My Three Sons

Season 8 Episode 1

Moving Day

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Aired Unknown Sep 09, 1967 on ABC
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The Douglases move to California, where at first they are depressed to find the residents as chilly as the weather is warm. Robbie enrols in the University and is totally captivated by a blonde girl, and Uncle Charley is initiated into the rapid-fire procedure of shopping in supermarkets. The family begins to feel that their next door neighbors represent the characteristic stand-offishness of all Californians until they discover that they moved into the neighborhood the day before they did.moreless

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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)

    Dianne Ramey

    Dianne Ramey

    Barbara Dearing

    Guest Star

    Kevin Tate

    Kevin Tate

    Gordon Dearing

    Guest Star

    John Lawrence

    John Lawrence

    Moving Man

    Guest Star

    Joan Vohs

    Joan Vohs

    Jan Dearing

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      • This is a milestone episode for many reasons including Tina Cole, who is introduced as Robbie's girlfriend Kathleen Miller, who will eventually join the permanent cast as Robbie's wife. CBS which had allowed the series to continue be filmed at Desilu for the last two seasons, now wanted the show to be filmed at their complex because it would cost less money than having to rent studio space elsewhere. CBS excercised their network control and so now for production purposes the series would film its interior scenes on Stages 10 & 12 at the new CBS Studio Center in Studio City, California which is the home of the former Republic Studios site. CBS originally leased the studio from 1963 and purchased it complete in April 1967. They constructed four new sound stages, completed modernization of all sound equipment and post production facilities, which included a large up-to-date transportation center, installation of a modern cafeteria, and a new main entrance gate at 4024 Radford Avenue. The new Douglas home was also a feature on the backlot of the studio and has a rather unique history all its own. (See Episode # 260 for more details).

      • Stock footage of Los Angeles in the late 1960s is used to show the Douglas' new surroundings. Shots include the freeways in L.A. and the streets of neighborhoods as they appeared during the era.

      • It seems more than just coincidence that the Douglases new house has the number 5272. This has to be an "in-joke" known only to the Producers and cast, as the show's Production numbers for the bulk of the first seven seasons filmed at Desilu Studios had began with the prefix #5272.

      • Astute viewers will note that in the opening scenes of the episode as the family is getting ready to leave Bryant Park, the scenes are actually filmed at the California house (check the surrounding scenery) and made to look like they are at the real location for the Bryant Park house, by inserting stock footage of the old house. In the direction the camera is looking, a park would be seen at the Bryant Park house, instead there are trees behind where the car is parked on the street.

      • Uncle Charley's run in with the guy at the pedestrian crosswalk produces one of Bill Demarest's uproarious moments. The driver says that as he is on the crosswalk he has to cross. The gruff old curmudgeon replies "Go ahead and honk, ya Californian so and sos, go on!". Earlier in the episode he says that "California is the land of milk and money". Steve corrects him, and says "you mean, honey". Charley assures him he's too old for honey so he'll take money.

      • From this inaugural Season 8 episode onwards, CBS uses Production numbers beginning with the prefix #2245---- which are listed on the end credits. These merely document the order in which the episodes are filmed. The episode code numbers listed next to the Broadcast dates of the episodes of this guide are the actual numbers used by television stations airing the show to identify the order in which the episodes are to be broadcast

      • This episode utilises three flashback segments from old shows. The clips include scenes from # 11: "Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year" (d/ Peter Tewksbury, w/ Jack Laird) # 37: "Birds And Bees" (d/ Richard Whorf), and # 187: "Brother Ernie" (d/ James V. Kern). The last clip, although filmed in Color, is tinted to match the older segments.

      • The music for this episode was scored by Jeff Alexander.

      • From this installment "My Three Sons" would be broadcast regularly on CBS Television in its new timeslot of 8:30-9:00pm on Saturday nights. This practise would continue on the network until September 4, 1971.

      • And how does one explain the room we see to the left of the front door? This is obviously a storage room behind the small staircase and side closet, past the bookshelves. This room is always lit up at night but we never see what it's for. Access to the room must be from behind but there seems nowhere for that to happen because at the end of the bookshelves are the double glass doors that swing open to the outer patio area, which must actually be behind the hidden garage, which itself is accessed to the right of the rear service porch. Similarly later in the season will see evidence of the lounge-room fireplace, on the right hand side of the living room. All good and well until you realise that the Chimney is at the very left of the actual house!

      • This is a small point of contention, but there seems to be a couple of places where the new house does not add up in the sets that we see. Whilst there is a concerted effort to match the dining area with the front of the house, ie. the window section that is pushed forward, the staircase is near the end of the lower level, opposite from the kitchen side, and we only see a few steps, then there is a turn even more toward the front of the house. But upstairs the entrance is in the middle of the hallway, between Chip and Ernie's room and Robbie's room. This could not be, unless there is some sort of a walkway along the front of the house, since in the living room downstairs there definitely is no underside of a staircase. Admittedly there are several scenes later this season in the upstairs hallway in which one can view in the background what appears to be a small "walkway" with railing coming up from the aforementioned staircase.

      • Special thanks to a fan from Los Angeles who sent me the following information on the original Bryant Park house in February 2003: "Yes...it still stands and is a beautiful house! I live two blocks from it. The address is 837 5th Ave, Los Angeles. It is in the Wilshire Park area which is in the Wilshire business district of Los Angeles...just south of Windsor Village...our boundaries are Wilshire, Olympic, Wilton Place and Crenshaw Blvd. The house looks the same...it has a white picket fence around it with lots of color plants surrounding. It is a great house and it is still occupied". Thanks for clearing that up and letting the fans know!

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