Never-married attorney Bentley Gregg took on the task (with help from his "houseboy", Peter) of raising his young niece Kelly, after her parents died in an accident. The job was easier when... See full summary »
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 Bentley Gregg (157 episodes, 1957-1962)
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 Kelly Gregg (157 episodes, 1957-1962)
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 Peter Tong (157 episodes, 1957-1962)
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Never-married attorney Bentley Gregg took on the task (with help from his "houseboy", Peter) of raising his young niece Kelly, after her parents died in an accident. The job was easier when Kelly was a little girl, but now she's in her teens, and beginning to date and venture into the adult world, while Bentley continues to juggle his career, looking after Kelly, and his own romantic life. Written by radsay@yahoo.com

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CBS Television presents a hilarious new comedy program starring John Forsythe as a debonair, unmarried man-about-town whose life is uproariously disrupted when he becomes sole guardian of a spirited 13 year old orphaned niece.

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According to Wikipedia, "Bachelor Father is the only prime time series ever to run in consecutive years on the three major televisions networks (ABC, CBS, and NBC)." See more »

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A little family responsibility for Uncle Bentley
6 November 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

John Forsythe was in our title role as Bentley Gregg well known entertainment lawyer in Hollywood. He's quite the ladies' man and has no intentions of getting married. You get family responsibility with that.

But family responsibility comes his way when his orphaned niece Noreen Corcoran comes to live with him. This is a new world for Forsythe, but the show is essentially Forsythe coping with new situations that he never thought he would.

Completing the household is Sammee Tong as Forsythe's valet, cook, and general factotum. His is a truly tragic Hollywood story as he committed suicide two years after Bachelor Father completed its run.

Can't prove it, but I think John Forsythe's character was based on entertainment attorney and man about town Greg Bautzer. Bautzer made a lot of the gossip columns of the day escorting some of Hollywood's best known female stars. Forsythe's character is a kinder gentler version of Bautzer.

This was a nice show and again a situation where Forsythe most definitely on the B list of big screen star opted for television as many of his contemporaries did. Bachelor Father was a good career move.


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