Make Room for Daddy

ABC (ended 1964)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 11 : Ep 31

    House Guest


  • S 11 : Ep 30

    Ball Player


  • S 11 : Ep 29

    First Allowance


  • S 11 : Ep 28

    The Persistent Cop

    Aired 4/27/64

  • S 11 : Ep 27

    Rusty And The Chorus Girl

    Aired 4/20/64

  • Cast & Crew
  • Danny Thomas

    Danny Williams

  • Jean Hagen

    Margaret Williams (1953 - 1956)

  • Marjorie Lord

    Kathy 'Clancey' O'Hara Williams (1957 - 1964)

  • Sherry Jackson

    Terry Williams (1953 - 1958)

  • Rusty Hamer

    Rusty Williams

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  • show Description
  • Make Room for Daddy followed the misadventures in the lives of the Williams family. Danny Williams, a nightclub entertainer, (a character almost identical to that of Danny Thomas himself) tries to strike a balance between family life and the entertainment business. In the beginning the family consisted of his wife, Margaret (played by Jean Hagen,) his 11-year-old daughter, Terry (played by Sherry Jackson) and his 6-year-old son, Rusty (played by Rusty Hamer.) In 1956, however, Jean Hagen quit the show and Danny Thomas decided to continue on without her. Her character was written out as having herself died and Danny was now a widower. The next season (1956-1957) featured Danny dating various other women with plenty of input from the kids. Finally he proposed to Kathy O'Hara, a young nurse. The 5th season opened with Danny and Kathy returning from their honeymoon. Also joining the cast was Linda (played by Angela Cartwright,) Kathy's 5-year-old daughter by a previous marriage. In 1958, Sherry Jackson left the show and the character of Terry was temporarily written out of the show as being away at school. Terry returned, however, in 1959, this time played by actress Penny Parker. Terry spent the next season being courted by nightclub entertainer Pat Hannigan (played by Pat Harrington Jr.,) whom she eventually married. Her character then left the show for good in 1960. There were also many other regulars, including Danny's Uncle Tonoose (played by Hans Conried,) Danny's agents at various times (played by Horace McMahon, Jesse White & Sheldon Leonard) and many more. Annette Funicello also spent a season as a regular when she was cast as Gina Minelli, an Italian foreign exchange student. The title "Make Room for Daddy" was only used during the first four seasons, then it was changed to "The Danny Thomas Show". When it entered syndication, however, all the episodes ran under the "Make Room for Daddy" title. In 1970, the Williamses returned for "Make Room for Granddaddy" which ran one brief season. In 1957, the show switched networks from ABC to CBS. After the switch, the show finally got the ratings it deserved. Also of note, this show spawned a classic hit series; the episode 'Danny Meets Andy Griffith' was the pilot for "The Andy Griffith Show". Also, such guests as Bill Dana and Joey Bishop got their own shows after appearences on "The Danny Thomas Show." Bill Dana reprised his role from "The Steve Allen Show", and NBC gave him his own show "The Bill Dana Show" in 1963 and it lasted until 1965. Joey Bishop got "The Joey Bishop Show", which aired on NBC, then CBS. It lasted from 1961 to 1965. ABC Broadcast History September 29, 1953 - June 26, 1956...Tuesday 9:00-9:30PM October 1, 1956 - February 4, 1957...Monday 8:00-8:30PM February 14, 1957 - July 1, 1957...Thursday 9:00-9:30PM CBS Broadcast History October 7, 1957 - September 14, 1964....Monday 9:00-9:30PM Nielsen Ratings: (Top 25 or Better) (The 1st 4 Seasons {1953-1957} are failed to raise ratings.) #2 1957-1958 Season #5 1958-1959 Season #4 1959-1960 Season #12 1960-1961 Season #8 1961-1962 Season #7 1962-1963 Season (Tied with "Ben Casey") #9 1963-1964 Seasonmoreless

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  • Quotes (20)

    • Kathy: Danny, would you please marry me? Danny: Whew, I thought I’d never ask you.

    • Danny: How can a man propose to a woman in the presence of his own children? Rusty: What’s the matter? Isn’t it legal? Danny: It’s legal, but it’s not romantic. Terry: All right, Daddy, don’t let us bother you. We’ll just sit here very quietly and you won’t even know that we’re here. Rusty: Yeah, you can get as mushy as you want. Danny: It’s still ridiculous, that’s all. Proposing to a lady in front of a bunch of children. This is no proposal. It’s a PTA meeting.

    • Danny: Look, Kathy. Kathy: Yes? Danny: Kathy, I… I, um… Terry: He loves you very much. Danny: Yeah. Yeah. And-and I feel that… well, I feel, uh… Terry: He feels that his life would be empty without you. Danny: Yeah, empty. And, um, uh, um… Terry: You’re the morning light that shines in his eyes. Danny: You’re the morning light that shines in my eyes. Terry: His heartbeat quickens at the touch of your hand. Danny: My heartbeat quickens at… (turns to face Terry) How old are the boys in your school? Terry: Daddy, quit trying to change the subject. Danny: Where did you hear that kind of language?

    • Terry: (to Kathy) Daddy says things sometimes without thinking. Rusty: Yeah, you’ve just got to learn not to pay any attention to him.

    • Louise: (to Danny) When you goof, you just got to de-goof. That’s all.

    • Louise: Mr. Williams, what happened? What did you say to her? Danny: What did I say? Nothing. What could I say? It isn’t even worth mentioning. Louise: That don’t sound like her. Danny: Yeah, shocked me too. Don’t know what she got all mad about. All I did was insult her.

    • Kathy: But if he asked me to marry him, the time, the place, the circumstances are all going to have a lot to do with my answer. So, we’re just going to wait until he makes up his mind to ask me. Rusty: Got to wait for him to make up his mind? I’ll be old enough to marry you myself.

    • Kathy: That was a wonderful dinner tonight. Thank you. Louise: You’re entirely welcome. Danny: What are you thanking her for? Kathy: Well, she cooked the dinner, didn’t she? Danny: A mere detail, lovely lady. I tell her what, when, and how to do everything in this house. She makes one small contribution. Kathy: Which is? Danny: She ignores me. Louise: Mr. Williams is just being modest. It isn’t that you have to ignore him, you just don’t pay no attention to him. You’ll catch on to it.

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    Notes (30)

    • Also known as "The First Hollywood Show"

    • The script for this episode was published in Best Television Humor of the Year, selected and edited by Irving Settle. New York: A.A. Wyn, Inc., 1956 (213–31).

    • Hans Conried would later become a familiar face on the show as Uncle Tonoose

    • The series was officially retitled "The Danny Thomas Show" with this episode.

    • The correct spelling for the title of this episode is: Danny's Fiancée

    • This episode introduces Kathy's daughter Linda, but here she is played by Lei Lani Sorenson.

      Angela Cartwright took over the role, when the show moved to CBS in fall in 1957.

      Her name was NEVER Patty it was ALWAYS Linda.

    • Final episode on ABC. Robert Kintner, who was then president of ABC, was a big fan of Jean Hagen and had considered her to be the mainstay of the series and was reluctant to continue the series without her. He had lost interest in the series by the end of the fourth season, even with the emergence of Kathy as Danny's wife. Fortunately, the show found a spot on the CBS shedule the following season, and ratings soared.

    • The name change to "The Danny Thomas Show" was by way of an edict from CBS chairman William S. Paley. According to Danny Thomas, Paley didn't like the show. Paley was away on vacation when the show was approved for the fall schedule and then tried to have it removed. However, this was a time when sponsors had considerably more control over schedules than they do today, and with General Foods/Maxwell House owning the Monday night 9-9:30 time slot (8-8:30 Central and Mountain), there was little he could do.

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    Trivia (11)

    • Both Chester Conklin and Hank Mann were original members of the Keystone Cops from the silent film era.

    • At the time this episode was shown, Hugh O'Brian was starring in The Life And Legend Of Wyatt Earp. Both it and Make Room For Daddy were on the ABC television network.

    • Angela Cartwright does not appear.

    • Johnny Crawford is credited as John Crawford.

    • Angela Cartwright does not appear.

    • This is another episode that resembles and perhaps inspired an episode of the show's spin-off series, The Andy Griffith Show . The episode in question is The Senior Play, air date 11/14/66.

    • This is one of a number of episodes that closely resembles, and perhaps inspired, episodes of The Andy Griffith Show, a spin-off series. This episode resembles season 7 episode Dinner At Eight. In that one, it's spaghetti instead of lasagna.

    • In one scene, Frankie Laine brings Gina a pizza that he says was made by "Mama Lo Vecchio." Lo Vecchio is Laine's real last name.

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  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • This show was one of the best tv shows of the 50's.

    By satchman23, Jun 29, 2005

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