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Dan Lail
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 - posted March 07, 2010 08:40 PM      Profile for Dan Lail   Author's Homepage   Email Dan Lail   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I just realized my favorite TV show is not on any more and am very saddened. [Frown] I don't feel compelled to even click my remote lately. [Big Grin]

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Steve Klare
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 - posted March 07, 2010 09:16 PM      Profile for Steve Klare   Email Steve Klare   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Great show! It enjoyed a revival when I was a teenager and I liked it a lot.

It was filmed on the streets of New York. They painted the show's patrol cars red instead of black so the public wouldn't think they were real police. In Black and White the viewing audience couldn't tell the difference.

Theyre'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???


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All I ask is a wide screen and a projector to light her by...

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Dan Lail
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Steve,

Love the lyrics. Thanks!

Could you imagine being pulled over by Fred Gwynne and Joe E. Ross? [Eek!] [Big Grin]

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Joe Caruso
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This show was never on my TV-Land channel

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Larry Arpin
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 - posted March 08, 2010 09:57 AM      Profile for Larry Arpin   Author's Homepage   Email Larry Arpin   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
I felt the same way when they took off RIFLEMAN.

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Michael O'Regan
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 - posted March 08, 2010 12:49 PM      Profile for Michael O'Regan   Email Michael O'Regan   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Dan,

I know it can be difficult, but... you HAVE to get a grip and move on. You'll survive somehow.
[Wink] [Wink]

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Dan Lail
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Thanks, Michael,

Finally, someone who understands. [Wink] [Big Grin]

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Joe Taffis
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ooh...ooh [Big Grin]

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Dan Lail
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 - posted March 08, 2010 09:45 PM      Profile for Dan Lail   Author's Homepage   Email Dan Lail   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
Joe,

That guy was great! Didn't he do some TV commercials too?

[ March 08, 2010, 10:55 PM: Message edited by: Dan Lail ]

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Douglas Meltzer
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I met Fred Gwynne at a publishing party for a book he authored. He was a great actor who could never quite get away from the Herman Munster image.

Doug

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Dan Lail
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Doug,

That's quite an achievement and one to be proud of, but let's not forget the 100's of parts Fred played that are not shown now.

Once Fred was just a twinkle in his father's eye. He soon became the over looming bigger than life character with a fractured sense of humor that drifted into the part of Herman Munster. Soon he was separated from other roles by stereo typing. Are any of his roles better than others? Hmmmm....Maybe.

I'm sure he would have liked for them all to be as equally renowned as Herman, but that will never happen because of the casting department! The best he could hope for was to co-star.

That's what Fred does best! Co-star for his fans. His roles can be enjoyed by all without having to be part of the film crew.

We can all buy more than one ticket and still enjoy the show.

Let his large looming britches be filled to the walls.

[Eek!] [Big Grin]

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Douglas Meltzer
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Dan,

You've been sniffing the Vitafilm again, haven't you?

Fred was wonderful in The Cotton Club and Ironweed.

Doug

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Dan Lail
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Doug,

I guess I did get a little far out. I intended it to be a "plate tectonic" parody. [Eek!]

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Roy Neil
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Fred Gwynne for President !

He was awesome in 'Disorganized Crime' not to mention 'My Cousin Vinny'

... what is a ute ?

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Robert Oakley
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I feel your pain, I remember when Dragnet was taken off the air on TV land.

"Marijuana is the fuse, Heroin is the flame, LSD is the bomb"
Joe Friday, 1968

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Bill Phelps
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I love Dragnet!

Personally I've lit the fuse and seen a few bombs blow but never saw the flame. [Smile]

Bill

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Steven Sigel
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 - posted March 10, 2010 09:12 PM      Profile for Steven Sigel   Email Steven Sigel   Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post 
No idea why, but Car 54 is really hard to find on film. I've got one episode - but never seen another....

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Tony Stucchio
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Round about '87 I started watching this on NICK AT NITE, and it immediately became a favorite for me. They stopped showing it shortly after, and I haven't seen it now for 20 years. In the '70's as a kid, I watched so many reruns of old shows but this was never on in the New York City area.

My favorite episode was the one where a rumor started about a night out that everyone pretended they knew about. It ended with them all dressed up and no place to go! I remember Al Lewis (as Schanuser) finally saying, "Someone has to say it! -- Where are we going!?" Hilarious. There was another one I loved where they all got mixed up about what day of the week it was.

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