My Three Sons

Season 2 Episode 4

Tramp the Hero

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Aired Unknown Oct 26, 1961 on ABC
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Tramp the Hero
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Chip's friend has a new, well-trained German shepherd, which emphasizes to Chip just how stupid Tramp is. At three in the morning a neglected slow boiling pot of fat on the stove explodes. Tramp's barking wakes the family. Chip and Sudsy now find they have something in common to talk about.moreless

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    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)

    Chrystine Jordan

    Chrystine Jordan

    Dianne Ferguson

    Guest Star

    Keith Taylor

    Keith Taylor

    Freddie Ryan

    Guest Star

    Olive Dunbar

    Olive Dunbar

    Ruth Pfeiffer

    Recurring Role

    Ricky Allen

    Ricky Allen

    Sudsy Pfeiffer

    Recurring Role

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      • When Bub announces during BBQ preparations "That's all we need around here, a Shaggy horse eating hamburger!" this is a slight in-joke reference to Fred MacMurray's 1959 Disney classic "The Shaggy Dog".


      • It now seems appropriate to mention the contribution of Frank Inn, the show's resident animal trainer. Frank trained some of Hollywood's best known animal performers, including "Benji" the dog, as well as our beloved "Tramp". Inn's career which started in
        the 1930s, spanned over 50 years. Born Elias Franklin Freeman in Mooresville, Indiana in 1916, Frank Inn was the eldest of four children. His parents ran a flower shop and a nursery. As a teenager he rode the rails west, taking on a variety of odd jobs including circus clown, as he made his way to California. His life took a sudden and nearly fatal turn not long after he arrived in California. Seriously injured when he was hit by a car he was pronounced dead by a doctor at a Culver City hospital and taken to the morgue. A medical student learning embalming detected a faint heartbeat, and Inn was saved. While confined to a wheelchair for what was to be a very long recovery, he was given a puppy for company. When he was well enough to return to work, he started doing odd jobs for Henry East, MGM's property master, who was also the animal wrangler. Inn learned how to work with animals and started building a career training them for the screen. For fourteen years he worked with Rudd Weatherwax, who trained the various dogs that played Lassie and Rin Tin Tin. He started his own company in 1954, working from a Sun Valley ranch stocked with dogs, cats, farm animals and jungle animals. For "My Three Sons" he found the dog that originally played Tramp at an animal shelter in Burbank in 1960. And let's not kid ourselves; there were more than one who played Tramp over the course of the show's long run. Tramp was a mixed Briard (pronounced Bree-ard). Inn's most famous other canine character was Benji who starred in the first of several feature films in 1974. Previously, the dog that played Benji was featured on the "Petticoat Junction" series. As well as work on these sitcoms, Inn's company trained and supplied all of the animals featured on numerous other shows like "Green Acres" and "The Beverly Hillbillies". Inn's contribution to "My Three Sons" may seem small on the surface, but he was an integral part of the program and his efforts cannot be denied. For not only did he train the various dogs that came to play Tramp, but in fact all of the animals that appeared on the series during its tenure. Sadly, Frank Inn passed away aged 85 on July 27, 2002.

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