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# 143 <6.16> The Cradle Will Fall
 
 
(revised 02/07/2022)
 
 

The backdrop of San Francisco in the interior set of Chase's Gioberti Enterprises office features a different view of the Financial District in comparison with the previous one (compare # 131).

 
Early script drafts contained a night scene in act 1 in which Dan slips into the reception area of the Ridley Motel to look through the register for Chase's room number. Before he has a chance to warn Chase, Dan is caught by Sam and Boyd Ridley. This scene was omitted.
 
When Angela does some charity work at the hospital, the blue/white Arthritis Foundation logo can be seen on her desk. Background: JANE WYMAN, who has been suffering from arthritis herself, is a spokesperson for the organization in real life.
 
Early script drafts suggested that Angela take the liberty to advise a maintenance man at the hospital not to repaint the walls of the waiting room in institutional green and beige, but to bring her a color chart to look for peaches and lime green variations. A nurse tells Angela finally to actually do her community service rather than posing as an interior decorator. This scene was changed so JANE WYMAN could include her charity work for the Arthritis Foundation.
 
Melissa leaves the Queen of the Valley Hospital, but the sign behind Angela's desk says "Tuscany Valley Memorial Hospital" — what a poor prop! The inconsistencies about the hospital name that began in # 140 culminate now...
Explanation: From the information in # 198 (see there), it can be concluded that the QVH and the Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital must be the same medical facilities, the only privately owned hospital in the city of Tuscany. Before the new main wing — with the Madonna figure on the wall — was established, the QVH consisted of two smaller wings that were known as Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital (as seen in seasons 1 through 3). These wings are still parts of the building complex and are still widely referred to as "Tuscany Valley (Memorial) Hospital" or as "Tuscany Community Hospital" although the official corporate name became QVH when the new main wing was established in 1985.
 
The filming location for the hospital is the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA in Greater L.A.
 
The gate to Richard's house is not the real gate to the usual filming site in the Napa Valley. The real gate and driveway will be used in # 166 only.
The gate in this episode is a prop installed on the northern utility road (behind the northern main building complex near the McBean Parkway driveway) of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA (see above).
 

The first car to leave Richard's property after the hearse (as revealed later, the car with Garth) is a black 1984 Chrysler Fifth Avenue; it is one of the two cars of this model he owns (compare # 141 and 142).

 

Richard's limousine is a black 1980 stretched Cadillac Sedan DeVille.

 

License plate number of the light gray van Green is provided with by Richard, a 1975 Ford E-Series: 2M30042.

 
The road near the gate to Richard's property where the police car starts to follow the hearse is actually McBean Parkway in Valencia, CA. The position where the patrol car is parked at the beginning of the scene is just west of the main driveway to the California Institue of the Arts (see above).
 
Deputy Matthews' patrol car is a 1981 Dodge Diplomat.
 
The Tuscany Valley road where Deputy Matthews stops the hearse is actually Tournament Road in Valencia, CA — a little further down south of the Tournament Road entrance to the California Institute of the Arts. The white buildings in the background are parts of the institute.
 
License plate number of the black hearse driving off Richard's property: X 78 852. It is a 1968 Cadillac Miller-Meteor Landau Traditional Funeral Coach.
 
In early script drafts, the original act 2 opener was a scene at the Gioberti House with Maggie and Joseph playing with an electric race car on the living room floor. Melissa, released from the hospital, comes over, thanks Maggie for looking after Joseph and picks him up. Maggie offers taking care of him whenever the need arises. Melissa is worried about losing Joseph and says she will see a doctor three times a week. Maggie is concerned though. This scene was omitted.
 

The establishing shot of downtown Ridley, OK actually features 2nd Street in Old Sacramento, CA between J Street and I Street. It is stock footage from a film library.

 
License plate number of Dan's blue rental car in Ridley, OK: Oklahoma G5R-704.
 
A car on the Ridley Police Impound Yard has the license plate number Oklahoma D6F-825.
 
The road where Garth leaves behind the van with the casket for Green and his cohorts is the southern utility road on the premises of the California Institute of the Arts. The Vista Valencia Golf Course, which is located to the south of the property, can be seen in the background (particularly its northernmost lake).
 
The park where Michael is left by the kidnappers (refer to # 135 for the extensive use of this area) is located at the corner Gracey and Elm in Tuscany. Bungalow 8 on the CBS-MTM backlot can be seen during the scene; it has a prop sign saying "Tuscany Valley Vintners Club" above the door (compare for a different use # 149).
The bungalow used as the Burton house (compare # 142), by the way, can be seen from the park (right screen grab: behind Richard).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.
 
When Chase sees the Burtons, a landscape painting can be seen on the wall behind Mabel from Chase's POV on the veranda. When they are inside later, there is neither such a wall nor the picture to be found anywhere. This is caused by the fact that the exterior scene was shot on the CBS-MTM backlot on the veranda of a bungalow without any real rooms and that the interior scene was filmed on the sound stage in an interior set that was not perfectly built in accordance with the particular bungalow.
 

The clearing in the Tuscany Valley where Garth and his squad find the dead bodies of Green and his cohorts is actually an undeveloped parcel of land on the grounds of the California Institute of the Arts in Valencia, CA between its Tournament Road driveway, Tournament Road and Golfview Drive.

 
Richard mentions Mary Poppins, the children's book character, saying to Meredith: "You are no Mary Poppins."
This is another one of DAVID SELBY's famous improvisations. It was not in the script.
 
Season time frame: Maggie has been pregnant for five and a half months. Giving respect to the season chronology as discussed in # 136, this episode must depict the events around the week of October 20 — 26, 1986.
 
The establishing shot of Kallos (stock footage) actually shows a view of Hydra, the biggest town on the island by the same name in Greece. Compare # 142 for a previous establishing clip of Mykonos.
 
The different views of Kallos in the previous episode and the current one show that there must be at least two different bigger towns with harbors on Peter's island.
 
Stavros Villa set — inconsistency: While, in the previous episode, a relatively narrow hallway was visible inside the house from the veranda (behind the open French doors), all the scenes in this episode feature Peter's study with access to the veranda. Particularly in the scene filmed inside the house, it becomes obvious that it is quite spacious. The set was obviously remodeled after its first use.
 
License plate number of Boyd Ridley's patrol car, a 1981 Dodge Diplomat: Oklahoma 1 63725.
 
The clearing near Ridley where Chase was taken by Boyd is actually the brush and berm located behind stage 4 on the CBS-MTM backlot near the heavily filmed bend (compare # 073).
 
Edited scene: The scene when Chase knocks out Boyd was longer: Towards the end of the scene, Chase learns from him that March wants to stage a jailbreak and kill Dan. This part of the scene was cut in post-production, but used in the recap at the beginning of # 144 (see there).
 

Uncredited extra LENNART JAKELL appears in this episode again as the distinguished white-haired Tuscany Valley gentleman — this time in the Del Oro lobby.
Compare # 227 for a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 022.

 
Uncredited extra SHIRLEY ANTHONY appears as Dr. Lee Walkling again — this time in the Del Oro lobby.
Compare # 207 for biographical details about this minor rôle and a list of appearances throughout the series.
For details about the extra, compare # 016.
 
Mistake: In the scene with Angela and Eric at the Del Oro, Dr. Walkling walks through the lobby twice to sit down in subsequent frames.
This is a mistake caused by the particular close-up filming technique — check # 001 (Gus in the Gioberti House) for details.
 
Early script drafts contained the following scenes in act 4, which were omitted:

  • The act 4 opener was Tony's farewell scene on the veranda and driveway of Peter's home on Kallos: Tony tells Peter that Skylar really loved him. Peter gives Tony a letter to Angela.
  • Eric is having dinner with Angela in the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion: He suggests having an international wine competition at the Del Oro. Later, they are talking about Peter. Angela says how much she misses him, and Eric responds that he spoke to Peter on the phone, and he misses her, too. Eric is convinced everything will work out.
 
Early script drafts staged the scene with Emma and Karlotti (talking about his childhood) in the bedroom of his house after lovemaking. This scene was moved to the Del Oro lobby in script revisions.
 
Fictional entity: There is a radio station called KCPY in Ridley, OK. This must be a nationwide station because it has studios in the Tuscany Valley (see # 053) and San Francisco (# 104), too.
The channel identification starting with the letter "K" indicates that the station is west of the Mississippi. Just as a side note, channel identifications east of the Mississippi begin with the letter "W" in the U.S.
 
According to original script drafts, the original choice for the name of Al Hudson, the KCPY reporter, was Bill Hudson.
 
The Ridley County Police Department is portrayed by the front of bungalow 8 facing My Three Sons Street on the CBS-MTM STUDIOS backlot. It will be used again in # 155 (as the Del Oro parking lot) and in # 160 (as a building near a Tuscany street).
The rear and side of bungalow 8 are known from this episode as the Tuscany Valley Vintners Club (see above).
LORIMAR's original blueprints of this set and many others are available for DFCF members in the Show – Production Office – Filming Locations – Movie Studios – Exterior Sets section.
 
Both FBI vehicles in front of the Ridley County Police Department are 1979 Dodge St. Regis models.
 
Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion interior set — inconsistency: The wooden decoration of the wall above the fireplace in the living room mysteriously has vanished.
The reason is that the paneling and the mantle were damaged while filming # 140. It remains a mystery, however, why the art department just repaired the mantle and did not restore the complete part of the set.
 
 

 
 
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