My Three Sons

Season 9 Episode 23

Ernie's Pen Pal

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Aired Unknown Mar 08, 1969 on ABC
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Ernie's Pen Pal
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Ernie bemoans the task of writing in Spanish to a Latin-American pen pal but she then astonishes him by accepting a dinner invitation by cablegram; Maria is the daughter of a high ranking diplomat.

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    Barry Livingston

    Barry Livingston

    Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

    William Demarest

    William Demarest

    Uncle Charley O'Casey (1965-72)

    Fred MacMurray

    Fred MacMurray

    Steve Douglas (1960-72)

    Don Grady

    Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

    Stanley Livingston

    Stanley Livingston

    Chip Douglas (1960-72)

    Tina Cole

    Tina Cole

    Katie Miller Douglas (1967-72)

    Silvia Marino

    Silvia Marino

    Maria De Cordova

    Guest Star

    Tina Menard

    Tina Menard

    Cleaning Lady

    Guest Star

    Francisco Ortega

    Francisco Ortega

    Consulate Clerk

    Guest Star

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      • The plot thread of this episode was previously used in a much earlier episode from the black and white era of the show. See Episode # 102, when Robbie panics as he learns his Latin American pen pal is coming to town.

      • At this point in the series, the show was being sponsored by both Lever Brothers (makers of 'Dove' Soap and 'All' concentrated washing powder) and Kellogg's of Battle Creek. To families everywhere this meant cereal. Battle Creek, Michigan remains the cereal capital as Kellogg's products have become time honored staples on the breakfast tables around the world. The original broadcasts had William Demarest and Barry Livingston appearing in sponsor's commercials for 'Product 19'. I should note that these original sponsor's segments survive only on old network film reels of the episodes and are, for the most part, no longer seen in syndicated versions of the episodes. Such is the case in all foreign territories and countries like in Australia. Whilst Viacom still handles the distribution sales of the reruns via it's distribution arm, Paramount Television, all references to sponsors of the past are removed from the prints.

      • The original CBS Films synopsis sheet that came with this episode lists Silvia Marino as "Silvia Marion" by mistake. The character's surname of De Cordova is obviously a nod to the show's resident staff director Fred De Cordova.

      • Its laugh time when Uncle Charley just keeps putting his foot in his mouth time and time again. He upsets Maria's Aunt by calling her charge a 'caballo bonita' (pretty horse) and then insisting he knows Spanish well because of his numerous cruises to Spain and Mexico.

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