Property of Starsky & Hutch

An inventory of stuff belonging to Dave Starsky and Ken Hutchinson

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 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

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