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Car 54 Where Are You?

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Car 54 Where Are You, one of the best loved and funniest TV shows of all time finally comes to DVD for the first time. All 30 episodes of the Nat Hikenfirst season (1961-62) are included in a set of 4 DVDs, each newly remastered from the only known set of 35 mm fine grain prints. The show stars Joe E. Ross as Gunther Toody and Fred Gwynne as Francis Muldoon, a lovably inept squad car team that patrols the Bronx's 53rd precinct. Muldoon plays the long-suffering voice of reason who invariably reins in his short stocky partner¹s dimwitted schemes and patiently listens to his hilariously inane prattle. The perfectly cast ensemble of supporting actors includes Beatrice Pons as Toody's domineering shrew of a wife, Al Lewis as the rubber-faced, irascible Officer Leo Schnauser, Charlotte Rae as Schnauser¹s moody, hot-tempered wife and Paul Reed as the perpetually exasperated captain Block. Each episode was filled out with talent drawn from New York's pool of seasoned film and TV veterans, borscht belt comedians and Broadway stage actors, and the first season features memorable guest star appearances by show biz pros Molly Picon, Wally Cox, Jan Murray, Maureen Stapleton, Jake La Motta and many more. Specifically shot as a bonus extra for this release is a brand-new free-wheeling round table conversation between Bronx-raised comedian Robert Klein and two of the regular cast members --Charlotte Rae, who played Sylvia Schnauser, and Hank Garrett, who played Officer Ed Nicholson, one of the cops of the 53rd precinct. Rae and Garrett share stories, anecdotes and memories with Klein (a fan of Hiken's work) that shed light on what went on behind the scenes.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 4 2014
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Just like I remembered it. Good clean corny humour.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Nov. 28 2012
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Was a gift the person loved it already had season 1 just missing season 2. Fred Gwynne was great in this show and the munsters!
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5.0 out of 5 stars CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU ? April 11 2012
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POSTED BY DAVID LAMBERT; SHANACHIE ENTERTAINMENT AND DISTRIBUTOR EONE ENTERTAINMENT SAID THAT THEY ARE KEEPING THAT PROMISE WITH THE SPECIFIC DATE OF APRIL 10 2012 FOR THE RELEASE OF 2ND SEASON OF CAR 54 WHERE ARE YOU? NOW DAVID LAMBERT POSTED THAT THERE WILL BE A DELAY IN THE PROMISED DATE TO A NEW DATE APRIL 24 2012 AND SITES WE BUY FROM COULD BE APRIL 27 TO MAY 1 2012. I HOPE THIS HELPS TO UNDERSTAND WHAT'S HAPPENING.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Packaging still stinks, but....... April 25 2012
By L'escribe - Published on Amazon.com
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.......you can't beat this great show. Car 54 Where Are You just HAS to be one of the best written, acted and produced comedies in sitcom history. It is terrific television, screamingly funny, and the episodes in Season Two are the carry-over from Season One. Nat Hiken was a comedic genius.

Bad news is: the packaging STILL stinks. As I received and unwrapped mine today, Disc One was loose, and the cheap cardboard packaging is not worthy of this great show. HOWEVER, Shanachie FINALLY got it right as each disc in this set contains the correct episodic order of the shows. HOORAY!!(See my other review for Season One,as I had to literally print out the order that one of the reviewers here was kind enough to list, and I have it attached to the Season One package).

Most of the reviews have covered the shows, so I won't go into detail, but, this season has lots of guest stars, i.e., Shari Lewis (remember Lamb Chop?) Sugar Ray Robinson and even Mitch Miller!! Plus, F-Troop's loveable Corporal Agarn, Larry Storch, is great as Charlie the Drunk, and Molly Picon, a marvelous actress who guested in an episode in Season One, is back as Mrs. Bronson. "Hail to the Chief", the first episode, is terrific in that, those of us who remember the Kennedy Presidency get a treat to see JFK and Jackie at the end. However, the shot was taken before he became President, just after he won the Democratic nomination and they were given a ticker-tape parade in downtown Manhattan. (Jackie was pregnant with JFK Jr. here) Terrific nostalgia, nonetheless.

I still crack up just looking at Toody's (Joe E. Ross) face. Also included in the Season Two set is a Bonus of Joe E. Ross and his stand-up comedy come back audition film. Supposedly, Car 54 retired to the police garage after just two seasons due to Ross' ego (he reportedly got so big-headed nobody wanted to work with him) and also his wanting to go back to stand up. Well, here it is. (And for this they cancelled Car 54?) Judge for yourself.

All in all, I would rather have these two season - eight disc sets to watch again and again when I really need a belly laugh. Today's shows leave a LOT to be desired, which is why, I suspect, everything old (and funny) is new again. This show was and is still, after 50 years, hysterically funny.

Enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars "There's a scout troop short a child; Khrushchev's due at Idlewild! Car 54, Where Are You?? April 3 2012
By Annie Van Auken - Published on Amazon.com
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I was 7 when this classic comedy debuted. Because of its night (school tomorrow!) and starting time (go to bed!!), I never got a chance to see it in first run.
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CAR 54, WHERE ARE YOU? ran for two seasons, Sunday 8:30 to 9 pm on NBC-TV. Filming was on location and at the pioneer BIOGRAPH studio, a Bronx fixture since 1913. The TV drama NAKED CITY was a Biograph production, as were BUTTERFIELD 8 (1960), ODDS AGAINST TOMORROW (1959) and PRETTY BOY FLOYD (1960). The shuttered studio was destroyed by a 1980 fire and renovated as an apartment complex.

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Created by Nat Hiken (of "Sgt. Bilko" fame), "Car 54" was one of the first integrated shows on TV. Set in a fictional precinct (the 53rd), its main characters are a Mutt & Jeff team of uniformed cops. Diminutive Officer Toody is brash, pushy and a bit slow on the uptake; he has a domineering wife. Officer Muldoon is very tall, introverted and somewhat brighter than his partner; he lives with his mom.

Season Two had a female officer (Lisa Loughlin) for one episode. Another part-timer, Mickey Deems, was originally a drummer and arranger. He appeared in an off-Broadway musical with Hal Linden ("Anything Goes") and as half of a slapstick comedy team in over 200 "Mack & Myer" one-reelers. Linden (aka BARNEY MILLER) is also here, as an asst. DA.

Notable guests:
Kenny Delmar was Fred Allen's announcer and Sen. Claghorn on radio's "Allen's Alley." John Alexander played Uncle Teddy on Broadway and in the film adaptation of ARSENIC AND OLD LACE (1944). Molly Picon was a star of Yiddish theater and vaudeville. Larry Storch was Cpl. Agarn on TV's F TROOP. Katherine Helmond was a regular on SOAP and WHO'S THE BOSS? Margaret Hamilton was Dorothy's nemesis in THE WIZARD OF OZ (1939). Jules Munshin appeared in several MGM musicals. Herschel Bernardi voiced hipster "Charlie the tuna" in STARKIST TV ads. Joe E. Marks was Pappy Yokum in the LI'L ABNER (1959) movie musical and played Smee in NBC's Mary Martin version of PETER PAN (1960). Kenneth Mars is the zany playwright in Mel Brooks' THE PRODUCERS (1968). Jack Gilford was Doc Daneeka in CATCH-22 (1970). Middleweight boxing champ Jake LaMotta was bio'ed by Martin Scorsese in RAGING BULL (1980). Other title holders seen here: Sugar Ray Robinson and Rocky Graziano.
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FOR A COMPLETE PROGRAM LIST,
SEE COMMENT #1, LOCATED BELOW.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hope there are several episodes with the commercial billboards.. Jan. 11 2012
By Richard J. Goldschmidt - Published on Amazon.com
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ME TV in Chicago has run the 2nd season recently and they are all great episodes...especially the JFK episode that was pulled from syndication. I wish Beatrice Pons was in more of the 2nd season though. The first season set had two surprise episodes with the sponsor billboards and I am hoping that several do in this set. Makes it that much better to watch! Looking forward to seeing JOE E. ROSS' standup footage! One of the greatest series in history (Nothing on modern televsion comes close)!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Do manufacturers EVER LISTEN to their customers? April 26 2012
By Michael Chiaro - Published on Amazon.com
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Excitedly, I checked my mail yesterday(4/25) to find season 2 of CAR 54 had arrived. That excitement went south when opened it to find the same LOUSY!! packaging as the 1st set. After a careful and protracted attempt to remove the cds, I found Disc 1 was scratched. Luckily after contacting AMAZON they immediately sent a replacement set which (hopefully ) will arrive today. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't Shanachie receive a truckload of complaints on the first set's packaging? Not one person in the Marketplace LIKED the concept, and several reported damaging the contents when trying to remove the DVDS. I don't get it!! Well, s.o.s. Hope I can piece together a unflawed set from the 2 I'll have, before I return the first one. I know the content is 5 stars, but the packaging is a definite zero.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars DVDs Feature Extra Footage and Kennedy Is the President April 24 2012
By Ashley Mott - Published on Amazon.com
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After months of waiting, I am so delighted we finally received our order of Car 54, the Complete Second Season on DVD. For those of you who loathed the packaging of Season 1, prepare to buy more DVD slipcases, because these are packaged the same way...but that is the only flaw on the previous Season carried over.

While I haven't yet done an episode by episode check, this season seems to be fixed up in the chronological air date order that Season 1 didn't follow. However, the menus on the individual discs are numbered 1 through 8, etc instead of carrying the episode numbers (which isn't a big deal).

This season has featured the commercial bumps on the three episodes we checked out today and they have included Camay, Prell, Tide, and a foam hair dye (Lilt I think).

We watched Toody Undercover (featuring Bruce Gordon - Frank Nitty on The Untouchables and Ralph's bully "Harvey" from the Classic 39 season of the Honeymooners), The White Elephant (with the Hasty Tasty Luncheonette) and flipped through to the end of "Hail to the Chief" to see if Kennedy or Johnson was featured as the President.

Kennedy is the president here and is shown in close-ups with Jackie riding in a open automobile through the streets and sitting in it in a crowd...it isn't the far away shot of Johnson waving from a distance that was later played in syndication after Kennedy's assassination would have made this episode feel a bit too uncomfortable.

Also, the episodes we watched all had extended scenes or scenes previously cut to make time for additional commercials on TV in later years. We had been watching Car 54 on discs pulled from the TV and, potentially, old VHS tapes, so this was a lot of fun for us. If you had the old VHS tape releases and are merely upgrading format, this may not be a big deal, but it was major for us!

Also major is the crisp black and white and superb contrast. If you've been watching these online or on reproductions, then this is going to be a real treat as you can actually read some of the signs in the station such as the "Rapid Mobilization" chart.

In terms of bonus features, this is much like the previous season in that there is only one - Joe E. Ross doing stand-up (don't worry, this is supposed to be his cleaned up act post show). I haven't watched it yet but will update my review when I do.

I just wanted to share some initial information now that I have the DVD in hand for anyone who potentially was sitting on the fence for more news post-release.
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