60 years ago, was Nashville on their minds?

Caught an odd reference to Nashville within dialog in a 1953 movie on TCM this week. In the B-level police procedural Vice Squad, Edward G. Robinson plays a chief of detectives in early-’50s L.A. He’s talking to another cop on the phone and learns that a suspect of theirs also has a warrant on him in Nashville. I don’t recall hearing a Southern city — especially one as small as Nashville was at the time — referred to offhandedly in movies back then. Their examples of Anywhere USA usually were in the Midwest or New England, and not the segregated South.

Vice Squad was made two or three years after broadcaster David Cobb coined the nickname “Music City U.S.A.” Makes you wonder if the growing marketing slogan was elevating Nashville in the national consciousness …


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