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15 September 1957 (USA) See more »
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.
Never-married attorney Bentley Gregg took on the task (with help from his "houseboy", Peter) of raising his young niece Kelly... See more »
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Norman Abbott, Veteran Sitcom Director, Dies at 93
 (From Variety - TV News. 12 July 2016, 9:25 AM, PDT)

Bachelor Father: Noreen Corcoran Dies at 72
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 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 132)

John Forsythe ... Bentley Gregg (157 episodes, 1957-1962)

Noreen Corcoran ... Kelly Gregg (157 episodes, 1957-1962)

Sammee Tong ... Peter Tong (157 episodes, 1957-1962)

Series Directed by
Earl Bellamy (82 episodes, 1959-1962)
Jerry Hopper (15 episodes, 1957-1958)
John Newland (13 episodes, 1958-1961)
Sidney Lanfield (11 episodes, 1958-1959)
Bretaigne Windust (10 episodes, 1959-1960)
Sidney Miller (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Don Taylor (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Hollingsworth Morse (4 episodes, 1962)
Norman Abbott (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Stanley Z. Cherry (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Andrew McCullough (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Writing credits
Arthur Alsberg (42 episodes, 1957-1960)
Bob Fisher (30 episodes, 1959-1962)
Alan Lipscott (30 episodes, 1959-1962)
Seaman Jacobs (28 episodes, 1959-1962)
Si Rose (28 episodes, 1959-1962)
Nate Monaster (24 episodes, 1957-1959)
Mel Diamond (13 episodes, 1959-1962)
Ben Starr (10 episodes, 1958-1962)
Everett Freeman (9 episodes, 1959-1962)
Jerry Davis (8 episodes, 1957-1959)
William Raynor (8 episodes, 1959-1962)
Keith Fowler (6 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jim Allen (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
R.S. Allen (5 episodes, 1961-1962)
Howard Leeds (4 episodes, 1957-1961)
Myles Wilder (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Alfred Lewis Levitt (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Larry Rhine (3 episodes, 1959-1962)
Laurence Marks (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Joseph Quillan (3 episodes, 1960)
Dan Beaumont (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
David R. Schwartz (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Lou Derman (2 episodes, 1960)
Danny Simon (2 episodes, 1960)
George Carleton Brown (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jess Carneol (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sheridan Gibney (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank Gill Jr. (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kay Lenard (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Charles R. Marion (2 episodes, 1961-1962)

Series Produced by
Everett Freeman .... producer (128 episodes, 1958-1962)
Harry Ackerman .... producer (16 episodes, 1957-1958)

Robert Sparks .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Conrad Salinger (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
John Williams (44 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jeff Alexander (12 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Cinematography by
William A. Sickner (52 episodes, 1957-1960)
Bud Thackery (24 episodes, 1959-1961)
Ray Cory (12 episodes, 1959-1961)
Neal Beckner (11 episodes, 1960-1961)
Jack MacKenzie (10 episodes, 1960-1962)
Lionel Lindon (7 episodes, 1957-1962)
John L. Russell (6 episodes, 1958-1962)
Benjamin H. Kline (6 episodes, 1960-1962)
Bob Gough (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Ray Rennahan (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Buddy Harris (3 episodes, 1960-1962)
Dale Deverman (2 episodes, 1962)
John F. Warren (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Film Editing by
Richard G. Wray (67 episodes, 1960-1962)
Daniel A. Nathan (33 episodes, 1958-1960)
Stanford Tischler (20 episodes, 1957-1958)
Edward Haire (20 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Art Direction by
George Patrick (142 episodes, 1957-1962)
Series Set Decoration by
Ralph Sylos (132 episodes, 1957-1962)
John McCarthy Jr. (58 episodes, 1960-1962)
Perry Murdock (5 episodes, 1958-1961)
Clarence Steensen (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Makeup Department
Florence Bush .... hair stylist (143 episodes, 1957-1962)
Jack Barron .... makeup artist (112 episodes, 1957-1962)
Leo Lotito Jr. .... makeup artist (22 episodes, 1957-1962)
Robert Dawn .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1958-1962)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald R. Rondell .... assistant director (115 episodes, 1957-1962)
Edward K. Dodds .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
Jack Doran .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1960)
Will Sheldon .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
George Lollier .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1957)
James H. Brown .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958-1960)
John Pommer .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958)
Hilton A. Green .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1959)
Chuck Colean .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1960)

Lou Watt .... assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Earl Crain Jr. .... sound (47 episodes, 1957-1962)
Melvin M. Metcalfe Sr. .... sound (26 episodes, 1958-1961)
William H. Lynch .... sound (13 episodes, 1958-1961)
William Russell .... sound (9 episodes, 1959-1962)
Earl Crain Sr. .... sound (9 episodes, 1960-1962)
David H. Moriarty .... sound (5 episodes, 1960-1962)
Edwin J. Somers Jr. .... sound (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Frank H. Wilkinson .... sound (3 episodes, 1959-1960)
John W. Rixey .... sound (3 episodes, 1960-1962)
Lyle Cain .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
J.S. Westmoreland .... sound (3 episodes, 1962)
Corson Jowett .... sound (2 episodes, 1959-1962)
Charles Althouse .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
John C. Grubb .... sound (2 episodes, 1959)
Vernon W. Kramer .... sound (2 episodes, 1960)
William Bernds .... sound (2 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Vincent Dee .... costume supervisor (143 episodes, 1957-1962)
Series Editorial Department
David J. O'Connell .... editorial supervisor / editorial department head (85 episodes, 1960-1962)
Richard G. Wray .... editorial supervisor (69 episodes, 1957-1960)
Series Music Department
Stanley Wilson .... music supervisor (129 episodes, 1957-1962)

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30 min (157 episodes)
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Pilot aired on the _"General Electric Theater" (1957) (A New Girl in His Life (#5.35})_ in May 1957.See more »
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The Series Bachelor Father:Starring John Forysthe, 31 December 2008
Author: rcj5365 from Durham, North Carolina

This was one of the best of the family-oriented sitcoms that premiered in the late 1950's and continued that streak until the early 1960's. And also the first ever sitcom that John Forsythe did for television and that would continued onward toward his astounding career. The series "Bachelor Father" was just that: a wholesome sitcom series that featured the easy natural charm of a young John Forysthe and the essential sweetness of his "getting into one situation after another,and managing to get herself into problems",teenage niece,caused this series to be a major hit and making John Forysthe a beloved fixture in America.

Produced by Everett Freeman and Harry Ackerman,"Bachelor Father" was one of those sitcoms that appeared on all three major television networks between 1957 and 1962. The series produced 157 episodes,all in classic black and white and was produced by Revue Studios/MCA-TV Universal Television. Actually the series premiered on CBS-TV from September 15,1957 until June of 1958,which lasted one season on the network. Then in June of 1958,the series moved from CBS over to NBC where it concluded its run on the network for three seasons ending in September of 1961. In September of 1961,the series moved from NBC over to ABC for its final season ending in 1962. The final episode of "Bachelor Father" ended on ABC on September 25,1962. Originally,the series itself ran for five seasons on all three major television networks.

This classic series,which is nowadays rarely seen or broadcast in repeats,had a premise that was similar(My Three Sons,The Courtship of Eddie's Father,Family Affair,and Nanny and the Professor)...a single individual and his niece whom he was raising were people you'd like to know-the very definition of gentility,charm,restraint-even Kelly whose problems and situations were never due to her own outrageousness,but simply her age. "Bachelor Father",however,followed the misadventures and situations of Bentley Gregg(John Forysthe),a wealthy bachelor attorney living in a exclusive penthouse complex in Beverly Hills. Gregg assumes the responsibility of raising his niece Kelly(Noreen Corcoran),after her parents were killed in an automobile accident. Other members of the Gregg household include the Chinese housekeeper and Bentley's personal assistant Peter Tong(Sammee Tong),the next door neighbor and Kelly's boyfriend,Howard Meechum(Jimmy Boyd)and the family dog,Jasper. Plots were centered on Bentley's adjustments to his new role as an adoptive parent,Bentley's search for the right woman to share his life,while Kelly deals with the usual problems of adolescence and young adulthood(and throughout the course of the series)and she goes from high school to college,and less often Peter's misadventures with some financial scheme or to make a play for attractive woman to be attached to Bentley.

Forsythe's well-dressed handsomeness,his distinguished voice,his movement and the affluence of his character gave this series an upper middle class reassurance that was unlike any other family oriented series of his day. However,the series ran five seasons in which the program never finished any of the seasons in the top 25 ratings. Had this series went into its sixth season for the 1962-63 season(which it never happened)plots would have undoubtedly extended to Kelly's impending marriage to Bentley's junior partner and seeing Kelly's graduation episode from college and her entrance into womanhood. The series ended prior to either the wedding or the college episode. After "Bachelor Father" ended in 1962, John Forysthe would return to another sitcom three years later with his own sitcom series "The John Forysthe Show"(NBC-TV:from September 13,1965 until March 1,1966),which was short-lived and another family oriented sitcom "To Rome With Love", produced by Don Fedderson(of My Three Sons and Family Affair)for CBS which lasted two seasons from 1969 until 1971.

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