My Three Sons

Season 1 Episode 10

Lonesome George

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 1960 on ABC
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Lonesome George
TV Star George Gobel is invited to dinner by Bub, who forgets to tell his son-in-law Steve who returns from an out of town business trip and arrives home late at night. He tiptoes around the house only to find a strange man occupying his bed.

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  • A decent first season entry, but focusing on the guest star more than the family.

    Gerorge Gobel escapes publicity by staying in the Douglas house, but finds it a tad lonely at first.

    An average episode for me, it hangs its hat on things being different than they are perceived to be. First, Mike and Robby have a hard time believing that Bub really knows George Gobel from the old radio days. In order to prove them wrong, Bub appears downtown just when Gobbel is being mobbed by fans and is seeking escape. Ironically George finds it a little lonely at the house as Bub forbids the kids from bothering him.

    The grand comedic scene is a little long, and involves Steve coming home unexpectedly and following Gobel throughout the house when he suspects something is wrong in the home. Not bad, a little overdone and repetitive to me.

    Still, its a nice enough installment, I particularly like Gobel telling Chip a story that ends up being a narration of Bub's harsh admonition to Chip to get to bed. Overall, its still a story that revolves around a famous guest star rather than telling a more personal tale.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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    • TV Historians have compared Gobel's low-key, self-effacing style to that of Herb Shriner and Johnny Carson, but anyone who's ever seen him in action will agree that he was in a class by himself. Comporting himself more like the studio janitor than the star of the proceedings, Gobel would quietly assume command by wryly commenting on his surroundings.

    • Where is the taxi driver in this episode?. Although Ollie O'Toole is credited he is nowhere to be seen in the finished product. Perhaps his scenes were cut from the final print.

    • Nelson Olmsted (1914-92) was a well known radio actor in the 1950s.

    • George Gobel's association with TV extends back to his weekly variety show, which aired from 1954-60. Ironically, this episode's writer James Allardice was a regular contributor on Gobel's series. The connection has more significance because 'Lonesome George' always had Fred MacMurray as his special guest star on the first and last show of the season. Fred called himself George Gobel's 'electronic zipper' because he opened and closed each season for him. - Special thanks to Roger Noll for this interesting piece of trivia.


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