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KNIGHT RIDER: GOOD DAY AT WHITE ROCK

October 8, 1982
SEASON 1, EPISODE 4
Production #57303
Filmed: August 9-17, 1982 (3)
Reruns: December 31, 1982 & June 17, 1983

Writer: ...................... Deborah Davis
Contributing Writer: ......... R.A. Cinader
Director: .................... Daniel Haller

SYNOPSIS:

Michael's peaceful, rock-climbing vacation is shattered when rival biker gangs decide to use the sleepy town of White Rock as a battlefield.

CAST LIST:

Sherry Benson: ............... Anne Lockhart
Sheriff Bruckner: ............ James Callahan
Davey Benson: ................ Keith Mitchell
Hilly: ....................... Don Stroud
Monk: ........................ Michael Champion
The Priest: .................. Robert Dryer
Sneaker: ..................... Gregory Clemens
Big Lonny: ................... Alex Daniels
Boss: ........................ George Fisher
Big Donny: ................... Kyle Oliver

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TRIVIA:

Stunt Co-Ordinator Jack Gill remembers Good Day at White Rock: "We had a bunch of kids that had come gotten off the school bus and came running over to see the car. They had just seen this episode of a bunch of thugs coming in and beating on the car with baseball bats and there was absolutely no damage. Well these kids came off, come over to the car and start kicking it and bashing it and beating on it and it's denting!"

The story of this episode is reminiscent of The Wild One, starring Marlon Brando, while the episode takes its title from the classic film Bad Day at Black Rock. Early in 1983, The A-Team also paid homage to that film in a story that closely resembled this one -- The A-Team protect a small town from a rampaging biker gang. Their version was called Black Day at Bad Rock.

Anne Lockhart was one of the actresses who tested for the role of Bonnie. She previously starred in Glen Larson's Battlestar Galactica, and can be seen again in the episode Return To Cadiz. James Callahan and Michael Champion return in the episodes Circus Knights and Speed Demons respectively.

Keith Mitchell won a Young Artist Award (Best Young Actor, Guest on a Series) for his performance in this episode.

The Foundation's phone number is 223-553-0433.

SCRIPT TO SCREEN:

The opening to the episode -- where Michael apprehends three drug dealers -- was originally written as a holdup at an unemployment office. Michael arrives and has to pick up a witness who is late for a deposition. The SWAT Team are shocked when an impatient Michael and K.I.T.T. save the day.

Davey is described as "a ten-year-old contemporary Huck Finn."

The script describes a billboard on the outskirts of town that reads "White Rock, Don't Forget to Come Back!" After the climactic chase sequence it is destroyed and finally reads "White Rock, Don't... Come Back!" It failed to make the episode.

SCRIPT - 2ND DRAFT - REV. 8/ 3/82

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FILMING LOCATIONS:

Restaurant:
LePetit Chateau, 4615 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91602

White Rock Town Square:
Universal Studios Backlot, Courthouse Square

Davey's fight, Scorpions destroy Lonny's van, Scorpions beaten:
Corner of Market Street & Walnut Street, Santa Clarita, CA

Michael's U-turn:
8th Street & Walnut Street, Santa Clarita, CA

White Rock Mountain:
Stoney Point Park, Topanga Canyon Blvd, Chatsworth, CA 91311

Showdown:
Indian Dunes, Henry Mayo Drive, Highway 126

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SOUNDTRACK:

Born To Be Wild
- Steppenwolf
After Midnight
- Eric Clapton
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- Tanya Tucker

VEHICLES:

1978 GMC Vandura
1978 Plymouth Fury
1978 Dodge Monaco

K.I.T.T.'S FUNCTIONS:

Auto Cruise
Auto Door Right
Auto Roof Left
Polyphonic Synthesizer
Turbo Boost
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