My Three Sons

Season 1 Episode 4

Countdown

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Aired Unknown Oct 20, 1960 on ABC
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A Missile launch, sleeping in and Daylight Saving make for an interesting Monday morning. The Douglas household is a chaotic affair of lost indian arrow heads for Chip's turn in show and tell at School, Robbie's missing trumpet and some important lost plans of Steve's that Mike has nearly burned in the incinerator.moreless

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    William Frawley

    William Frawley

    William Michael Francis 'Bub' O'Casey (1960-65)

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

    Tim Considine

    Tim Considine

    Mike Douglas (1960-65)

    Don Grady

    Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

    Stanley Livingston

    Stanley Livingston

    Chip Douglas (1960-72)

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      • Some viewers have complained that the wrong credits are attributed to this episode and rightly so. Please note that the correct writer for this episode is David Duncan and that for whatever technical reason, the official CBS/Paramount release for this episode has the credits from the previous episode attached. Watch closely and you will even see (as the names of Mike, Robbie and Chip come up) where they have edited the two segments together! If the film elements for this were damaged, they should have kept the integrity of the credits intact by using another episode this season that was written by Mr. Duncan.

      • The opening stock shots of the percolating coffee pot are freeze framed a couple of times to lengthen the scene.

      • When Bub is seen putting clothes into the washing machine, a little bit of film magic is employed. Watch closely and you will see that he is shown in forward and reverse motion which adds a few extra seconds onto that scene.

      • Keen eyed viewers will note that when Steve's alarm clock goes off at 8:00am and he wearily gets up out of bed, a quick look at his wristwatch clearly shows the actual time of filming this scene was 4:40pm!

      • The final music cue featured in this episode prior to the closing credits also appears over the end titles without composer credit in a 1958 western picture titled "Jake and the Law" which starred Robert Taylor and Richard Widmark.

      • Commander Adam Benson USN, a regular messageboarder over at Sitcoms Online had this to say about one of his favourite episodes: "David Duncan's writing here is brilliant, especially in the way the morning routine at the Douglas household is parallelled with the rocket shot at Cape Canaveral. It's a bit topical, in the sense that it contributes to the episode if one can remember, or knows, that in those days, most of our rocket efforts exploded on the pad or shortly after being airborne. It was that sense of drama which accounted for why Chip was so interested in the countdown. And the ending is marvelous--and like most marvelous endings, is brilliant in its simplicity".

      • Voice artist Paul Frees narrates the rocket launching being shown on the Douglas t.v. set.

      • Special Film material provided by the United States Air Force, used through the courtesy of Maj. Gen. Bernard A. Schriever of the Air Force Ballistic Missile Division (AFBMD), based at its Inglewood headquarters in California.

      • The fadeout of this episode has the sound of clapping as if it were filmed in front of an audience, but this was actually dubbed onto the film in order to give such an impression. Because the series was not a three-camera filmed before an audience show, but rather shot with one camera and filmed like a movie, perhaps this technique was decided upon by the Producers and was to have been adopted for all subsequent episodes but was then later abandoned once the show went into full scale production. This may also account for why the sound of a studio audience applause may have been added to the end of the episode.

      • According to documentation in the Don Fedderson Script Archives at UCLA, it appears that this episode was in fact one of both the very first instalments written and filmed. Filming on the series commenced in June of 1960, and this episode contained scenes that were some of the first completed. The revised date of the script of this episode was June 30, 1960.

      • There is no Guest Cast for this episode, just the regular cast.

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