It’s Sunday. Detective Adam Flint (Paul Burke) is calling on his girlfriend, aspiring actress Libby Kingston (Nancy Malone). AF carries with him a salami. He presses the buzzer at 3 Sheridan Square, and he and LK talk on the intercom.
LK: Good morning.The sources:
AF: Good morning, fair lady. Come on, the lark is on the wing. God is in his heaven, and all is right with the world. And young Lochinvar has come to the West Side to bring you glad tidings and a fresh salami.
LK: Hail to thee, blithe salami-bringer! Bird thou never wert.
AF: Oh no? Well listen to this: cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo, cuckoo.
From the Naked City episode “Requiem for a Sunday Afternoon,” first aired November 6, 1961. Teleplay by Howard Rodman.
The lark’s on the wing;Two grown-ups, quick, allusive, and crazy in love. They don’t write dialogue like this anymore.
The snail’s on the thorn:
God’s in his heaven —
All’s right with the world!
Robert Browning, “Pippa Passes” (1841)
O, young Lochinvar is come out of the west
Walter Scott, Marmion (1808)
Hail to thee, blithe Spirit!
Bird thou never wert
Percy Bysshe Shelley, “To a Skylark” (1820)
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