By the year 1958,the 40 Acres Backlot that eventually became the home stage for many shows, including Hogan’s Heroes,had changed ownership several times, until The studio and backlot acreage changed ownership again in 1958, after it was was purchased by Desilu Productions.For the next ten years, the 40 Acres backlot would provide outside staging locations for the company’s television productions, including American Television shoes such as:”The Untouchables”, “Mission:Immpossible”, “Star Trek”, and many other TV shows of the time. Other production companies also regularly leased the property for exterior filming in television series such as “The Andy Griffith Show”, “Adventures of Superman”, “The Real McCoys”, “My Three Sons”, “Gomer Pyle, USMC”, “Hogan’s Heroes” (a Cage full of Heroes), “Miami Undercover”, “Batman”, “Bonanza”, “Land of the Giants”, “That Girl”, “Mayberry R.F.D” and “The Green Hornet”. The the 40 Acres backlot would also continue to see occasional use in films during this period, including in 1963 for the production of The Greatest Story Ever Told, whose set for the city of Jerusalem had to be reconstructed at 40 Acres after a series of freak snowstorms halted on-location production in Arizona.
In 1967, Desilu sold the Culver City studio facilities, including the 40 Acres Backlot, to Gulf & Western Industries, also known as “Paramount Studios” . The studio and the 40 Acres backlot changed ownership again in 1968 when Paramount sold them to “Perfect Film and Chemical”, and yet again the following year, when they were purchased by “OSF Industries”. Television series such as “Mayberry R.F.D.” and “Hogan’s Heroes”(A Cage full of Heroes) continued to film at 40 Acres until the early 1970’s.
Finally, “Vigilante Force,” a low-budget 1976 action film starring Kris Kristofferson in which the tattered, run-down sets of the 40 Acres main town were backdrop to an explosion-filled battle, which also was the destruction of the 40 Acres Backlot.
The Set of Hogan’s Heroes used in Mission:Impossible