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"Make Room for Daddy" was an important and popular television series. It was THE Desilu product that inherited the coveted Monday night at 9 p.m. slot vacated by "I Love Lucy" when it switched to an hour-long/once a month format starting in the fall of 1957.
Danny Thomas starring as Danny Williams moved from ABC with his two children Terry (Sherry Jackson) and Rusty (Rusty Hamer). He had been raising them since the death of his wife (played in earlier seasons by Jean Hagen). Along with the kids, Danny brought a new wife Kathryn Daley O'Hara Williams (Marjorie Lord) and her daughter Linda (Angela Cartwright).
This is the complete 5th season. There is also the final episode of the 4th season - where Danny proposes to Kathy. And as an extra, the 1960 episode that served as a sort of pilot for what became "The Andy Griffith Show."
All of the humor and love among the characters that you might fondly remember is here. Danny sings some terrific songs, and there are some great guest stars. Jackson, Hamer, and Cartwright each have moments to shine and take advantage of them. Lord is one of the most lovely TV "moms" of the 1950's. Her clothes by Emeson's of Studio City are au courant for the time. Also featured in many episodes is Amanda Randolph as Louise, the maid.
Danny does some great spit takes - he was the master. And there is the familiar gesture he made: a quickly upturned palm with a grunt that Hamer can imitate to perfection.
There is no list of the episodes except on the disks themselves, but they seem to be in chronological order. The transfer is very soft and there doesn't seem to have been a lot of digital enhancement on them.Read more ›
Like other reviewers, I noted that parts of the shows were cut (it is very obvious). When all is said and done though, it was Great seeing this old show again. To bad the producers of the video did such a poor job!
The actual episodes contained are:
Episode 8: "The Sea Captain" 11/17/1953
Episode 49: "The Children's Governess" 2/1/1955
Episode 7: "The Visiting Englishman" 11/10/1953
Episode 82: "Who Can Figure Kids?" 2/21/1956
Episode 99: "The Talented Kid" 11/26/1956
Episode 67: "Danny's Palladium Offer" 10/25/1955
Episode 41: "Margaret Feels Neglected" 12/7/1954
Episode 106: "Danny's Date" 1/14/1957
Episode 86: "Don't Yell At Your Children" 3/20/1956
Episode 52: "Rusty's Haircut" 2/22/1955
Extra: Radio excerpt from "The Bickersons" featuring Danny Thomas.
All the episodes are complete, except for Episode 82, which is a shortened (23 minute) syndicated version (with syndication opening and closing credits), and Episode 8, which is missing the closing credits only.
These episodes include some rare gems, such as a rare glimpse of the Williams' seldom seen dog Laddie (Episode 8), Danny's date with a pre-"Leave It to Beaver" Barbara Billingsley (Episode 106), and early 1950's cigarette and automobile commercials.
Now, for the bad news. With regard to the discrepancy between the label and the contents pointed out by other reviewers, the only difference is that the "Sea Captain" episode is mistakenly identified as the "Danny's Birthday" episode (which would be Episode 90).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
'Make Room For Daddy' or 'The Danny Thomas Show' is an important TV show that somewhat filled the gap between 'I Love Lucy' and 'The Dick Van Dyke Show'. Read morePublished 21 months ago by DR SHOCK
I used to watch this series when I was a kid so of course since I always loved Danny Thomas I had to get them. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Cynthia Johnson
Im trying to collect all of the Make Room For Daddy seasons. I was very pleased with this one. Price was great as well, just hope I can find some more!!!Published 23 months ago by Esther
There is nobody like Danny Thomas. The entire cast, Majorie Lord and the kids are excellent. Highly recommend this set.Published on January 23, 2014 by L. A. Wright
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Darlene, Nice to know there is someone else who is a big fan of MRFD. It was my favorite show as a kid. The Ward Singers were on The Danny Thomas Show in 1963 in an episode entitled "Louise to the Rescue". They played Club Women. Maybe you can tell me what season they centered on... Read More
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