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Make Room for Daddy: Season 6 (1958)

Danny Thomas , Phil Arnold , Sheldon Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Thomas, Phil Arnold, Madge Blake, Angela Cartwright, Charles Coburn
  • Directors: Sheldon Leonard
  • Writers: Arthur Phillips, Arthur Stander, Charles Stewart, Danny Simon, David Adler
  • Format: Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: S'more Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: January 22, 2008
  • Run Time: 800 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000X73NEK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #198,499 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Make Room for Daddy: Season 6" on IMDb

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One of the longest running family comedies of the 1950s, "Make Room For Daddy" ran from September 1953 until September 1964. The series was nominated for 14 Emmy® Awards, winning four, including "Best Situation Comedy" and "Best Actor" for Danny.

The series was a reflection of Danny Thomas' own life as an entertainer and the problems created by the frequent absences from his children. Even the title came from a phrase used in the real-life Thomas household: whenever Danny returned from a tour, his 2 daughters (Marlo and Terre) had to shift bedrooms to "Make Room For Daddy".

In the series, Danny plays nightclub entertainer Danny Williams, an occasionally loud and cantankerous, but ultimately warm and soft-hearted master of his domain. Constantly being upstaged by his bratty but loveable kids, played by Rusty Hamer, Angela Cartwright and Sherry Williams (whose role was taken over by Penny Parker), the ensemble also included beautiful Marjorie Lord as his understanding wife, and legendary character actor Hans Conreid as irascible Uncle Tonoose.

"Make Room For Daddy" was unique for many reasons, including how it portrayed the family life of an entertainer dealing with both industry and ordinary family issues. Another reason was its frequent appearances by top celebrities. In this Season 6 boxed-set, William Demarest, Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Shirley Jones, and Bob Hope are but a few legendary performers lending their talents. In addition, upcoming stars had recurring roles, such as Tony Bennett as Danny's cousin Steven from Toledo, and Annette Funicello as Italian exchange student Gina Minelli.

"Make Room For Daddy" served as a springboard for then little known talents like Joey Bishop and Bill Dana, both of whom wound up with their own Danny Thomas produced television series. Other Thomas produced series include the Dick Van Dyke Show, Gomer Pyle, Real McCoys and Mod Squad.


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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The New, Improved "Daddy" January 22, 2008
Format:DVD
Running from 1953 to 1964, "Make Room for Daddy" a/k/a "The Danny Thomas Show," was one of the key situation comedies from television's golden age, chronicling the humorous experiences in the life of nightclub entertainer Danny Williams (Danny Thomas) and his family. The show went through several distinct changes. From 1953 to 1956, Jean Hagen played Danny's wife Margaret, and Danny's children, Rusty and Terry, were respectively portrayed by Rusty Hamer and Sherry Jackson. Hagen left the show after the conclusion of the 1955-56 season and, for the 1956-57 season, Williams was a widower. For the 1957-58 season, Marjorie Lord joined the cast as Williams' second wife Kathy, who brought along her daughter Linda (Angela Cartwright) into the new family. By the beginning of the 1958-59 season (the 6th season, which this DVD set covers), Sherry Jackson's character was phased out of the principal cast and the show would continue with the regular lineup of Thomas, Lord, Hamer and Cartwright for the duration of the series. The show was produced and frequently directed by the legendary Sheldon Leonard.

Though it's considered by many to be one of the all-time classic family TV sitcoms, "Make Room for Daddy" has not fared well in the digital age . . . . until now. Previous DVD releases of the series have consisted of a handful of episodes from the Jean Hagen years that have fallen into the public domain, as well as the release of season 5 of the series in 2004 which, unfortunately, utilized edited, syndicated episodes losing 3 or more minutes per episode. Many fans of the series criticized that release and, for a while, it looked as if there were not going to be any additional DVD releases of the series.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best TV Box Sets Ever January 9, 2008
Format:DVD
Questar released Season Five of this landmark series with chopped up syndicated episodes and even the syndicated opening credits. It was awful.

My hope is that S'More is giving us the complete episodes with the original titles!

If so, my five star review will stand.

Folks, I got the set today - the review stands. This is a terrific set. It is more than expected and leaves a lot of other TV series collections in the dust. At last this series, which was the bridge between "I Love Lucy" and "The Dick Van Dyke Show" is available as it should be seen for those who loved it then - and for those who will discover it anew.

The sad Season Five had edited syndication versions of the show with the syndication titles. This set has the original titles at the beginning of each episode and the episodes are full length. If you were disappointed in Season Five, don't let that keep you from buying Season Six. It's a whole new ball game.

All of the characters are here along with some stunning guest stars: Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Dinah Shore, William Demarest, and in a continuing arc, Miss Annette Funicello who also sings and dances. The episodes look better than they did way back when. The sound is as crisp and clear as the images.

The extras include interviews with Marjorie Lord, Angela Cartwright, and Sid Melton. They all talk candidly and with a lot of affection for the show, their work, and the star Danny Thomas. It's great seeing Marjorie and Angela and hearing about their lives after the show. One extra also has Marjorie (mother of actress Anne Archer) reading from her book "A Dance and A Hug."

There is a PSA for St. Jude Hospital that opens each DVD, and another PSA
is a short extra on one disk.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Set For A Great Series! January 13, 2010
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Given the almost four year timeframe between this set and the Season 5 set, there was much concern whether "Make Room For Daddy" would even see a Season 6 release. Questar (the studio behind the previous set) caught a lot of heat from consumers over the syndicated episodes used for the Season 5 set. Enter S'more Entertainment who apparently listened to buyers by releasing Make Room For Daddy - Season 6 with complete, uncut episodes plus great extras. Unlike Questar with the Season 5 box set, S'more requested the original broadcast masters (not the syndicated versions) so all the original openings and closings of each episode are included. They also cleaned up the audio, interviewed Marjorie Lord (Kathy Williams), Sid Melton (Charlie Halper) and Angela Cartwright (Linda Williams) and even found a 10 minute outtake/blooper reel for the set. With a smaller box size than the previous set, the discs are housed in slimcases which not only give brief episode synopses and original airdates but also the episode number for the season followed by the episode number for the series. Overall, S'more Entertainment went above and beyond with this release. Fans who've been longing to own a quality Make Room For Daddy season set on DVD are sure to be pleased by all the work put into this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thanks People September 7, 2011
By Tim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I want to Thank Everyone for doing a review on season 6.After reading the ones of season 5, I was heartbroken as this was one of my favorite shows as a child, and I was hoping to be able to see them again. Well Thanks to You all taking the time to share Your thoughts,I was very Pleased to see season 6 was different and put my order in right then.Thank You All again.UPDATE!!!! Received Season 6 yesterday.I watched the first two discs and was very amazed at the quality of the picture and sound.Everything the other reviewers have stated about season 6 is true.It's quite possible that they have even understated the quality.If You Love old television then this is a must buy for You.You want a collection of discs that will make You laugh and tap Your foot and hear songs that will make You go back to a good time of life? Don't Miss out on this set.At the price,How can You go wrong?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great DVD Set
There is nobody like Danny Thomas. The entire cast, Majorie Lord and the kids are excellent. Highly recommend this set.
Published 2 months ago by L. A. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars Huge fan of Danny Thomas.
Love the DVD's. I've been a fan since I was a little kid, watching them for the first time. Brings back great memories.
Published 9 months ago by Nancy
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room For Daddy Season 6
Awesome classic entertainment. Love the family values and lessons learned! Wish we could purchase all 11 seasons! Great show with great memories!
Published 15 months ago by Carla Pollock
4.0 out of 5 stars MAKE ROOM FOR DANNY
MAKE ROOM FOR DADDY/SEASON 6: This funny family series centered on the hectic career and homelife of hotheaded nightclub entertainer DANNY WILLIAMS, mixing THOMAS' well-loved... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Jukebox Dave
5.0 out of 5 stars a classic show in which you will ACTUALLY= laugh out loud
season 6 is as good or better than season 5---but what ever happened to the first 4 seasons?lost?or destroyed? Read more
Published on April 6, 2011 by Neil L. Hudson
5.0 out of 5 stars show comments
I love this show. The structure of the set is great, but I wish some of the extras could have been an episode of Seasons 1-4 and an episode of Make Room For Granddaddy. Read more
Published on July 5, 2010 by Cassie
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Funny Series
This is one of the funniest shows of the 50s. Great for family viewing. Plus Annette is here! DVDs played fine upon arrival.
Published on October 28, 2009 by konacoffee
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room For Daddy Season 6
Excellent, great show beautifully restored to DVD format, highly recomend for anyone who enjoys 1950's comedy show.
Published on August 7, 2009 by M. Mann
5.0 out of 5 stars Great TV - Not Forgotten
We just love the day and the times of these features. What a wonderful presentation of a family filled with love and with no shortage of problems.
Published on June 22, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room for Daddy Season 6
Even though season 5 was not perfect, I still enjoyed it. Having the full length episodes in season 6 were a real delight. Read more
Published on June 7, 2009 by JHM
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