My Living Doll: The Official Collection Vol. 1
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Iconic actress Julie Newmar may be best-known as the original feline villain Catwoman in the 1960s Batman television series. However, her cult-classic, small-screen career was cemented with the 1965-66 CBS-TV sitcom MY LIVING DOLL. Newmar portrays Rhonda the robot, a top-secret project of the U.S. government s space program, who is placed under the supervision of agency psychiatrist Dr. Bob McDonald, played by Robert Cummings (The Bob Cummings Show/Love That Bob).
Bob moves the beautiful Rhonda into his apartment and begins the task of training her how to function in the human world while keeping her secret from being discovered, a situation complicated by his interfering sister (Doris Dowling) and his love-sick neighbor Peter (Jack Mullaney).
This collection offers 11 complete episodes of MY LIVING DOLL which have not aired on television in decades and make their official DVD debut. A wealth of special features is also included.
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Rhoda is a robot developed by NASA for the space program, in hopes that she can be sent on hazardous missions instead of risking human lives. She is very sophisticated, but a bit naive about social interactions, and has a tendency to take verbal commands very literally. When her builder is reassigned to Pakistan, the task of educating her in the ways of humans falls into the lap of Bob Cummings, who is busy with his own social life.
Rhoda reads a full page of text in less than five seconds, remembers every character on the page, learns to play the piano by watching a concert on television, and looks incredible in her 1964 one piece swimsuit. The primary humor in the show involves how her literal interpretation of instruction often places Bob in awkward circumstances socially.
"My Living Doll" was never syndicated, and all episodes were believed lost until these 11 were discovered in 2012. It's truly great to see these again, and I hope that the remaining episodes will turn up as well.
If you want to go back to simple, funny days when sit coms just had one job to entertain, touch issue but not harp, no blatant innuendos and could be watched by the entire family you need to get this DVD. Just wonderful from the same man who gave us My Favorite Martian.
Also BTW the theme is A plus. The "computer " Sound effect is perfect touch for this classic gem. And that does compute!!