Miami Vice

         Episode 50

Shadow In The Dark

Original air date: 10/31/1986

Former title/aka: Spencer

Filming for this episode took place from 07/11/1986 through 07/22/1986.

The teaser opens at night, with a strange figure standing on a draw bridge as it begins to open. This was filmed during a very late night of filming. At 04:00 Ante Meridiem on the SW1st Street bridge over the Miami River. The camera was shooting west. We have seen this bridge before in Miami Vice as it was the site of the climax of episode 39, French Twist. Burn Notice has also used it twice. Fiona jumps of this bridge in episode 11, Dead Drop and Michael observes a weapons theft from this bridge in episode 36, Friends Like These.

Then it cuts to the same guy prowling around the side of a house and up the front stairs. This was filmed at 3840 Utopia Court in Coconut Grove using a Titan crane so the camera shot down at the scene from a distance.

Then we see him approach the rear of another house. This was filmed next door at 3834 Utopia Court.

Then we go inside which was also filmed on location at 3834 Utopia Court.

Then we see the standard season 3 opening montage.

Act 1 opens in the light of day the next morning outside 3834 Utopia Court.

Then we cut to the police station interior where Crockett and Tubbs are digging thru records for a lead. This was filmed on set at Greenwich Studios.

Then we see Crockett and Tubbs exit the police station and run into Lt. Castillo in the parking lot. This was filmed in the Miami Beach Municipal parking lot # 14A, located on the NW corner of the intersection of Washington Avenue and 16th Street. A new building has since been built on the lot and 16th street extended thru where a building stood at the time of this filming.

Then we see the sunrise over a not so Miami looking neighborhood. Thanks to the crew of Vice fans at Miamiviceonline.com we now know that this was flmed in Westwood California. The camera was located at  the Park Westwood Towers, 969 Hilgard Avenue, Westwood. It shoots eastward toward Wilshire Blvd.

Next we see Crockett and Tubbs enjoying breakfast. This was filmed at Puerto Antonio Restaurant, 1649 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

Then we go to follow a lead at an old man spa.  This was filmed on location at the Lido Spa Hotel, 40 Island Ave, Venetian Islands.

Then we see them taking Gilmore away from the spa.

Then they cut to the interior of the O.C.B. A set at Greenwich Studios.

Which leads them to respond to a report of a prowler. They arrive driving eastbound on Espanola Avenue in Coconut Grove. They stop at number 1798. It turns out Gilmore has lost it and he is the intruder this time.

Then we see the figure inside his apartment. This was filmed at Greenwich Studios on a set.

Gilmore was a pretty poor shot since he was kneeling on the freezer while shooting at it yet he must have missed as there were no holes in the freezer.

Then we see Crockett, Tubbs, and Castillo at the O.C.B. (studio set).

Then we see the St. Vitus Dance tied up at Watson Island.

Then we go inside. According to the call sheets for this episode (Daily Production Report on 07/21/1986) they had built a set for the interior of the St. Vitus Dance. This was likely the first time it was used. This surprised me as I was unaware of this set but the call sheets go into significant detail and have never been known to be in error. I also notice that the wood in the cabin looks like a thin cheap plywood veneer as opposed to the nice hardwood we have seen in the past.

Next we see Castillo join Crockett for Breakfast. This was filmed at Puerto Antonio, 1649 Washington Avenue, Miami Beach.

McDonalds seen in the background across Washington Ave.

Then we see Crockett crossing over a bridge. Possibly the Port of Miami bridge but Location unknown.

Then we see Crockett driving past the the Doral on Collins Avenue. He is on the wrong side of the street he is southbound thru the 4800 block on the northbound side while the camera truck is running southbound on the correct side of the street. We saw this same section of roadway used in the Pilot where Crockett chases Tubbs who is stealing Crockett’s boat.

Then Crockett arrives at his destination. He is facing northeast on Lincoln Ave in Coconut Grove just west of the intersection of Jefferson Street.

Crockett finds the figure has left some art work on Lincoln Avenue.

Then we see a rare example of a real street sign used on film. The figure has posted more art work. East corner of the intersection. As of April ,2007 the signs were the exact same ones we see in Vice.

My friend DanJ stands in for the Figure.

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         Shadow In The Dark

Figure jumps out of tree

Artwork on street

Stop sign with artwork

Crockett arrives and stops

If you recognize any of the unknown locations or have anything else to add, please et me know at: cglide@floridamovielocations.org

Crown Towers, 10701 Wilshire Blvd.

950 Hilgard Avenue.

From the Summer of 2018, Scotty Palmer and his lovely wife sharing a Vice moment.