is even visible in the reused establishing shot on "Falcon Crest". A devastating fire in 1983 destroyed large parts of the PARAMOUNT backlot, including New York Street; many exterior sets were rebuilt, but architecturally totally different from the previous ones.
Uncredited extra KEVIN TRACEY appears as the thick-eyebrowed Tuscany Valley gentleman again — this time as a patron at Chez Petite.
Compare # 185 for a list of all his appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 001.
The filming location for the Chez Petite interiors is the Sheraton Town House Hotel in Los Angeles, which will also be used for various other purposes in this and the following episode.
Different footage: In this episode, the moment when Michael tells Terry that Maggie is dying is filmed towards Terry. In the sneak preview before the main title, however, the same moment was filmed from the opposite direction. The footage comes from various takes of the scene.
Despite LORIMAR's "new wardrobe for new season" policy, this episode, Melissa wears a pullover she already wore in season 1 (# 015) and season 2 (# 032 — see there).
The pickup giving Julia her first ride in this episode is a red 1973 Ford F350.
The filming location for the highway diner (exteriors and interiors) where Julia buys the wig is The Rock Store in Cornell in Greater Los Angeles.
Early script drafts staged the scene with Pamela secretly planting the cartel's bug in Richard's phone in the bedroom of his home (instead of his office). Besides, Richard was included in the scene, thinking about putting up a reward for Julia, who is on the run. As there was no interior set for Richard's bedroom, the location manager suggested using the real master bedroom in the home that currently portrays the McKay House — a room which has remained unused because Michael's bedroom is an interior set on the sound stage. Shortly before the filming, the scene was moved to the New Globe executive office, Richard being eliminated from the segment.
The picture in Spheeris' hotel room is the same prop that was used in a corridor at the Tuscany Valley Hospital in # 043 and in the conference room at Smith, Plenn & Hogstedt in # 054.
One of the photos hanging in the tasting room at the Falcon Crest Winery Building is a vineyard shot taken during the filming of "The Vintage Years" from the terrace of Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, CA (shot in western direction). An almost identical film sequence is part of the main title of "The Vintage Years" (during the credits for MICHAEL SWAN, ABBY DALTON, SAMANTHA EGGAR and MALCOLM R. HARDING); CLIFF ROBERTSON's closing credit at the end of each epsiode of this season also features that segment.
Mistake: In the establishing shot of the Gioberti House (reused from # 019), the Giobertis' Mercedes-Benz 300 TD is parked right in front of the front door. When Terry is at the doorstep in the interior scene, the car is nowhere to be seen though.
Scenic art: For the first time, details of the backdrop at the Gioberti House front door are visible. The backdrop (background picture, also informally called backing) is a huge matte painting created by the art department and placed on the sound stage behind the interior set to create the illusion of exteriors in terms of a natural environment.
The set designers did a poor job, however, in creating this matte painting, which is supposed to resemble the surroundings as seen from the Gioberti House. The surroundings do not resemble the real-life environment, particularly because of the non-existing farm house (which looks more Midwestern than Western United States) on the painting. In # 054, in contrast, the greens department tried to obscure the matte background with lots of bushes.
The information about Joseph's age is confusing: Chase says Joseph is two years old; Cole later even mentions in the toy store scene his son is two and a half years old. Inconsistency: Considering when Joseph was born (# 025), he cannot be older than one and a quarter years in this episode. Other references to Joseph's age in # 074, 089 and 160 will be even more confusing later (see there).
All scenes where Julia is shown on the road hitchhiking while on the run are filmed in Agoura Hills, CA.
The road shown before she arrives at the highway diner (screen grab 1) and the road where J.C. Filmore gives her a ride (screen capture 2) is actually the same filming location — Mulholland Highway filmed towards east from Medea Creek Bridge.
The bridge on the road where Julia meets J.C. Filmore is actually Medea Creek Bridge on Mulholland Highway (over Medea Creek / Lake Malibou; screen capture 3).
Finally, the highway with the police roadblock is Mulholland Highway (screen captures 4 and 5) at the intersection of Cornell Road (this is the road where J.C. finally turns left) and Lake Vista Drive.
License plate number of J.C. Filmore's blue-gray 1984 Cadillac Sedan DeVille: Nevada RA 3597.
Both Highway Patrol cars are 1979 Dodge St. Regis vehicles.
The filming location for Terry's room at the Tuscany Valley Inn is a room at the Sheraton Town House Hotel in Los Angeles.
Charlie's General Store, the gas station where J.C. and Julia stop, is the same exterior set in the Doonevan Flats area on THE BURBANK STUDIOS lot that was used as the Cold Duck, Jason's favorite place in the Tuscany Valley (flashback in # 018).
Inside joke: The exterior set was previously used on EARL HAMNER's old show, "The Waltons", as Ike Godsey's store. It used to be the gas station north of the lagoon on the WARNER BROS. STUDIOS backlot, but was torn down in the 1990's.
MARK VOLAND, the actor who plays a gas station attendant this episode, also portrayed a reporter in # 058.
The name of the bar where Julia meets Lucas Crosby is Golden Spur.
The filming location is Tinhorn Flats Bar & Grill in Burbank, CA. The same location was used in # 049 (see there) for a different purpose.
Uncredited extra JAMES MOHLMANN appears in this episode again as the tall, white-haired and mustached man — this time as a bar patron at the Golden Spur.
Compare # 174 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 026.
Drunk driving: Although Lucas drank some beer, he drives 45 miles home from the Golden Spur bar.
There are some slight changes in the interior set of Joseph's bedroom in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion in contrast to the previous season (walls painted in blue and partly with wooden decoration now).
The episode title refers to the poem Melissa reads to Joseph; it is entitled "Little Boy Blue" (written by EUGENE FIELD):
The little toy dog is covered with dust,
But sturdy and stanch he stands;
And the little toy soldier is red with rust,
And his musket moulds in his hands.
Time was when the little toy dog was new,
And the soldier was passing fair;
And that was the time when our Little Boy Blue
Kissed them and put them there.
"Now, don't you go till I come," he said,
"And don't you make any noise!"
So, toddling off to his trundle-bed,
He dreamt of the pretty toys;
And, as he was dreaming, an angel song
Awakened our Little Boy Blue -
Oh! the years are many, the years are long,
But the little toy friends are true!
Ay, faithful to Little Boy Blue they stand,
Each in the same old place -
Awaiting the touch of a little hand,
The smile of a little face;
And they wonder, as waiting the long years through
In the dust of that little chair,
What has become of our Little Boy Blue,
Since he kissed them and put them there.
The scene with Melissa and Joseph creates the illusion that she is reading from DR. SUESS' children's book "Marvin K Mooney Will You Please Go Now!". The poem, however, is not in the actual book; the book was only propped with it for the shooting of the scene.
A toy store on Market Street in Tuscany is introduced by an establishing clip of the corner First Street East / East Napa Street in Sonoma, CA, which was filmed there at the beginning of this season. The crew kept some clips in stock to be used in later episodes, such as this one.
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