Connections between "Falcon Crest" and Other Productions
The following is not a complete listing, but more of a working project. If you make any interesting discoveries of references to "Falcon Crest" in movies or TV productions or other aspects of popular culture, please submit your suggestions for listing via e-mail to the Production Office or by letter.
At this time, the following is an overview of fictional works only. Not listed in particular are news reports, documentaries, interviews, biographical features, talk shows, game shows and charity events.
The sub-categories in each paragraph below are listed in alphabetical order; referenced productions are listed under their original name.
Besides generic stock footage from film libraries, TV productions and movies oftentimes make use of existing footage from other shows by purchasing a license from the copyright owner.
While footage from other productions used on "Falcon Crest" is listed under the respective episode in the Behind the Scenes section of this website, this paragraph gives an overview of footage from "Falcon Crest" that was recycled on other shows.
- "Knots Landing":
"Uncharted Territory" (# 112 <6.12>; original U.S. airdate: 12/27/1984, CBS) was an episode of "Knots Landing" featuring an establishing shot with a superimposed caption for the fictional town "Shula, Tennessee".
"Knots Landing", of course, never filmed in Tennessee, but primarly in the Greater Los Angeles area. LORIMAR simply borrowed footage originally filmed for "Falcon Crest".
The above screen grabs show the camera panning from the corner of East Napa Street towards 1st Street East in downtown Sonoma, CA, prominently featuring Mission Hardware and the Sebastiani Theatre (Caproni's Italian Bakery from "Falcon Crest"). This clip was actually filmed as an establishing shot of Market Street in Tuscany for "Falcon Crest" in the summer of 1984. However, this footage remained unused in the final version of "Falcon Crest". Although it has not been possible to verify its proposed use from production documents, it was most likely intended to be utilized as the establishing shot for HARRY BASCH's deleted farewell scene at Caproni's Italian Bakery in # 073 <4.05>; for details about this scene, check out our Behind the Scenes section.
- "Murder, She Wrote":
"Crimson Harvest" (# 227 <11.08>; original U.S. airdate: 11/20/1994, CBS) was an episode of "Murder, She Wrote" featuring a vineyard-oriented storyline set in Sonoma, CA. Since the episode was filmed entirely in and around Los Angeles, the producers were in need for stock footage from the wine country they could edit in between scenes.
The above screen grabs show scenes licensed from "Falcon Crest" for the use on this episode of "Murder, She Wrote". They were remastered for this purpose:
The vineyard panorama (screen capture 1) is from the season 3 main title (between JANE WYMAN's and ROBERT FOXWORTH's cards) and shows a view over the growing fields of Stags' Leap Winery and Shafer Vineyards outside Napa, CA in western direction.
The "field hand" sitting on a tractor in between rows of grapevines (screen grab 2) is actually WILLIAM R. MOSES from a scene filmed at Stags' Leap for # 003 <1.03> of "Falcon Crest".
The shot of a laborer cutting off some grapes from a vine (screen capture 3) was also filmed for "Falcon Crest" where it was first used towards the end of the second version of the season 9 main title.
The view of vineyards and a hill (screen capture 4) was originally shot for the "Falcon Crest" predecessor, "The Vintage Years", from the deck of Sterling Vineyards in Calistoga, CA. It was used for the main title of the unaired pilot and later reused in various episodes of "Falcon Crest" as an act 1 opener. It might be best remembered, however, from CLIFF ROBERTSON's closing credit all through season 3 and from the background picture on ANA-ALICIA's season 5 main title card.
LORIMAR sometimes used standing sets from "Falcon Crest" for other productions to trim down their production cost.
The usual Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion bedroom set from the first three seasons built on stage 1 at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS) - compare the entry in # 023 in the Behind the Scenes section of this website - was borrowed by "Flamingo Road".
While sets from other productions used on "Falcon Crest" are listed under the respective episode in the Behind the Scenes section of this website, this paragraph gives an overview of "Falcon Crest" sets utilized on other shows.
In order to reduce production cost, LORIMAR used the swing elements of this set in "Heatwave" (# 025 <2.20>; original U.S. airdate: 01/19/1982) of that show as the hotel suite where Constance Carlyle (MORGAN FAIRCHILD) met with Julio Sanchez (FERNANDO ALLENDE). In that case, the wall elements were arranged just like the bedroom set from season 1 of "Falcon Crest" (depicting Angela's, Julia's and Lance's bedrooms as well as the guest bedroom). While the wallpaper matches the one in Angie's bedroom and the guest room, the set was slighly redressed for "Flamingo Road", particuarly furnished differently.
"An Eye for an Eye" (# 035 <2.20>; original U.S. airdate: 04/20/1982, NBC) was another "Flamingo Road" episode featuring a part of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion set.
The upstairs hallway of the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion for season 1 was an elaborate interior set on stage 1 at THE BURBANK STUDIOS (WARNER BROS. STUDIOS): At one end, there was the distinct stained glass window, which would later also be seen in other parts of the Mansion (screen capture 1 from # 005 <1.05>). The center part contained the staircase to Emma's rooftop studio (screen capture 2 from # 002 <1.02>) and, just across, the door to one of the guest bedrooms where Chase and Maggie stayed during # 001 <1.01>. The other end of the set was a hallway leading to other rooms, including Angela's bedroom (screen capture 3).
Filming "Flamingo Road" was cleverly done towards the end with the stained glass window. By doing so, the director of photography obscured the stairs leading to Emma's room, which would have been visible from the opposite direction. What really gives it away that this is the upstairs hallway set of the Victorian Mansion, though, is the stained glass window although the set decorators tried to conceal it behind a plant (screen grabs 4 and 5).
Publicity photos taken by LORIMAR's and CBS' photographers were usually intended exclusively to promote "Falcon Crest". Sometimes, however, these photos resurface in other situations.
SUSAN SULLIVAN portrayed Martha Rodgers on "Castle", the title rÃ´le's mother, during the show's complete run between 2009 and 2016.
SUSAN's character on "Castle" was an aging actress. Having had a lot of creative influence on her part, SUSAN sometimes included references to her actual acting career and used footage (for example from her guest appearance in the 1977 pilot of "The Incredible Hulk") and promotional photos from her various acting jobs to rededicate them as parts in Martha's character bio. In a "Castle" scene in "Inventing the Girl" (# 013 <2.03>; original U.S. airdate: 10/05/2009, ABC), Martha and Rick Castle looked at a publicity photo of SUSAN from season 6 of "Falcon Crest", referring to earlier years of her character Martha's acting career.
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".
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.
- 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 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).
- Commodes (Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer; seasons 2 through 5)
In seasons 2 through 5 of "Falcon Crest", the Falcon Crest Victorian Mansion foyer was furnished with two very elegant matching commodes (standing on either side of the study's sliding 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 pieces of furniture with elaborate intarsia 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 props 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).
When LORIMAR was bought out by WARNER BROS. in 1989, all their assets, including the commodes, became property of WARNER BROS.
- Desk (Angela Channing; seasons 2 through 9)
For details about Angela's iconic French Louis XV style desk 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.
The same desk or at least the same model had appeared on TV before: First, it was featured in the second pilot of "Columbo" entitled "Ransom for a Dead Man" (# 00 <1.00 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 03/01/1971, NBC) in the study of what was called the Williams House in the storyline. The filming location was a mansion named Casa Encantada at 10644 Bellagio Road in Los Angeles, CA 90077. Originally built in 1938, Casa Encantada, was owned by hotel magnate Conrad Hilton between 1950 and 1979, i.e. also when "Columbo" was filmed. Later, the desk was used as a prop in various interior sets in the episodes "Lady in Waiting" (# 07 <1.07 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 12/15/1971, NBC) and "Now You See Him" (# 36 <5.05 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 02/29/1976, NBC).
It has not been determined yet if the Louis XV bureau plat was sold by UNIVERSAL STUDIOS, the company that produced "Columbo", to LORIMAR or if LORIMAR's prop for "Falcon Crest" was just another piece of the same desk model.
- 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.
- 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 follwowing list is in chronological order:
- "Hart to Hart":
The armchair had previously been featured 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).
"Hart to Hart" was a COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
- "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.
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.
- "Crazy Like a Fox":
The armchair was also used in an office in "Suitable for Framing" (# 012 <1.12>; original U.S. airdate: 03/31/1985, CBS).
"Crazy Like a Fox" was another COLUMBIA PICTURES TELEVISION production.
Some composers reused parts of the music score that they specifically composed for "Falcon Crest" in other productions.
The background music for the scene in "Retribution" (# 087 <4.19>; original U.S. airdate: 02/08/1985, CBS) when Angela arrived at Riebmann's was composed by PETER MYERS.
The same score was reused by him in "True Confessions" (# 194 <8.11>; original U.S. airdate: 02/03/1989, CBS) in the scene when Nick discovered the car of Cellini's henchmen near the Agretti Residence.
PETER MYERS also composed the score for the season 5 cliffhanger of "Dynasty" entitled "Royal Wedding" (# 115 <5.29>; original U.S. airdate: 05/15/1985) and reused this piece there, too.
- "Miracle Landing":
In many scenes involving Nicole Sauguet in # 156 <7.01> through # 158 <7.03> of "Falcon Crest", MARK SNOW used "Nicole Sauguet's Theme", a score he specifically composed as a character theme in 1987.
MARK SNOW reused that score with minor modifications in the CBS TV movie "Miracle Landing" (original U.S. airdate: 02/11/1990, CBS; written by GARNER SIMMONS) in a scene with ANA-ALICIA, who played a flight attendant there. The score plays at approximately 1 hour and 18 minutes.
While JANE WYMAN had the general privilege to take and keep her costumes from the "Falcon Crest" set, the other actors and actresses had this possibility only by special permission on rare occasions; sometimes, they would be allowed to purchase items from the wardrobe department at a reduced price. Most costumes went back to the wardrobe department, however, to be reused on other shows. During season 6, SUSAN SULLIVAN's wardrobe was sometimes passed on to JANE BADLER, who, with slight alterations, wore them on the show.
SUSAN SULLIVAN's old wardrobe usually ended up on "Dallas" where it was given to VICTORIA PRINCIPAL, who is less than an inch shorter than SUSAN, so the clothes would fit without having them altered.
Just one example here is a blouse worn by SUSAN in "The Phoenix" (# 099 <5.01>; original U.S. airdate: 10/04/1985, CBS) of "Falcon Crest" and worn by VICTORIA in "Return to Camelot - Part 1" (# 223 <9.01 - original count> / <10.01 - DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 09/26/1986, CBS) of "Dallas".
"Falcon Crest" was sometimes referenced on other shows and in popular culture.
For theatrical releases, the following overiew lists the release dates in the country of origin and, if different, the first release.
- "30 Rock":
In this sitcom, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Liz in the episode "Goodbye, My Friend" (# 049 <3.13>; original U.S. airdate: 10/11/2006, NBC).
Quote from the episode:
Liz: "When I was your age, you could just be like: 'Oh, he probably tried to call me but my line was busy.' And then just watch 'Falcon Crest' and cry yourself to sleep."
- "Bajarse al Moro"
(U.S. title: "Going down in Morocco"):
In this comedy feature from Spain, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Elena. Theatrical release dates: 04/11/1989 (Barcelona); 05/05/1989 (rest of Spain).
- "Balul elsÃ¼lt bÃ¡rmicvÃ³"
(international title: "Glow Ropes: The Rise and Fall of a Bar Mitzvah Emcee"):
In this comedy feature from Hungary, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog. Theatrical release date: 07/30/2008 (Hungary).
In this comedy-drama feature from New Zealand, Boy (the title rÃ´le) has sibling friends who are named "Dallas", "Dynasty" and "Falcon Crest". Theatrical release dates: 01/22/2010 (USA); 03/25/2010 (New Zealand).
- "Breast Men":
In this comedy feature, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog. Theatrical release date: 12/13/1997 (USA).
- "Buffy the Vampire Slayer":
In this fantasy action series, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog in the episode "Dirty Girls" (# 140 <7.18>; original U.S. airdate: 04/15/2003, UPN).
Quotes from the episode:
Buffy: "Looks like an old vineyard."
Kennedy: "An evil vineyard, huh."
Spike: "Like 'Falcon Crest'..."
- "Caro Diario"
(U.S. title: "Dear Diary"):
In this movie from Italy, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog. Theatrical release dates: 11/12/1993 (Italy); 09/26/1994 (USA).
- "Charlie Wilson's War":
In this dramatic movie, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Crystal Lee when another character, Paul Brown, discusses his TV show idea. Theatrical release date: 12/10/2007 (USA).
It is a striking anachronism: The scene is supposed to take place on April 6, 1980 according to the superimposed information in the film - a point of time when "Falcon Crest" did not exist.
- "Designing Women":
In this comedy series, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog in the following episodes:
- "Second Time around" (# 036 <2.14); original U.S. airdate: 01/11/1988, CBS);
- "There's Some Black People Coming to Dinner" (# 038 <2.16); original U.S. airdate: 01/25/1988, CBS).
- "Esta Noche Contigo":
In this comedy feature from Spain, released on video in 1988, "Falcon Crest" character Angela Channing was mentioned in dialog.
- "Falcon Tres" by Euskaltel:
Euskaltel, S.A. is a Spanish telecommunications company based in Basque Country. Since "Falcon Crest" has the reputation to be the most successful television production ever featured on Spanish TV, references to the series and its characters are still quite common in everyday life in Spain, whether it be satirical comments, political comparisons, etc.
In the 2000's, Euskaltel commissioned director MIQUEL ALCARRIA to create and film parodies relating to the characters of "Falcon Crest" in order to promote their cell phone family plan.
MIQUEL ALCARRIA produced two segments entitled "Falcon Tres", which were used as commercials on Spanish television, including a short scene with characters calling each other on their cells and an incredible parody-like remake of the season 1 main title.
- "Family Guy":
In this animated sitcom, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Brian in the episode "And Then There Were Fewer" (# 148 <9.01>; original U.S. airdate: 09/26/2010, Fox):
Stewie is singing the "Dynasty" theme music (with his own lyrics) and asks Brian to guess which show's theme it is. Brian replies: "Falcon Crest?"
In this dramatic movie, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog. Theatrical release date: 12/13/2015 (USA).
- "Modern Family":
In this comedy series, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Claire, who said she watched it when she was younger, in the pilot (# 001 <1.01>; original U.S. airdate: 09/23/2009, ABC).
Quote from the show:
Claire: "I, uh, have seen this little show before - lying on the bed with a tall senior. One minute you're just friends, watching 'Falcon Crest', and the next you're lying underneath the air hockey table with your bra in your pocket!"
- "Muchachada nui":
In this animated comedy series from Spain, some characters were humming the "Falcon Crest" theme during the segment "Pitita Ridruejo Presenta Muchachada NuÃ" (# 036 <3.10>; original Spanish airdate: 04/22/2009, La 2).
- "On the Waterfront":
This Saturday morning children's variety show from the U.K. featured stand-up comedy, sketches, musical guests, cartoons, games and serials as well as a re-dubbed version of "The Flashing Blade", a French TV serial originally entitled "Le Chevalier TempÃªte" from the late 1960's. "Falcon Crest" was mentioned during the re-dubbed version of "The Flashing Blade" in # 029 <3.05>; original airdate: 09/01/1989, BBC.
- "Outrageous Fortune":
In this crime dramedy from New Zealand, character named Kasey mentioned she had known the exact wedding she had wanted since she had been nine and watching "Falcon Crest" in the episode "A Jig or a Tale of Bawdry" (# 046 <3.16>; original New Zealand airdate: 10/30/2007, TV 3).
- "The Golden Girls" :
In this sitcom, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog in the following episodes:
- "In a Bed of Rose's" (# 015 <1.15); original U.S. airdate: 01/10/1986, NBC) -
quotes from the episode:
Rose: "I never had to do this before. Tell a wife that her husband has been cheating on her with me. That's the hardest thing I ever had to tell anybody."
Blanche: "Oh, no. It's not! How about having to tell a pregnant woman her husband has been cheating on her? With her own sister. And you're the sister. And you're pregnant, too. By her husband."
Dorothy: "You didn't!"
Blanche: "Not me! Last night on 'Dallas'. Or 'Dynasty', or 'Falcon's Landing'! Or one of those, they're all the same."
- "Dorothy's Prized Pupil" (# 046 <2.21>; original U.S. airdate: 03/14/1987, NBC) -
quotes from the episode:
Rose: "Hi, Sophia."
Sophia: "Hi, Rose."
Rose: "You're all dressed up. Where are you going?"
Sophia: "The President is in town. A bunch of us are going to his hotel to see his wife. I just loved her in 'Father Knows Best'."
Rose: "Sophia, you're a little confused, honey. That was Jane Wyatt. The President was married to Jane Wyman!"
Sophia: "That old crow from 'Falcon Crest'?"
Rose: "Well, it doesn't matter. They are not married anymore. Now he is married to Nancy Davis."
Sophia: "From 'All about Eve'?"
Rose: "No. That's Bette Davis."
- "The Goldbergs":
This comedy series set in a Pennsylvania town in the 1980's, following the lives of a family named Goldberg, has a lot of references to popular culture. "Falcon Crest" was briefly mentioned in dialog in the episode "Fonzie Scheme" (# 091 <4.21>; original U.S. airdate: 04/26/2017, ABC).
- "The Real Blonde":
In this American comedy, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog. Theatrical release dates: 09/14/1997 (France); 02/27/1998 (USA).
- "Red Oaks":
In this American web comedy series, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Getty in the episode "Doubles" (# 002 <# 1.02>; original U.S. airdate: 10/09/2015, Internet - amazon.com).
In this dramedy, "Falcon Crest" was mentioned in dialog by a character named Gary in the episode "Kiss Your Sister" (# 047 <# 5.09>; original U.S. airdate: 06/19/2016, HBO).
In the crime drama "Barnaby Jones" centered around the private investigator by the same name, the episode "Twenty Million Alibis" (# 013 <1.13>; original U.S. airdate: 05/06/1973, CBS) featured a character by the name of Angela Channing played by guest star SUSANNE HILDUR (later SUSANNE BENTON, born 1948).
It is pure concidence that the same name would later become the main character of "Falcon Crest".