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Make Room For Daddy - The Complete Fifth Season (1953)

Danny Thomas , Marjorie Lord , Sheldon Leonard  |  NR |  DVD
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Danny Thomas, Marjorie Lord, Rusty Hamer, Angela Cartwright, Bob Hope
  • Directors: Sheldon Leonard
  • Writers: Arthur Stander, Bill Davenport, Bill Manhoff, Charles Stewart, Dick Conway
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Questar
  • DVD Release Date: September 28, 2004
  • Run Time: 780 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002PUFW6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #242,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Make Room For Daddy - The Complete Fifth Season" on IMDb

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Editorial Reviews

The complete 1957-58 season of one of television’s most beloved sitcoms, available for the first time on DVD in this exclusive collection authorized by the Danny Thomas family. Legendary entertainer Danny Thomas stars as nightclub performer Danny Williams, ranked in 2004 by TV Guide as among the top five TV dads of all time. Marjorie Lord joins the cast as Danny’s new wife, Kathy. Supplemental features include a must-own bonus episode, "Danny Meets Andy Griffith," the forerunner of "The Andy Griffith Show."

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109 of 113 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Are you out of your Mesopotamian minds? November 4, 2004
Well - as other reviewers here have pointed out, there are serious problems with this release.

"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.
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71 of 75 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars NOT Complete Episodes! October 24, 2004
I was anxiously awaiting the release of this DVD set, and was very disappointed when I finally bought and watched it. This set gives us syndicated versions of "Make Room For Daddy" episodes which are VERY heavily edited! Many times the edits are abrupt fade out/fade ins, and the missing portions of the episodes make some of the stories difficult or confusing to follow. Putting edited syndicated versions of these "Make Room For Daddy" episodes on DVD is unforgivable and certainly not worth the money for this DVD set!
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars No opening credits??? August 16, 2005
By D. Hall
I cannot believe they LOPPED OFF THE OPENING CREDITS! The opening credits are a *major* part of the appeal of any 1950s sitcom. (And actually the main reason I bought this set.) Presenting each episode without the intro and theme music is like selling a book with the cover ripped off. I was very disappointed. Also the navigation is practically nonexistent. The box set comes out to about a dollar per episode, so I guess you get what you pay for.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great material, mediocre DVD production February 9, 2008
By walap
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First, the good news. This DVD contains ten episodes from the rarely seen first four seasons of the show (two from Season One, three from Season Two, three from Season Three, and two from Season Four). Better yet, most of the episodes are complete and uncut, including the original opening and closing credits, and all original commercials and promos. For fans of the show, this alone makes this a DVD worth owning.

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).
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Questar gets an "F" October 22, 2004
By Yarby
I anxiously awaited the release of this set. How disappointing to find that, like Questar's release of "The Joey Bishop Show", this set truncates the opening credits from each episode. Sorry, Questar....the shows should be in their entirety.

Fortunately, I read of this atrocity before purchasing this set. Until I find out that Questar has changed its ways, they will be added to my list of companies from which to NEVER buy.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This DVD Fails the Audience December 6, 2004
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I love the Make room for Daddy show and I am glad that at least one DVD is available for the series. However, Questar did a horrible job of creating the DVD. There are NO chapters on the disc and therefore, if you have a multi-disc player, you cannot mark the spot on the disc to return to later. There is not even a "Top" menu.

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!
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'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 more
Published 4 months ago by DR SHOCK
3.0 out of 5 stars Make Room For Daddy the complete fifth season
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 more
Published 4 months ago by Cynthia Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Just What I Wanted
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 6 months ago by Esther
5.0 out of 5 stars Great to watch
There is nobody like Danny Thomas. The entire cast, Majorie Lord and the kids are excellent. Highly recommend this set.
Published 7 months ago by L. A. Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars i love this movie super clean! thank u!
wonderful not one scratch plays perfect love it! thanks. i love danny thomas i finally found wat iv beeen looking for and it works perfectly and was super cheat!!!!
Published 9 months ago by tiffany beckwith
5.0 out of 5 stars Make Room For Daddy Season 5
Like most of the classic family shows, these episodes teach children as well as parents about love and honor within the family! Wish we still had these shows today!
Published 20 months ago by Carla Pollock
2.0 out of 5 stars Not as pleased
I would have been a little more pleased if the price tag of $1.00 had not been on this dvd...I paid much more for it. Kind of a rip off. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Gail E. Jones
3.0 out of 5 stars Beware of Amazon's policy of combining reviews for different products
I hope anyone ordering this product will see this review, or the few others commenting on this issue. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by W. Gary Wetstein
'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 more
Published on May 17, 2011 by ! MR. KNOW IT ALL ;-b
5.0 out of 5 stars BETTER than i remembered!
wife and i grew up with this show--we were 13 at the time-- we bought it for nostalgia reasons--BOY were we wrong!!!better than whats on tv today for sure!!! Read more
Published on March 30, 2011 by Neil L. Hudson
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