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Release Date:
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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Menashe – Review
 (From 24 August 2017, 5:16 PM, PDT)

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)

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Fabian Wasn't Available/Smile If You Think Kelly Was Sweet See more (9 total) »


 (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)

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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Although she never sings in Bachelor Father, Noreen Corcoran (Kelly) released several pop singles during the 1960's. One charted briefly. Corcoran was also a talented dancer who had trained in several forms of dance from the age of 3, yet doesn't dance during the programs run.See more »
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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Fabian Wasn't Available/Smile If You Think Kelly Was Sweet, 12 July 2011
Author: Sal Paradise from United States

This program was a forerunner (one of them) of today's benign, bland TV show. Corny but cute, BF offers us a chance to look in on what used to be a very common plot theme (parents dead, kids live with relative) of the early TV era. BF was the first, from my limited research, to exploit the theme and engage it as a series. As noted similar programs followed and then dropped off by the early 70's. BF deals with its premise, after the initial couple of episodes, by never mentioning why Kelly is living with Bentley again.

BF is fun to watch. It is so of it's era, the direct opposite of Seinfeld which downplayed the present tense (in order to increase its syndication value), that you almost expect to catch 'Wagon Train' or 'The Ann Sothern Show' when its over. It's really nothing special. That is its charm.

Each episode's theme seems to be based on Bentley chasing ladies and its 'unintended consequences' or Kelly's awkward ritual of passage through her teens. All are done with a classy ease that makes one wish life really was so certain and clear. Bentley's 'dates' are all beauties of the era, all seem to fall into his lap, and all are a bit leery of his reputation. None break him down enough to actually merit more than dating. Kelly runs the usual gauntlet of teen angst and manages to deal with all as expected. She boarders on being super bright, average, bossy, selfish, cute, hip, sexy, dumb, boy crazy (often), jealous, etc.

BF in season 5 follows Kelly into college and possibly getting married. But, having run out of networks in the spring of 1962, BF is doomed to TV black space. It leaves us hanging without knowing what becomes of Kelly, Bentley or Peter. If anything, BF kept a 50's version of TV life in a time capsule, at least to 1962.

The final season (1961-1962) is all over the place. Howard returns for several (9) episodes, I think as Kelly's boyfriend. He then disappears later in the season, replaced by (love interest) Warren Kincaid (a lawyer working for Bentley). Four episodes in he also vaporizes. Kelly is a college freshman in season 5. Howard and Ginger are as well and attend the same school. Never having a formal finale, in the last episode 'Curfew Shall Not Ring' Kelly moves near campus but soon returns home. And, with yet another boyfriend: a low-budget character who eats a lot of cake. By my count she has at least 5 boyfriends in season 5.

Given the confusing final season, it's hard to guess which direction season 6 would have gone. Probably with Kelly in college, Bentley slipping back into his 'bachelor' ways and Peter remaining Peter.

Howard was dropped late in season 5. An important character he provided continuity, laughs and male teen 'insight' for Kelly, and Bentley. His relationship with Kelly was fun yet confusing. Was he her boyfriend or not? Ginger in season 5 is portrayed as a 'typical' teen girl and Kelly's close friend and confidant. Yet, oddly, appears in only 5 episodes. This is hard to understand. BF had continuity issues. Howard and Ginger were not developed much, if at all. 'Bentley' breaks down the 4th wall in a few episodes and provides narration in most throughout the series run. Given that, it's clear, the program is from his own POV.

Kelly glides through the series with limited character development. Bentley is a superficial male of that era. Only Peter shows any real change. Guest roles were weak, usually centered on Bentley. It had light, frothy plots, none serious. They also show no unique qualities, some were imitative of others, including rip-offs of 'I Love Lucy' (travel to Europe, Bentley on vacation (season 6, ILL, 'Building a BBQ')). BF would have benefited from better writing. The characters did have room for growth.

'Bentley' went on to star in 4 shows and as the pervert judge in 'And Justice For All'. He continued acting and voice work until a few years ago (he died in 2010 at 93). Peter, portrayed by Asian prototypical actor Sammie Tong, was lined up for a new show in 1963 in much the same type role. The show failed. A 'degenerate gambler', deep in debt and in trouble with the mob (even with real life help from Forsthye) Tong committed suicide in 1964, some claim, in order to avoid shame. Kelly (Noreen Corcoran) went on to sing, appear in TV guest roles and 60's beach movies (including a popular effort which featured Lesley Gore). Never really catching on she left the trade in 1969 to focus on dancing or production. Corcoran died in January 2016 at 71. She never married and had lived in San Francisco, California.

Bachelor Father aired for a few years on Retro TV (RTV). It was picked up by Antenna TV in September, 2012 and aired there on T-F from 4-5a EST and at 2-3a on Sundays. It was dropped at the end of 2014. According to sources the cable channel decided not to renew it after negotiations with the rights owners failed to reach agreement on long-term plans to broadcast the show. After decades of not being on broadcast television at all it has once again returned to TV black space. It also is not out in DVD.

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