Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

Layouts: Canal Cottage (Renovated) — October 11, 2018

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), 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.

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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.

Hutch’s Big Brass Bed (Venice Place) — October 16, 1976

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 and Hutch’s Shared Living Room Lamp — February 25, 1976

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.

Hutch’s Narrow Brass Bed (Canal Cottage) — October 29, 1975

Hutch’s Narrow Brass Bed (Canal Cottage)

Out of Hutch’s three beds, this one is the narrowest. Really, the only reason it makes any sense for him to get such a narrow bed is that he didn’t think a wider one would fit in this corner (the former dining area) of his house – this way, it’s a tight fit next to the window. Apparently it was too narrow for his purposes, but he liked the brass frame, as he gets a wider brass bed to his new apartment in Venice Place.

Just a detail that caught my eye: the bedspread is probably cut to shape – you can see a seam on the long side, and the stripes are vertical at the end of the bed:

The bed is seen in:

01-08 Kill Huggy Bear
01-10 Lady Blue
01-12 Terror on the Docks (only a corner visible)
01-13 The Deadly Imposter
01-14 Shootout
01-20 Running (only a corner visible)
01-22 The Bounty Hunter

Hutch’s Couch — October 8, 1975

Hutch’s Couch

The trusty three-seat beige couch with its patterned cushions is seen in all (and put to very good use in many of) the episodes that have scenes in the Canal Cottage or Venice Place, with the single exception of “Iron Mike” where the guys play chess out on the deck.

The life of this couch is one of ups and downs, and I can’t resist telling the whole story of its upholstery in pictures.

“The Suffering Sofa: The Life and Times of One Very Unlucky Piece of Furniture”

In the first two seasons, the couch’s life is easy. From the first sighting in “The Fix” (01-05) to the S2 finale “Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty” (02-25), the couch sees some unpleasant things happen at both the Canal Cottage (Hutch kidnapped) and its new home in Venice Place (Abby attacked), but it doesn’t suffer any physical harm.

Little does it know what is to come in the third season… In “Fatal Charm” (03-03), the cushions have recently received new covers for no apparent reason:

But they are soon stabbed to death by Diana:

Hutch must’ve liked the new covers, because the next time we see the couch in “A Body Worth Guarding” (03-15), they’ve been replaced with identical ones:

But the worst is yet to come. For some reason, the couch has a new Mexican-style look (with a matching hem, too) only a few episodes later, in “Hutchinson for Murder One” (03-19):

But very soon this happens:

The couch survives and, miraculously, in the next episode “Foxy Lady” (03-20), the Mexican look is there again, untouched:

But very soon this happens again:

Season 4 may be a turbulent one for Starsky and Hutch, but for Hutch’s couch, it means the return of peace – and yet another new Mexican look that is so similar to the last one that the hem can stay the same. (In fact, not visible in the picture below, but like in the late S3 cushion covers above, the narrow sides of the S4 cushions are of the same fabric as the couch’s hem.)

No one threatens the couch with knives ever again, which is nice. This upholstery survives all the way from “The Game” (04-02) to the very last sighting in “Starsky vs. Hutch” (04-21).

The End.

 

Hutch’s First Bed (Canal Cottage) —

Hutch’s First Bed (Canal Cottage)

The first of Hutch’s three different beds falls victim to the 70s fashions: that brown plaid bedspread is an eyesore.

The structure of the bed is interesting: looks like the shelf and the bedstead are carpenter work specially for this apartment, considering they’re made of the same rough wood material as the walls.

Hutch moves his sleeping area to the alcove after the wall behind the bed here is knocked down and the kitchen renovated. He gets a new bed, but keeps the shelf at the head of this one – it’s moved under the alcove window, and it remains in the same spot in his Venice Place apartment, too.

The bed is seen in: 

01-05 The Fix
01-06 Death Notice
01-07 The Pariah

Hutch’s Canal Cottage (Address Unknown) —

Hutch’s Canal Cottage (Address Unknown)

Originally built in 1926, Hutch’s S1 home still exists, though much altered: 232 Sherman Canal, Venice, CA 90291, USA.

From The Bay City Gazetteer: “The Google Street View necessarily shows only the back of the house (houses adjoining the Venice Canals tend to be built facing the Canals), but you can get a reasonable view of the rest of this house with the 45-degree satellite option in Google Street View (or try Google Earth).”

My theory why they changed the filming location for S2 in 1976 is that 236 Sherman Canal – the house on the vacant lot where they used to park the cars – was built in 1976 (this can be checked on many real estate sites). A construction site next door would have made it difficult to get new footage of the house.

The interior of Hutch’s little house goes through some major changes after just three episodes: the kitchen wall is knocked down, the kitchen countertop changed, and the sleeping and dining areas switch places (though it looks like the dining table was brought in only when it was needed in “Death Notice”). All this happens between two consecutively aired episodes, “Pariah” and “Kill Huggy Bear”, though the first time we properly see the changes is in “Lady Blue” when the guys are enjoying their candlelight dinner.

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In summary, the feeling I get from “The Fix” is that Hutch hadn’t lived at the cottage for a long time – then he renovated it to his liking, but something forced him to move away after less than a year (but happily he managed to find a place the layout of which is nearly identical).

The Canal Cottage is seen in:

01-05 The Fix
01-06 Death Notice
01-07 Pariah
01-08 Kill Huggy Bear
01-10 Lady Blue
01-12 Terror on the Docks
01-13 The Deadly Imposter
01-14 Shootout
01-20 Running
01-22 The Bounty Hunter

 

Hutch’s Piano(s) —

Hutch’s Piano(s)

In the early episodes, Hutch had a small piano in the alcove (in the last sighting in 01-07 “The Pariah”, there was sheet music on it, so he probably even played it).

However, it was gone with the cottage renovation. From “Kill Huggy Bear” forward, there’s a big antique piano in the cottage (apparently serving as a fancy beer stand):

In Venice Place, the same piano is on the wall next to the door.

It’s always there in the background, but Hutch is seen playing it only twice, in “Little Girl Lost”:

And in “Ballad for a Blue Lady”:

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