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Release Date:
3 October 1957 (USA) See more »
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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Walter Brennan ... Grandpa Amos McCoy (224 episodes, 1957-1963)

Richard Crenna ... Luke McCoy (224 episodes, 1957-1963)
Kathleen Nolan ... Kate McCoy (178 episodes, 1957-1962)
Tony Martinez ... Pepino (164 episodes, 1957-1963)
Michael Winkelman ... Little Luke (155 episodes, 1957-1963)
Lydia Reed ... Hassie (136 episodes, 1957-1963)
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Series Directed by
Hy Averback (101 episodes, 1957-1960)
David Alexander (34 episodes, 1960-1963)
Richard Crenna (9 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sidney Miller (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Charles Barton (7 episodes, 1960-1961)
Sheldon Leonard (6 episodes, 1957)
Lawrence Dobkin (2 episodes, 1961)
Robert Gordon (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Writing credits
Irving Pincus (162 episodes, 1957-1963)
Jack Elinson (31 episodes, 1957-1960)
Charles Stewart (31 episodes, 1957-1960)
James Fritzell (30 episodes, 1957-1963)
Everett Greenbaum (27 episodes, 1958-1963)
John L. Greene (20 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bill Manhoff (19 episodes, 1957-1959)
Irving Elinson (16 episodes, 1958-1963)
Phil Shuken (12 episodes, 1958-1962)
Seaman Jacobs (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ed James (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Fred S. Fox (9 episodes, 1960-1963)
Paul David (9 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bob Ross (8 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bob White (8 episodes, 1959-1960)
Henry Sharp (7 episodes, 1957-1959)
Ben Gershman (6 episodes, 1959-1960)
Paul West (5 episodes, 1958-1960)
Bill Davenport (4 episodes, 1957-1961)
Frank Tarloff (4 episodes, 1958-1961)
Leonard Burns (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Norman Paul (3 episodes, 1959)
Paul Henning (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
Dick Wesson (2 episodes, 1957-1959)
George W. George (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Howard Dimsdale (2 episodes, 1958)
Maurice Richlin (2 episodes, 1958)
Stanley Shapiro (2 episodes, 1958)
Danny Arnold (2 episodes, 1960-1962)
Elon Packard (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harry Winkler (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Harvey Bullock (2 episodes, 1961)
Ray Brenner (2 episodes, 1962-1963)

Series Produced by
Irving Pincus .... producer / executive producer (193 episodes, 1957-1963)
Norman Pincus .... associate producer (114 episodes, 1957-1962)
Danny Thomas .... executive producer (51 episodes, 1957-1963)
Danny Arnold .... producer (39 episodes, 1961-1962)
Charles Isaacs .... producer (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Andy Brennan .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Original Music by
Jack Cookerly (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
William Loose (20 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Cinematography by
Lothrop B. Worth (110 episodes, 1958-1963)
William V. Skall (29 episodes, 1957-1958)
Charles Burke (13 episodes, 1958)
Series Film Editing by
Joseph Gluck (35 episodes, 1957-1959)
Bud S. Isaacs (30 episodes, 1957-1959)
Frank Capacchione (23 episodes, 1960-1963)
Bert Jordan (13 episodes, 1959-1962)
Elmo Veron (11 episodes, 1962-1963)
Harold White (6 episodes, 1957-1958)
Bud Molin (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Art Direction by
Ralph Berger (90 episodes, 1957-1960)
Rolland M. Brooks (43 episodes, 1961-1963)
Howard Hollander (35 episodes, 1958-1961)
James Hulsey (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Set Decoration by
Ken Swartz (30 episodes, 1958-1959)
John MacNeil (17 episodes, 1957-1959)
Glenn P. Thompson (4 episodes, 1958)
Harry Gordon (4 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Wade (2 episodes, 1957-1958)
William Stevens (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Ted Offenbecker (2 episodes, 1958)
Frank Tuttle (2 episodes, 1962)
Stuart A. Reiss (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Makeup Department
Hollis Barnes .... hair stylist (84 episodes, 1957-1961)
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist (81 episodes, 1957-1959)
Gustaf Norin .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1960-1962)
Irene Beshon .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1962)
Larry Butterworth .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1963)
Naomi Cavin .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Production Management
Edward Donahue .... production manager (118 episodes, 1957-1962)
Argyle Nelson .... production supervisor / production supervisor: as W. Argyle Nelson / ... (114 episodes, 1957-1962)
Norman Pincus .... executive in charge of production (33 episodes, 1962-1963)
Bob Lewis .... post-production supervisor (8 episodes, 1963)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mark Evans .... assistant director (108 episodes, 1957-1963)
Paul Helmick .... assistant director (9 episodes, 1957-1958)
Nate D. Slott .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Art Department
Gene Gossert .... property master (71 episodes, 1957-1963)
Series Sound Department
Earl A. Wolcott .... sound engineer (79 episodes, 1958-1963)
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor (78 episodes, 1957-1959)
James Thomson .... sound engineer (36 episodes, 1957-1958)
Earl Cooper .... sound effects (24 episodes, 1962-1963)
Dick Le Grand .... sound effects / sound effects editor (13 episodes, 1960-1961)
Cam McCulloch .... sound engineer (2 episodes, 1957)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Ed Lossman .... costumer (62 episodes, 1958-1963)
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor (43 episodes, 1957-1958)
Series Music Department
Harry Ruby .... composer: theme music (177 episodes, 1957-1963)
E.C. Norton .... music supervisor / music editor (89 episodes, 1957-1963)
Jimmie Rodgers .... singer: theme song (23 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Other crew
Gloria Morgan .... script supervisor / script continuity (97 episodes, 1958-1963)
Bob Ross .... script editor / script consultant (33 episodes, 1959-1962)
Paul West .... script editor (14 episodes, 1959)
Norman Paul .... script consultant (10 episodes, 1962-1963)
Charles Isaacs .... script consultant (8 episodes, 1962-1963)
Ronald Jacobs .... assistant to producer (6 episodes, 1957)
Jack Elinson .... script editor (5 episodes, 1958)
Charles Stewart .... script editor (5 episodes, 1958)
Danny Arnold .... script consultant (4 episodes, 1962)
Bill Manhoff .... script editor (3 episodes, 1957-1958)
Seaman Jacobs .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1963)
Ed James .... script consultant (2 episodes, 1963)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"The McCoys" - , USA (rerun title)
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30 min (224 episodes)
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Lyrics for the show's theme song: Want you to meet the family that's known as the real McCoys / From West Vir-gi-nee they came to stay in sunny Cal-i-for-ni-ay / 'Ole Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / What a housekeepr Kate is, she's doin' what she enjoys / No gal can beat her when it come to looks and the same can be said 'bout the way she cooks for / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoys / Livin' as good folks should live and happy as kids with toys / 'Ole Grandpappy Amos is the head of the clan, he roars like a lion but he's gentle as a lamb / His grandson Luke keeps a beamin' with joy since he made Miss Kate Missus Luke Mccoy / Sharing each other's sorrows, enjoyin' each others joys / Like all other families they quarrel and fuss but it a'int never serious with / Grandpappy Amos and the girls and boys of the family known as The Real McCoysSee more »


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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Grandpappy Amos, The Girls And The Boys, 4 November 2007
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

A small part of a very large family named McCoy who hailed from the hills of West Virginia, put a down payment on a land in the Imperial Valley of Southern California and moved there and into our television sets for a considerable in the late fifties and early sixties. We know there was a whole lot more of them because occasionally some kinfolk came to visit.

After a career with three Oscars under his belt and at that time he was the only one who had that many, you'd think Walter Brennan might want to slow up at the age of sixty three when he started that series. Not only did he keep up the grind of a weekly television series, but Brennan's movie career didn't slow down a might. You might remember he played a pretty substantial role in Rio Bravo and in How the West Was Won while The Real McCoys were still running.

The rest of the McCoys consisted of Richard Crenna and Kathleen Nolan as Luke and Kate, a pair of young marrieds. Kate married into the McCoys, but like Ethel Kennedy you'd think she was born into the clan instead. Kathleen was a wise old soul in her own way inside a beautiful young lady. She was the heart of the show, more than Brennan at times.

Richard Crenna went on to a career that involved him playing a lot more than hayseeds like Luke McCoy. But he said many times that the real value of The Real McCoys for him was as an acting school. Just working with and watching Walter Brennan every week was more valuable than acting lessons with Stella Adler or the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts.

Two younger siblings came along with Luke, Kate, and Grandpa. There was Lydia Reed and Michael Winkelman as Hassee and Little Luke. I thought it a bit much to name a kid after Tallahassee because someone sent them a picture postcard from the place and they thought the name was so pretty. Lydia had enough teenage angst, settling from West Virginia into sophisticated southern California without that added to her woes. As for Little Luke, I guess the McCoy clan got squeamish on names after Tallahassee and stuck with one tried and true.

Tony Martinez, all barely five feet of him, played their Chicano farmhand, Pepino. The Chicano and hill cultures blended very well together. At the time Tony Martinez was considered to have a breakthrough part for Latinos. Pepino was always a cheerful guy, but a hardworking person of real dignity and was never demeaned in any way by the stories.

As I said other McCoys got in the cast. Jack Oakie did several episodes as Uncle Rightly McCoy when Brennan was on extended leave in a movie. And several episodes had the McCoys make a visit back to West Virginia where we ran into the real head of the clan, Great Grandma McCoy played by Jane Darwell. That's right, Jane was Amos's mother and in fact she was just about old enough in real life to be just that.

They should have canceled the show after Kathleen Nolan left or paid her what she wanted. A lot got taken out of the show when she left and Luke was left a widower.

In many ways the Real McCoys was a survival story about a family leaving one culture and trying and succeeding in making it in a different location with different ways. Maybe that's why The Real McCoys was as successful as it was. Isn't that what the American Dream is all about?

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