Hardhats and Runaways (Times Square Episode 3)

On this episode, Melissa and Cheyenne broach two generational clashes over war and sex, from Vietnam to Times Square. Plus: proto-warrior cops in Fort Apache, The Bronx. Our special guest is the author of Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television, Elana Levine.

Times Square, 1975 / Getty

On this episode

You're nobody, Dean Martin / "Hippies vs Hardhats" / Abbie Hoffman is not a bitch / "Lindsay's a Red!" and "the city needs to look good behind him" / getting paid to watch Mildred Pierce /  the porn director with no film in his camera / "one loop and A Star Is Born" / “Today New York's grimiest is being replaced by New York's finest" / white girl innocence / the city as America's bad boyfriend / "I got something fine for New York's finest!" / watch "Hustling" / call us! / become a patron / so long

Further reading and viewing

  • "You're Nobody 'Til Somebody Loves You"
  • The Hardhat Riot
    • "Then No One Would Be a Democrat Anymore," Rick Perlstein, The American Prospect; April 28, 2008 (book excerptNixonland)
  • Joan Crawford
    • Mildred Pierce, d. Michael Curtiz ; 1945 (official trailer)
    • Our Dancing Daughters, d. Harry Beaumont; 1928
       
  • "Ousted Times Sq. Smut Shop Reported Planning to Reopen," New York Times; July 11, 1977 (online archive)
Times Square, 1977

Times Square, 1977

Playland, Times Square, 1988 / Matt Weber

Playland, Times Square, 1988 / Matt Weber

The owners of the Crossroads pornographic bookstore and peep show at 42nd Street and Broadway—converted in May into a travelers’ information center operated by the police after a transaction in which the owners were bought out for $81,000—are reported planning to resume business less than a block from their old location.
— Ousted Times Sq. Smut Shop Reported Planning to Reopen, New York Times
"Hustling," 1975 (promo)

"Hustling," 1975 (promo)

"Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway," 1976 (promo)

"Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway," 1976 (promo)

  • Wallowing in Sex: The New Sexual Culture of 1970s American Television, Elana Levine (Duke University Press)
     
  • "Television and Growing Up: The Impact of Televised Violence," Surgeon General's Scientific Advisory Committee on Television and Social Behavior, National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.); 1972 (archived report)
     
  • Runaways
    • "Little Ladies of the Night"; 1976
      • "Little ladies of the night," New York Times; November 16, 1975 (archive)
    • "Dawn – Portrait of a Teenage Runaway"; 1976 (promo ad)
    • "Hustling"; 1975 (full movie online)
The Runaway Unit then tries to discover who they are so that they can be sent home. In so doing, the unit contributes to Mayor Beame’s Times Square cleanup. If Senator Hubert Humphrey happens to stroll down the Minnesota Strip next June on his way to the Democratic convention, the number of present or future constituents that he will meet depends partly on the diligence of Officer McGinand.
— Little ladies of the night, New York Times
Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)

Fort Apache, The Bronx (1981)

  • Fort Apache, The Bronx, d. Daniel Petrie; 1981
    • trailer
    • "FORT APACHE, THE BRONX,' WITH PAUL NEWMAN," New York Times; February 6, 1981(online archive)
    • "FORT APACHE, THE BRONX," Roger Ebert; January 1, 1981 (online archive)
       
  • "St. Elsewhere" season 4, episode 5 (online)
     
    • The Disclaimer
      • "The program you are about to see is 'All in the Family.' It seeks to throw a humorous spotlight on our frailties, prejudices, and concerns.  By making them a source of laughter, we hope to show— in a mature fashion— just how absurd they are." (1971)
    Scarface, 1932 (title card)

    Scarface, 1932 (title card)

    Fort Apache, The Bronx, 1980 (title card)

    Fort Apache, The Bronx, 1980 (title card)

    Times Square, 1976 / Leland Bobbé, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York

    Times Square, 1976 / Leland Bobbé, from the Collections of the Museum of the City of New York

    Featured Music

    • "Shannon," Henry Gross; 1976
       
    • "Happening In The Streets," The Voltage Brothers;1978
       
    • “When the Blue Begins,” Henry Gross; 1978


    Credits

    TERRIFIC CITY is hosted by Melissa Gira Grant and Cheyenne Picardo. The show was recorded and edited by Cheyenne Picardo, and it was produced by Melissa Gira Grant. (Thanks to Bradley Robinson for helping with music supervision.)

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