The Bob Cummings Show (1955–1959)

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The romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a suave, sophisticated bachelor and photographer operating in Hollywood, California. The show centers around his womanizing ways with his models, and his sister's attempts to make him settle down.

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 Bob Collins / ... (155 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Charmaine 'Schultzy' Schultz / ... (154 episodes, 1955-1959)
Rosemary DeCamp ...
 Margaret MacDonald / ... (152 episodes, 1955-1959)
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 Chuck MacDonald / ... (151 episodes, 1955-1959)
Bill Baldwin ...
 Announcer / ... (56 episodes, 1955-1959)
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The romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a suave, sophisticated bachelor and photographer operating in Hollywood, California. The show centers around his womanizing ways with his models, and his sister's attempts to make him settle down.

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Love That Bob!  »

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Decades later, Ann B. Davis reprised the role of Schultzy for a cameo in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995). See more »

Quotes

[at the opening of the series.]
Bob: Hold it! I think you're gonna like this picture!
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Referenced in The Brady Bunch Movie (1995) See more »

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A Romantic Guy, I
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Written by Frank Stanton, Del Sharbutt and Richard R. Uhl
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The Bob Cummings Show:A Classic Comedy from the golden days of 1950's television
12 May 2010 | by (Durham,North Carolina) – See all my reviews

The Bob Cummings Show(also known as Love That Bob) was the first-ever series to debut as a midseason replacement premiered on NBC-TV on January 25, 1955 and was originally sponsored by R.J. Reynolds-Winston Cigarettes and Salem Cigarettes. The program began with a half-season run on NBC,and then in mid-1955 went to CBS-TV where it stayed for two full seasons until 1957,and returned to NBC for its final two seasons ending on September 15, 1959. A total of 173 episodes were produced during its five-year run,all in classic black and white. This was one of the funniest sitcoms to ever grace the golden age of television during the 1950's. Bob Cummings demonstrated impeccable comic timing while having great support from an equally outstanding ensemble which made this show a must see. Bob Cummings' character Bob Collins was a veteran of World War II who was living and supporting his war-widowed sister(Rosemary De Camp),and her college student son,Chuck(Dwayne Hickman). Bob Cummings portrayal of a dashing young "Hollywood" photographer,Air Force reserve officer and ladies man was mirrored to Cummings' own in real life. Cummings' portrayal of a womanizer who had a beau of beautiful women in his photography studio,was not only shameless but downright hilariously funny in some of the episodes while being a mentor and role model to his nephew Chuck. In just about every episode,Bob would become the Playboy Beverly Hills photographer who couldn't keep his eyes of the women who were always in his office and in his studio. Chaos ensues when Bob stumbles into one situation after another.

"The Bob Cummings Show" was ahead of its time,representative of its time,and influential in its own right. The series was important in the development of several careers. It's creator,producer,and head writer Paul Henning,the later producer of such major 1960's hits as "The Beverly Hillbillies","Petticoat Junction",and "Green Acres" was the major force behind the success of this series. Henning was also one of the executive producers of this series,along with George Burns(who is not credited here),and Al Simon. Others that were involved with this series also were the driving force behind some of Paul Henning's later shows. Among them are the writing team of Dick Wesson,Phil Shuken,William Cowley,Shirley Gordon,and Bill Manhoff;the production team of Joesph Depew and Edward Rubin and George King;photographer and cameraman Harry Wild;editor Guy Scarpitta,and script supervisor Ulla Bourne.

Another reason why "The Bob Cummings Show" was such a major hit was the casting....you had the debut of three of the funniest ladies on television who would go on to bigger and better things in their careers among them Ann B. Davis(later of "The Brady Bunch"),Nancy Kulp(the future Jane Hathaway on "The Beverly Hillbillies"),and Rose Marie(the future Sally Rodgers on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"). Ann B. Davis who played Bob's resourceful assistant "Schultzy" who two Emmys for her work on the show,and her character would get more advancement and development for her character than she ever would during her role as Alice on "The Brady Bunch". Also, Nancy Kulp,who played boy-crazy cougar Pamela Livingstone,would be cast alongside actress Joi Lansing in which Henning apparently put on his most famous show "The Beverly Hillbillies",where Miss Kulp as Jane Hathaway(secretary to banker Milburn Drysdale-a character to which she played similar to the one she appeared as "Pamela Livingstone" on Cummings' show)while Miss Lansing portrayed assistant secretary Gladys.

Perhaps the biggest career boost was received by Dwayne Hickman as Bob's nephew and college student,Chuck. Hickman,after this series ended went on to bigger and better things in his career as the lead favorite in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis",which premiered in 1959 and last four years on the air for CBS. The program represented the height of Cummings' career for the five seasons that it was on the air on two major television networks(both NBC and CBS). When the series ended in 1959,"The Bob Cummings Show" was seen in repeats during the 1960's(when ABC put it onto its daytime schedule from 1961-1963) and early 1970's(when it was in syndicated repeats). During the 1980's,the series was back in repeats for the CBN(Christian Broadcasting Network)Cable Network that lasted way into the early 1990's(when CBN Cable became the Family Channel and later on ABC Family)where it hasn't been seen until recently or smaller stations and independent networks today.


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