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6 October 1961 (USA) See more »
Suburban couple with three chimps as "children". Full summary »
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The Marquis Chimps ... Themselves (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Peggy Cass ... Elinor Hathaway (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Jack Weston ... Walter Hathaway (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Series Directed by
Richard Kinon (2 episodes, 1961)

Ezra Stone (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Howard Snyder (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (3 episodes, 1961-1962)

Tom Adair (unknown episodes)
James B. Allardice (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Ezra Stone .... producer (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Sparks .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Original Music by
Herbert W. Spencer (2 episodes, 1961)

Emil Cadkin (unknown episodes)
Jack Cookerly (unknown episodes)
William Loose (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (1 episode, 1961)
Robert Wyckoff (1 episode, 1961)
Series Film Editing by
Anthony DiMarco (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Art Direction by
Robert Purcell (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Set Decoration by
Sidney Clifford (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (1 episode, 1961)
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (1 episode, 1961)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (1 episode, 1961)
Series Sound Department
James Nelson .... sound effects editor (26 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Editorial Department
Lawrence Werner .... editorial supervisor (1 episode, 1961)
Series Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (1 episode, 1961)
John Mick .... music editor (1 episode, 1961)
Series Other crew
Herbert Klynn .... title designer (26 episodes, 1961-1962)

Gene Detroy .... chimpanzee trainer (unknown episodes)

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30 min (26 episodes)
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The chimps were, Charlie, Enoch, and Candy.See more »
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2 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Primetime Primates, 6 July 2014
Author: John T. Ryan ( from United States

WE HAD ALL but forgotten this series completely; when we were reminded of it several years ago. The occasion was the publication of a news item about 1930's & '40's TARZAN Series co-star,. Cheetah, was still living and enjoying life at a Hollywood home for retired simian performers.

IT STARTED A WEIRD chain reaction that brought THE HATHAWAYS back from being buried deep in the gray matter.

THERE HAVE CERTAINLY been some very strange premises for building a sitcom; but surely none were this bizarre. Even a 'clunker" like Jerry Van Dyke in MY MOTHER, THE CAR, couldn't measure up to all the references made by Peggy Cass about "the Children!"

AND CONCERNING THOSE "children", the Chimpanzees were played by real life Chimpanzees, "The Marquis Chimps"; which was a very well known animal act of its day. During this same period, the MARQUIS Clan was prominently featured with ventriloquist Paul Winchell, Jerry Mahoney & Nucklehead Smith along with archival Three Stooges footage in Columbia Pictures' cheapie ripoff, STOP, LOOK AND LAUGH!

BUT MEMBERS OF the Animal Kingdom weren't the only actors who found work on this series, for its cast contained many of those of 'familiar face' and unknown name variety. Among those appearing, we find: Joe Flynn (future Capitan Bingamton, McHALES'S NAVY), Robert Q. Lewis (TV/Radio personality), Frankie Darro (perennial film juvie tough & sometimes jockey), Mary Grace Canfield, George Ives, Joe Devlin and Harvey Lembeck.

IT ALSO GUEST starred the comedy team of Wally Brown & Alan Carney, who a decade or so earlier had been touted as RKO Radio Pictures' answer to Abbott & Costello!

UPON FURTHER REVIEW and In giving this animal/human thing a little further consideration, maybe it's not so outlandish a series after all. We mean, just look at that incident of a few years ago where that woman had her face mutilated by the pet ape; who slept with her. Or in Show Busines, remember what happened in Las Vegas with Siegfried and Roy and their trained Big Cat act?

WE OFTEN WONDER if those two called their Tigers "chil;dren" also?

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