Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Layouts: Ridgeway — October 14, 2018

Layouts: Ridgeway

Things to notice

This is the impossible house! The porch, as seen from the inside, is perfectly recreated to match the exterior, but the rest of the matching is nonexistent. Like in Starsky’s Tree House, the living room/kitchen areas of this house are joined at an angle, but I removed that angle to make it match the rectangular house. And tweaked a few other walls, too.

The bathroom has no sign of a toilet. Then again, I notice I assumed that wall to be there right next to the wash basin. It might be a huge bathroom!

This house has a lot of seating for a single guy’s apartment: two couches and lots of chairs. I notice I put in one chair twice: the lone one under the arch is a double. But then the television (the little rectangle next to the fireplace and the peacock chair) is actually on a chair, too, so there still is a full dozen chairs. 😛

The same set is used at least in Hostages, Murder at Sea and The Las Vegas Strangler, which both take place before Starsky moves to the Tree House. I have no idea if the set (mostly recognisable for its kitchen) makes an appearance even later in the show (or other shows), or if the set was completely remodeled to serve as the Tree House. The little angle there suggests that it might have been the same set, or then that angle thing was just something they commonly did to get better views of an apartment set.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

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Layouts: Tree House — October 11, 2018

Layouts: Tree House

 

Things to notice: 

This place is a mind twister – it takes a while to notice that the rooms are at a funny angle in relation to each other – probably a technical thing to make the set work, as the same thing happens with the Ridgeway apartment (but there there’s no way of matching the interior to the exterior). Here, I’ve tried to create a compromise between the exterior and the interior views – that leaves some really odd mystery spaces in the house, but they only make the place more interesting!

In Foxy Lady, the bedroom has a door, and the bookshelf is paneled up, purely for plot purposes.  The door and the back panel on the shelf are never seen again.

Everything on the wall opposite the couch is on the move, so don’t wonder if sometimes even the fireplace is seen in slightly different positions compared to the bookshelf. It was the direction from which the scenes were most often filmed, so the entire wall was probably never there (at least it’s never seen), and the elements were moved around to make enough space for the crew.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated)

Things to notice:

From 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear onward, the Canal Cottage already resembles Venice Place: to turn it to Venice Place, the set designers only made major changes to the alcove and the bathroom, and moved the fireplace and some of the furniture around. A lot of the Venice Place furniture (e.g. the piano, the book shelf, the dining table) have appeared on the set in this renovation.

The interior and the exterior are not perfectly matched: the dimensions are a little off (on the canal side wall especially, as it moves*), and there are too few windows on the inside (judging from the exterior, there should be one in the bathroom, and one on each side of the piano – I missed one of those when creating that layout).

Location information and episodes in which we see this house. 

PS. You want to see that the canal side wall moves? Here, from “Lady Blue” and “Bounty Hunter”:
Canal Cottage wall Lady Blue vs Bounty Hunter

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original) —

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Original)

Things to notice: The early version of the Canal Cottage has a few blank spots and oddities: We don’t know what’s at the back of the kitchen. The corner to the right of the front door is never shown. The dining table in the alcove is only there for the tag of Death Notice.

The renovation happens between two consecutive episodes: 01-07 The Pariah and 01-08 Kill Huggy Bear.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Layouts: Venice Place —

Layouts: Venice Place

 

Things to notice:

The greenhouse furniture changes almost every time we see it, and the back door is never properly seen (Starsky comes in through the greenhouse with a pizza in “The Game” tag, so there must be a back entrance there by S4).

In my layout, the bath tub is where it is from “Starsky’s Lady” onward. Earlier, there’s a small closed space on the left and the tub and the window are more to the right (see e.g. when Molly/Pete is pretending to take a bath).

The distance between the tiffany glass wall and the pillar in the middle may vary from episode to episode. The furniture on the street side wall – and the wall itself – is often moved, as that is the direction from which the room is most often filmed. Also, lamps and artwork travel frequently from table to table or from wall to wall, but mostly things in Hutch’s apartment stay nicely in place.

Location information and episodes in which we see this house.

Hutch’s Football Poster — February 22, 1978

Hutch’s Football Poster

DISCLAIMER: I don’t like American football and know nothing about it except what I learned in researching this, so excuse the attitude and any terminology flubs.

The football poster on Hutch’s door has always baffled me. Why does he have a poster of George Andrie, #66, a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys, on display, when most other things on his walls are neatly framed art posters and photographs?

Apparently Hutch likes football enough to own a ball (seen on the top shelf of his cupboard in ”The Fix” and in his car in ”JoJo”) and to make that drunken offer in ”Starsky’s Lady” to play it professionally, but still…

The poster is a late development: it only appears there in the latter half of S3 (03-19 ”Hutchinson for Murder One”), but then stays there until the end. Before that, the door was undecorated.

What can we learn about the poster itself? Any clues as to why it’s there?

Andrie’s football career ended in 1972 (due to bad back – does Hutch sympathize?). He was with Dallas Cowboys when they won the 1971 NFL season. The other players in the poster are wearing the American Conference’s Pro Bowl uniforms from 1971-1972. These could’ve been some guys Andrie played against in the Pro Bowl, if he played in that game. Though, if he played, he’d have been wearing a different uniform, not the Dallas Cowboys one – let me say, the content of this poster makes less and less sense the more I learn about it!

The above details date the poster to around 1972. Where has Hutch been hiding it for six years?

The most interesting detail, though, is that this poster seems to be as much about Adidas football shoes as it is about a specific football player or team. The shoes on the right bottom corner are not on anyone’s feet – they are two different left-foot shoes, placed there like in an advertisement. After some completely unnecessary research, I’d say the one on the right is a “University” football shoe, and the other one is a ”Turf Streak” football shoe. And even the American Conference players seem to be wearing Adidas shoes.

The #66 on the poster is prominent, but nothing on the poster says what it was primarily for, and I guess we’ll never know what is the main reason it appeals to Hutch: the game, the players, the team, or the shoe brand?

I’m warming to the poster’s presence now, though. It reminds me of another sports poster that doesn’t seem to have particular significance to its owner: Starsky’s Speedo poster that is seen at least in ”Gillian” and ”The Committee”. Starsky says he hates water, but still he has a swimming poster (two, in fact) prominently on display. The Speedo poster is also among the few things I’ve noticed he took with him when he moved from Ridgeway to Tree House.

All this got me thinking these posters might be gag gifts, like the ant farm and the tree (though I personally love that tree! the best gift ever!). The idea that the ugly football poster is a jokey but affectionate gift from Starsky (who was a defensive back in his high school football team) makes it a lot nicer.

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House) — February 12, 1977

Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Tree House)

Starsky already had some modest window blind art in his Ridgeway house. In his new house, he (or, the rumor has it, PMG) goes wild:

Modern cave paintings in the kitchen window blind seen at least in:

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 2
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Some weird figures in his bedroom window blind seen in:

03-14 The Heavyweight

 

Starsky’s Water Cooler —

Starsky’s Water Cooler

When I first saw Starsky’s yellow, chicken-adorned water cooler, I thought it was so great that, in the 70s, you could apparently just walk to a shop and pick yourself a water cooler with such bright colors and fun decorations.

But, alas, I was told that this water cooler is most likely repainted. A quick Google search happened to bring up what I think is the exact model of water cooler Starsky had, in its original white paint. So, whoever did the customized chicken paintwork, they did great work! The quirky illustration is a perfect match for the rest of the Starsky household.

I have spotted this same model of water cooler in a few S1 episodes: there’s a white one in the squad room, and a dark grey one in the basement of Dismas Center (in Silence). It is possible that one of these was customized for Starsky’s house, or maybe the decoration was made for some other show and they just thought it was very Starsky-ish.

The repainted water cooler is always present in Starsky’s Tree House and can be spotted in many kitchen scenes from Starsky’s Lady to Starsky vs. Hutch.

Here’s the white one from the squad room in A Coffin for Starsky:

 

Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street) —

Starsky’s Tree House (2480 Unknown Street)

This house is one big mystery. Firstly, the location of the house, apparently deconstructed long ago, is unknown. There isn’t even a fictional address for it, only the house number (2480) is seen on the door.  Secondly, unlike the other houses Starsky and Hutch live in, we never see either of them outside this house. The only time we see someone outside the house is in The Committee: “Ginger” sitting in the Torino while Starsky is inside getting the wine and reporting to Hutch and Dobey. But we don’t see him run up or down the stairs.

It’s an interesting modern style house, though. The porch seems to have been built around a tree. There’s a creek running in the front of the house, in a man-made ravine under the boarded front yard/driveway.

The house is seen in: 

02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-21 The Committee
02-25 Starsky and Huch Are Guilty
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-14 The Heavyweight
03-18 Class in Crime
03-20 Foxy Lady
04-02 The Game
04-06 Strange Justice
04-09 Black and Blue
04-12 Starsky’s Brother
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Although quiet and somewhere out of the way, the house is never at rest: the interior arrangement changes inexplicably a couple of times. A wall and a door appear for plot purposes in Foxy Lady and then disappear, a fireplace may or may not be there, and the bathroom moves around… And is there a patio (Fatal Charm, below, first) or a balcony (The Committee, below, second) at the back? Who knows? Which way is the back anyway? There seems to have been very little effort to make the interior set match the exterior in any way. Here’s my attempt at a layout.

 

Hutch’s Star Pendant Lamps — December 18, 1976

Hutch’s Star Pendant Lamps

In a few episodes – too few, if you ask me! – you can see a frosted glass star pendant lamp hanging in Hutch’s greenhouse. There are two different versions: in the tag of “Iron Mike “(02-12), it’s a really beautiful one with 18 long points, but in the Season 3 episodes it is replaced with a more clunky 7-point star, best seen in “Hutchinson for Murder One” (03-19).

Also called Moravian/Mexican/Moroccan star pendants, the most beautiful versions of these lamps, like the one in “Iron Mike”, seem to be mostly available in the US, and they’re pretty expensive, too. The 7-point version seems even harder to find (actually, haven’t come across a single one like that).

What happened to Hutch’s first star pendant? My head canon is that he breaks it while moving a ladder around in the greenhouse, the klutz that he is. Or possibly it involved an enthusiastic Starsky, armed with a baseball bat or basketball. 🙂

(The photo above is from an eBay sale. It looks almost exactly like the one from “Iron Mike”.)

Hutch’s Renaissance Chessmen —

Hutch’s Renaissance Chessmen

Looking at the details of the board edge, Hutch’s chess set in the tag of “Iron Mike” is most likely the 1970 edition of E.S. Lowe’s “Renaissance Chessmen”. You can see the details of the set in this video on YouTube (I’ve also included some screenshots from the video below).

This chess set, with beautifully detailed pieces in human shape and historical costumes (where relevant), was based on the hand-carved “King Arthur” chess set introduced in the late 1950s by the Italian manufacturer Anton Rifesser (ANRI). In 1959, the U.S. toy company E.S. Lowe started making their inexpensive but still pretty nice looking plastic copies of the set, calling them “Renaissance” instead of “King Arthur”. The Chess Museum website suggests ANRI’s set might be the most copied chess set in the world, and you can indeed find copies of varying quality still in shops. Those longing to own one almost exactly like Hutch’s can check the online auction sites for vintage editions of Lowe’s set. At the time of writing this, there are several on sale on eBay.

I think “Iron Mike” (02-12) is the only time we see the chess set at Hutch’s. It’s a good detail – the set’s style is nicely in keeping with Hutch’s taste for a bit of European art history. It is likely that the chess set makes an appearance elsewhere in the show – I have a vague memory of seeing it somewhere, but no idea where it was.

Screenshots from the video linked above:





Starsky’s Window Blind Art (Ridgeway) — October 16, 1976
Hutch’s Big Brass Bed (Venice Place) —

Hutch’s Big Brass Bed (Venice Place)

The brass bed at Venice Place is one of the notable new items in Hutch’s new home. Still not really private, the sleeping area separated by the wooden folding screen at Venice Place is an improvement compared to the Canal Cottage, where the bed was first right in the middle of the room.

For all we know, Hutch never sleeps in his bed – the only two times we see him on it are when he sits next to Vanessa in the morning (and the bed creaks horribly) in “Hutchinson for Murder One”, and when he calls Marianne in “Ballad for a Blue Lady” (there Hutch is actually horizontal on the bed, but fully clothed on top of the bedspread). Compare that to all the scenes with a sleepy, mostly nude Starsky in his bed – that’s at least three times. Yes, life is unfair.

The bed is seen in most episodes showing us the interior of Hutch’s Venice Place home. In the first one, “Gillian”, it is in the background and the brass frame isn’t visible, but we can assume it’s the same bed. At least the off-white chenille bedspread is in place.

What about the rest of the bedding? The couple of times we see the pillow cases, they are white (with a vertical stripe pattern woven in in “Murder One”), and in “Targets, Part 3” we see a blanket or a top sheet, light yellow with some texture. In “Murder One”, Vanessa slept wrapped in the bedspread, no top sheet there.

Bonus: a panorama put together from that one scene where we see Hutch horizontal on this bed:

Hutch’s Venice Place Apartment (1027 1/2 Ocean Avenue) —

Hutch’s Venice Place Apartment (1027 1/2 Ocean Avenue)

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Built in 1923, the house used in S2-S4 as the exterior of Hutch’s home still exists, though some of the charming details like the decorative door are long gone: 1027 Abbot Kinney Blvd Los Angeles, CA 90291, USA.

From The Bay City Gazetteer: “There is a very good description of Venice Place in 2009 (http://starskyhutcharchive.net/advent/2011/12b.html) by Flamingo […]. This item prompted a fan named June to contribute pictures of Venice Place in 1981 (http://starskyhutcharchive.net/advent/2011/23e.html), just after the series had ended.”

An alternative address of the house is Washington Blvd (the FBI kickback in The Specialist; the street sign in Little Girl Lost).

Inside, the layout of the apartment is very similar to Hutch’s Canal Cottage, and Hutch has kept most of the stuff he had there. (I.e., it’s the same set, with some paintwork, minor redecoration – the main differences are probably the addition of the deck and moving the fireplace to the opposite corner.)

It’s interesting that the exterior of the house is seen only the third time Hutch’s new home is used in the show – “Vendetta”, with its many scenes filmed around (and one in the actual staircase) Venice Place would’ve have been the perfect episode to introduce the new place. Maybe the airing order did go wrong – especially “Gillian” seems out of place shown before “Vendetta”, showing Hutch falling in love with someone else when Abby from S1 is still his girlfriend in “Vendetta”.

Hutch’s Venice Place home is seen in:

02-05 Gillian
02-08 The Specialist
02-10 Vendetta
02-12 Iron Mike
02-13 Little Girl Lost
02-18 Survival
02-19 Starsky’s Lady
02-22 The Velvet Jungle
02-25 Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty
03-03 Fatal Charm
03-15 A Body Worth Guarding
03-19 Hutchinson for Murder One
03-20 Foxy Lady
04-02 The Game
04-14 Ballad for a Blue Lady
04-18 Targets Without a Badge, Part 1
04-20 Targets Without a Badge, Part 3
04-21 Starsky vs. Hutch

Starsky’s Nixie Tube Clock — March 3, 1976

Starsky’s Nixie Tube Clock

I think this peculiar clock is only ever seen in Starsky’s Ridgeway house in “A Coffin for Starsky”, an episode in which time was of the essence and clock’s had to be properly visible. This clock is not there on Starsky’s bedside table in the previous episode, “Running” (there he seems to have a bulky radio – possibly a clock radio?).

I was informed by Matsir that this clock a Nixie tube clock, and some lucky googling for images of Nixie clocks led me to this page with old electronic clocks, where this exact model is described! It is “Venus”, made by Data Time Inc. in Beaverton/Portland, OR, in the early 1970s. The site says it cost $150 as new – we know from various episodes that Starsky enjoyed expensive watches, so why not clocks, too? (On the other hand, by 1976, this clock would maybe have been a few years old. Let’s say, if Starsky had purchased it in 1976 for $100, it would still equal a $440 purchase today…. Not exactly cheap for a bedside clock!)

 

Starsky’s Four-poster Bed (Ridgeway) — February 26, 1976

Starsky’s Four-poster Bed (Ridgeway)

How Starsky went from this bed in his Ridgeway house to the simple, modern one in his Tree House is beyond me. One explanation would be that he had rented this Ridgeway house furnished. Very little of the stuff from this apartment follows him to his new place. (Funny, some stuff, like a couple of lamps, this bedside table lamp included, move to Venice Place instead!)

I’m not sure if this bed is a monstrosity or a marvel. The velvety patchwork bedspread is very baroque in itself. The bed frame has leather padding. And it has mirrors. Lots of mirrors. It has three mirrors on top:

And of course there’s that one mirror at the head between the leather padded panels, and if you look closely at the reflection, you see the mirror and the leather paddings are reflected back, which means, yes, Starsky has one more mirror on the wall at the foot of the bed:

On the inner corners, there are handy little shelves for small stuff. That quaint porcelain decoration is not exactly what you’d expect to see there, though!

The bed is seen in:

01-20 Running
01-21 A Coffin For Starsky

Starsky’s Peacock Chair(s) — February 25, 1976

Starsky’s Peacock Chair(s)

Yes, there are two different peacock chairs: the one seen in Starsky’s Ridgeway apartment in Season 1 (01-21 Running) is one of the few items he takes with him to the Tree House in Season 2. There, the chair is replaced with a more elaborately decorated chair in Season 3 (first seen in 03-04 Rosey Malone). As seen in photos from this era, Paul Michael Glaser had a similar fashionable chair in his home – his chair looks like it was chewed to death by his beloved dogs, but nothing tells us how Starsky’s first chair met its end. It is last seen in the very last minutes of Season 2, when Starsky and Hutch notice Starsky’s place has been broken into – maybe what we don’t see after the film freezes is them making a mad dash for the phone to call the station and accidentally smashing the chair on their way.

Starsky’s Ridgeway House (2000 Ridgeway Avenue) —

Starsky’s Ridgeway House (2000 Ridgeway Avenue)

Built in 1936, this house still exists: 2000 N Sycamore Ave Los Angeles, CA 90068, USA

Interestingly, the interior set that was used for Starsky’s Ridgeway house is used in other episodes even before Starsky moves to his new place. You can see the very recognizable kitchen at least in The Las Vegas Strangler (Vicky’s apartment) and Murder at Sea (Helen and October’s apartment).

The house is seen in:

01-20 Running
01-21 A Coffin for Starsky
02-05 Gillian

An attempt at a layout of this house.

Starsky and Hutch’s Shared Living Room Lamp —

Starsky and Hutch’s Shared Living Room Lamp

After being seen once in Starsky’s Ridgeway house in “Running”, this lamp moves to Venice Place, where it stays in one spot behind the couch for the rest of the series, surviving the many attacks on the Hutchinson household. The shade seems to have been changed, but the base is definitely the same. (Left, on the long table in the middle of Starsky’s apartment in “Running”; right, chez Hutch in “Little Girl Lost”.)

Details of the lamp base are seen well in the close-ups in “Running”. I’m no expert in ancient Mesoamerican ceramics, but it has an Aztec pottery vibe to me. Maybe it’s just because of the teeth of that creature (or is it even a creature?) that’s depicted there.

Starsky’s Alpha Sculpt Cube by Sheldon Rose —

Starsky’s Alpha Sculpt Cube by Sheldon Rose

Something interesting caught my eye when I was studying the Ridgeway house scenes in “Running”: this small art item – maybe a paper weight or just a decorative object? – seemed distinct enough to be easily found through a Google search and, yes, it took about ten seconds to identify it! Sometimes you just get lucky – other times, you rack your brain for search strategies for a fortnight and get nowhere, except closer and closer to insanity.

The artist is Sheldon Rose – his signature is that little rose, here seen on the top right corner of the item. I couldn’t find much information about him, except that he graduated from Cooper Union (a private college in East Village, Manhattan) in the 1950s and worked and exhibited in New York City until the early 1970s.

Quite a few of these cast metal sculptures, most of them dated to 1968, have been for sale in online auctions in the recent years. This aluminum one is from the smaller end – some are big enough to function as tables. Rose gave them the name Alpha Sculpt – it’s unreadable in the screenshot, but that’s what is says next to the rose.

(And for those who look at the screen shot and go, “wait, isn’t that Hutch’s lamp from Venice Place?” – yes, it is.)

The Alpha Sculpt cube is seen in:

01-20 Running

I haven’t spotted it in Starsky’s Tree House, but it is possible, even likely, that it appears somewhere else in the show.

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