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Episode: 868-165 Car 54 Where Are You


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Car 54, Where Are You? is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1961 to 1963, and featured two New York police officers in their patrol car. Episodes had different directors, the most recognized being Al De Caprio. Stanley Prager and Nat Hiken also directed several episodes. Most filming was on location in The Bronx, and at Biograph Studios.

The series follows the adventures of New York Police Department officers Gunther Toody (Joe E. Ross) and Francis Muldoon (Fred Gwynne), assigned to Patrol Car 54 in the fictional 53rd precinct of The Bronx. Toody was short, stocky, nosy, not very bright, and lived with his loud, domineering wife Lucille. Muldoon, was very tall, quiet, and more intelligent. He was a shy bachelor who lived with his mother and two younger sisters.

Many of the scripts were written by Nat Hiken. In 1962, Hiken won an Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy Emmy Award for his work on the series. Hiken had previously produced The Phil Silvers Show that featured Joe E. Ross and Beatrice Pons as a married couple.

The TV show's police cars on location shots were actually bright red and white, which appeared as the proper shade of gray for an NYPD car on black-and-white film. NYPD cars of that era were black and green with a white roof and trunk. Two Plymouth Savoys were used as the title vehicle during the series; a 1961 Savoy during the first season, and a 1963 Savoy during the second.

The theme song's lyrics were written by series creator, writer, and director Nat Hiken, with music by John Strauss.

There's a holdup in the Bronx,
Brooklyn's broken out in fights;
There's a traffic jam in Harlem
That's backed up to Jackson Heights;
There's a scout troop short a child,
Khrushchev's due at Idlewild!
Car 54, Where Are You??

The lyric "Khrushchev's due at Idlewild" referred to Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev arriving in September 1960 at New York's international airport, which was named Idlewild at that time, to attend the United Nations General Assembly.

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