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Ray’s Pumpkins

Last week, thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, I was able to stalk the pumpkin patch that was owned by Ray Pruit’s family on the original Beverly Hills, 90210.   I was shocked when Mike told me that the property where filming took place is the location of an actual pumpkin patch in real life.  I had been convinced that producers just dressed an empty lot for the filming of 90210, but in reality they rented out a real pumpkin patch that has occupied the same corner in Sherman Oaks for over fifteen years. 

When I drove up to the patch I just about keeled over with excitement as there was a large sign out front which read “Ray’s Pumpkins”.  I naively thought the owner named the patch after Ray Pruit because of the filming that took place there, but it turns out that the actual owner’s name is Ray!  How cool is that! 

Ray really could not have been nicer and spoke to me about the filming of 90210  for a good 15 minutes.  He said that everyone on the cast and crew was very nice and very professional.  Even though the pumpkin patch scene lasted only about four minutes and was shown in only one episode (the Season 5 episode entitled “Homecoming”), the filming took a full two days to complete.  Ray told me that during the filming, some construction was being done on an apartment building located across the street from the patch.  At one point the construction noise got too loud, so the producers of 90210  actually paid to have all construction shut down for the remainder of the shoot!  LOL  The cast and crew of 90210  returned to Ray’s later that same year and the real Ray’s Christmas tree lot stood in for the one owned by the Pruit Family in a Christmas episode of the show.  Ray said there is always some sort of filming taking place at the patch.  He couldn’t remember all of the productions that had filmed there, but he did say that Dancing With The Stars  featured the patch in a brief segment last year. 

Ray’s Pumpkin’s is a very cool pumpkin patch and I highly recommend stalking it.  There are hundreds upon hundreds of pumpkins to choose from and tons of cute Halloween merchandise and decorations for sale.  Ray told me that he also gets quite a few Valley celebs visiting his patch each year, so you just might get to rub elbows with the stars while pumpkin shopping.  🙂  Unfortunately I visited Ray’s after it was already dark outside, so my pics didn’t turn out very well and don’t really do the patch justice.  But a BIG THANK YOU to Mike for providing the top pic.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Ray’s Pumpkins is located at the corner of Hazeltine Avenue and Moorpark Street in Sherman Oaks.  Ray also owns the Peterson Ranch Fruit Stand located at 3402 Los Angeles Avenue in Somis, CA. The fruit stand is also a frequent filming location.  It is most often used in commercials and was featured recently in a car ad.

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Ray Pruit’s House

                      

Thanks to Geoff over at 90210Locations, I was able to stalk Ray Pruit’s house this past weekend while out in Van Nuys.  The home was featured in numerous Season 5 episodes of the series as the abode of Donna’s abusive, pumpkin-patch-owning boyfriend, Ray.  At that time, the house was painted a light beige color, but has since been repainted a darker blue.  Other than the exterior color, though, the house looks exactly as it did back in the 90210  days.   Big THANK YOU to Mike from MovieShotsLA  for the above screen capture.  🙂

Ironically enough, while taking pictures in front of Ray’s house, a neighbor walked outside and I asked him if he lived in the neighborhood at the time 90210  filmed.  He said that not only was he around during that time, but he was, in fact, the location manager of the show for Seasons 4 through 10!!!  I absolutely could not believe my luck and ended up talking his ear off for about fifteen minutes.  He really could not have been nicer and he even gave me his email address in case I ran up against any elusive 90210  filming spots that I might need help in locating.  🙂  YAY!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Ray Pruit’s house is located at 6628 Canteloupe Drive in Van Nuys.  Not far away are both the former 90210 production studios, located at 15001 Calvert Street, and the liquor store from the “U4EA” episode, located at 6020 Kester Boulevard.

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P.S. I Love You

In honor of the big 90210 v. 2.0  premiere that took place on Tuesday night, I just had to do a little 90210 v. 1.0  stalking this past weekend.   Since my boyfriend and I were out in Palm Springs for a little Labor Day vacay, I dragged him to the Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa which was featured in the series’ Season 5 finale.  In the episode, entitled “P.S. I Love You”, Brandon, Valerie and the gang head out to Palm Springs for an Alpha/KEG get together.  The group stayed at the Rancho Las Palmas, which at the time was known as Marriot’s Rancho Las Palmas Resort.  Two years ago the hotel changed ownership and dropped the Marriott from its name.  One of the most famous scenes in 90210  history took place at this hotel – the scene when Ray Pruit pushes Donna down a flight of stairs.  It is those stairs that I set out to stalk this past weekend.

Unfortunately, since the hotel has changed hands since filming took place, none of the new staff could give me any information about where filming took place.  In fact, most of the hotel staff looked at me like I was crazy when I told them that 90210  had filmed there.  LOL  But the concierge, who used to work at the nearby Desert Springs Marriott, did tell me that the TV show Las Vegas(sigh – Josh Duhamel!) filmed over at his former workplace several times.   Looks like I have some more stalking of that hotel to do!  🙂

      

   

Anyway, I had a pretty clear picture in my head of the stairs Ray Pruit – “spelled with one ‘T’ cause that’s all his momma could afford” – pushed Donna down from watching the episode way back when.  I was shocked to find out that there are actually 120 sets of those exact same stairs on the hotel property –  four sets for each of the hotel’s 30 buildings.  So, while I did take a picture on one of the sets of stairs, I am not sure it was the exact one that was used during filming.  I am planning on borrowing Mike from MovieShotsLA‘s DVD of that episode to try to pin down the exact filming location.  Big THANK YOU to Mike, too, for making these screen captures for me. 🙂

      

    

Since being taken over by the KSL Resorts hotel chain, Rancho Las Palmas has been extensively remodeled, however it is still pretty recognizable from the 90210days.   Unfortunately, though, the pool areas have changed dramatically since filming, so once again I wasn’t able to pinpoint which of the hotel’s three pools was used for filming.  But, according to the concierge, even if I had been able to pinpoint the correct pool, it would most likely be unrecognizable.  All three pools have been completely gutted and remodeled since the KSL takeover.  BUMMER!  In the picture above I am standing in front of the hotel’s adults only Tranquility Pool, which, judging by the surroundings, I am pretty sure was the one featured in 90210

Even though this particular stalking adventure was kind of a bust, I would still recommend stalking the hotel as it was still very cool to be there.  Rancho Las Palmas is absolutely gorgeous, and I am actually hoping to stay there on my next trip out to the desert.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Rancho Las Palmas Resort and Spa is located at 41-000 Bob Hope Drive in Rancho Mirage, just outside of Palm Springs.  You can visit their website here.  During the summer rooms will run you about $250 per night.  The famous stairs that Donna was pushed down are located throughout the hotel property.  The Tranquility Pool is located just off the main lobby.

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