Fantasy Island (TV Series 1977–1984) Poster



The plane that was used on this show was up for auction in the 1990s. This plane was autographed by all of the guest stars. Before this show, this plane was also owned by Richard D. Bach, author of "Jonathan Livingston Seagull".
The waterfall seen during the opening sequences is the Wailua Falls in Kauai, Hawaii.
During the early part of the series, a Jeep CJ-7 was used to get around. In the later episodes, a customized 1976 Plymouth Volare station wagon was used.
Robert Firth portrayed a caveman in season six, episode twenty-two, "Love Island/The Sisters". The initial outdoor sequences were filmed at Bronson Canyon, a local Hollywood park that was littered with broken glass and debris. During the exterior scenes, many of the actors, playing cavemen, vocalized their concerns about the location, as the scenes required them to perform barefoot. In an effort to avoid going over schedule, the actor's worries were dismissed. Faced with this resistance, Firth quickly organized the performers, and insisted that unless or until some sort of footwear could be provided, the filming should be postponed. In the end, suede sandals were distributed from the Wardrobe Department at Warner Brothers.
Whenever guests were arriving on Fantasy Island, Tattoo (Hervé Villechaize) would run up to the bell tower, ring the bell, and announce "de plane!" After he left the series, Mr. Roarke's new assistant, Lawrence (Christopher Hewett), would simply push a button next to him, which would ring the bell.
When 3-D was revived in the early 1980s, some thought was given to shooting an entire episode in 3-D. The problem was that Anaglyphic glasses (tinted glasses) could not be used, because this required that television sets be correctly color adjusted, something in 1983 with dozens of television makers, and in an era without cable or satellite, was unthinkable.
The customized Volare seen throughout the series was part of a product placement deal with Chrysler Corporation, since Ricardo Montalban had been a spokesman for their television commercials dating back to 1975. He promoted the Chrysler Cordoba and mid 1980s New Yorker sedans. Also, the Volare is the ancestor of the modern-day midsize SUV and crossover, although the Chrysler F platform vehicles (Volare, Aspen, and its J and M derivatives, Diplomat, LeBaron, Mirada, Fifth Avenue, Imperial) were rear wheel drive.
Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "TV Party" by Black Flag.
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When Tattoo reached the top of the bell tower, he could clearly see Santa Anita Race Track, which was across the street.
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Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982) was filmed while season five, episodes six through fourteen were also being filmed. This kept Ricardo Montalban very busy.
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