Calvin and the Colonel (1961–1962)

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This show is about a mis-adventures with Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon (a cool fox), and Calvin Burnside (a dim witted bear). Oliver always makes mischief, he is also a lawyer.

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Complete series cast summary:
Freeman F. Gosden ...
 Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Charles J. Correll ...
 Calvin Burnside (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
 Maggie Belle Klaxon (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Beatrice Kay ...
 Susan Culpepper (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Paul Frees ...
 Judge Oliver Wendell Clutch / ... (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Gloria Blondell ...
 Gloria / ... (8 episodes, 1961-1962)


This show is about a mis-adventures with Colonel Montgomery J. Klaxon (a cool fox), and Calvin Burnside (a dim witted bear). Oliver always makes mischief, he is also a lawyer. Written by Charles Brubaker

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Release Date:

3 October 1961 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il colonnello Montgomery Klaxon  »

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(26 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Produced in color, but originally broadcast in black and white. See more »


Featured in The Munsters: A Visit from Johann (1966) See more »

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Going to the Well Once too often
4 August 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

BEING THAT WE had no independent recollection of "the Golden Age of Radio", the only familiarity that we had with AMOS 'N' ANDY was via the television series. We were aware that:

a) It had been a highly successful Radio Series for an extended


b) That the series characters had been the invention of a pair of

Vaudevillians; Freeman Gosden & Charles Correll.

c) That although the characters as well as the actors who

portrayed them on screen were Black, the creators were White.

WITH ALL OF this in mind, we watched, observed and drew some conclusions.

IT APPEARED TO us, the series sought to walk a sort of cultural tightrope as to the characters ethnic classification. Whereas the accents, locals and humor came across as definitely Southern, there is no particular indication that they are supposed to be Black, White or Green. The resulting "neutrality" created a sort of blandness in the personality of the characters; as well as a reduction in the range of humor and the degree that gags could be developed.

IN SHORT, THE series was the victim of a sort of "Political Correctness" in an era long before the term "Political Correctness" had become known; let alone Politically Correct.

IT WAS WORTH a try to utilize both the concept and the talents of Gosden & Correll; if only for Historical perspective. Perjhaps it would have succeeded in sustaining a viewer ship that earned a more extended run for the cartoon series. That may well have been possible if they had gone with the original Black characterizations, utilizing Black Actors.

BUT OF COURSE, we'll never know; for "if" is such a big word.

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