My Three Sons

Season 5 Episode 24

The Teenagers

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Aired Unknown Feb 25, 1965 on ABC
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The Teenagers
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Chip dates an older woman and Robbie finds his ideas misinterpreted when the Douglas boys face the troubles of growing up. Meanwhile, Robbie tries to come up with a novel idea for the school float, and proceeds to demonstrate that teenage is just a time in life, but his speech, activities and clothes prove that it something much more, a lesson Chip also begins to learn.moreless

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    Meredith MacRae

    Meredith MacRae

    Sally Ann Morrison Douglas (1963-65)

    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)

    Tim Considine

    Tim Considine

    Mike Douglas (1960-65)

    Don Grady

    Don Grady

    Robbie Douglas (1960-71)

    Susan Gordon

    Susan Gordon

    Eloise Patterson

    Guest Star

    Viola Harris

    Viola Harris

    Mrs. Harris

    Guest Star

    Gloria Clark

    Gloria Clark

    Mrs. Thomas

    Guest Star

    Hank Jones

    Hank Jones

    Pete

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      • For the third and last time (see also Eps. # 144 & 148), former actress-dancer Lesley-Marie Colburn appears uncredited as teenager "Frieda" in two of the school room scenes.

      • The show's resident chief stand-in Gordon Hodgins, appears uncredited in this episode, but in fact is seen as a Waiter that says "Okay kids, what will you have?". Normally he is just in the background and never speaks. Similarly, blond haired teenager Kelly Flynn also appears uncredited as an older teenager that heckles Chip in the malt shop.

      • Hank Jones' recollection regarding Tim Considine appears to be spot on. Documentation in the Don Fedderson script archives at UCLA, confirms in fact that this particular episode was possibly one of the last episodes filmed in Black and White. The revised draft of the shooting script for this episode was dated December 12, 1964. Knowing the MacMurray method of filming the show indicates that some scenes may have already been filmed prior to this.

      • Until May, 2004 Actor Hank Jones had never seen this episode. As editor of this guide, I was able to provide him with a copy of the episode from my personal collection. Hank told me via email in 2002 that that "All I remember about this episode is that I end up being the center of controversy as the float that Robbie engineered in a parade was 'topless' (and it ended up being just me in a bathing suit). I also remember it was one of the few times when I actually shot scenes with Fred MacMurray actually being there (not just the script girl Adell Sliff saying his lines off camera)". He also recalled that by this time, "Tim Considine was in the process of leaving the show when I did this episode so I never got to see him much, except when he'd drop by the Desilu soundstage just to visit. I found the younger boys were exceptionally sweet, non-maladjusted guys but I never really knew Tim but I always felt that even though he was the oldest, and very bright, he could also be difficult". After finally seeing something he was filmed in almost 40 years ago, he went on to say that "I knew the pay-off in the end was me in a bathing suit, but, beyond that, I'd forgotten what else happened. It's really a cute, warm episode. I remember being on the set when Bill Demarest did his little dance in the loungeroom at the top of the show: everyone on the crew applauded his scene, because he really was getting up there in age, and this was a strenuous scene for him to do. God - we all looked so YOUNG! Don Grady still had his baby fat too and I was so skinny!".

      • In a funny private recollection of filming this episode, Hank also told me that "One day in a schoolroom scene, we were shooting and we realized that the blackboard had no writing on it. An extra jumped up and wrote something on it so it would look like a real schoolroom. When we commenced shooting, after about ten minutes the cameraman started laughing and then swearing. We had to re-shoot everything, because on the blackboard were the words "What was the Mann Act?". The Mann Act was a law that got you into trouble if you took a girl over the state lines for immoral purposes! The family image of the show would be in jeopardy if they let this get through, so someone erased the blackboard and we reshot the scenes again with muttering from the assistant director Sid Sidman and winks of acknowledgement from the cast and crew". Hank also reiterated his thought on watching things he appeared in that were filmed so many years ago: "Sometimes it's somewhat surreal to see an old show, know that it's 'you' on screen, and having no idea of what 'you' are going to do next! Weird to say the least!".

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