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1
Release Date:
6 November 1952 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
A Husband-and-Wife Spy Team pose as American Importers behind the Iron Curtain.
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Cast

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Alan Hale Jr. ... Biff Baker (26 episodes, 1952-1954)

Randy Stuart ... Louise Baker (26 episodes, 1952-1954)
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Series Directed by
Richard Irving (11 episodes, 1952-1954)
Robert G. Walker (2 episodes, 1954)

Herschel Daugherty (unknown episodes)
John English (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Fenton Earnshaw (12 episodes, 1952-1954)
Frank Burt (3 episodes, 1952-1954)
Jerome Gary (2 episodes, 1952-1953)

Barry Shipman (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Allan Miller .... producer (2 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Cinematography by
Ellsworth Fredericks (8 episodes, 1952-1953)
Clark Ramsey (2 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Film Editing by
Michael R. McAdam (10 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Art Direction by
Martin Obzina (10 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Set Decoration by
James Redd (4 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Sound Department
William H. Lynch .... sound (10 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard C. Currier .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (9 episodes, 1952-1954)
 
Series Music Department
Alexander Laszlo .... composer: theme music (11 episodes, 1952-1954)
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (2 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Other crew
Fenton Earnshaw .... story supervisor (9 episodes, 1952-1953)
 

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Runtime:
30 min | 30 min (26 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The Skipper's First TV Series, 30 March 2006
Author: krorie from Van Buren, Arkansas

Alan Hale, Jr., later the Skipper to his little buddy, made a fine espionage hero in "Biff Baker, U.S.A." Randy Stuart, whose main claim to fame was as the wife to "The Incredible Shrinking Man" in that famous sci-fi film from the same era, plays Louise Baker always accompanying her husband on his international travels. Seems he and his wife are big timers in the overseas import business. Biff was not an official spy but rather a businessman who somehow got involved in espionage as he and his wife plied their trade while globe trotting. Though a serious show, there was always an element of humor and lightness in each episode. Biff was always laughing at himself with his wife joining in. They were a compatible couple comparable to Nick and Nora Charles or Pam and Jerry North.

The program began with Biff and Louise preparing to board a plane on some international jaunt, a valet leading the way carrying the suitcases as they enter a restricted zone. Two suitcases and what appears to be a hat box are placed on a belt for loading. The big suitcase reads: "Biff Baker, USA." This is followed by the introduction of the two stars.

The episode I recently watched on DVD was called "Grey Market." Apparently a grey market was somewhere between the legitimate market and the black market. The story begins in Marsailles, France, with Biff and Louise picking up valuable imports through the help of a chef who obviously enjoys his own cooking. The two then stumble onto a grey market going on in their hotel involving the elevator operator. When the rascal picks on a helpless old woman and her son who are trying to leave the country for South America, Biff and Louise come to the rescue.

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