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Le Gendarme à New York (The Gendarme in New York) is a 1965 French comedy film starring Louis de Funès and Michel Galabru, and the second installment of the Gendarme de Saint-Tropez series.

The gendarmes of Saint-Tropez are invited to New York City for a law enforcement conference. Cruchot's daughter Nicole badly wants to go with them, but her father forbids her. She still decides to go, as a clandestine passenger.


Le Gendarme à New York provides examples of:

  • The '60s: This is a 1965 film.
  • Accidental Pervert: Cruchot is looking for his daughter in a YWCA hotel. He runs into many shocked young women.
  • Afraid of Needles: Fougasse does not like injections, and many are necessary for his treatment.
  • All Psychology Is Freudian: The shrink Cruchot consults and his assistant use a Freudian verbiage.
  • Baseball Episode: The gendarmes play baseball against their Italian colleagues.
  • Big Apple Sauce: The gendarmes go to New York and visit the city.
  • Bratty Teenage Daughter: Nicole (Geneviève Grad), Cruchot's daughter, travels to New York as a stowaway.
  • Butt-Monkey: Fougasse is repeatedly getting rushed to the hospital while visiting New York.
  • Construction Zone Calamity: The American police chases Nicole in a construction zone.
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  • Contrived Coincidence: Cruchot keeps running into his daughter Nicole (who has traveled to New York in secret), while she's supposed to have stayed in Saint-Tropez. Hilarity Ensues.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: When his daughter is being chased by the American police, Cruchot disguises himself as an American policeman.
  • Drill Sergeant Nasty: The gendarmes actually miss the discipline when they're in New York. Gerber and Cruchot are only happy to oblige.
  • Evil Is Petty: Two people steal a piece of meat from Cruchot. Later, it is revealed that they were part of a dangerous criminal gang.
  • Fast-Food Nation: The gendarmes eat brightly colored ice creams. Later, they miss French food and Cruchot has a hard time finding real meat in New York.
  • Friendly Local Chinatown: Cruchot and his daughter Nicole go to Chinatown and they disguise themselves as stereotypical Chinese.
  • Get Out!: During the English lesson, Cruchot orders all the gendarmes except Gerber to get out one by one.
  • Girl in a Box: Cruchot forces his daughter Nicole to hide into a box to fly back to France.
  • Go Among Mad People: Cruchot consults a shrink because he sees her daughter everywhere in New York whereas she is supposed to be in France. The therapy makes him a little crazy.
  • Latin Lover: The Italian policeman who dates Nicole, Cruchot's daughter.
  • Little Stowaway: Cruchot does not want his daughter Nicole to go to New York with him, so she goes there as a stowaway in the same boat as her father.
  • Nuns Are Funny: Sister Clotilde appears briefly.
  • Overly Stereotypical Disguise: When Cruchot and Nicole disguise themselves as Chinese.
  • Overprotective Dad: Cruchot is very uncomfortable with the idea that an Italian policeman dates his daughter.
  • Rambunctious Italian: The Italian policeman's family in New York is very talkative.
  • Real Men Cook: The gendarmes ravenously mull going for a steak with fries. Instead, Adjudant Gerber says that his wife knows how to make an excellent entrecôte — which he taught her how — and that he needs meat that does not smell of cellophane in order to make it. Cruchot assumes the mission of finding the right piece of meat on Broadway, where he at first encounters a series of typical American supermarkets. Finally, he finds a classic butcher's shop, brings a giant cut of beef back to the hotel, and Gerber whips up a magnificent French entrecôte with the other Gendarmes assisting by handing him the other ingredients while he mans the frying pan on a portable cooking range.
  • Sequel Goes Foreign: This is a sequel to Le Gendarme de Saint-Tropez and it is set in New York.
  • Sexy Secretary: The assistant of Cruchot's shrink.
  • Shout-Out: There is a whole Spontaneous Choreography sequence inspired by West Side Story.
  • Spontaneous Choreography: Cruchot, a gang of thieves and a few American policemen perform one, as Cruchot tries to get back the piece of meat that the gang stole.
  • Yes-Man: Cruchot towards Gerber. During the English lesson, he claims that everything Gerber says is correct, whereas he is extremely critical about the performance of the other gendarmes.