The Return of Happy Spangler (Season 1, episode 30)
Directed by John Rich
The Return of Edwin Carp (Season 3, Episode 27)
Directed by Howard Morris
Dick Van Dyke, Richard Haydn, Rose Marie
Alan Brady is on vacation, but does his writing staff take a well-deserved rest? No, Rob has committed them to a replacement hour of television and they are stumped until inspiration strikes.
Rob: What’s the one thing that's never been done on television?
Buddy: You can’t do that on television.
Rob: No. Radio!
That’s right, it is the middle of the 1960s and Rob wants to revive old time radio. He’s sure audiences would love to see favourite old stars and a younger audience would appreciate it as well. Buddy, Sally and even Laura aren’t as convinced, but what else do they have?
The line up starts to come together with Arlene Harris (1896-1976). The Canadian born comedic actress and her Chatterbox character were very popular on Al Pierce’s program where she appeared with Morey Amsterdam. Bert Gordon (1895-1974) aka The Mad Russian who performed with Eddie Cantor is eager for the television gig. No, he’s not a wrestler, he’s a dialect comic with priceless delivery.
An appreciation for quality never goes out of style, and that is why we celebrate 50 years of The Dick Van Dyke Show with the happy thought that it will always be a part of our lives.