My Three Sons

Season 5 Episode 10

The Coffee House Set

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Aired Unknown Nov 19, 1964 on ABC
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The Coffee House Set
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Robbie's new girlfriend offers to get him and his guitar an audition at a club, and introduces him to a strange new world of far out youngsters who comprise the audience. When Robbie becomes a smash his family struggles to bring him back from stardom.

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  • Hippest episode of season 5

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    Episode is perfect time capsule for what was going on with the coffee house set in 1965. And it's fun look back for those of us old enough to remember that time in history first hand. And the family's send up of the "hipster coffee house scene" is absolutely hysterical.
Meredith MacRae

Meredith MacRae

Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963-65)

Barry Livingston

Barry Livingston

Ernie Thompson Douglas (1963-72)

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)

Gloria Talbott

Gloria Talbott

Lola Wynant

Guest Star

Tina Cole

Tina Cole

Sherry

Guest Star

Jamie Farr

Jamie Farr

Itchy

Guest Star

Hank Jones

Hank Jones

Pete

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    • This is the second of three guest-star roles, as three different characters, on the series for Tina Cole:

      1. Ina - House for Sale - 133. Season: 4 Episode: 22 2. Sherry - The Coffee House Set - 158. Season: 5 Episode: 10 3. Joanne - Robbie and The Little Stranger - 206. Season: 6 Episode: 22

      Two seasons after that third appearance, Tina joins the regular cast as Robbie's wife Katie Miller Douglas

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  • NOTES (9)

    • Via email to me, Hank Jones recalled that "The old sound stage at Desilu where the show was shot smelled very old and very musty. I absolutely LOVED the smell of that old sound stage - and probably remember that smell more than the events that occurred on the stage itself. It was my link to the past. I always enjoyed working with the OLD Hollywood more than the new. My joy was getting to meet and know people like Walter Brennan, Hal Roach, Harold Lloyd, Lillian Gish, Edgar Buchanan, Gene Kelly, Bob Hope, Jack Benny, George Burns,
      and especially my friend and booster, the late great Stan Laurel. Unfortunately, all these old shows I appeared on come back to haunt me on cable television and it makes me feel old when I see them. And I must confess that it's spooky to watch a scene from long ago and realize that almost everyone in it - but me - is now dead ". Hank also notes that "Bill Frawley (Bub) was gruff but had a twinkle in his eye. He also seemed to enjoy (how can I put this delicately?) pinching the starlets' bottoms on occasion, and at his age he had the libido of a twenty year old". (There was still life in the old boy yet!). (See Episode 131 for further background notes on this guest star).

    • Despite other published sources, and for the sake of accuracy, this episode's title is not "Robbie Works The Coffee House Set". The above title is the one on the original script and publicity material from the UCLA Archives (earmarking it Don Fedderson Production # 5272-0165).

    • Don Grady (Robbie) actually co-wrote (with producer Edmund Hartmann) the songs "Dodge City Walk", and "Where Did The Years Go?" which he performs during this episode.

    • Jamie Farr was still a few years away from TV immortality until he landed the role that defined his career, that of Corporal Max Klinger on "M*A*S*H" (1972-83).

    • Guest Star Gloria Talbott was born in the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, a city co-founded by her great-great-grandfather. Growing up in the shadows of the Hollywood studios, her interests inevitably turned to acting, with the result that she participated in school plays and landed small parts in films. Born in 1931, she passed away in September, 2000 aged 69.

    • One of the impressionistic paintings on the wall of the coffeehouse was featured in Episode # 26 from the first season as a single painting in Steve Douglas' hotel room.
      It's the one with the abstract looking head and peering eyes.

    • The full character name of Tanya the dancer is Martha-Jane Fablemyer.

    • Steve makes mention of playing golf with Carl Pendleton, who was the father of Robbie's then-girlfriend in Episode # 150.

    • The coffee house where Robbie sings is called the "Loot and Liar". This same set is used in a color episode from the seventh season called "Falling Star" (Episode # 228).

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