My Three Sons

Season 1 Episode 36

Fire Watch

Aired Unknown Jun 08, 1961 on ABC
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Fire Watch
Mike Douglas gets a Summer job with the Forestry Service and he thinks its going to be a barrel of fun until he learns that he's expected to do a real man's job. When his boss is stranded down at the creek and a wild storm brews up, Mike spends a harrowing time trying to stay calm.moreless

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  • A widowed engineer tries to raise three boys with the help of his uncle.

    This is not a review but rather a plea from those companies out there in TV Land who are responsible for the release of these old shows! Do NOT judge these shows popularity based on the dismal interest in these black and white episodes!! Most Americans have NEVER SEEN the black and white episodes! Most syndicated stations begin with the colorized version of the 1960's TV shows. So please either skip ahead to the colorized versions or rush through all of the black and white versions! When the companies releasing this show and Petticoat Junction get to the colorized seasons of their respective shows they WILL see a dramatic jump in sales and rentals!! I guarantee it!moreless
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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    • As noted elsewhere, Fred MacMurray's deal of only working for the three solid months on the series, allowed him to make other movies or just to take time off to be with his real life family. Between this and the second season, MacMurray played Professor Ned Brainard in the classic Disney comedy, "The Absent Minded Professor" (1961).

    • Producer/Director Henry 'Peter' Tewksbury finished his tenure on the show with this episode. He was nominated for an Emmy award for Best comedy Director for his work during this inaugual season. Tewksbury was forced to innovate and shoot all of star Fred MacMurray's scenes together due to the actor's stringent demand that he work no more than thirteen weeks a year on the show. The show would eventually come together in the editing room, though the sometimes draining demands of such talents soon began to chip away at Tewksbury's enthusiasm regarding his work. Having gone by his middle name during his showbiz career, Tewksbury had been a stalwart of the Robert Young series "Father Knows Best" and left "My Three Sons" to concentrate on movies. Born in March 1923, he retired from show business in the 70s and lived with his wife in Vermont, where he was known as "Henry the Cheeseman" at the Brattleboro Food Co-operative, and had written a book, "The Cheeses of Vermont: A Gourmet Guide to Vermont's Artisanal Cheesemakers", which was published in 2002. He died on February 20, 2003 aged 79.

    • Actor William Boyett had a vast career as a dependable character actor in film and television. Many viewers will note his vocal contributions throughout this first season as an uncredited voiceover artist in various episodes of the show as noted above. He would continue his association with the series by also appearing in three color episodes later in the show's run. Born in 1927, Boyett had a great showbiz career playing guest roles that run the gamut of all types of entertainment, from comedies to dramas, to action shows and soap operas, as well as feature film and mini-series productions. His distinctive voice also was often heard in voice-over work, including national commercials for Hamm's Beer and Soft Scrub. He died of pneumonia and kidney failure aged 77 on December 29, 2004.

    • Mike and his partner are stationed at Needlepoint Lookout, run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and consistent with U.S. summertime, the story takes place in July.

    • "Tiger" Fafara had been a supporting child actor on the "Leave It To Beaver" series.

    • Within a very short time, Candy Moore would begin to play Lucille Ball's daughter Chris Carmichael in "The Lucy Show"
      on CBS.