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Old 01-30-2010, 11:17 AM   #1
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Default The "Peter Gunn" Connection?

One of the episodes of "Happy Days" that stuck in my mind was the one where Richie and the gang encountered some Beatniks. One of them read a ridiculous poem: "Hey little boy, With your nose pressed up against the Bakery window, There ARE no jelly doughnuts for you today ... Only death!"

Well, I was watching an old "Peter Gunn" from 1958. Gunn is at a Beatnik club, and there's a guy reading a longer work whose words include (in order) "nose pressed up against the window", "no jelly doughnuts" and "only death".

Was "Happy Days" doing a knowing allusion to "Peter Gunn"? Has anybody ever noticed this before?

I just did a little internet sleuthing, and it seems that the No Jellydoughnuts poem may be the work of a "beat" named Joe Gould, who liked to compose ridiculous poems to mock the serious people attending poetry readings.

I wonder if this is the first time any of this has been pointed out.
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It could very well be the first. I've never seen it anywhere. Good observation!
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