Okay, so you'll recall how I said that the song "Mutual Admiration Society" (from the little-known show, Happy Hunting) had a very little life outside the musical, and how I came across a few other recordings of it, beyond the one I knew, with Jaye P. Morgan and Eddy Arnold., and of course Ethel Merman. Well, you probably don't know how true that was, in as off-beat a way as you can imagine. In fact, I'm going to make a fair guess that most people wouldn't even imagine this.
But here, singing "Mutual Admiration Society" (with some changed lyrics) are Joe E. Ross and Fred Gwynne, as Officers Toody and Muldoon, in the classic sitcom, Car 54, Where Are You?
No, really. Seriously. I'm not kidding.
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Joe E. Ross was a longtime nightclub performer, and I will assume that he did some singing in his act. And Fred Gwynne was a respectable singer who, among other things, was in the Broadway musical, Here's Love, by Meredith Willson, based on Miracle on 34th Street.
(I worked with Fred Gwynne on the film, Pet Sematary, and he was a nice fellow. He was quite a good and versatile actor who finally was able to turn his career around after being ignominiously typecast and having it trashed by The Munsters, a subject he pointedly and understandably had no interest in talking about. I politely steered away from it.)
So, here -- in the most unlikeliest of places -- Is yet another version (and oddest) of "Mutual Admiration Society."
Robert J. Elisberg is a political commentator, screenwriter, novelist, tech writer and also some other things that I just tend to keep forgetting.
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