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Seasons:
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Release Date:
15 September 1957 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
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.
Plot:
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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(27 articles)
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
 (From TVSeriesFinale. 17 January 2016, 3:55 PM, PST)

In Cold Blood
 (From Trailers from Hell. 20 November 2015, 7:19 PM, PST)

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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 3 of 149)

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

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

Sammee Tong ... Peter Tong (157 episodes, 1957-1962)
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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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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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
A little family responsibility for Uncle Bentley, 6 November 2016
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

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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