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Release Date:
29 September 1953 (USA) See more »
Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations... See more »
Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 153)

Danny Thomas ... Danny Williams / ... (344 episodes, 1953-1964)
Rusty Hamer ... Rusty Williams (344 episodes, 1953-1964)

Marjorie Lord ... Kathy Williams / ... (228 episodes, 1957-1964)

Angela Cartwright ... Linda Williams (223 episodes, 1957-1964)

Series Directed by
Sheldon Leonard (282 episodes, 1953-1964)
Danny Thomas (35 episodes, 1962-1964)
William Asher (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Alan Rafkin (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Coby Ruskin (4 episodes, 1962-1963)
Greg Garrison (3 episodes, 1962)
Jay Sandrich (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Writing credits
Jack Elinson (112 episodes, 1956-1964)
Charles Stewart (112 episodes, 1956-1964)
Arthur Stander (31 episodes, 1957-1963)
Bob Fisher (21 episodes, 1953-1963)
Alan Lipscott (21 episodes, 1953-1963)
Irving Elinson (21 episodes, 1954-1964)
Frank Tarloff (18 episodes, 1958-1962)
Henry Garson (16 episodes, 1955-1957)
Fred S. Fox (15 episodes, 1960-1964)
Mac Benoff (10 episodes, 1954-1957)
Bill Manhoff (8 episodes, 1956-1958)
R.S. Allen (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harvey Bullock (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Robert O'Brien (6 episodes, 1954-1958)
Bill Davenport (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
James Fritzell (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Dick Chevillat (6 episodes, 1960-1963)
Ray Singer (6 episodes, 1960-1963)
Danny Simon (5 episodes, 1959-1962)
Garry Marshall (5 episodes, 1963-1964)
Harry Crane (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Stan Dreben (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Seaman Jacobs (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Ed James (4 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jerry Belson (4 episodes, 1964)
Mel Tolkin (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sheldon Keller (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Howard Merrill (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Arthur H. Dales (2 episodes, 1956)
Sheldon Leonard (2 episodes, 1957-1960)
Norman Paul (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
George Beck (2 episodes, 1959)
Arthur Phillips (2 episodes, 1959)
Milt Josefsberg (2 episodes, 1961)
Ben Gershman (2 episodes, 1962)
Leo Solomon (2 episodes, 1962)

Series Produced by
Sheldon Leonard .... producer / executive producer / ... (289 episodes, 1953-1964)
Louis F. Edelman .... executive producer / producer (247 episodes, 1953-1963)
Ronald Jacobs .... associate producer / assistant producer (146 episodes, 1958-1964)
Jack Elinson .... producer (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Charles Stewart .... producer (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Paul Jacobs .... associate producer (20 episodes, 1953-1961)
Series Original Music by
Earle Hagen (279 episodes, 1953-1964)
Herbert W. Spencer (279 episodes, 1953-1964)
Series Cinematography by
Robert De Grasse (271 episodes, 1953-1964)
Robert Huke (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Film Editing by
Leon Selditz (97 episodes, 1958-1961)
Ralph Davis Jr. (63 episodes, 1956-1958)
Gary Freund (56 episodes, 1961-1963)
Howard French (25 episodes, 1963-1964)
Bud S. Isaacs (16 episodes, 1954-1963)
Fred Burnley (6 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Art Direction by
Kenneth A. Reid (149 episodes, 1958-1964)
Ralph Berger (136 episodes, 1953-1961)
Claudio Guzmán (63 episodes, 1956-1958)
Pato Guzman (33 episodes, 1959-1960)
Rolland M. Brooks (11 episodes, 1961)
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (118 episodes, 1953-1959)
Ken Swartz (116 episodes, 1960-1964)
Albert Rickerd (11 episodes, 1960)
Frank Wade (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Frank Kramer (6 episodes, 1955-1956)
Bill Holland (6 episodes, 1959)
Series Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (211 episodes, 1954-1963)
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (128 episodes, 1956-1960)
Donna McDonough .... hair stylist (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Thomas Tuttle .... makeup artist (53 episodes, 1962-1964)
Carmen Dirigo .... hair stylist (31 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irma Kusely .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1961)
Series Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor / production manager (217 episodes, 1953-1962)
Frank E. Myers .... production manager (124 episodes, 1960-1964)
James Paisley .... production manager (59 episodes, 1958-1960)
Ronald Jacobs .... production supervisor (30 episodes, 1963-1964)
Timothy Burrill .... production manager: Europe (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Wilfred Eades .... production supervisor: England (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
George Mills .... production manager: England (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Danilo Sabatini .... production supervisor: Italy (3 episodes, 1963)
Michel Rittener .... production supervisor: France (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jay Sandrich .... assistant director (161 episodes, 1957-1964)
Don Torpin .... assistant director (83 episodes, 1956-1959)
Edward M. Hillie .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1954-1956)
James Paisley .... assistant director (11 episodes, 1953-1954)
Tommy Thompson .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958)
Jake Wright .... assistant director: England (3 episodes, 1962)
Tony Brandt .... assistant director: Italy (3 episodes, 1963)
Bernard Farrel .... assistant director: France (2 episodes, 1963)
Buddy Messinger .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Art Department
Stuart Stevenson .... property master (256 episodes, 1954-1964)
Donald P. Desmond .... set construction (90 episodes, 1953-1956)
Series Sound Department
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor (269 episodes, 1953-1964)
Charles David Forrest .... sound engineer (115 episodes, 1960-1964)
Glen Glenn .... sound (11 episodes, 1955-1959)
Jack Lowry .... re-recording editor (9 episodes, 1959)
Bob Allen .... sound engineer (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Cam McCulloch .... audio engineer (5 episodes, 1954-1962)
Series Stunts
Carol Daniels .... stunt double: Amanda Rudolph (19 episodes, 1958-1963)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
James Niver .... camera coordinator (251 episodes, 1955-1964)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Harald Johnson .... wardrobe (176 episodes, 1953-1961)
Marjorie Henderson .... costumer (36 episodes, 1961-1963)
Georgia Bullock .... fashions (11 episodes, 1958)
Paul McCardle .... wardrobe (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Editorial Department
Bill Heath .... editorial supervisor (121 episodes, 1958-1962)
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor (96 episodes, 1953-1958)
Rod Stephens .... assistant editor (53 episodes, 1960-1963)
Jerry Sperber .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 1962)
Series Music Department
Bernard Brody .... music clearance (222 episodes, 1957-1964)
E.C. Norton .... music editor (134 episodes, 1955-1960)
Earle Hagen .... conductor (57 episodes, 1953-1960)
Herbert W. Spencer .... conductor (57 episodes, 1953-1960)
Series Other crew
Rosemary Dorsey .... script continuity (111 episodes, 1961-1964)
Arthur Stander .... story consultant (93 episodes, 1956-1963)
Ronald Jacobs .... assistant to producer (93 episodes, 1957-1960)
Jack Elinson .... story consultant (30 episodes, 1957-1964)
Charles Stewart .... story consultant (30 episodes, 1957-1964)
Melville Shavelson .... story consultant (24 episodes, 1953-1961)
Milt Josefsberg .... story consultant (20 episodes, 1960-1961)
Danny Simon .... story consultant (18 episodes, 1961-1962)
Arthur Alsberg .... story consultant (11 episodes, 1961)
Howard Leeds .... story consultant (11 episodes, 1962)
Eileen Head .... script continuity: England (8 episodes, 1962-1963)

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Also Known As:
"The Danny Thomas Show" - USA (fifth season title)
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30 min
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23 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
The Danny Thomas Show, 23 November 2004
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

The television series,"Make Room For Daddy",remains one of the most neglected milestones in situation comedy,which to this day has not been seen since. This was one of the cornerstones,if not,the steppingstone that paved the way for the development of situation comedy,not to mention of the founding pioneers as well,under its star Danny Thomas and its producer and executive in charge of production Sheldon Leonard and his assistant Ronald Jacobs. This series provided the perfect showcase for Danny Thomas,who never found anything else that effectively showcased his talent not to mention his own creative style of situation comedy that remains to this day a bonafide classic.

The series,"Make Room For Daddy",aka,"The Danny Thomas Show" basically was one of the founding cornerstones of situation comedy,and it went on to become one of the longest running situation comedy shows of all time that ran for 12 astounding years in prime time and produced 237 episodes all in black and white and it ran on two major television networks....First,it ran for ABC-TV from September 29,1953 and ended its six year run on the network on July 1,1959. Then in mid-1959,the series switched networks,this time it went over to CBS-TV from October of 1959 to its final episode of the series on September 6,1965. It also went on to become the second longest running situation comedy of all time,and it is tied with "My Three Sons","M*A*S*H","Cheers","Frasier", for the duration of its longevity.

"Make Room For Daddy" followed the misadventures of the Williams family. Danny Williams(Danny Thomas),a nightclub entertainer tries to strike a balance between family life and the grueling lifestyle of the entertainment business. However,the series also showcased some of Danny Thomas' great singing abilities,and that is what brought out this series. In the beginning,the family consisted of his wife,Margaret,played by Jean Hagen,his 11 year-old daughter Terry,played by Sherry Jackson,and his 6 year-old son Rusty,played by Rusty Hamer. However,during the first four seasons of the show,actress Jean Hagen quit the show in 1956 to pursue other options and Danny Thomas decided to continue on without her. Her character was written out as having herself died and Danny was now a widower to take care of the children. The following season(1956-1957),featured Danny dating various other women with from the kids,but instead found his becoming by proposing to a young nurse named Kathy O'Hara,played by Marjorie Lord. The fifth season opened with Danny and Kathy returning from their honeymoon. The newcomer in the cast was Kathy's five year-old daughter from her previous marriage named Linda,played by Angela Cartwright. It was also during the switch that Sherry Jackson,at the height of the 1958-1959 season,where her character Terry left the show,but instead Jackson's character of Terry returned,but in certain spots where she was being courted by a nightclub performer,whom she eventually married. It was here during the 1959-1960 season that Sherry Jackson and the producers went at it over some contract disputes,and in 1960,Jackson left the show for good,never to be heard from again. Her replacement on the show the next season. An unknown actress named Penny Parker took over the character of Terry Williams,and that lasted one season with Parker leaving the show also at the height of the 1960-1961 season. There were other regulars in the cast that made their mark on this series,including some cast members like Hans Conried,Pat Harrington,Jr.,Annette Funicello,Sid Melton,Amanda Randolph as the feisty but comical housekeeper,and Sheldon Leonard.

For those who knew how successful this show was,let me put this in perspective....this show was a milestone in showing the overall behavior in the way families truly behaved,and this show was a prime example of this:indulgent parents,manipulative children,not to mention the relatives,the trials of balancing a career and home life,and so much more,since no other situation comedy of the period came close to such honest depictions of life within the American family....the only show that came close to that line was Dick Van Dyke's classic situation comedy series of the 1960's. Also of interest here:this show spawned a classic hit series;the episode of "Danny Meets Andy",or "Danny In Mayberry" was the pilot to "The Andy Griffith Show",which ran for eight seasons on CBS. Also such memorable guests that were given their own series as well including Bill Dana,Jesse White,Pat Carroll,and Joey Bishop. It is also to note that Joey Bishop's own series,"The Joey Bishop Show" was the only situation comedy in the early-1960's produced by Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas that was in color from 1961-1965 for NBC. Thomas' own sitcom "Make Room For Daddy".and other shows were still in black and white. However,after the show went off the air in 1965,the Williamses returned five years later in 1970 for the spin off comedy "Make Room For Granddaddy",which the regular cast members as this time Danny Thomas plays a grandfather...Marjorie Lord,Rusty Hamer,and Angela Cartwright returned,and this time with new members Micheal Hughes and Rosey Grier,which ran for one season on ABC-TV from 1970-1971.

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