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Connections between "Falcon Crest" and Other Productions
 
(revised 12/23/2021)
 
 
 
 
Some documents 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 prop documents that were prominently reused in other shows or came from other shows and were reused on "Falcon Crest".
 
 
 
 
Newspaper Articles
(various seasons):
 
 
Various newspapers throughout the series featured the same articles, including those entitled "City Bond Issue Nears Approval" (yellow mark), "At 91, Another First" (red mark) and "Valley Area Records Record Growth" (green mark). These articles appeared in various New Globe issues and other papers all over the series. For details, check out # 072, 075, 086, 138, 142, 147 and 198 in our Behind the Scenes section.
 
The "secret" of these props is that they were produced by EARL HAYS, a Los Angeles based company that has specialized in printed prop items for the entertainment industry. They offer a variety of generic items, which they adapt and amalgamate into specific props. These articles are part of their generic layouts. The articles' contents are mainly empty phrases, rearranged over and over again in repetitive style. The same articles were sold to many other productions for prop newspapers since approximately the 1960's. The "Valley Area Records Record Growth" article was also used in the following series and movies (examples only, not a complete list):
 

  • "Dallas":
    episode "Some Leave, Some Get Carried out" (# 354 <13.20 – original count> / <14.20 – DVD count>; original U.S. airdate: 04/19/1991, CBS)

  • "Married... with Children":
    episode "Chicago Shoe Exchange" (# 259 <11.24>; original U.S. airdate: 06/09/1997, Fox)

  • "A Murder of Crows";
    theatrical release dates: 12/12/1998 (UK), 07/06/1999 (USA); 07/18/2000 (Germany — TV)

  • "Charmed":
    episode "Pre-witched" (# 061 <3.17>; original U.S. airdate: 03/22/2001, The WB)

  • "Angel":
    episode "Carpe Noctem" (# 048 <3.04>; original U.S. airdate: 10/15/2001, The WB)

  • "Six Feet Under":
    episode "Death Works Overtime" (# 37 <3.11>; original U.S. airdate: 05/11/2003, The WB)

  • "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre";
    theatrical release dates: 10/15/2003 (USA), 01/01/2004 (Germany)

  • "Desperate Housewives":
    • episode "There's Something about a War" (# 036 <2.13>; original U.S. airdate: 01/22/2006, ABC);
    • episode "Bang" (# 054 <3.07>; original U.S. airdate: 11/05/2006, ABC);
    • episode "You Gotta Get a Gimmick" (# 123 <6.12>; original U.S. airdate: 01/10/2010, ABC)

  • "Smith":
    pilot (# 1; original U.S. airdate: 09/19/2006, CBS)

  • "Everybody Hates Chris":
    episode "Everybody Hates Malvo" (# 27 <2.05>; original U.S. airdate: 10/30/2006, The WB)

  • "Scrubs":
    episode "My Words of Wisdom" (# 133 <6.16>; original U.S. airdate: 04/12/2007, NBC)

  • "No Country for Old Men";
    theatrical release dates: 05/19/2007 (France), 10/06/2007 (USA), 02/28/2008 (Germany)

 
 
 
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.