Love Kindles Cross-Country


    My only objection to Julie London is that she is married. And her husband stands six feet tall and weighs 160 pounds. And he is an accomplished musician-composer-singer and co-star on NBC’s midseason series “Emergency!” Alas, the love will have to kindle cross-country and my exposure to Julie’s charm and eminent good looks must be confined to one hour a week.

But, as they say on the street, “It beats a blank.”

Just mention Julie’s name and one thinks of a diminutive but beautiful girl with that whispery voice standing in the spotlight of a chic supper club making you forget the size of the dinner check while she works those lyrics like a mother bathing a newborn.

Julie, it is said, never considered herself particularly popular or talented, although she was quite a favorite in her hometown of San Bernadino, Calif., where she was pushing her whisp of a voice through a microphone at auditorium dances while a teen-ager. She did, however, nurture the desire to be a star (everybody in San Bernardino nurtures the same hope). Talent scout Sue Carroll, then Mrs. Alan Ladd, found her working an elevator in a department store (so help me---that’s the truth) and got her started on her career.

Her version of “Cry Me A River” is a classic of song styling, but there was still that drive to act. Her best shot in those days was nine minutes in a José Ferrer production, “The Great Man.” What followed was a string of movie roles and her marriage to Jack Webb, who is the producer of “Emergency!”

Now married to Bobby Troup, Julie has actually embarked on the biggest single acting shot of her life---the weekly network TV series.

Hubby Bobby Troup is making his first acting plunge. The composer of “Daddy” and “Route 66,” Troup holds a bachelor of science degree from the University of Pennsylvania and spent five years in the Marine Corps. In addition, he plays a neurosurgeon on the series, opposite Julie’s “Dixie McCall,” and, even if he can’t perform brain surgery, he damn well has the nomenclature down pat. Robert Fuller, late of “Wagon Train” and “Laramie,” plays a doctor.

Actually, Webb and his production company have a way of making this kind of show go. If not in prime time, then as a convenient late afternoon filler in many markets.

But whether it works or not, my heart goes out to Julie and my envy to her husband---bless the fellow!

Webmaster’s Note: We have to excuse a few inaccuracies by the author. Julie appeared in nearly a dozen movies prior to retiring to raise her and husband Jack Webb’s daughters. After her divorce in 1953, her next career launch as a singer in 1955 led to the resurrection of her film career. Julie and Jack had been divorced for three years when she filmed “The Great Man” in 1956. “Emergency” was far from Bobby Troup’s introduction to acting. Among quite a few film and television roles, Director Robert Altman cast Bobby in the role of Sgt. Gorman in the 1970 film M*A*S*H.


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Sunday - February 27, 1972

By Jack Ryan

Robert Fuller, Bobby Troup, Julie London