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The Danny Thomas Show 

Make Room for Daddy (original title)
Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage ... See full summary »
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Danny Thomas ...  Danny Williams / ... 344 episodes, 1953-1964
Rusty Hamer Rusty Hamer ...  Rusty Williams 344 episodes, 1953-1964
Marjorie Lord ...  Kathy Williams / ... 228 episodes, 1957-1964
Angela Cartwright ...  Linda Williams 223 episodes, 1957-1964
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Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken wife Kathy, teenage daughter Terry from his first marriage, children Russ and Linda, and old-fashioned Uncle Tonoose. Later episodes feature Annette Funicello as an au pair girl. Most episodes conclude with a song by Danny or one of the children. Affection expressed as hostility ("I love you, you little jerk") and ironic humor characterize this show. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Children's Hour See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The title "Make Room for Daddy" actually grew out of an in-joke within Danny Thomas' family. Whenever Danny was away on a nightclub tour, his children more or less had the run of the house. When he returned from a tour, it was time to spread out and "make room for daddy", hence the show's title. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Post Toasties: Life-Like Linda Doll (1959) See more »

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Some episodes online - free to enjoy
5 May 2007 | by dial911bookSee all my reviews

I saw reruns of this show as a youngster. Online, at www.tv4u.com, several episodes are available free, and they include the embedded commercials to add realism.

Recently I saw the episode, "The Visiting Englishman." It is a simple but fun episode that recalls the lower threshold of humor that apparently prevailed back then. The lines are written to be funny even if you don't watch the video -- in that way, it reminds me of radio show humor.

Nobody is ridiculed, the plot conflicts don't try to push the envelope and make some social statement, and nobody is really stupid -- thus it is unlike what passes for comedy these days.

Notice too -- the people speak good English and dress with respect for themselves and the viewer.

I enjoy seeing the 1950s America -- and thinking about what has changed -- and whether it has been for the better ... ?


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