My Three Sons

Uncle Charley and the Redskins

Season 5, Ep 36, Aired 5/20/65
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  • Episode Description
  • Charley refuses to believe that a polite and quietly dressed man is in fact the last Chief of Owahnanee Tribe and his disbelief is deepened when the Indian asks for permission to visit their Tribal Burial grounds which just happens to be the backyard of the Douglas House.

  • Cast & Crew
  • Meredith MacRae

    Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963-65)

  • Barry Livingston

    Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

  • William Demarest

    Uncle Charley O'Casey (1965-72)

  • Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

  • Tim Considine

    Mike Douglas (1960-65)

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    • Even though historically the series was bankrolled as a "Don Fedderson Production", the end credits of the Black and White Episodes always said "Copyright (Year) Gregg-Don, Inc." This was a reference to Don Fedderson and his son Gregg. From next season on CBS, although not officially listed on-screen, the series became a "Mac-Fedd Production" noting the half ownership interest that star Fred MacMurray had in the show with Don Fedderson, in effect making him a silent partner. Similarly Fred’s part ownership of the series also extended to Frank DeVol’s theme music because he also received 50% of any profits associated with the publishing rights of that tune!

    • It should also be pointed out too, that during the original network runs, and indeed will into the late 1970s, Don Fedderson Productions had a deal with MCA Television (Universal's parent company, whose logo is seen at the end of the credits) to distribute the black and white catalogue of the show. Changes in corporate ownership meant that in the 1980s the syndication deals were renegotiated and Viacom International (who inherited the distribution rights of the Color episodes under it's CBS Films banner and whose corporate title was a hybrid that stood for Video and Audio Communications), then acquired the rights to the the first black and white seasons. Further changes in ownership in the 1990s saw Paramount Pictures being acquired by Viacom, and this is why the Paramount Television logo can now be seen at the end of prints of the color episodes as they are syndicated across the globe. I have been reliably informed by Paramount/Viacom that as the show's distribution company they currently have a moratorium on the black and white episodes and US-domestic TV stations can no longer purchase the color episodes for broadcast after late 2004 as the show has now been removed from US-domestic syndication. The reverse was true in International markets like in Australia where most recently the black and white catalogue is shown on cable television on weekend mornings! Hopefully the situation will change in the medium-term future, allowing all viewers in all markets the chance to see the original episodes again.

    • This is the very last Black and White Episode of the series in air date order, although it is possibly not the last episode that was filmed (See Episode # 172). ABC had refused to finance the switch to Color filming and in fact had cancelled the show whilst wondering if MacMurray would sign on for another year as the family patriarch. Fred's mother Maleta had also passed away in mid 1965 which may have accounted for his hesitance, but Executive Producer Don Fedderson then sold the series to CBS for a figure reported to be somewhere between five and seven million dollars. CBS took a gamble that paid off for them handsomely; they promised to start filming and broadcasting the show from September, 1965 in Color. The added expense of Color film meant that naturally the sets had to be spruced up for this dramatic change of production technique. From the next season the sets appear to have subtle changes that the show's Art Director and Set Decorators all had a hand in. Notice the Douglas telephones, they all seem to be more modern and a brighter, lighter color. Additionally Steve's main chair in the loungeroom has undergone a complete transformation in color from black to red leather. The added attraction of seeing a previously monochrome favourite in living color no doubt brought the show new fans. Color television was exploding all over the dial and in 1965 very few shows were still being filmed in black and white at that time. Those that were (eg. the Screen Gems series "Bewitched" and "I Dream of Jeannie") would make the transition to color filming the following year. Intriguingly enough, both of those classic series, produced by Columbia Pictures televison subsidiary Screen Gems had their black and white catalogues colorized by Dynacs Digital Studios in 2000. In the age of DVD authoring, not only does it make these much-loved series worth preserving, but the colorization has come such along way from the Ted Turner efforts in the 1980s. If only we could get them interested in doing “My Three Sons”! If anything having them altered to color would make them appeal to TV stations who insist on color programming.

    • Tim Considine's leaving the series left a void that was never completely filled. His body of work on the series showed what a great actor he was back then. Although he only appeared in the first five black & white seasons he remains the most talked about and arguably the favorite "son" of the show's fans. Don Fedderson should have tried alot harder to retain his services! When Tim left the show he had alot of other things up his sleeve... photography, touring for a year with Pele and the Cosmos, getting married in real life (to actress Charlotte Stewart), auto racing and writing about it. Flash forward to current times and at 64 years old Tim is a respected sports photographer and auto racing expert. His most recent book, "American Grand Prix Racing", a history of U.S. drivers in Grand Prix events, was published in 1997. I guess it is a safe bet that he never thought his enduring popularity would outlive his actual acting career! As for Meredith MacRae, daughter of movie star Gordon MacRae, she continued acting and in the 1980s hosted a morning talk show in Los Angeles. Sadly, she died in July, 2000 from complications with brain cancer, aged 56.

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