My Three Sons

Season 2 Episode 8

The Ugly Duckling

Aired Unknown Nov 23, 1961 on ABC



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    • According to the storyline, Robbie's study partner comes from Sweden but originally hailed from the state of Texas.

    • The music for this episode was scored by Jeff Alexander, although the official DVD of this episode has had the original music replaced with synthesizer music.  As this original music is just that (and not from the Capitol records library) it should not have been removed.

    • Robbie's poetry recitation is indeed of a real poem by Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936), who made a significant contribution to English Literature in various genres including poetry, short story and novel. It is titled 'The New Knighthood' and although I would have a hard time fathoming how to explain it, the complete text is offered here for your enjoyment:

      Who gives him the Bath?
      "I," said the wet,
      "I'll give him the Bath!"

      Who'll sing the psalms?
      "We," said the Palms.
      "Ere the hot wind becalms,
      We'll sing the psalms."

      Who lays on the sword ?
      "I," said the Sun,
      Before he has done,
      "I'll lay on the sword."

      "Who fastens his belt?
      "I," said Short-Rations,
      "I know all the fashions
      of tightening a belt!"

      Who gives him his spur?
      "I," said his Chief,
      Exacting and brief,
      "I'll give him the spur."

      Who'll shake his hand?
      "I," said the Fever,
      "And I'm no deceiver,
      I'll shake his hand."

      Who brings him the wine?
      "I," said Quinine,
      "It's a habit of mine.
      I'll come with his wine."

      Who'll put him to proof?
      "I," said All Earth.
      "Whatever he's worth,
      I'll put to the proof."

      Who'll choose him for Knight?
      "I," said his Mother,
      "Before any other,
      My very own Knight."

      And after this fashion, adventure to seek,
      Sir Galahad made--as it might be last week!

    • Sorensen and Dunlap are credited as Ron and Bob on the end credits.

    • The Charlie Willard character is listed in the end credits as "Charlie Williams". The discrepancy may have to do with the fact that the character is listed as "Williams" in the original draft of the script, but was for some reason changed later. You might also like to know that the student names that are paired off for assignments and read out by the teacher are exactly as written in the original script.

    • Jack Stermer is uncredited as one of the school students named Tommy Horn. (Jack also appears in Episode # 62 but for that one he was credited). He kindly sent me a copy of his shooting script for this episode. The 38-page draft for "The Ugly Duckling" (Production # 5272-0046) was originally dated March 3, 1961 but the copy Jack passed on to me was a first revision script dated June 6, 1961. The final revised script in the Don Fedderson Archives at UCLA is dated June 15, 1961. The script I have contains additional scenes, key dialogue and bits of stage business that didn't make the eventual aired version. The episode began filming on August 28, 1961 which was almost three months before its ABC Airdate. Back then all of 16 years old, today Jack has been happily married to his wife Kathy for many years and they have two daughters, Kate and Megan and are now proud grandparents (of Jackson) as well!

    • Jack was also gracious enough to send me a photocopy of his Hollywood Form 27 - The standard "Actors Single Picture Television Motion Picture Contract for Three Day Employment or Weekly Employment" (Dated August 25, 1961). This fascinating historical document signed by Associate Producer Fred Henry on behalf of Don Fedderson Productions,
      has eighteen (count 'em!) clauses of employment. The last stipulation is interesting and reveals the audacity of production companies back in the 1960s. In part it states that "If given screen credit, it shall be given under the following name (Insert here)". But the fine print also states that the Producer shall not be liable for inadvertent failure to give Player credit. In fact it then goes on to state emphatically that the Producer shall not be liable to give due credit at all! One wonders how much contracts for day players have changed since the period in which the show was made, and what the Screen Actors Guild now dictates regarding on-screen crediting.

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