Pictured clockwise from left: Paul Reed, Fred Gwynne, Al Lewis, Jack Healy, Mel Stewart, Al Henderson, Joe E. Ross, and Hank Garrett.

MAIN CAST

Patrolman Francis Muldoon, badge#723...............Fred Gwynne
Patrolman Gunther Toody, badge#1432...............Joe E. Ross
Captain Paul Block...............Paul Reed
Patrolman Leo Schnauser...............Al Lewis
Lucille Toody (Gunther's wife)...............Beatrice Pons



SUPPORTING CAST:

Patrolman Ed Nicholson...............Hank Garrett
Dispatcher Andy Anderson...............Nipsey Russell
Desk Clerk Kissell...............Bruce Kirby
Sylvia Schnauser (Leo's wife)...............Charlotte Rae
Mrs. Muldoon (Francis' mother)...............Ruth Masters
Patrolman O'Hara...............Albert Henderson
Patrolman Antonnucci...............Jerome Guardino
Patrolman Nelson...............Jim Gormley
Patrolman Rodrequez...............Jack Healy
Patrolman Steinmetz...............Joe Warren
Patrolman Wallace...............Fred O'Neil
Patrolman Reilly...............Duke Farley
Desk Clerk Julie...............Mel Stewart
Front Desk Sgt. Sol Abrams...............Nathaniel Frey
Sgt. Jim McBride...............Jimmie Little
Rose (Lucille Toody's sister)...............Martha Greenhouse
Al (Rose's husband)...............Carl Ballentine


Dispatcher Andy Anderson...............Nipsey Russell

CAR 54
WHERE ARE YOU?

SHOW FACTS


CAR 54 DEBUTED ON SEPTEMBER 17TH 1961 AND RAN FOR TWO SEASONS ON THE NBC NETWORK, WITH 60 EPISODES. NAT HIKEN CREATED AND PRODUCED THIS SERIES, ALONG WITH THE CLASSIC "SGT. BILKO" SHOW. HE INCORPORATED MANY "BILKO" ACTORS TO STAR IN CAR 54, INCLUDING FRED GWYNNE, AL LEWIS, JOE E. ROSS, BEATRICE PONS, AND PAUL REED.

CAR 54 WAS THE FIRST COMEDY TELEVISION SHOW ABOUT COPS. IT WAS FILMED ON LOCATION IN NEW YORK CITY. THE SHOW'S INTERIOR SCENES WERE FILMED AT THE OLD BIOGRAPH STUDIOS IN THE BRONX. IT WAS FORMERLY KNOWN AS THE GOLD MEDAL STUDIOS DURING THE SILENT FILM ERA. ITS ADDRESS WAS 807 EAST 175th STREET. UNFORTUNATELY, THE BUILDING IS GONE NOW. IN ITS PLACE IS A DEPARTMENT OF SANITATION DEPOT. MANY OF THE EXTERIOR SHOTS WERE FILMED AT CITY ISLAND. THE POLICE CAR USED WAS A SIMILAR REPLICA OF THE NYPD PATROL FLEET AT THE TIME, EXCEPT FOR THE COLOR OF THE PAINT. UNIT 54 WAS PAINTED RED AND WHITE INSTEAD OF THE OFFICIAL BLACK, GREEN, AND WHITE, SO THE PUBLIC WOULD NOT MISTAKE THEM FOR THE REAL POLICE WHILE FILMING ON LOCATION. THE HOME VIEWER DIDN'T NOTICE ANY DIFFERENCE SINCE THE SERIES WAS A BLACK AND WHITE SHOW.

CAR 54 WAS SET IN THE FICTIONAL 53RD PRECINCT OF THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT. ACTUALLY, THERE ONCE WAS A 53RD PRECINCT FROM THE 1920'S THROUGH THE 1940'S. TODAY HOWEVER IT IS KNOWN AS THE 101ST PRECINCT.

MUNSTERS FANS, INCLUDING MYSELF, ENJOY SEEING AL LEWIS AND THE LATE FRED GWYNNE IN THEIR PRE "GRAMPA" AND "HERMAN MUNSTER" ROLES. IN FACT, PAUL REED (CAPT. BLOCK) ONCE MADE A GUEST APPEARANCE ON THE MUNSTERS.

This black and white comedy show of the 1960's featured an unforgettable pair of hilarious police officers. Their scraps are many, but you can't help forgiving them their errors when their hearts are so big. Together, they fight crime in New York City, bringing out the best in others around them.

Theme Song

There's a hold-up 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?


Is this show on DVD? No.

Do they re-run this show on TV? No, sorry, it isn't re-running on any channel. But, TV Land or the Hallmark Channel could re-run it, so check your local listings. But I don't guarantee this so don't take my word for it.

Where have I heard of Charlotte Rae from? She starred on Diff'rent Strokes for awhile and The Facts of Life. Check her person page for more info about her.
Is this show in color or black and white? Black and white.

Trivia

For the black-and-white location shots, the patrol cars were painted red so as not to confuse the locals.

Nominations / Awards

Won - 1962 Emmy for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Comedy. Winner was Nat Hiken for Car 54, Where are You?

Movie Connections

Referenced in: The Incredibles, Munster, Go Home, Lethal Weapon 3, Sundae in New York, and Twilight Zone: The Movie.
Spoofed in: Slumber Party '57.
Movie: Car 54, Where Are You?.