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Make Room for Daddy (TV Series 1953–1965) Poster

(1953–1965)

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Danny Thomas was forced against his will to have Jean Hagen as his TV wife. He could not stand her attitude or what he considered her slovenly appearance. During one rehearsal he is said to have have shouted "For God's sake, Jean, put on a little lipstick". She left after the third season and, at the beginning of the fourth season, to assure that she could not come back he had her character die.
Penney Parker beat a then-unknown actress named Mary Tyler Moore for the role of Terry. According to Danny Thomas, the only reason Parker got the part was because he felt Moore's nose looked different enough from his so that nobody would believe she was his daughter.
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The title "Make Room for Daddy" actually grew out of an in-joke within Danny Thomas's family. Whenever Danny was away on a nightclub tour, his children more or less had the run of the house. When he returned from a tour, it was time to spread out and "make room for daddy", hence the show's title.
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Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord appeared as their same characters, Danny and Kathy Williams, in The Lucy-Desi Comedy Hour (1957), in "Make Room for Danny" (first aired on 1 Dec. 1958). Rusty Hamer and Angela Cartwright also appeared as their characters, Rusty and Linda Williams.
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The show's original sponsor was The American Tobacco Company, especially its cigarette brands Lucky Strike, Pall Mall and Tareyton.
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One of the episodes has Danny traveling through the town of Mayberry and introduces Andy Griffith as Sheriff Andy Taylor: Make Room for Daddy: Danny Meets Andy Griffith (1960). It was then spun off to the series The Andy Griffith Show (1960)
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The theme song was a jazzed-up version of the old Irish tune The Londonderry Air (best known when sung with the lyric known as "Danny Boy").
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First television series for theme composer Earle Hagen.
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Danny Thomas and Marjorie Lord appeared as the same characters Danny and Kathy Williams in The Joey Bishop Show: This Is Your Life (1961).
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The character 'Danny Williams' was ranked #5 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue).
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Make Room For Daddy and Good Times have one thing in common. Ironically, they both were two shows that consisted having a parent being killed off after three seasons as a result of the actress/actor leaving the series. About two decades apart. Jean Hagen as Margaret Williams on Make Room For Daddy in 1956 and John Amos as James Evans on Good Times in 1976.
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Veronica Cartwright, who appeared in two episodes on the show, is the sister of series regular Angela Cartwright.
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