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Favorite Movie or TV Kitchen
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Post# 644967   12/8/2012 at 09:41 (2,081 days old) by jakeseacrest (Massachusetts)        

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Hands down my favorite is Kathleen Turner's in The War of the Roses. 1990 Jenn Air appliances, tons of counter space, reverse rack dishwasher. Love it!

Post# 645000 , Reply# 1   12/8/2012 at 11:16 (2,081 days old) by westingman123 ()        

This will come as no surprise to one member, but my dream kitchen belongs to Rita in the movie 'Letter to Three Wives'. From the Guardian Service cookware to the Thor Automagic washer, it's a room to make me swoon. The fact that she's married to the young Kirk Douglas doesn't hurt, either.

Post# 645016 , Reply# 2   12/8/2012 at 12:30 (2,081 days old) by turquoisedude (Ogden & St-Liboire (where??), QC, Canada)        

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I think my all-time favourite would have to be the farmhouse kitchen in 'Close Encounters of the Third Kind'. The scene where the mother ship comes to snatch the little boy who kept playing the call signal remains fresh in my memory.
There was a 40 inch electric range and older round-top refrigerator among the appliances that started going haywire as the alien ship's drive systems set up some weird interference. I remember the panels of a water heater blowing off but most of all I remember very clearly a top-load roto-rack style dishwasher and a Dormeyer mixer (possibly a PowerChef) starting up on their own.

Post# 645018 , Reply# 3   12/8/2012 at 12:37 (2,081 days old) by dirtybuck (Springfield, MO)        
No Doubt About It

Both "Bewitched" kitchens (first '64-'70 and second remodeled '70-'72)

Post# 645020 , Reply# 4   12/8/2012 at 12:50 (2,081 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
the whole thing was one big Energy Star...

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...Alice Kramden's kitchen, basic & no frills and a real energy saver. One episode quoted their gas bill at 83 cents.

Post# 645022 , Reply# 5   12/8/2012 at 12:57 (2,081 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Alice was lucky to have a hot and cold water faucet in the kitchen.

Post# 645033 , Reply# 6   12/8/2012 at 13:27 (2,081 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Oh that's easy

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Their kitchen

Post# 645036 , Reply# 7   12/8/2012 at 13:54 (2,081 days old) by rinso (Meridian Idaho)        

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My favorite movie kitchen can be seen in the original "The Parent Trap" with Hayley Mills. I thought it was awsome right down to its butcher block and Whirlpool telephone dial dishwasher.

Post# 645037 , Reply# 8   12/8/2012 at 14:03 (2,081 days old) by JeffG ()        

The appliances were nothing special, but I always loved the open design of the Brady Bunch kitchen. And the orange color is iconic imo. In fact I loved the design of the entire house.

The Bewitched kitchen was also great imo. This was probably posted here back in '09, but in case you haven't seen it:


Post# 645038 , Reply# 9   12/8/2012 at 14:16 (2,081 days old) by volsboy1 (East Tenn Smoky mountains )        

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I love the kitchen/house in Home Alone the first one... And the Kitchen in Father and the Bride movie...

Post# 645060 , Reply# 10   12/8/2012 at 16:56 (2,081 days old) by whirlaway ()        
Neat Kitchen!

I liked the one in Father Knows Best,if you have ever seen it in real color,its actually quite attractive,also the one in Ozzie and Harriet! That set was actually made to look the floor plan of the house they lived in.

Post# 645062 , Reply# 11   12/8/2012 at 17:23 (2,081 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
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....This one from Rosemary's Baby is my all-time favorite. It has a Dixie gas range and a Frigidaire fridge in yellow, and some other goodies like a neat GE toaster and an avocado Lincoln Beautyware breadbox.

In the film, we first see it as the outdated, shabby kitchen of an old lady who has died; the young couple played by Mia Farrow and John Cassavetes are looking to rent the apartment it's in. Later, Rosemary brings in the new appliances and treats the old space to a makeover, making it the ultimate in mid-'60s young urban chic.

If you're familiar with the movie, you know that the makeover doesn't quite conceal the apartment's age; there are still cracked tiles and scarred woodwork, that sort of thing. The surprise is that all of it was a set, built to order at Paramount and expertly distressed by production designer Richard Sylbert. What looks old and neglected and then made-over was actually brand spanking new all along.

What I love about it is that it reminds me of a time when people could be happy with freshening something old with new paint and wallpaper - they didn't have to do a gut-level remodel with the most expensive of everything.

Post# 645064 , Reply# 12   12/8/2012 at 17:39 (2,081 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
"Letter to Three Wives" Kitchen:

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This is the kitchen Keith is talking about; it's one of my favorites too. The film is from 1949, and the kitchen is full of GE appliances - an electric sink, an Airliner range and refrigerator. However, Thor was the choice for a washer. As Keith points out, there are all kinds of other goodies present, like St. Charles cabinets, a Zenith Consoltone radio, a Sunbeam coffeemaker (I think a C-30), Mixmaster (a Model 7) and toaster (a T-9), an Automatic Electric A50I wall telephone in white and Guardian Service cookware.

Post# 645102 , Reply# 13   12/8/2012 at 21:26 (2,080 days old) by JeffG ()        

Another film from that same time that came to my mind is All About Eve.. Especially the scene where Bette Davis is fixing a bicarbonate of soda for someone.. I have no idea why but the kitchen is crystal clear in my memory.

Post# 645113 , Reply# 14   12/8/2012 at 22:14 (2,080 days old) by Maytagbear (N.E. Ohio)        

Fairly obscure.... Kate Lawrence's (Sada Thompson) in Family.

Runner up, the one Meryl's character had in Hope Springs

Least favorite- the one in Mary's first apartment on Mary Tyler Moore.


Post# 645140 , Reply# 15   12/9/2012 at 00:09 (2,080 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Favorite?  I don't know, but I will know when I see it -- again.


For now I'll second Lawrence's list-topper.  The kitchen in Family was one I noticed and wanted the first time I saw it.  I could relate to that entire house and neighborhood better than any other I've seen on TV before or since. 

Post# 645144 , Reply# 16   12/9/2012 at 00:26 (2,080 days old) by westingman123 ()        
Family and Kate Lawrence

Oh, I forgot that one! I think that house appealed because it wasn't just a set, it was a real house. Yes, I can relate to that one, as well. Still, Truman-era has my heart.

Thanks for illustrating for me Sandy, you know how inept I am at such things.

Post# 645167 , Reply# 17   12/9/2012 at 05:30 (2,080 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
All About Eve Kitchen:

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That was evidently some early product placement, because it's all Kelvinator, including the steel cabinets with sliding ribbed-glass doors on the wall cabinets.

The Family kitchen was memorable for me personally because it had the same '58 GE bottom-freezer Combination I grew up with.

Keith: You're welcome. One of the things that's tough about the Letter to Three Wives kitchen is that there is no shot in the entire film that shows the whole thing, you see only small portions at a time. I keep hoping that one day, I'll run across a test still of the set; test stills were still photos taken to make sure a set looked good to the camera before shooting commenced. If there was a problem, it could be taken care of while it was still inexpensive to do so - making changes during shooting is astronomically expensive, because you have the salaries of actors and crew to pay while they wait around for the changes to be made. So, most movies have test stills out there somewhere.

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Post# 645176 , Reply# 18   12/9/2012 at 09:32 (2,080 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I always like George and Weezy's kitchen on, The Jeffersons. The harvest gold was so cheery and bright. It was quite roomy for an apartment kitchen and I liked the layout. The side by side fridge was my favourite.
The breakfast bar with the sliding shutters was pretty funky. It would be great to have a breakfast buffet with the stove so handy on the other side for cooking omelettes.
The GE dishwasher was nice, of course Mother Jefferson said that was why George was sick, cause Weezy used an electric dishwasher. Weezy should scour her pots and pans by hand, the way Mother Jefferson did. Of course Weezy was right when she said, "I think the dishwasher does a better job"
I Googled Isobel Sanford, and she was featured on the show, Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. In her Atlanta mansion, she would use the elevator to go upstairs, but use the grand staircase to come down, to make an entrance. She had the original table and chairs from the show in her kitchen. I liked them too.
R.I.P, George and Weezy, you are my favourites.

Post# 645199 , Reply# 19   12/9/2012 at 12:25 (2,080 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

And then there is the question of why would Wheezy have to wash anything with Marla Gibbs there?

One thing I liked about the FKB kitchen was that they actually appeared to prepare meals using the range and food sometimes burned. Even Jim knew how to turn off a surface unit. They also did laundry, although Margaret sometimes hung laundry to dry when it suited the plot. The other day, I saw an episode where Jim is talking to Brattela, the younger daughter, out in the patio area and he was actually smoking. I had never seen that before. Maybe it was tried and nixed. I read that he did not spend much time with the children on the set; Jane Wyatt was far closer to the children.

For all the GE modernity of the second LITB kitchen, I do not remember seeing a dishwasher in it nor do I remember seeing one in the Brady's kitchen. Am I forgetting something in an obscure place? I remember Alice and Mrs. Brady washing and drying stuff by hand. It's hard to believe an architect would not have a dishwasher in a kitchen; almost as hard to believe as not being able to do anything about three kids in each bedroom except as a plot contrivance.

The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriette held many attractions, not the least of which were the changing Hotpoint appliances. In one episode, Harriette was serving hamburgers off the plug in griddle when one of the boys had a party.

Being a kitchen queen, I always try to scope out kitchens in movies or on TV, but I had not thought about a favorite. I do always give a private cheer when they have an electric range. I notice the major appliances, air conditioners and things like in the original Father of the Bride, where they are made to seem well off by having Sunbeam appliances, including a Coffeemaster on the counter and in the movie The Solid Gold Cadillac, we see the rise in status of Miss Holliday's character Laura Partridge from when she comes in with a little inexpensive electric percolator and then is packing to leave years later and has a Coffeemaster. In Sunset Boulevard, they make coffee in a glass vacuum pot that I think I remember was a GE, but am not sure. We tend to see what we are looking for; mine are cheap thrills.

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Post# 645200 , Reply# 20   12/9/2012 at 12:32 (2,080 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Tom, I imagine it was because Florence's favorite quote was "...and I ain't cleaning THAT up."

Oh, how I loved the Jefferson's, even when they were Archie and Edith's neighbors. But Marla Gibbs! She GAVE IT with just the right amount of sass. Poor George never stood a chance. I think she and Minnie from "The Help" are related.

Post# 645233 , Reply# 21   12/9/2012 at 15:36 (2,080 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Does Animation Count?

Because I've always wanted to have the Jetson's kitchen, complete with Rosie the Robot!

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Post# 645234 , Reply# 22   12/9/2012 at 15:42 (2,080 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Mary Tyler Moore Kitchen:

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Don't forget, Mary Richards actually had two kitchens during the run of The Mary Tyler Moore Show - the kitchenette in the famous attic apartment, plus the "real" kitchen in the one-bedroom highrise apartment she moved to for the last two seasons.

That kitchen had a top-freezer Amana fridge in Coppertone. Other appliances were never seen, because they were behind a breakfast bar. The range would have had to have been a drop-in, and there might - or might not - have been a dishwasher.

I always thought the Amana fridge was a great touch, because while the show was shot in L.A., it was set in Minneapolis, and an Amana would have been the top choice in the real Midwest of the time. The same thing happened on The Bob Newhart Show, set in Chicago - a TOL Amana side-by-side in Harvest took pride of place in Emily Hartley's (Suzanne Pleshette) kitchen.

I hope MTM Enterprises, producers of both shows, got Amana to provide the fridges free - Amana was never a cheap brand, and the side-by-side on the Newhart show was a particularly expensive model. Added to that was the fact that both fridges were probably trashed by the MTM prop people - it's common for fridges used on TV show and movie sets to be modified so that the light works, but nothing else does, to prevent compressor noise during filming.

Post# 645254 , Reply# 23   12/9/2012 at 17:30 (2,080 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Ozzie and Harriet Kitchen:

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I'm told there's a refrigerator in this shot.

The image is from "Rick Gets Even," an Ozzie and Harriet episode first broadcast on December 16th, 1959.

Post# 645318 , Reply# 24   12/9/2012 at 22:27 (2,079 days old) by mysteryclock (Franklin, TN)        

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I have a couple - for a retro look, the kitchen from Pleasantville

Post# 645319 , Reply# 25   12/9/2012 at 22:38 (2,079 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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That looks like a GE clock in the Nelson kitchen.

Post# 645322 , Reply# 26   12/9/2012 at 22:46 (2,079 days old) by mysteryclock (Franklin, TN)        

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My other favorites are ~totally~ different - the space kitchens from 2001. I don't care if the food was liquid or mushy, the designs were both futuristic yet practical for their environments.

Post# 645387 , Reply# 27   12/10/2012 at 10:40 (2,079 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Too Funny Sandy!

If he leaned against it everything in the fresh food section would have exceeded safe temperatures and the freezer would have defrosted. Is that where they got the term "Flash Defrost"?

Sizzlin' hot to go.

Post# 645448 , Reply# 28   12/10/2012 at 15:28 (2,079 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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I certainly think Kevin's Cavalcade of Food "Cottage Kitchen" deserves honorable mention. Whether it's the GE or the Firgidaire range it always looks warm and inviting...the perfect place to enjoy a cup coffee while something wonderful is baking or roasting in the oven. I'm sure the ever-helpful Ralph, Kevin's friends and a famous guest chef or two feel the same way.

Post# 645458 , Reply# 29   12/10/2012 at 16:15 (2,079 days old) by kevin313 (Detroit, Michigan)        

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You are too funny! LOL!

I never knew Julia was so well built!

Post# 646655 , Reply# 30   12/15/2012 at 12:06 (2,074 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Interesting Ozzie & Harriet kitchen

Post Hotpoint with gas range, Norge washer & dryer and Preway gas dishwasher. Maybe it's me, my age or the lack of HP appliances, but the show seems to have lost its magic. It only got worse (more desperate) with Ozzie's Girls.

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Post# 646656 , Reply# 31   12/15/2012 at 12:21 (2,074 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Ozzie and Harriet:

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Suffered as the boys aged. They were the main draw during the late '50s/early '60s, gorgeous as hell. Rick's music didn't hurt.

As they got older and got married, they had to leave the Nelson "nest." That altered the family dynamic of the show, and it didn't help that neither of the boys' wives was all that passable as an actress. Rick's wife, Kristin Nelson, was especially histrionically-challenged, to say it with political correctness.

There was also a little bad publicity in those years; David's first wife, June Blair, was a former Playboy Playmate of the Month (Miss January, 1957), which made her pure-young-matron act on the show a bit hard to swallow, even if Playboy wasn't frontal in those days. And David - a young lawyer on the show - couldn't pass his bar exams in real life (I hasten to add that David Nelson was an extraordinarily fine human being; I had the pleasure of talking with him years ago, and he was the most thoughtful and informed of political liberals). So, a few cracks were opening up in Fantasyland.

Things have a season, and that lifespan is not necessarily connected to TV seasons.

P.S.: Kristin Nelson is actor Mark Harmon's sister. Talent ran in the family, just not in all directions.

Post# 646657 , Reply# 32   12/15/2012 at 12:29 (2,074 days old) by appnut (TX)        
Norge washer & gas dryer

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THAT was our exact washer & gas dryer model.  Robert, that's the model I wrote you about when you put the Norge 1964 model brochure online.  These were the two units missing.  One of the last Dispenso-Mat washers.    I hated that washer, didn't agree with all the programmed buttons, particularly the wash 'n' wear durable button program.  It wasn't programmed likie a LK.   But I at least thought it was cool we had tv stars in the house.  And I personally liked the updated kitchen with gas appliances.  the Preway is fab!!

Post# 646666 , Reply# 33   12/15/2012 at 13:09 (2,074 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
More dirt

Kristin Harmon was preggers when she and Rick married. Her father was Sheriff or Chief of Police so he and Ozzie conspired to keep the baby in the hospital for a few weeks because it was born a month "premature."

Post# 646814 , Reply# 34   12/16/2012 at 09:24 (2,073 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Yeah, but that was stuff they were able to keep a lid on. According to Joel Selvin's bio of Rick, with which David Nelson cooperated, all three of the Nelson men were having affairs with the young female talent appearing in guest spots on the show.

I will say this for Ozzie; he really kept his cool over the June Blair controversy. When asked about his son's interest in That Woman, he said something to the effect of, "David's interested in a girl everyone thinks is beautiful. Where's the problem?"

P.S.: I know that Ozzie's Girls was a failed attempt to revive a tired brand, but again, Ozzie should get some credit. It was one of the first shows - if not the first - to portray African-Americans living with Caucasians on an equal basis. What's not generally known is that Ozzie was a highly patriotic, but extremely liberal man, a trait he passed on to David. My conversation with David Nelson was one of the most moving experiences I've ever had; he passionately believed in this nation's potential to deliver freedom, peace and prosperity to every last one of its citizens. No matter who you were - black or white, gay or straight, whatever political persuasion or ethnicity - David Nelson wanted one thing for you: That your life be as much fun, as peaceful and as personally rewarding as the adventures of Ozzie and Harriet. Just because you weren't a white-bread American didn't mean you weren't entitled to everything this country has to offer.

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Post# 646944 , Reply# 35   12/16/2012 at 16:50 (2,073 days old) by maytog77 ()        
mine would be ......

the Bradys kitchen....

Post# 646945 , Reply# 36   12/16/2012 at 16:53 (2,073 days old) by maytog77 ()        
and i love....

the brick and the indoor grill thing...=)

Post# 646953 , Reply# 37   12/16/2012 at 17:30 (2,073 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
this doesn't qualify as a "kitchen" but...

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I was watching an old Jerry Lewis movie last night on my tablet..."Who's Minding the Store." The scene towards the end when the re-wired Hoover Convertible cleaner runs amuck and destroys the Appliance Department is hilarious and great fun if you pause the film and try and identify the many major and small appliances. Autowasher members could have great fun with it.

The Hoover sucked her dress off, I guess the Tappan was too heavy...

Post# 646960 , Reply# 38   12/16/2012 at 18:06 (2,073 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Brady Kitchen - Interesting!

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Those two photos of the Brady Bunch kitchen show something that happens a lot on TV shows - changes to the set. If you'll look closely, the cooktop is different in each shot - a brushed chrome one has been exchanged for a Harvest one that would "pop" a bit more on camera. Or perhaps a Harvest one that "popped" a bit too much was toned down by replacing it with brushed chrome - I don't know my Brady lore well enough to know which came first.

And the island counter itself appears to have been rebuilt. The first shot shows it in a 90-degree configuration, but the second one looks like the angle is different.

Running changes happen on sets all the time. We think the Mary Richards apartment on The Mary Tyler Moore Show was pretty much the same all those years; there were actually many small changes. In early episodes, there is only one set of steps from the entry to the sunken living room. Later, a second set, located near the walk-through closet doors, was added. And the big window was changed from double-hung to French doors. There were many more changes as well.

Post# 646965 , Reply# 39   12/16/2012 at 19:04 (2,073 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Hey, I never saw a harvest gold gas cook top in the Brady kitchen!!!!

What episode was it in? In face I always remember an electric w/ a griddle & electric wall oven...

Then, the first episode has a free-standing gas range peeking out through the kitchen door when Mike & the boys are discussing his new marriage he's about to embark on w/ Carol & the boys dislike 'it coming w/ GIRLS!!!!'...

-- Dave

Post# 646975 , Reply# 40   12/16/2012 at 19:58 (2,073 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
First Episodes.....

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....That's another thing that's common on TV shows: Seeing stuff in the first episode you never see again.

On the first episode of The Mary Tyler Moore Show, titled "Love is All Around," the famous letter "M" Mary had on her wall was a flat cut-out, not the more dimensional "M" seen on every other episode. And the draperies on the big window were grey, not the floral ones seen from the second episode on.

Post# 646981 , Reply# 41   12/16/2012 at 20:44 (2,072 days old) by appnut (TX)        
First Episodes.....

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Dick Van Dyck had a Westinghouse kitchen complete with 30" wall oven and wash-well rollout dishwasher with heat boos switch feature. 

Post# 647003 , Reply# 42   12/16/2012 at 21:55 (2,072 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
That Brady Kitchen....

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....Is full of things which your eye accepts as real onscreen, but which you wouldn't be likely to see in real life. One of the areas I write about is movie sets (I'm working on a book about a Hitchcock movie, but can't say more at the present time), and the tricks used in the movie/TV business are interesting.

The first thing is that avocado-and-orange color scheme - you might see that in real life, but it would have been a brave housewife who picked it out, even in the '70s. It's there to look colorful on - what else? - color TV.

The cabinets, if you'll notice, are extremely dull in finish. This is to keep them from reflecting lights, cameras and crew members.

The floor is Armstrong Montina Corlon in a neutral beige, probably laid right over the composition floor of the soundstage. It's a very smooth surface, allowing camera dollies to roll without vibration. If you run over a gum wrapper on the set, the vibration to the camera looks like an earthquake on the film. It's also not patterned, so viewers won't tend to look down at the interesting floor instead of at the actor's faces.

The brick wall looks as if it could be real, or could be plaster (my money's on plaster). But one thing about it is movie-special: the grill. If you'll look, there's light coming down from where the exhaust fan installation would be in real life. If there weren't, that recess would just look like a black hole in the wall. Light makes it pop.

If you'll look at the smalls that are chrome-finished, you'll see that their finishes have been dulled down. Again, this is to prevent reflections.

The color range is very controlled, with almost nothing that doesn't conform to the orange-and-green scheme. This prevents a "busy" look that would distract from the actors.

And look very closely at that island counter - it's not resting directly on the floor. That means it's on wheels, to get it out of the way easily when needed for a particular shot.

This is old-school sitcom set design; the Brady house looks new and catalog-perfect. Most sitcom sets were designed this way the first twenty years or so of the form. In the '70s, new shows like All in the Family and The Mary Tyler Moore Show ushered in a new era of design, where things were much more realistic and had subtle touches that added to the show, like Edith Bunker's older appliances and Mary Richards' thrift-store furniture.

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Post# 647024 , Reply# 43   12/16/2012 at 22:31 (2,072 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

Changes to sets- Sometimes based on viewer responses. Other times based on sponsors who want to have their products shown.


From the biggest details, like the house itself and actors playing a part, to the smallest details like how much cleavage and make-up on various actresses.


Fav. kitchen- Green Acres. I loved the contrast between the modern 1960s, and the Victorian architechure of the late 1800s. In the 1950s through the 1970s, the contrast was obvious with the Victorian era showing so strong, moral, and even eco-friendly to an extent. Even by TODAYs standards, thats true.


This compared to the superficial, materialism that Lisa represented in GA. Of course, in real terms, 50 years later, our country has paid a BIG price with that blatant materialism, greed, and destruction of our society for the sake of the fly-by-night corporatists. Look at how many shopping malls built in the 70s and 80s are now abandoned. People are catching on and with each horrific accident or natural disaster, the message is slowly wringing through, I hope it isn't too late.


Still, I loved her P~I~N~K appliances. (tee-hee) ...the pink Maytag washer. The pink GE Dishwasher that .... how many things did she try and wash in there that weren't dishes?

How many different concoctions did she come up with? Her Coffee, for example!


As dysfunctional as Lisa was as a housewife, she loved Ol-E-Vir. And even when she could have gone back to NYC, she decided to stay in god-knows-where, in down state Illinois or Indiana. lets see, NYC, down state Illinois, NYC, down state Illinois,... in 1966. hmm, back and forth, which would I choose?



Sandy- I didn't know that about the set of Rosemarys baby. I'd be willing to debate that. If it's true, the details were VERY WELL played. Perhaps, like Sex and the City. Actual NYC apartments are just too tight, and unavailable to make filming in actual locations practical.


Brady Kitchen- That burnt orange really doesn't go well with anything. And with the picture shown here, they had dark simulated wood sliding doors beneath the stove? Yes, I said simulated wood which means plastic over chip board. We had burnt orange as a semi-gloss in our kitchen with matching plaid wallpaper. It was oppressive. The favorite of the Bradys was their laundry room and the TOL Avacodo Whirlpool set with the wood panel fronts.

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Post# 647029 , Reply# 44   12/16/2012 at 23:07 (2,072 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"I didn't know that about the set of Rosemarys baby. I'd be willing to debate that."

There are references to the sets in Paramount studio head Robert Evans' autobiography (The Kid Stays in the Picture), and there are numerous photos taken during production showing the tops of the sets, where the walls end, there is no ceiling, and lights and catwalks are up above.

The production designer for the film, Richard Sylbert, specialized in creating aged and distressed sets that looked highly realistic at close range, yet were built for filming with the bulky cameras used in the '50s and '60s. 1962's The Manchurian Candidate is also his work.

New York's Dakota Apartments were used for exteriors, the courtyard, and the lobby. That cost Paramount $1000 a day, and the wealthy residents of the Dakota griped the whole time the movie people were there, plus campaigning to get them kicked out - it was simply not possible to film the whole movie there.

In 1967-68, when the movie was being made, Paramount still had some of its old-time craftspeople who really, really knew what they were doing; their Classic Era expertise was put into the service of a thoroughly modern movie. The result was a movie that comes very close to looking like an all-location job; only a bit of process work (filmed backgrounds projected behind the actors) and subtle things on the sets give it away.

Here's a shot taken on the set showing a tiny glimpse of the overheads. Also note the kitchen cabinet on the left that does not sit directly on the floor, meaning it was on casters to get it out of the way when needed. And as is usual for movie sets, the walls are much taller than real walls, so the camera can get far back without revealing that there's no ceiling:

Post# 647037 , Reply# 45   12/16/2012 at 23:48 (2,072 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

The first thing I saw, with your picture, was that gap under the cabinet. It looks like the stove even has large wheels that lift it off the floor 6 inches.
Of course, I love the sunshine yellow appliances you pointed out.

I remember watching episodes of Eight is Enough, and seeing their avacodo kitchen, which had a Westinghouse (fingers crossed) double wide Avacodo refrig.  It too, could be seen to have wheels on the bottom (that weren't factory equipment), from some camera angles.  ... and no DW ?  Were newspaper editors, who had a family of 8 children, that underpaid?  They could afford a new Electrolux Golden Jubilee, why not a DW?


Your writing a book..... about movie sets?....  Hollywoods various techniques for making reality on film?  ....



Post# 647039 , Reply# 46   12/16/2012 at 23:54 (2,072 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Your writing a book..... about movie sets?.... Hollywoods various techniques for making reality on film? ...."

About the process of creating the reality of one particular film of Alfred Hitchcock's.

I'm not at liberty to say more.

The reason things like ranges are sometimes raised on wheels or platforms is that they otherwise might not show in a close shot. If you're doing a shot of Mia Farrow cooking on that Dixie range, and the camera is close to her, the top of the range is not visible, and the audience cannot tell what she's supposed to be doing. The solution is to raise the range so that its top is visible above the bottom of the frame. It looks weird on the set, but it makes visual sense in the completed scene.

Just FYI: Not only the Woodhouse apartment was built for the film, but the Castevet apartment "next door" was built as well, and all the apartment-house hallways except the lobby, which was the actual Dakota lobby. The hallways and all the detailing of the apartments were based on the Dakota.

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Post# 647040 , Reply# 47   12/17/2012 at 00:23 (2,072 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        


Hitchcock was a GREAT Director.  He was so thorough.  The details just in filming the shower scene in the original Psycho, were mind numbing and took a month, just for that 3 minutes of film.


I live within bike riding distance of where he filmed The Birds, and can't wait to see the school house and other landmarks.


When will your book be complete?  How will it be released?

Post# 647041 , Reply# 48   12/17/2012 at 00:38 (2,072 days old) by alr2903 (TN)        
Alex I'll take "The Beverly Hillbillies" for $2

I am surprised no mention of Granny on the Beverly Hillbillies.  I loved her kitchen, my only complaint, I wish she would of been more progressive in use of cookware.  BH,  had a kitchen change, when the built in china cabinets swapped sides with the twin refrigerators.  Poor ole Granny with her soap kiiiiittle, nowdays Ms. Drysdale would call out the EPA.  alr


What kind of stove was in "Abilenes" kitchen in "The Help",  the big old stove "Minnie" cooked breakfast on?

Post# 647052 , Reply# 49   12/17/2012 at 03:00 (2,072 days old) by jakeseacrest (Massachusetts)        

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I'm a Hitchcock fan also. Would love to buy your book when it comes out.

Post# 647087 , Reply# 50   12/17/2012 at 08:30 (2,072 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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We're probably still about two years out on the book; a lot of research at A.M.P.A.S. remains (the first pass just showed us how much more material there was than we ever dreamed), and some crucial interviews are yet to be conducted.

Trust me, I'll say more when we're closer! :)

Erik: If you're going to be tooling around Bodega Bay looking for The Birds locations, there are some things you should know:

1) The Porter Schoolhouse where the birds attacked the children was real, and is still there. It still looks very much as it did in the movie. It is NOT close to town, as Hitchcock's editing makes it seem to be - those schoolkids would have had to run several miles.
2) The schoolteacher's house close to the school (where Suzanne Pleshette's character lived) was not real, though it was built close to the school as it appears to be located in the movie. It was a false front, with nothing inside it; the interiors were soundstage sets back at Universal. It was demolished after filming. Today, someone has a vacation home on the site, and that home looks very vaguely similar, so some people think it's the house from the movie, only remodeled. Not true.
3) The Tides Restaurant is totally remodeled and unrecognizable from the movie, though it's still around.
4) The Brenner farm where Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy and Veronica Cartwright's characters lived was also false fronts, built on rented property. The set burned some time after filming; nothing remains.
5) Much of "downtown Bodega Bay," where Tippi Hedren rents the boat, was Universal's back lot, not the real Bodega Bay. Only a few shots are the real place.

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Post# 647131 , Reply# 51   12/17/2012 at 12:18 (2,072 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

I've always been partial to the Leadbetter's kitchen on "The Good Life" or "The Good Neighbors" (depending upon country) - mod 70's cabinets, striped venetian blinds and spotlights overhead.

But I don't think Hootersville was in Illinois, too hilly and dry (the two parts of Illinois that are hilly are fairly lush). I've been watching the first season, Lisa was actually pretty sneaky on it - conning farm women into making friend chicken!

I've attached a Norwegian 50's kitchen video, just for fun.


Post# 647144 , Reply# 52   12/17/2012 at 13:10 (2,072 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Could the Brady Brick have been z-brick or equal (a thin brick which just gets grouted onto the wall like tile) - I looked an apartment once which had polystyrene brick up yikes!

Here's an old roper with wheels (I ended up with the bigger place with smaller kitchen and an O'Keefe & Merritt).


Post# 647146 , Reply# 53   12/17/2012 at 13:43 (2,072 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I don't think that's Z-Brick; that stuff wouldn't have fooled anyone.

Studios used to have plaster workers who could produce brick-look surfaces very quickly; they had molds on hand that they could use to turn out sections, which were mounted and then had their gaps filled with more plaster. Very skillful painting followed, with the result that you really couldn't tell it wasn't real. I've seen this kind of work, and you have to be very close before you see the little telltale signs that it's fake - movie set people really know what they're doing.

For very large expanses of brick - say, the outside of a building - papier-mache was used, in big sections about two by four feet. These were also made in molds. They were tacked to the skeletal framework of the "building" in question, and if kept painted, could last for years. Most major buildings on studios' "New York Streets" were made this way, and so was Tara in Gone With the Wind. Here's a shot of Tara made in 1959, after the set had been sitting in the weather without maintenance for twenty years; you can see the papier-mache panels of fake brick. Not too long after this shot was made, the set's remains were sold to an Atlanta entrepreneur, dismantled, and trucked to Georgia (a few bits are on display at two Atlanta GWTW museums; the rest is beyond restoration). Within a few more years, the site was turned into Stalag 13 for Hogan's Heroes. Now, this area is an industrial park; no movie filming is done here now.

Post# 647150 , Reply# 54   12/17/2012 at 14:07 (2,072 days old) by westingman123 ()        

Z-brick-Ugh! At some point, a former owner of this house (a craftsman-style bungalow) installed Z-brick in the kitchen. Let me add the walls of this old girl are plaster. That Z-brick would have survived a nuclear attack. It took me weeks to get it off and repair the damage to the original walls.

Yeah, it wasn't foolin' anybody, even before I took to chipping it off! *LOL*

To add insult to injury, I found fragments of the original vitrolite underneath. It's too bad I got here years too late.

Post# 647189 , Reply# 55   12/17/2012 at 18:43 (2,072 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Dick Van Dyck had a Westinghouse kitchen

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that was only in the pilot episode Appnut. For the rest of the run of the Dick Van Dyke Show they had a Caloric Ultramatic Gas wall oven and cook top and a RCA Whirlpool Gas Fridge and for a while had one of those Electro Sink Centers but NO dishwasher what so ever...PAT COFFEY

Post# 647190 , Reply# 56   12/17/2012 at 18:52 (2,072 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
The favorite of the Bradys was their laundry room and the TO

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The Brady's laundry room NEVER had the avocado paneled TOL Whirlpool Mark Series Washer and Dryer. They had a MOL avocado Whirlpool pair of which the dryer had a side swinging door verses the full length pull down hamper door. FYI The stainless steel Thermador Electric Cooktop and wall oven were in the Brady Kitchen for the first 4 seasons. The Harvest Gold Gas Cook Top and what looks like a Roper Gas Wall Oven were not added until the last season of the show.....PAT COFFEY

Post# 647278 , Reply# 57   12/18/2012 at 03:04 (2,071 days old) by 1952Crestwood ()        
I guess my favorite movie kitchen would be....

the one in which Debbie Reynolds cooks for Dick Powell in 1954's "Susan Slept Here". I could just move right into that apartment as is, but the kitchen was particularly "me". I'm no expert but I think the appliances were Western Holly and maybe a Servel fridge? Experts, please clue me in.

Post# 647283 , Reply# 58   12/18/2012 at 04:36 (2,071 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I think I liked the GOOD TIMES kitchen, myself! It had a round-top single door fridge (and in AVOCADO GREEN?!), and in the island was a sort of drop-in range where the Evans family did their cooking...!

I could never understand why that apartment was done w/ cinder block walls either, 'cept for realizing it was a south-side Chicago tenement place, and that sort of thing would be the norm for 'subsidized housing' for low income families & gaining more 'cultural corollary', there...

The Jefferson's harvest gold GE sideXside fridge was borrowed (& that looked like a portion of their kitchen; may have been a common prop among a few others, courtesy of Norman Lear)) for one episode where JJ got involved w/ some high class people (selling drugs--oh, no!) and actually put the stuff down the garbage disposal (while hiding in a broom closet from the bust going on)...

And I wonder why George & Weezie's little gas stove in their de-luxe penthouse was one Florence had to clean the oven of, too...! (George to Florence: "Clean That Oven!")

-- Dave

Post# 647318 , Reply# 59   12/18/2012 at 06:10 (2,071 days old) by retro-man (nashua,nh)        

Does anyone remember the three stooges episode where shemp meets this beautiful lady and she has him over for dinner? They clean up everything and he finds a bowl or a glass and opens what looks like a free standing hotpoint dishwasher with one button starting and gets soaked cause she says the automatic shut off is broken and needs to be fixed. This is my first recollection of an automatic dishwasher in movies or films. This had to have been from the early 40's. Don't remember what the rest of the kitchen was like because i was transfixed to the dishwasher.

Post# 647376 , Reply# 60   12/18/2012 at 12:36 (2,071 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
from 1959's "Pillow Talk"...

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Jan Morrow (Doris Day) sure had a great NYC apartment kitchen. Who wouldn't want to do the dishes with a view like that?

Miss Day prepares to serve orange juice to Rock Hudson. That juice had better be "spiked" with something pretty strong if she plans on getting anywhere with him.

Post# 647394 , Reply# 61   12/18/2012 at 13:45 (2,071 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Dave - CHA apartments (most of them), aka the Projects, mostly had block walls (don't know if Cabrini Green - which is actually just west of the Gold Coast, had been a ghetto since at least 1920 or so, which is where Good Times was set, had block walls inside, since they had brick exteriors). Although, in reality, the Evans' would have probably lived in a two-flat or maybe even a bungalow (working families had mostly fled the big projects in Chicago by the mid-70's, it was always a very New York show to me in that regard). Always wondered how Florida commuted to Tuckahoe from Cabrini, I don't think Metra connects with Metro North....

Doris always managed to have those massive kitchens on her working girl salary in New York, didn't she? I always suspected Jan Morrow got around a bit - with all those gentlemen admirers... There is a French and Saunders parody of her with a nice kitchen too. Down With Love had some kitchens inspired by the Doris-Rock movies too.

Didn't Ma & Pa Kettle have some ultra-modern kitchen once they hit it big, or am I thinking something way off here?

Post# 647413 , Reply# 62   12/18/2012 at 14:20 (2,071 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Ma and Pa Kettle won a dream house, and they treated it like a dream house. I was wondering if someone would mention that killer kitchen in "Susan Slept Here" one of the best things in the movie! Honorable Mention is a kitchen in "The Girl Can't Help It" which has a thoroughly domestic Jerri Jordan (Jayne Mansfield) skidding around her apartment kitchen trying to hide a cooked turkey slopping grease and gravy about.

Post# 647420 , Reply# 63   12/18/2012 at 15:09 (2,071 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

I remember those Metra commercials. 0:37


kinda ... makes me wish I lived in a congested metropolis, with a high stress, polyester wearing job in a glass tower.  Oh, and of course a suburban home 2 hours away.

Ahh, stress CAN be fun.

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Post# 647421 , Reply# 64   12/18/2012 at 15:17 (2,071 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Another Doris Day Kitchen:

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Before Doris landed all those hellaciously chic New York apartments with brand-spanking-new kitchens, she led a much homier life.

I refer to 1954's Young at Heart co-starring Frank Sinatra, Dorothy Malone, Elizabeth Fraser, and Ethel Barrymore. In it, Doris lives with her aunt and uncle, who have a Victorian house remodeled with the best of everything 1954 had to offer.

The kitchen in the house is the kind I like - good basic cabinets, nice appliances, but nothing for show and everything home-like. This set (and it was a set - even the exterior of the house and the entire street it was on were built on a Warner Bros. soundstage) shows what kitchens were like before solid cherry cabinets, stainless appliances and marble counters became the norm. I don't have the movie on hand to look at and identify the major appliances, but there were a bunch of Sunbeam smalls on the set, including a gorgeous Coffeemaster. The only thing I would change about this kitchen would be to tell Ol' Blue Eyes to get his butt off the counter.

P.S.: For those who are familiar with the movie: Ethel Barrymore's performance as Aunt Jessie is my late, sainted paternal grandmother, Mama Mac, to the very life. Lord, I miss that lady.

Post# 647426 , Reply# 65   12/18/2012 at 15:29 (2,071 days old) by lonestar1947 (Dearborn,mi)        
lost in space

I always wanted a kitchen like the "Robinsons" in "Lost in Space"

Silver, spotless, lots of stainless and chrome.

Did they cook or did it get "Replicated?"

Post# 647432 , Reply# 66   12/18/2012 at 15:47 (2,071 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

That IS a nice kitchen, Sandy.  That bank of windows with the lace curtains is so comfy.  It goes well with the wallpaper.  


I can just see that overlooking an expanse of hillisde prairie, or a lake in the distance.  Maybe even a picturesque small farm with white fence and various animals free range.  Perhaps an expanse of garden planted in neat rows, green and lush.


And your comments about humble kitchens is so true. Originally, kitchen cabinets were made with solid wood. There were no laminates over particle board. The food quality was more wholesome then, as well. Not necessarily nutritious, but not filled with chemicals.



Post# 647446 , Reply# 67   12/18/2012 at 16:38 (2,071 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Oh god, the Metra logo! Do I need to scan my monthly ticket now!

Rock had that crazy commute in "Send me no Flowers".

Oh yeah, Jayne rocked that kitchen!

Post# 647448 , Reply# 68   12/18/2012 at 16:44 (2,071 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
Decisions! Decisions!

Hard to to choose....

Post# 647530 , Reply# 69   12/18/2012 at 22:10 (2,070 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
The 1956 Frigidaire refrigerator on Good Times is not avocad

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and the stove is not a drop in is a 40 inch wide 6 burner gas range that they took the back splash of so the it would not get in the way of the camera's view of the actors while they were standing at the range.....PAT COFFEY

Post# 647534 , Reply# 70   12/18/2012 at 22:24 (2,070 days old) by appliguy (Oakton Va.)        
Always wondered how Florida commuted to Tuckahoe from Cabrin

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Obviously you never watched Maude Dave7 because if you had you would know that the answer to your question about Florida's commute is simple, she didn't...On Maude Florida Evans husband Henry was a fireman in Tuckahoe NY. (played by John Amos the same man who went on to play James Evans on Good Times). The way Florida made it all the way from from Tuckahoe to Chicago is this.  in 1974 Eric Monte (of Cooley High fame) and Mike Evans (the original Lionel Jefferson) created a TV show about a black family living in the Chicago ghetto. The show was simply called the Black Family. The characters names were Mattie Black, James Black, JJ Black, Thelma Black, Michael Black, and they had a neighbor and good friend named Willona. When Norman Lear decided to produce the show and talked Esther Rolle into bringing her Florida Evans character on board as the matriarch the families last name was changed from Black to Evans and the youngest member of the family ironically ended up with the same name as one of the shows creators, Michael Evans......PAT COFFEY

Post# 647542 , Reply# 71   12/18/2012 at 23:06 (2,070 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"I can just see that overlooking an expanse of hillisde prairie, or a lake in the distance. Maybe even a picturesque small farm with white fence and various animals free range. Perhaps an expanse of garden planted in neat rows, green and lush."

Well, Young at Heart is set in Strafford, Connecticut, a town which existed only in the minds of the screenwriters. One of the musical's songs, "Ready, Willing and Able," takes place during an afternoon's outing at the seashore, which places Strafford somewhere on or near Connecticut's coastline - say, somewhere between New Haven and Groton.

Here's an exterior shot of the house Doris lives in in the movie. As you'll undoubtedly notice, it's a set, built indoors on a soundstage. Warner Bros. built the entire street - both sides, all the houses, pavement, lawns, trees, landscaping, everything. I cannot for the life of me figure out why all that expense was gone to - there is nothing in the movie that demanded it, and Warner Bros. - like most studios - had a perfectly good back lot with standing sets of small-town streets - and knew where to rent plenty more.

Post# 647544 , Reply# 72   12/18/2012 at 23:37 (2,070 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

Did anyone else notice the SIZE of the cookies she's baking? 


All that lard and flour-


Just looking at it ups your chances of getting diabetes.

Post# 647549 , Reply# 73   12/19/2012 at 00:12 (2,070 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Simple, Large, But Totally Familiar

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Type kitchen found in many of the Italian-American homes one knew growing up.

Perfect for cooking and feeding large families and of course hosting as it seemed no matter what the event everyone ends up in the kitchen. Well at least the women and young children! *LOL*

Post# 647575 , Reply# 74   12/19/2012 at 03:35 (2,070 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Another Doris Day kitchen from the pre '59 era is 1957's "Pajama Game" in the house she shared with her dad.

Post# 647577 , Reply# 75   12/19/2012 at 04:26 (2,070 days old) by JeffG ()        

> I cannot for the life of me figure out why all that expense was gone to - there is nothing in the movie that demanded it, and Warner Bros. - like most studios - had a perfectly good back lot with standing sets of small-town streets - and knew where to rent plenty more. <

Sandy, the film's studio (or maybe Doris Day, who's still alive) could explain why these sets were built.

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Post# 647608 , Reply# 76   12/19/2012 at 06:19 (2,070 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Moonstruck Kitchen

I kept wondering why a high priced plumber would have a Kenmore DW. I know it was someone's house they were using, but I still wondered. And oatmeal cooked in a double boiler, does that ever bring back memories. We used to prepare long cooking grits that way, too.

Post# 647624 , Reply# 77   12/19/2012 at 07:45 (2,070 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        

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"I know it was someone's house they were using....."

Was it? I would have thought it was a movie set, given that some of the shots (say for example when Johnny Castorini returns and Loretta's aunt goes to open the front door) would otherwise have been filmed through a window.

Love the film though (I watched it only last week) and I loved the kitchen too as it seemed like an authentic kitchen that a real family might use


Post# 647627 , Reply# 78   12/19/2012 at 07:56 (2,070 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Home Used For Moonstruck

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Is indeed real and located in a beautiful and rather upscale/exclusive part of Brooklyn Heights. From the backyard/windows you have a clear view of the harbor including Manhattan and New Jersey.

Home sold about five or seven years ago for about 5 millon, probably could get more, much more today.


Post# 647628 , Reply# 79   12/19/2012 at 08:01 (2,070 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
Kenmore DW In An Upscale Home

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Back then Kenmore's DW's meant quality, good to excellent performance at a reasonable price. Many families one knew back in the day regardless of how well the husband was doing would have went in for "Miele" or some such. I mean even with being "well off" that generation drove Caddy's and Lincolns not Mercedes Benz and BMW.

Post# 647632 , Reply# 80   12/19/2012 at 08:29 (2,070 days old) by vacbear58 (Sutton In Ashfield & London UK)        
Just to clarify

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I never thought that the exterior of the house was a movie set, just the kitchen and other interior shots.

I have often thought how much fun it would have been to been employed as a set designer or props "locator" (I cannot think of a better word) doing the like of the Herclue Poirot stories.


Post# 647640 , Reply# 81   12/19/2012 at 09:12 (2,070 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Sandy, the film's studio (or maybe Doris Day, who's still alive) could explain why these sets were built."

Actually, Jeff, actors often don't know why things in a movie are done the way they're done - their job is to act, not to concern themselves with production stuff. The only time that usually happens is when the actor who is a genuine star has a concern about a set, like Barbra Streisand often does. Her film contracts always stipulate that she is to be photographed from her left side, because she feels her left profile photographs better than her right one. That means sets have to be designed - or in the case of locations, chosen - with that in mind. Babs cuts no slack on the requirement, either.

Warners is unlikely to have any answers, either - this is a movie nearly sixty years old, and the production records are long scattered. The answer, if it still exists, would be in the archives of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, or one of the university archives to which Warners has donated obsolete records over the years. I've dealt with Warners for articles several times in my work, and what they don't have is amazing. When you think about it, it makes sense - they're in business to make movies, not keep historical records. At least they've donated their old stuff to institutions who care for it.

Post# 647649 , Reply# 82   12/19/2012 at 10:43 (2,070 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Another Doris Day kitchen from the pre '59 era is 1957's "Pajama Game" in the house she shared with her dad."


That kitchen is very nice work. Again, it's a set, very beautifully detailed to represent the character's lifestyle. Doris plays a garment factory worker, so the kitchen is downscale. Warners' prop department outfitted the set with very accurate touches, such as the farmhouse sink, the old range and its match safe, and a lot of small items. It's also raining during this number ("Small Talk"), which presents a host of challenges on a soundstage, from plumbing to electrical to lighting.

In this shot, the range is interesting, because the seemingly solid wall behind it is a "wild" or "jockey" wall, removable to permit shots from the point of view behind the range. A significant portion of the scene is shot from that POV.

Post# 647650 , Reply# 83   12/19/2012 at 10:46 (2,070 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
And of Course....

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....No garment factory worker's life is complete without the struggle to pay for the new refrigerator:

Post# 647703 , Reply# 84   12/19/2012 at 16:02 (2,070 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Perhaps the backlot schedule was too tight and they needed to film in the winter? Didn't Sinatra get the ending rewritten for him?

Post# 647711 , Reply# 85   12/19/2012 at 16:30 (2,070 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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I can't say if those factors you mention are possibilities. By 1954, major Hollywood studios were more desperate to use their capacity than anything else, because TV and the Justice Department's divorcement of studios from theatre chains had heavily damaged box-office, meaning many fewer movies were being shot than in former years. A fully-booked backlot was the stuff of dreams by then.

I don't know the shooting dates for the film (IMDb doesn't have any info, either), but it was a Christmas 1954 release, which means principal photography had to have been finished at least some months earlier. Young at Heart wasn't just a melodrama - it was a musical, and it takes a lot of post-production time to dub in the music, as well as all the other post stuff that has to be done on any movie (a later, much more elaborate, Warner's movie, 1964's My Fair Lady, took over a year in post). That makes me think it could have been shot that spring or summer. Doris's other movie that year was Lucky Me, which wrapped in February of '54, so that also suggests a spring or summer shoot for Young at Heart.

Hard to know without research. P.S.: You're absolutely right about the ending. In the original script, Sinatra's character, Barney Sloan, died after his self-inflicted "auto accident." Sinatra didn't necessarily mind dying in a movie - he'd done it before. But he didn't think it was right for this particular movie, and used his clout to get the ending rewritten.

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Post# 647728 , Reply# 86   12/19/2012 at 18:01 (2,070 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
just wanted to sneak this in...

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I know several other members have mentioned the kitchen on "Green Acres." I don't remember that much dialog from the series but for some reason I do recall this...

It's Oliver's Birthday and Lisa wants to prepare him something special for the day. She's thumbing through The Royal Hungarian Cookbook and tells her husband "here's something that would be good, Stewed Elephant." Oliver remarks "that's ridiculous, it would be too much work!" Lisa replies "oh no, it's very easy, you just drain the moat, fill it with champagne, toss in the elephant and in 2 hours he's stewed to the tusks." Why I remember that I really don't know.

I guess we all loved the wonderful and glamorous Eva Gabor.

Post# 647754 , Reply# 87   12/19/2012 at 19:05 (2,070 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        

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Thanks for that insight Sandy, Pajama Game had such a homey overall look to it, from the factory to the tidy Victorian homes on her street.  We had a farmhouse sink in our rented 1935 Cape Cod in Lynchburg, Virginia. I didn't care for it, or the 1935 bathroom, our one door Frigidaire fridge or the Norge apartment range. I did think our '58 BOL GE Filter Flo washer was spiffy. The house was totally updated according to recent real estate notes.


But back to movie kitchens, the one in the New York City apartment in "Please Don't Eat The Daisies" was nice looking, I thought. The kitchen in the '59 movie "Gidget" was disgusting, no detail, it was just thrown in there for a brief scene. And Bewitched nuts will notice Gidget's house was backward and the model for the Stephens' house. I believe I saw Alice Pierce running around in a Dennis The Menace episode with the Stephens' house in the background. Finally, Donna Stone's new kitchen in the second season was really nice.

Post# 647840 , Reply# 88   12/20/2012 at 08:19 (2,069 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Laundress, D&M dishwashers were never known for quality or anywhere near excellent performance. They were middling machines and prone, like so many D&M dishwashers to rusting in the sump area. If the machine had a high temp wash option, it could turn out clean dishes with the extra scrubbing time, but without that option, mneh.

If the plumber's family was sufficiently Old World, the women might have refused to use a dishwasher no matter what the brand. IF it was a real plumber's kitchen, you would expect some vintage KitchenAid or maybe something else old like an Apex just to show it off in the early days of domestic dishwashers and create more business. If you heard him give the estimate on plumbing to the young home owners, the man knew how to create more business.

Post# 647853 , Reply# 89   12/20/2012 at 08:57 (2,069 days old) by Launderess (Quiet Please, There´s a Lady on Stage)        
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Wore Chanel suits and so forth, so while "old world" in some respects she knew and enjoyed the trappings of her husband's "sucess" in the new world. *LOL*

Lots of old school Italian, Irish, Russian, Jewish, etc... housewives one knew growing up had dishwashers. Will give you some didn't or they were installed/purchased by say the husband or children and largely sat unused.

Post# 647854 , Reply# 90   12/20/2012 at 09:07 (2,069 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

You know what I just noticed about the kitchen in the Pajama Game is the trendy "Tiffany" lamp which were coming into vogue then (they always remind me of the House on the Rock).

OK, Dexter, I want the Royal Hungarian Cookbook! I guess it'd be in German, yes? I really wish Eva had been more things (I can only think of G.A. and Gigi).

Post# 647862 , Reply# 91   12/20/2012 at 09:39 (2,069 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Eva Gabor is also in The Last Time I Saw Paris, with Van Johnson, Elizabeth Taylor and Donna Reed. This movie is public domain (MGM didn't renew the copyright properly when it was time to do that), so inexpensive DVDs of the film are easy to find.

Trivia: Sharp-eyed viewers will notice that in one scene, Donna Reed wears a fox-trimmed coat originally designed for Joan Crawford in Torch Song. MGM was in a little trouble in 1954, and they were cutting corners here and there. They had always recycled wardrobe, but they hadn't been recycling it directly from one star to another, with no changes - they had always "demoted" star wardrobe to supporting players, and restyled it.

Post# 647867 , Reply# 92   12/20/2012 at 10:06 (2,069 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Oh, I'll have to keep an eye out for that, I just "love" Van Johnson (I first remember seeing him in something with Lucille Ball).

Good thing it wasn't Joan wearing hand me downs, she was a STAR!

Post# 647942 , Reply# 93   12/20/2012 at 15:21 (2,069 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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Well, Donna Reed was already a star at that time, too - she'd won a Best Supporting Actress Oscar only the year before for From Here to Eternity. That's what made the wardrobe recycling so weird - I don't know of another instance of MGM doing that.

By the way, The Last Time I Saw Paris is probably no one's idea of a truly great movie, but it does have its moments, and one huge plus - Elizabeth Taylor was more beautiful in it than in anything else she ever did, in my opinion.

OTOH, it also has Sandy Descher playing Van Johnson's daughter. Descher was the strangest movie moppet ever - like aliens built her after seeing a picture of an Earth kid. You'll see what I mean when you see the picture.

Post# 647963 , Reply# 94   12/20/2012 at 16:56 (2,069 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Now I'm picturing those evil kids with the big heads.

Post# 647967 , Reply# 95   12/20/2012 at 17:11 (2,069 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
No -

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Just this:

Post# 648167 , Reply# 96   12/21/2012 at 16:25 (2,068 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
Memory Lane

Lisa Douglas and her culinary talent!

Post# 648193 , Reply# 97   12/21/2012 at 19:22 (2,068 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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This is a promotional movie but it would be my favorite kitchen! (from 1966, not 1962)

Post# 648198 , Reply# 98   12/21/2012 at 19:50 (2,068 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
from of course "the Munsters"...

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Lilly had an interesting kitchen, almost as many cobwebs as mine. Like Bewitched and so many others, The Munsters was took you out of yourself for half an hour.

You always knew that under all that makeup was the beautiful and glamorous Yvonne De Carlo.

Post# 648278 , Reply# 99   12/22/2012 at 05:10 (2,067 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
We're Forgetting a Great One....

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....The kitchen from Roseanne. It wasn't the most beautiful kitchen, and it wasn't the fanciest, but the Conner family managed to do a whole lot of living in it. The producers of the show gave this set a lot of attention, working to collect just the right middle-American touches for it. A viewer found placemats that matched the potholders she'd seen on the show, sent them in - and they were put on the set, just as Roseanne Conner would have if she'd found them.

The Conner kitchen was nothing anyone aspired to, but it was much more familiar to many people than they probably wanted to admit, LOL.

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Post# 648279 , Reply# 100   12/22/2012 at 05:16 (2,067 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

The icemaker in our Frigidaire was great for a few years before it mal-functioned. Mom had it repaired a couple of times befire finally telling our appliance service person to remove it. The other complaint was that it didn't make ice as fast as we used it. We had a large family and would have benefited from an under counter icemaker. Living here in the sultry south, we used ice constantly.

Post# 648280 , Reply# 101   12/22/2012 at 05:22 (2,067 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Color Work:

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The Roseanne kitchen is a great example of the use of color in production design. It was primarily a very warm yellow-beige with browns, and small touches of blue were used in accessories, from dishtowels to the paper napkins on the table.

I wish I could find a shot of it, but just to the left of this photo was something very interesting on the window sill - a grenade. In all the years of the show, it sat there, never referred to or explained that I'm aware of.

I think that range is a BOL or lower MOL Tappan - anyone else know?

Post# 648282 , Reply# 102   12/22/2012 at 06:22 (2,067 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Their refrigerator

Post# 648283 , Reply# 103   12/22/2012 at 06:26 (2,067 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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And right next to their kitchen, their laundry room... With the washer and dryer arranged as if they were Maytags!

Post# 648284 , Reply# 104   12/22/2012 at 06:33 (2,067 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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A better view of it (1978 Imperial or 1979 Custom Imperial set).

Post# 648285 , Reply# 105   12/22/2012 at 06:39 (2,067 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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I guess that's because there used to be Maytags there!

Just like in Bewitched, after the first few episodes, the Maytag set was replaced with a Frigidaire set! But in this case, they didn't move, so I'm wondering why they did that!

Post# 648288 , Reply# 106   12/22/2012 at 07:02 (2,067 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

It was a bol Tappan range. I remember that later, there was a GE top loading portable DW just sitting to the left of the sink. I never saw where it was supposed to be parked.

Post# 648293 , Reply# 107   12/22/2012 at 07:22 (2,067 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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Maybe they stored it in the laundry room (see 3 posts above yours!).

Post# 648371 , Reply# 108   12/22/2012 at 14:09 (2,067 days old) by rp2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        
Back Lots and Back-up Plans

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My sister has been a member of the DGA for many years.  She has worked on some movies most here would remember, but a lot were losers or intended to go straight to video, or nowadays DVD. 


One of the lesser known films, Jack the Bear, was set in Oakland, CA and there was a need to create a working class neighborhood street.  I presume the perfect scenes on the various studio back lots wouldn't work for this, so instead an entire street with facades of homes was constructed, complete with weedy yards, unswept gutters, junk cars etc. on the soccer field of a private school just east of Hollywood.  I went to work with her one day and was amazed at how real it all looked, even in person.  Her dobie mix Willie even got some fleeting camera time being walked down the sidewalk in one scene.


Regarding the Ozzie's Girls references made above, there were changes to other programs as kids grew older.  The Donna Reed Show created a young girl's role, some sort of orphan who just showed up one day, as characters Jeff and Mary grew too old to get into the right kind of trouble anymore.  I think My Three Sons also brought in a young boy at some point, possibly through the adoption of one of the son's friends, but I could be getting that show confused with another.   MTS also had some poor acting from Mike's wife, as I recall. 



Post# 648375 , Reply# 109   12/22/2012 at 14:21 (2,067 days old) by applianceguy47 ()        

I can see where they would switch out Roseannes W&D.

Maytag (like Kenmore, WP, & GE) was too mainstream. It would have detracted from here character.

That would explain their other appliances choices, as well.

Post# 648407 , Reply# 110   12/22/2012 at 16:14 (2,067 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
from the current "Hot In Cleveland"

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Some nice vintage appliances in a spacious eat-in kitchen that most folks would kill for. Kudos to the set designers.

Post# 648410 , Reply# 111   12/22/2012 at 16:28 (2,067 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
My Three Sons

After the little neighbor boy who was Stanley Livingston's real brother moved in to make a third son after Mike Considine left, Robbie got married, lived at home and his wife gave birth to triplet sons which was sorta jumping the shark for that show. It was near the end of the run when they lost the GM deal for cars and Frigidaire appliances, also.

Post# 648414 , Reply# 112   12/22/2012 at 16:37 (2,067 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
"Roseanne" W & D Switch

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If I had to guess, I would say that someone might have thought the consoles on the Frigidaires had a little more "personality" and were a tiny bit more photogenic than the ones on the Maytags.

Even in real life, a lot of people didn't "get" the simplicity of Maytag styling and controls. I wasn't a Maytag fan back in the day - the glamorous keyboard Lady K's were what got my attention.

I'm not saying that glamour was an issue on Roseanne - far from it. I just think the Frigidaires might have had a little more photographic "oomph," just a bit more noticeable.

The only other possibility that occurs to me is that someone found out that Maytags were premium-priced machines, and could hold on to a price differential even when re-sold as used. It might have been that someone figured that was a bit above the Conner family's means.

Post# 648424 , Reply# 113   12/22/2012 at 17:07 (2,067 days old) by ptcruiser51 (Boynton Beach, FL)        

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I forgot that at the time, I had the same kitchen floor as Roseanne! Peel & stick tiles, they were! Always liked her poppy-red fridge.

Post# 648427 , Reply# 114   12/22/2012 at 17:24 (2,067 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
"Hot in Cleveland" Sets

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You might like to know that last year, Hot in Cleveland's sets of Elka's house won an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction for a Multi-Camera Series.

Set decorator Maralee Zediker and production designer Michael Hynes shared the award.

However, you have to admit that the greatest thing on the set of Hot in Cleveland is Betty White!

Post# 648513 , Reply# 115   12/23/2012 at 03:34 (2,066 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
In 1966's "The Glass Bottom Boat"...

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...aerospace research labratory head Rod Taylor has an ultra-modern kitchen. Bruce Templeton (Taylor) demonstrates to girlfriend Jennifer Nelson (Doris Day) just how advanced the kitchen is. He tosses some dirt on the floor and immediately a small floor-level door opens and a robotic vacuum proceeds to suck up the debris and then retreats back into it's home.

Post# 648642 , Reply# 116   12/23/2012 at 17:31 (2,066 days old) by abcomatic (Bradford, Illinois)        
Munster's kitchen

I think Lilly's range was made by the Majestic Stove Co. A very good range in its day too, even with a rack to dry wet towels.

Post# 648779 , Reply# 117   12/24/2012 at 09:22 (2,065 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

I want the kitchen from the Glass Bottom Boat! Those translucent doors are fabulous.

I remember an episode of Roseanne where a yuppie family moved in next door (shades of Jeopardy Lane perhaps?) and they put in a dishwasher and Roseanne was angry about it because Dan had told her one wouldn't fit. I think the houses were fundamentally the same and had the same cabinets.

Post# 648833 , Reply# 118   12/24/2012 at 16:21 (2,065 days old) by xpanam (Palm Springs California )        
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Hey great stuff ! What about Pegs kitchen? I think she had Kenmore copperton appliances?

Post# 648869 , Reply# 119   12/24/2012 at 20:57 (2,064 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        

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All I remember was that Peggy Bundy refered to the stove as "the big hot thing."

Post# 648870 , Reply# 120   12/24/2012 at 21:29 (2,064 days old) by appnut (TX)        
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Yes the kitchen had coppertone Kenmore appliances--aty least the dishwasher.  Her Keyboard Lady Kenmore laundry pair were avcado I believe--right next to the kitchen in fact.

Post# 649227 , Reply# 121   12/26/2012 at 20:58 (2,062 days old) by e2l-arry (LAKEWOOD COLORADO)        
I'll second on The Beverly Hillbillies

Two ovens, an 8 burner gas cook top, 2 double sinks? and those TOL Maytags just off the kitchen? Not only did they change the location of the refrigerator/freezer in the second season, they also moved to location of the 2 wall ovens. In season 1 they were at the end of the counter that had the cook top on it. By season 2 they were moved to the wall next to the pantry.

Lisa Douglas, her fried chicken secret? A bag of Dee Dee's Dehydrated Mason Dixon Chicken Dinner into a quart of boiling water for 5 minutes!

Post# 649292 , Reply# 122   12/27/2012 at 08:23 (2,062 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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And Lisa also had a sack of Hal's Hotcake Flour!

Funny how despite having an electric stove, that they still used the big wood burning stove (and remember how she put the electric coffee pot on one of the burners& it melted on?)...

-- Dave

Post# 649336 , Reply# 123   12/27/2012 at 13:28 (2,062 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I used to watch Roseanne at my friend Jill's house. Jill always thought it was the ugliest house ever on tv. It wasn't till the second or third year Roseanne was on, that Jill realized she had and still has the exact same couch. Complete with afghan on the back.

Post# 649349 , Reply# 124   12/27/2012 at 15:04 (2,062 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I never saw the Frigidaire washer & dryer on ROSEANNE, only the Maytag set (& remember the irony of the Connors having such an expensive though really ordinary) brand), and on MARRIED W/ CHILDREN, I thought Peg had an electric range similar to the Connor family's...

-- Dave

Post# 649360 , Reply# 125   12/27/2012 at 15:48 (2,062 days old) by JeffG ()        

Here's the Glass Bottom Boat kitchen clip. Gotta love how Doris winds up being mistaken for garbage by the floor cleaner.


Post# 649406 , Reply# 126   12/27/2012 at 19:11 (2,062 days old) by e2l-arry (LAKEWOOD COLORADO)        
Grandma Walton?

Was that Ellen Corby in the middle of that scene? She was only on for a second but it sure sounded like her.

Post# 649407 , Reply# 127   12/27/2012 at 19:14 (2,062 days old) by appnut (TX)        

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Rod Taylor!!!

Post# 649410 , Reply# 128   12/27/2012 at 19:39 (2,062 days old) by e2l-arry (LAKEWOOD COLORADO)        
I know

that was Rod Taylor. He doesn't sound anything like Grandma Walton. But the lady that told him he had a phone call. That sounded like Ellen Corby.

Well, off to make din-din. I have a bag of Dee Dee's Dehydrated New England Boiled Dinner.

Post# 649414 , Reply# 129   12/27/2012 at 20:00 (2,062 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        
Besides the Castorini's kitchen

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I don't know if this counts, but you can probably see a couple of good reasons why this TV kitchen would be at least one of my favorites:

Post# 649417 , Reply# 130   12/27/2012 at 20:09 (2,062 days old) by bajaespuma (Connecticut)        

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...and then of course my second choice:


Post# 649884 , Reply# 131   12/30/2012 at 08:48 (2,059 days old) by techiegleek (Syracuse New York)        
Glass Bottom Boat and Glee

As a techie nerd in 1966, I loved the kitchen in "Glass Bottom Boat", replete with a microwave. Also, on "Glee", the kitchen in the Hummel's home where Kurt is trying to teach his father to make a souffle.


Techie geek and Gleek too....Kurt Hummel is my avatar!

Post# 649983 , Reply# 132   12/30/2012 at 17:39 (2,059 days old) by bwoods ()        


I believe the kitchen pic of Rock Hudson and Doris Day, that you posted, is from "Lover Come Back." It was the second of the three movies that Rock and Doris made.

The little kitchen in Pillow Talk was, nonetheless, enticing in its own way. It had neat, less than full size range hood, It did have a full size dishwasher, not bad for an apartment in 1959. Anyone know what brand it is?

Who can forget the scenes in the kitchen with frustrated Doris a hungover Thelma Ritter!

Post# 649993 , Reply# 133   12/30/2012 at 18:16 (2,059 days old) by 112561 (River Park, in Port St. Lucie, Florida)        
Frigidaire Kitchen of Tomorrow

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From "Design For Dreaming". 

Post# 650023 , Reply# 134   12/30/2012 at 20:43 (2,058 days old) by bwoods ()        
Pillow Talk Kitchen

Please excuse the poor quality snapped a quick picture off of a VHS copy. Can anyone identify the dishwasher??

Post# 650027 , Reply# 135   12/30/2012 at 20:45 (2,058 days old) by bwoods ()        

Thelma, the mini-range and refrigerator...

Post# 650148 , Reply# 136   12/31/2012 at 07:19 (2,058 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I can't indentify the dishwasher in the Doris Day photo, but I have the manual drip coffee maker to the right in the photo.  I bought it a Zabar's in New York in 1997.  Used a couple of times and it's been in the cabinet ever since.  I think it's a cool design tho.   That cook pot to the right, is it Dansk or Le Creuset? 

Post# 650217 , Reply# 137   12/31/2012 at 14:33 (2,058 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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The cook pot appears to be Le Creuset; the coffeemaker is a Chemex pot, designed by Peter Schlumbohm in 1939 and first marketed in 1941-42.

There is a piece of Dansk in the shot - that's a Number 802 tray behind Thelma Ritter, designed by Jens Quistgaard. The end of the tray is just behind Thelma's right sleeve.

BTW, I am not crazy about Pillow Talk, because of its near-criminal misuse of Thelma. Ms. Ritter was one of the finest acerbic comediennes ever - having her play a stock drunk was a real comedown from the fine work she did in movies like All About Eve and A Letter to Three Wives.

Post# 650232 , Reply# 138   12/31/2012 at 16:42 (2,058 days old) by bwoods ()        

I agree Sandy. Thelma Ritter was a WONDERFUL actress. Her straight dramatic, non-acerbic, performance as the mother of the murderer, Robert Stroud in "Birdman of Alcatraz" (1962) was deeply moving. Her role in "The Mating Season" (1951) made the whole movie (My personal favorite of her films.) Marilyn Monroe's last movie, "The Misfits" wouldn't have been the same without her, nor would have Alfred Hitchcock's, "Rear Window."

Of course we all remember her as the frustrated New York mother in "Miracle on 34th Street" (1947).

I love her performance in Pillow Talk. It makes a delightful movie something extra special. It just shows what a wide range of talent Miss Ritter had.

Post# 650234 , Reply# 139   12/31/2012 at 16:58 (2,058 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Presto Rock 'n Mix Mixer in Doris Day clip

Modified, but still the mixer without the trough

Post# 650235 , Reply# 140   12/31/2012 at 17:03 (2,058 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
The Dishwasher of Doris Day

looks like a Crosley by D&M.

Post# 650238 , Reply# 141   12/31/2012 at 17:08 (2,058 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Where's the Presto mixer?  Is that it located to her right almost out of view? 

Post# 650246 , Reply# 142   12/31/2012 at 18:10 (2,058 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Presto Mixer

It rises up out of the hole in the counter in the futuristic kitchen, not the one with Thelma Ritter and the Crosley DW.

Post# 650251 , Reply# 143   12/31/2012 at 18:19 (2,058 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

I wonder if that yellow pan on the gas stove could be a piece of DRU cookware from Belgium. It looks to have the flared rim and more of the DRU open handle on the cover.

Post# 650253 , Reply# 144   12/31/2012 at 18:24 (2,058 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
All I remember was that Peggy Bundy refered to the stove as

Funny that someone with that attitude would have expensive, but not necessarily great performing, Chantal cookware.

Post# 650261 , Reply# 145   12/31/2012 at 19:04 (2,058 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
In 1939's "The Women"...

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Mary Haines (Norma Shearer) had a warm "country kitchen" plus what we all need, a cook to do all the dirty work. How could anyone ever tire of watching this totally wonderful film?

Post# 650263 , Reply# 146   12/31/2012 at 19:12 (2,058 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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I believe when Peg called the stove, 'The big hot thing', Al corrected her and said,'No Peg, you are the big hot thing'.

Post# 650344 , Reply# 147   1/1/2013 at 07:23 (2,057 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

Did I miss it or did anyone mention the I Dream of Jeannie kitchen with the aqua (Thermador?) appliances?   Also, I remember seeing an old black and white movie from the 30's or 40's.  There's a round cook station in the middle of the kitchen.  Sort of resembles a tower and it has burners all the way around.  I mean it was from looooooong time ago.   

Post# 650347 , Reply# 148   1/1/2013 at 07:40 (2,057 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I caught that too that Peg Bundy was cooking in a Chantal skillet.  It's almost as though the set designers are seeing if we are paying attention.  I know a lot of the shows in the 60's used a lot of things to create viewer interest in a product.  I remember seeing an old Bewitched episode where on the counter was about every piece of Corningware Blue Cornflower I had ever seen.  Someone answer this: Why in some shows when they show the interior of the fridge are all the the labels of products turned inward?  You can tell what brand it is.  Then in other shows all the brands names are facing out in clear view.  It's almost as though at first there was some sort of infringement and then later that had been worked through. Or maybe the brands weren't sponsors of the show and the show didn't want to give them free advertising. I know some of you know the answer to that.   

Post# 650372 , Reply# 149   1/1/2013 at 10:48 (2,057 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Andy, I think it has something to do with product placement agreements which can be powerful forms of subliminal advertising.

Round cook station:

I don't know if anyone has ever seen the book Candy Hits by ZaSu Pitts. It was published in 1963, the year of her death. In it, she describes her kitchen in Brentwood which was round, a very large diameter Art Deco masterpiece. In the kitchen, she has an O'K & M range from the 50s, I think. It replaces the original range. Her hobby was making candy and the book has fabulous recipes.

Incidentally, I read in Paul R. Williams' book Classic Hollywood Style that she was the inspiration for Olive Oyl.

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A link to a photo of her kitchen

Here is an article about her home. Click on the thumbnail of her kitchen to see something gorgeous. Note that the original gas range was vented.

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Post# 650387 , Reply# 151   1/1/2013 at 12:49 (2,057 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        

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"Or maybe the brands weren't sponsors of the show and the show didn't want to give them free advertising."

It's just that showing brand names can be tricky, so sometimes it's avoided - though there is a lot of paid product placement going on nowadays.

Here's a reason it can be tricky - if a brand is being used by an evil character, the trademark owner may object - and may even have legal recourse if the depiction is such that it could tend to "bring the trademark into disrepute or public contempt" (this is very rare, but it's one of those things you don't bring on yourself if you can avoid it). The major exception is automobiles, which are difficult to disguise, so the tradition has sprung up that cars are kind of exempt. You also may have noticed over the years that when a show's credits say something like "Automobiles furnished by Ford Motor Company," all the bad guys drive GM and Chrysler products. It all came out in the wash, because when GM or Chrysler furnished vehicles, the baddies were quite likely to be driving Fords.

For a long time, product placement was frowned upon by the Federal Trade Commission, which is why shows and movies made in the later '70s through the later '90s often use fake trademarks. Roseanne did that a lot - look at the milk cartons, cereal boxes, etc. in the Conner kitchen sometime. They're almost all custom-designed and printed, with the sole exceptions of Shasta and Mello Yello pop. A very few trademarks were altered with stick-on labels, like on beer cans. It was a very impressive effort, because it costs a bloomin' fortune to do stuff like that. A graphics person has to design it, it has to be set up on the computer and then printed. And Roseanne was done before computers got so cheap and easy to use.

That has pretty much died out; it's now acceptable to do product placement again.

Post# 650417 , Reply# 152   1/1/2013 at 15:15 (2,057 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
That explains it....

...thank you!

Post# 650418 , Reply# 153   1/1/2013 at 15:26 (2,057 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
In that frame of Norma Shearer

Is that when she went away to that retreat or facility and I can't remember why she was there....anyway I do remember Marjorie Mayne (sp?) was head mistress.

Post# 650452 , Reply# 154   1/1/2013 at 18:17 (2,057 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Norma Shearer's Destination:

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Was a "dude ranch" operated for the express purpose of allowing women from other states to establish Nevada residency for the purpose of gaining a divorce. In the 1930s. divorces were not handed out like Kleenex, the way they are today - you really, really had to jump through some hoops to get one.

In many instances, a woman had to claim and prove infidelity on the part of her husband to obtain a divorce. That created a cottage industry of "professional correspondents," women who would, for a fee, be photographed in a hotel room bed (clothed in nightwear; there were limits) with the husband, thus "proving" infidelity to the satisfaction of a court. Husbands had to be gentlemanly and play along with this charade, though being "caught" in this situation did nothing much to a man's reputation. Again, this was all a farce to satisfy laws of the time; usually, no actual infidelity took place.

The Women specifically and accurately names Reno, NV as the divorce capital of America at that time. Nevada divorce law was pretty much the most liberal in the nation then, so wealthy women flocked there when they wanted out of a marriage, first establishing residency and then petitioning the courts there for the desired divorce. Reno dude ranches, resorts and residential hotels all catered to this trade, and divorce lawyers there did a brisk business.

Post# 650456 , Reply# 155   1/1/2013 at 18:45 (2,057 days old) by tnmike (Knoxville, Tennessee)        
Roseanne washer change

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I recently saw an episode where a traveling salesman came to the Connor home and died while sitting at the kitchen table. At the beginning of the show Dan and Roseanne were talking about selling their washer with the busted agitator and no knobs. While they were waiting on the coroner to come pronounce the salesman dead, a couple showed up to check out the washer/dryer for sale. It was a pretty good episode. I loved Roseanne, especially the earlier seasons.

Post# 650457 , Reply# 156   1/1/2013 at 18:46 (2,057 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        
That's it!!

Thanks Sandy for clarifying that.

Thus, the phrase 'to Reno for a quicky divorce'.

Post# 650471 , Reply# 157   1/1/2013 at 19:23 (2,057 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        

Being divorced in Reno was known as being "Reno-vated."

Post# 650473 , Reply# 158   1/1/2013 at 19:25 (2,057 days old) by twintubdexter (Palm Springs)        
In that shot of Mary Haine's kitchen...

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I assume that was the Haine's counrty home since her and her daughter had just come in from riding their horses. Apparently the Haines had a NYC town home too since there's a scene where two servants are gossiping in the kitchen about a husband/wife quarrel that they're eavesdropping on and the kitchen is very different. Life was "cushy" for the 2% even in 1939. I tried to find a still of that scene but couldn't, probably because the two maids were just bit players, and capturing a shot from the DVD is too much work for an old man (63 tomorrow) like me. I did discover that the little dog that's testy at the beginning of the film (at Sydney's Salon) was Terry III, the same dog that Miss Gulch stuck in that basket on the back of her bike. Now if I'm wrong please don't jump all over me...I'm no film "aficionado."

looks like Mrs. Haines got some muffin batter on her hand potentially spoiling a pricey manicure from Sydney's

Post# 650478 , Reply# 159   1/1/2013 at 19:41 (2,057 days old) by danemodsandy (The Bramford, Apt. 7-E)        
Country/City Homes

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What's being depicted in The Women was a lifestyle that was fairly common for wealthy people at the time - a co-op apartment on Park Avenue in the city, and a place in Connecticut for weekends and summers.

Excellent train service in those days made it easy to live this way, and Connecticut real estate wasn't as stratospherically priced as it is now. Fairfield, CT, which is not affordable for most mere mortals today, was then a place where a lot of bankers, stockbrokers and wealthy theater people had second homes.

The whole lifestyle collapsed in the 1960s, when train service deteriorated drastically, and real estate got incredibly expensive. It did not help that the servants upon whom the wealthy depended to run such lavish establishments also became unaffordable, as well as extremely scarce - beginning after the war, most Americans wanted a "real" job, not one in domestic service. The wealthy still flocked to places like Fairfield, but many now had to choose between a city or country life. Today, only a very few people can afford this city/country way of living.

P.S.: If anyone wants a detailed look at this vanished way of life, I heartily recommend any of the pre-war editions of Emily Post's Etiquette. The book is essentially a handbook on how to live this way.

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Post# 650481 , Reply# 160   1/1/2013 at 19:58 (2,057 days old) by whirlaway ()        
Christmas in Connecticut

I really like the kitchen in that movie,also look real close in the background,when they are in Felix workplace,they paid so much detail,you see chickens on a spit in the background cooking.I watched it last night and I was thinking,WOW what a wonderful house that was so modern yet country,shades of Holiday Inn. Hope everyone had a good and safe New Year!!!!

Post# 650495 , Reply# 161   1/1/2013 at 20:40 (2,056 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        
Polyester . . .

Is my favorite movie of all time, and I do love the turquoise appliances in the kitchen. Some years after the movie came out I tracked down the identical '67 Frigidaire bottom-freezer refrigerator in a used appliance store in Burbank. It was a great box and lasted years with a little work on the defrost heaters.


In the shot below Lulu has just come home from school with her report card. She's about to explain to poor Francine that Baltimore schools have changed their grading system so that "F" is for Fantastic, thus making her straight Fs, well, fantastic. Francine doesn't believe her, at which point Lulu says she doesn't care because she just quit school and wants to be a go-go dancer down at the Flaming Cave Lounge.

Post# 650538 , Reply# 162   1/2/2013 at 02:17 (2,056 days old) by PhilR (Quebec Canada)        

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That's a nice fridge!

I wish I could find one like it!

Post# 650588 , Reply# 163   1/2/2013 at 10:09 (2,056 days old) by hydralique (Los Angeles)        

Only the best for Francine Fishpaw and her family!

Post# 650590 , Reply# 164   1/2/2013 at 10:28 (2,056 days old) by Tomturbomatic (Beltsville, MD)        
Post 648285, the Conners' back porch-mud/laundry room

I have always wondered why a home with a basement in the mid-west had a water heater located where this one was located and how would those pipes in the wall feed the house where there were baths on two levels. The water heater also looks kinda skinny for a family of that size.

Post# 650604 , Reply# 165   1/2/2013 at 12:38 (2,056 days old) by retromania (Anderson, SC )        

I will start a new thread about water heaters tonight because I don't want to OT this thread too much!

Post# 799151 , Reply# 166   12/15/2014 at 01:05 (1,344 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
What was "almost" the Taylor's "new kitchen&

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Only in Mayberry can you answer a simple question on a game/quiz show and win a whole houseful of appliances--big and small!

And of course you have to be "Ain't Bee"...!

-- Dave


Post# 799175 , Reply# 167   12/15/2014 at 08:27 (1,344 days old) by gansky1 (Omaha, The Home of the TV Dinner!)        

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Aunt Bea won some wonderful appliances. I'd never seen this one before.

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Post# 799193 , Reply# 168   12/15/2014 at 11:04 (1,344 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        
Cocoa Beach

Has anyone else noticed that Astronauts for NASA residing in Cocoa Beach have both cooktops and full ranges?

Post# 799209 , Reply# 169   12/15/2014 at 13:28 (1,344 days old) by brib68 (Central Connecticut)        

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Thank you Gansky1! Aunt Bea's RCA-Whirlpools are the exact year (possibly the exact model) as my grandmother's washer (hers was white, and I thought it had a couple more of the black buttons, but I can't swear to it. I keep seeing machines on here that are close, but not quite, and couldn't believe that there were NO pictures of one with her panel and backsplash!

Her dryer was much older (and rarely used--she line dried when she could), and kept in the garage, while the washer was right in the kitchen. Might have been a non-RCA Whirlpool. No recollection of the control panel, but the door release was a rectangular button above the door with the Whirlpool logo. The button was translucent plastic (or age-clouded clear plastic)--kind of looked like it may have lit up once upon a time.

Post# 799788 , Reply# 170   12/19/2014 at 12:38 (1,340 days old) by rpms (ontario canada)        

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Roseanne's kitchen. The hand grenade on the window sill popped up again. Roseanne used it as a good luck charm when she got addicted to Bingo.

Post# 799895 , Reply# 171   12/20/2014 at 11:19 (1,339 days old) by fan-of-fans (Florida)        

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Does anyone remember the kitchen from Matlock? The kitchen changed a little over the seasons, mostly the curtains, and appliances. I couldn't identify fridge from earlier seasons, but later had a white Frigidaire with the curved woodgrain handles. The range in earlier seasons was very plain almond gas one, but again I couldn't identify. Then I think another gas one in white, it's the one he tells Julie to stop cleaning because it's self-cleaning. Then another, white and black that I think could be a Roper. The last stove he had was a white gas Caloric with black glass door. Leanne burned the popcorn on it in one episode.

Also I really liked the kitchen from Keeping Up Appearances, and it too had changes over the seasons.

As far as vintage kitchens, the one from Driving Miss Daisy was awesome. I liked the old stove, light fixtures and the electric clock on the wall.

Post# 820458 , Reply# 172   4/22/2015 at 13:51 (1,216 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Hey! I just thought of:

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The kitchen on Still Standing:

The often-excessively-used General Electric top-freezer fridge (probably borrowed from sit com-to-sit com), a Magic Chef gas range, and--Gasp!--a DISHWASHER!!!! (You don't often see those...)

All in Harvest Wheat, while in the background, a Whirlpool washer and dryer, in Almond, in the Laundry...!

-- Dave

Post# 820459 , Reply# 173   4/22/2015 at 14:24 (1,216 days old) by Iheartmaytag (Wichita, Kansas)        

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"Hello Down There" --underwater house, kitchen.
"Glass Bottom Boat" --Futuristic/modern kitchen complete with robot vacuum.

Post# 875191 , Reply# 174   3/31/2016 at 22:35 (871 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
All in the Family:

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The 25-year-old white Frigidaire fridge (as its age had been revealed in an episode where it was being repaired) though don't know when this episode had aired... Meathead Mike frequented it a lot! And be sure the food from the deli for a Jewish guest stays on that shelf away from the Gentile food so it don't lose its Kosher, said Archie in one episode...

The big, long white gas range Edith cooked on; Brand? Cousin Maude had some Copper wall oven...

The Jeffersons next door had a Copper Tone Caloric gas range, that became a copper Tappan when the Stivics moved in, then got Avocado appliances when they moved to California, and the Jeffersons pilot showed the kitchen they'd get on their official show...

The most significant appliance was an RCA Whirlpool gas range, in Copper, that a scene opened with, showing a glowing burner contains a tea kettle--that was the episode where a diseased relative of Edith's was revealed to be a lesbian...

And there were the Harvest Gold washers and dryers at the laundromat Edith frequented...

-- Dave

Post# 875252 , Reply# 175   4/1/2016 at 18:20 (871 days old) by mark_wpduet (Lexington KY)        
For me, it's the Bewitched Kitchens

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And to the OP, don't pass out, but I've never seen the movie "War of the Roses"

When I read the post, I went straight to YouTube to watch the trailer. I can't believe I never saw this. In my little mind the title had WAR and I probably was thinking it was a movie about a real WAR and I wouldn't have been interested. But the movie looks REALLY GOOD.

Post# 875285 , Reply# 176   4/2/2016 at 00:05 (870 days old) by jakeseacrest (Massachusetts)        

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Mark it's one of my favorites

Post# 875312 , Reply# 177   4/2/2016 at 07:38 (870 days old) by Xraytech (S.W. Pennsylvania, near Pittsb)        

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One of my favorite TV kitchens is from Leave it to Beaver, however I like the more colonial style kitchen with the freestanding range and top freezer fridge standing next to each other, from the first home

I've also found the kitchen from Mama's Family to be most enjoyable as well

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Post# 895895 , Reply# 178   8/27/2016 at 00:43 (723 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Lots of movies, more than TV, but I'm thinking of the Hotpoint refrigerator, from one of the last great eras, in THE ODD COUPLE (milk that doesn't need the bottle to stand in, came to mind) which it's been years since I've seen...

Also some other movie I saw long ago, had a chrome Westinghouse wall oven with the controls below the door--my grandma had one in her apt. Along w/ cook top & fridge... Forgot what this film was, though...

-- Dave

Post# 895927 , Reply# 179   8/27/2016 at 09:42 (723 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Since no one

mentioned the kitchens from "Courtship of Eddies father, or "The big chill" or Steel Magnolias. By now, all are vintage.

Post# 895979 , Reply# 180   8/27/2016 at 20:43 (723 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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The Huxtables' kitchen on THE COSBY SHOW, at this point (Aren't the appliances 1980's Whirlpools?)...



-- Dave

Post# 896026 , Reply# 181   8/28/2016 at 10:17 (722 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

I think so Dave.

Post# 896031 , Reply# 182   8/28/2016 at 11:14 (722 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Prince of Bel Air

kitchen had Thermador appliances, and Full House kitchen had an 80's GE side by side and Kitchen Aid or Hobart ISE D/W.

Post# 903614 , Reply# 183   10/19/2016 at 12:08 (670 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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I thought in addition to Oliver and Lisa's kitchen on GREEN ACRES, there was a kitchen at a lady farmer's house that Oliver befriended that he was having breakfast in (oh, she was quite a dish, herself) making Lisa quite jealous...

Me, I think I was quite jealous seeing a top freezer fridge, in particular there, that I don't know the make of there, I would like to have in my kitchen...

-- Dave

Post# 903687 , Reply# 184   10/20/2016 at 09:03 (669 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Oh yeah,

they were pink. GE, or Frigidaire?
How about the kitchen in the Big Chill where they cooked Thanksgiving?
Steel Magnolias? Malin's kitchen was 70's or 80's contemporary, but it looked sort of home made by a do it your selfer.

Post# 903712 , Reply# 185   10/20/2016 at 13:53 (669 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

I'm surprised that no one has mentioned the most fabulous TV kitchen ever, with it's self-refreshing champagne chiller array and fabulous renovations every season, darlings.

Post# 903743 , Reply# 186   10/20/2016 at 17:02 (669 days old) by johnb300m (Chicago)        
flat bottomed boat

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Holy Crap!

Reply# 125

I REMEMBER as a very young kid, pre-school age maybe? Seeing that on TV, and the funky little vacuum cleaner with the pulsing bag. I remember that scene once it was posted when it was attacking her.
It was a riot!
Totally forgot about that till today. Amazing. :)

Post# 903768 , Reply# 187   10/20/2016 at 19:58 (669 days old) by norgeway (mocksville n c )        
Edith Bunkers stove

Was a late 50s Kenmore, her fridge was a sheer look Frigidaire, her mixer was a avocado green painted Dormeyer from the early 60s, Maudes kitchen had gas coppertone stuff, Magic Chef maybe???The Leave it toBeaver kitchen was first, a Roper DELUXE 40 inch range with a TOL Gas Servel fridge,Later they had GE,

Post# 903820 , Reply# 188   10/21/2016 at 12:27 (668 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        
Findley's Friendly Appliances

One would hope that Maude had floor models or "at cost" appliances from Walter's store or else God woulda got him!

Post# 903835 , Reply# 189   10/21/2016 at 14:03 (668 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        
Unless Walter Findlay

was like some plumbers, etc. who were too busy to care about their own.

Post# 903846 , Reply# 190   10/21/2016 at 16:20 (668 days old) by Davey7 (Chicago)        

Can you imagine being married to Maude being able to not pay attention? Plus she was a realtor too, wasn't she? (though my realtor neighbor, bless her heart, doesn't seem to always get it either)

Post# 903895 , Reply# 191   10/22/2016 at 09:05 (667 days old) by vacerator (Macomb, Michigan)        

being married to Maude would demand 150% attention.
My dad was an appliance repair tech. We had one washer with no lid, that only spun on low speed, and an old Hamilton dryer with no console cover, only the timer knob showing. Short lived, until he got around to buying my mom new ones, after she had to nag him for a month.
My sister needed braces, so he picked them up in an alley. He won the daily three lottery and bought new ones a month later.

Post# 971210 , Reply# 192   12/3/2017 at 00:34 (260 days old) by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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My daughter's now a FULL HOUSE fan, (yes, she's begging us to take a trip to San Francisco, CA where the show takes place, anyway, and Nor. Cal. Is a place that I would LOVE to go back to and see more of, after my one visit in '96, anyhow) so that means acknowledging the 1980's kitchen featuring the still not-yet-perfectly-working ice & water dispensing GE side-by-side, and like the Brady's and the gals in GOLDEN GIRLS having such, I think they use the sink and glasses with ice in them, seem to get the ice off camera...

The kinds of cooking appliances my mind is reeling around for--somehow ranges/ovens don't specifically come to mind that I can post here, without, of course, seeing just another episode with her...

But I'll leave you with the White-Westinghouse washer and dryer peeking out of the laundry nook behind all this, and somehow despite all these people living here, it doesn't seem to be running or used, so that sure contributes to a lot of dirty clothes, not to mention those feeble appliances' longevity, but then again, this being TV, nobody seems to wear any one thing twice or more than once, anyway...!

Oh, and did I tell you: All this is in Almond?!

-- Dave

Post# 971227 , Reply# 193   12/3/2017 at 05:44 (260 days old) by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        

Not quite a TV kitchen, but I love Julia Child's kitchen.

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Post# 971230 , Reply# 194   12/3/2017 at 06:22 (260 days old) by tolivac (greenville nc)        

The Julia Child kitchen has got to be the best and most well equipped-So much kitchen equipment there!

Post# 991340 , Reply# 195   4/18/2018 at 22:49 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Holy Clonakilty Cowboys!!!! (& with that gal, & all!)

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I think I want to be in Noel Redding's kitchen:

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Post# 992881 , Reply# 196   5/2/2018 at 14:40 by newvista58 (Northern NJ)        

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The Parker's kitchen in "Pleasantville".  Those

awesome Double Western Holly Ovens and that 

Killer Foodarama.  Love the whole room.


Post# 997320 , Reply# 197   6/16/2018 at 09:03 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        
Look! A modern-day Americana Side by Side Fridge:

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Does Jimmie Haskell's kitchen have that GE Profile? Or were these interviews done at the home of Dr. Richard Niles?




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Post# 997574 , Reply# 198   6/18/2018 at 08:09 by DaveAMKrayoGuy (Oak Park, MI)        

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Okay, hopefully legally "trafficked" from Facebook--three generations of Goldsboros: Bobby, his son Danny, (from whose profile it's from) and Bobby's dad, of which"grandpa" passed away that year (2012)...


Other pictures, like this one, show more of that refrigerator, with an ice & water dispenser--relatively new & can't make out the make--but I just had to bring this one over here for that wall-oven, seen only here... (Presumably a double & I don't know what brand)


You can, also, looking very carefully, get a glimpse of that cool, green, tiled floor... Plenty of other pics there of it, making it more visible, and where else can you find an equally cool kitchen table & set of four chairs, with an equally-retro hanging light with a globe over it?


Yes, a lot old, and over there (I think in Florida) more--or most!--cared for...




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