Strangers Filming Locations
THE MEN WHO
KNEW TOO MUCH, PART ONE
Locations in Santa Monica, San Pedro & Culver City, California
exterior shots for this sixth season, two-part episode were all done around
Santa Monica and Culver City, not far
from the former MGM / Lorimar studios. Note: all current photos were taken
in May 2008 by Linda Kay.
The Car Chase
San Pedro, California
This was a very difficult
area to pinpoint without a lot of clues. From the beginning
we were sure this wasn't done in Santa Monica . . . just the logistics of
shutting down streets
in that neighborhood would pose problems. It looked more like Long Beach
or an area like that.
Using one street sign seen briefly (and not very clearly!) in part two we were
finally able to
pinpoint San Pedro (a small town on the south end of the Palos Verdes Peninsula)
likely location. After much searching and a bit of luck, we've pretty much
San Pedro is indeed the place where these scenes were filmed. The area has
featured during the chase: an ocean view with a strand, a park, hills, alleys,
housing. Pinpointing the exact location of various shots has been
difficult, but we have
spotted some that we feel are close enough to share, as well as one confirmed
in part two.
Bluff Place at W. 40th
Street, San Pedro, California?
We're not exactly
sure this is the right dead end street, but the elements are there . . .
the dead end sign, the strand in the background. You can see a large boat
the scene from the right, which would indicate it is heading into Long Beach.
to see what might be this dead end street as it is now using Google Maps.
Monica Beach Hotel
1700 Ocean Avenue, Santa
scenes (and possible the interiors as well) of the hotel where
the Hollywood wedding reception was taking place were filmed at Loew's
Santa Monica Beach Hotel. Over the years the front of the hotel has
some changes. The extended overhang going from the front door to the
isle is now gone and the gazebo in the center isle has been changed to a
fountain. The sign out front has also been changed, but otherwise the
is still very recognizable.
The scene in the
lobby with Jennifer and Mary Anne appears to have been filmed in the
lobby of Loew's as well. You can see the extended overhang from the
to see the
street view of the hotel as it is now using Google Maps.
Ocean Avenue (from Colorado
Avenue to San Vicente Boulevard)
When Balki and
Larry steal the tandem bike from Herb and Sheila, they are in Palisades Park
which is located above the Pacific Coast Highway. The park is a long strip
on the west side of
Ocean Avenue and extends many blocks from Colorado (at the pier) north to San
On the south end
of Palisades Park there is a staircase which leads to a walkway spanning the
Palisades Beach Road (which turns into the Pacific Coast Highway) to Santa Monica State Beach.
Just south of this is
the Santa Monica Pier. This staircase was used when Balki and Larry rode the
tandem bike down the steps
to get away.
to see a view of the walkway from the road below using Google Maps.
The Santa Monica Pier
Santa Monica, California
(located at the end of Colorado Avenue)
Much of this
episode was filmed on the Santa Monica Pier, which is a landmark in Southern
The Pier was featured somewhat more prominently in the second part, but was seen
for one key scene
in this first part. First, Balki and Larry ride the bike down onto the
pier, coming from Colorado Avenue.
There are more
buildings and stores on the pier now than there were before. After they
bike, they run to the side of the pier where they make a desperate jump.
Balki jumps onto the lower
level but Larry mistakenly jumps into the ocean below. This lower level is
still part of the pier.
to see the
street view of the pier as it is now using Google Maps.
The Strip Mall
10826 Jefferson Blvd., Culver
A little trickier
to locate was this strip mall where Balki and Larry are seen walking after Larry
off the pier. The key was noting that there was a Subway, a Fantastic
Sam's and a Ross for Less in this
particular shopping center, and fortunately they are still there! This
strip mall is actually located just a few
blocks southwest from the Culver City Studios where the show was usually filmed.
to see the
street view of the strip mall as it is now using Google Maps.
Go to The Men Who Knew Too Much, Part Two Locations