If you are a fan of Bewitched, then you know that Samantha and Darrin Stephens lived at 1164 Morning Glory Circle. While it “looked” like a house – it actually was a stage front. There was no “home” set up at all. And it’s going bye-bye along with other familiar home facades.
They all were at the Warner Bros. Ranch in Burbank, Calif. Along with Bewitched, other shows that had home facades there include I Dream of Jeannie, The Partridge Family, The Waltons, and Gidget.
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Many people grew up watching these shows and those home fronts are part of their memories. Last Friday, Oct. 13, the razing of the Bewitched home took place. As you might recall, there were some outside scenes in each of these precious sitcoms. The buildings were located at the Warner Bros. Ranch.
One item that was saved from demolition was the Friends fountain, featured in the show, which was moved to the Warner Bros. Studio Lot.
“The show ended 50 years ago, but I still don’t understand why they’re tearing it down,” said WeHo resident Dan Myrglot, who is a huge fan of Bewitched. “That house meant so much to so many people. I feel very fortunate that I was able to go on the Warner Brothers Ranch and see the facade two different times. There is a house in Santa Monica that they say inspired the facade, but it’s a mirror image of the facade, so it’s not the same.”
‘Bewitched’ Filmed Many Scenes Near House Front
Man, the front of the Bewitched house is pretty rad. There are scenes in the sitcom where Samantha, played by Elizabeth Montgomery, is outside. One time, Uncle Arthur, played by Paul Lynde, took flight from the Stevens’ front yard.
The I Dream of Jeannie front home facade has been seen in that show many times. You can see it when an episode opens with the front door and porch being shown in the opens.
Some of you might say that having these home fronts on shows is a magic trick. Not really. Builders created these front yard facades so actors could use them. They could take a wide-angle shot to include it in the show.
According to the WeHo Times, all of this, after being torn down, will still be a very busy place, thanks to those new buildings doing up.
“A lot of people would be way more interested in seeing the Bewitched house than that Friends fountain,” added Mryglot. “And by the way, that fountain was featured in several episodes of Bewitched during its eight-year run.”
For I Dream of Jeannie, filmmakers usually would show the home with a long shot just off to the right side. You could see all of the home in one shot.
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