My Three Sons

Season 1 Episode 5

Brotherly Love

Aired Unknown Oct 27, 1960 on ABC



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    • The official 2008 DVD of this episode erroneously has the end credits from the previous episode attached (and you can see the digital edit that cuts back as the sons names appear). In doing this, it lists the wrong Writer altogether!

    • This episode's writer Paul West was a regular writer on the "Father Knows Best" TV series and submitted seven teleplays for "My Three Sons"up to and including the eighth season of the show.

    • Cheryl Holdridge makes her debut of what would be three guest starring roles on the series. She also appears later in the season and then a final appearance (as a different character) in a Season 4 episode. As one of the original Walt Disney Mouseketeers, Cheryl had previously worked with Don Grady on "The Mickey Mouse Club". Both were born in June 1944 although Grady was two weeks older. A gorgeous blonde, but always a heavy smoker, Cheryl died from lung cancer on January 6, 2009 aged 64.

    • Outside of the startling cinematic innovations he brings to these early episodes, as well as his extended, exquisite comedy scenes, Director Tewksbury shows an assured hand on the straightforward drama that routinely pops up during this inaugural first year. I'm not sure I've ever seen, on a vintage TV sitcom from this era, the believable, raw emotion of Steve shouting at Bub to "shut up!" (MacMurray gets to show a flash of his expert 'temper' here, as Frawley believably looks shook up at the reprimand).

    • Trivia: The registration number of Mike's jalopy is FLU-613.

    • The roles of Fred MacMurray's three sons were all carefully cast, with as much an eye toward their on-camera personalities and their off-screen charisma. Don Grady later recalled "I was very serious. Dramas were all I had done. Since 'Sons' was a comedy, I thought I had to be funny. Peter Tewksbury, our first director, took me aside and said, 'Keep your seriousness…that's when comedy works the best.' I've been serious ever since!" Interestingly, Don was actually considered a "replacement Robbie". The first actor selected to play the role was actually a child actor named Billy Chapin. But MacMurray apparently didn't like him. The show's director Peter Tewksbury had just come from directing "Father Knows Best" (which co-starred Chapin's younger sister Lauren) and it is possible it was his idea to bring Billy on board. But from all reports he was a little too rebellious a kid and MacMurray wouldn't have that.

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