‘Emergency’ Has Unusual

Family Ties

 
 

HOLLYWOOD --- You practically need a program to unscramble the family relationships on the Universal soundstage where next month’s debuting “Emergency” series is filming.

The new NBC offering, based on the exploits of the Los Angeles Fire Department Paramedic unit, costars Bob Fuller, Bobby Troup and Julie London.

Julie is Mrs. Troup in real life, but in the series she’ll be playing Bob Fuller’s love interest.

Miss London was, at one time, Mrs. Jack Webb. And Webb is the producer boss of the show in which she and her current husband will costar.

Julie and Bobby are parents of a 9-year-old daughter, and twin sons who are 8 years old. Julie and Jack have daughters, Stacy, who is 21, and 18-year-old Lisa.

And from a previous marriage of his own, Troup is the father  of now-grown Cindy and Ronne. Cindy is employed as a script girl on Jack Webb’s “Adam-12” series and is a regular on “My Three Sons.”

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Asked about his unique relationship with the former husband of his present wife, Troup smiled and said, as if he had never before analyzed it, “It is unique isn’t it? We’re lucky, I guess. It’s just worked out like that in the last five years or so.”

That was about the time the fellows became partners in the local China Trader restaurant, where Troup served, for much of the four-year period that business involvement lasted, as piano player-singer.

Proof that the partnership ended on a pleasant note is certainly evident by Webb’s casting of Bobby and Julie in “Emergency” key roles.

The idea for the show actually emanated from NBC, who gave Webb a go-ahead in mid-November for a two-hour World Premier episode for Jan. 15 viewing, plus 1- hour-long segments, with the possibility of four more.

With an almost impossible short deadline, things have been pretty much in a state of emergency around the “Emergency” set since.

“Only Jack could pull it off,” Bobby muttered endorsement of Webb’s producing talents the day I visited the lot. “They’re still building sets on one side of the studio, while we’re shooting scenes on the other side.”

As the doctors who care for the emergency patients rushed to them by the L.A.F.D. ambulances, most of Fuller’s and Troup’s Emergency acting will be done on a studio hospital set.

Los Angeles location shots will be utilized for the action involving Randy Mantooth and Kevin Tighe, who portray the paramedic heroes whose real life counterparts are making history on the streets of Los Angeles, responsible for saving lives after only three-month medical crash courses.

For Troup it’s been a devious course that has brought him to his present “Emergency” doctor berth: from composer to musician and singer, and quite –frequently-in-demand TV and movie actor.

He started out at the University of Pennsylvania as a business major, expecting to go to work in one of the two music stores his father owned in Harrisburg and Lancaster, Pa.

But then he became involved with Mask and Wig club activities on campus and composed “Daddy” for a musical revue staged by that group.

The song, which spoke to Daddy about wanting “diamond rings and everything,” became a big hit.

Bobby wrote “Baby, Baby All The Time,” his second well-received tune, during World War II Marine Corps service. And by the time he received his military discharge as a Marine Corps captain in 1946, he knew he wanted to pursue a full-time composing career.

“I returned home to Lancaster and decided to head for Los Angeles.”

He drove the distance from his Pennsylvania home to Hollywood. And on that drive the inspiration was born for his next hit, “Route 66.”

After that burst of fame, Bobby recalled, Nothing happened. And so I started playing clubs, singing , playing the piano, and later adding a bass and guitar to form a trio.

Expects Rough Grind

Until now, he’s managed to jockey his various involvements, composing while he’s acting in a movie, accepting TV commitments that occupy his daytime hours while he plays L.A. clubs at night, frequently playing college dates with Julie.

“I’m not committing myself for anything else now, though, except “Emergency,” he said. “It would be just too rough a grind. We got started so late on the series it’s going to be a full-time involvement just to get it going. We’ll be doing shows back-to-back from here on out.”

Or at least from here until the series renewal is pondered, and the audience has been able to judge if they like Jack Webb’s family better than it’s all-powerful “All in the Family” competition, which has been king of the ratings most of this season.

Webmaster Note: In fact, the series Emergency! outlasted and competed well in the ratings against All in the Family, concluding it’s long run after seven years in 1979.

The Youngstown Vindicator

Sunday - December 26, 1971

By: Marilyn Beck

(TV Time Staff Writer)