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Release Date:
28 September 1961 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
George Baxter was a highly successful corporation lawyer who was always in control of everything at the office... See more »
Awards:
Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 4 nominations See more »
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Hazel series review 1961-66 See more (18 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 154)

Shirley Booth ... Hazel Burke (154 episodes, 1961-1966)
Bobby Buntrock ... Harold Baxter (154 episodes, 1961-1966)

Don DeFore ... George Baxter (125 episodes, 1961-1965)
Whitney Blake ... Dorothy Baxter (122 episodes, 1961-1965)
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Series Directed by
William D. Russell (136 episodes, 1961-1966)
Charles Barton (10 episodes, 1965-1966)
E.W. Swackhamer (7 episodes, 1965-1966)
 
Series Writing credits
Ted Key (153 episodes, 1961-1966)
Robert Riley Crutcher (40 episodes, 1961-1966)
William Cowley (36 episodes, 1961-1965)
Louella MacFarlane (27 episodes, 1961-1966)
Peggy Chantler Dick (26 episodes, 1961-1964)
Jane Klove (11 episodes, 1963-1966)
Ted Sherdeman (11 episodes, 1963-1966)
Keith Fowler (9 episodes, 1962-1965)
Phil Leslie (9 episodes, 1962-1965)
John McGreevey (9 episodes, 1963-1966)
James Fonda (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
Dorothy Cooper (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Frank Grenville (3 episodes, 1963-1964)
Jim Allen (2 episodes, 1961)
R.S. Allen (2 episodes, 1961)
Ed Haas (2 episodes, 1963)
Norm Liebmann (2 episodes, 1963)
Frank Crow (2 episodes, 1964)
Jack Sher (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Harry Ackerman .... executive producer (154 episodes, 1961-1966)
James Fonda .... producer (145 episodes, 1961-1966)
William Cowley .... producer (6 episodes, 1963-1964)
Peter Kortner .... producer (3 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Original Music by
Van Alexander (76 episodes, 1963-1966)
Allyn Ferguson (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
William Loose (3 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frederick Gately (145 episodes, 1961-1966)
Gert Andersen (9 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Film Editing by
Asa Boyd Clark (77 episodes, 1961-1964)
Tom Biggart (75 episodes, 1963-1966)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ross Bellah (135 episodes, 1962-1966)
Malcolm C. Bert (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Walter Holscher (19 episodes, 1961-1962)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Louis Diage (125 episodes, 1961-1966)
Darrell Silvera (8 episodes, 1965)
Morris Hoffman (7 episodes, 1961-1966)
Lyle B. Reifsnider (5 episodes, 1966)
James Crowe (4 episodes, 1961)
Clarence Steensen (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Alfred E. Spencer (2 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (154 episodes, 1961-1966)
 
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (150 episodes, 1961-1966)
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor (147 episodes, 1961-1966)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (77 episodes, 1961-1964)
Harold Lewis .... assistant director (39 episodes, 1961-1966)
William P. Owens .... assistant director (18 episodes, 1963-1964)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1964-1965)
 
Series Sound Department
James Nelson .... supervising sound editor (114 episodes, 1961-1965)
Jack Kirschner .... sound effects editor (66 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects supervisor (56 episodes, 1963-1965)
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Robert A. Reich .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1963)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (67 episodes, 1961-1963)
 
Series Editorial Department
Lawrence Werner .... editorial supervisor (7 episodes, 1961)
 
Series Music Department
Sammy Cahn .... composer: theme / composer: theme lyrics (99 episodes, 1961-1964)
Jimmy Van Heusen .... composer: theme / composer: theme music (99 episodes, 1961-1964)
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (86 episodes, 1963-1966)
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (68 episodes, 1961-1963)
Howard Greenfield .... composer: title song (55 episodes, 1964-1966)
Emil Cadkin .... music editor (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack Keller .... composer: title song (29 episodes, 1965-1966)
Igo Kantor .... music editor (28 episodes, 1962-1963)
Helen Miller .... composer: title song (26 episodes, 1964-1965)
The Modernaires .... singer: theme song (8 episodes, 1961)
Van Alexander .... composer: additional music / vocal arrangements (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Don Kirshner .... music consultant (4 episodes, 1966)
 
Series Other crew
William Cowley .... script consultant / story consultant (35 episodes, 1961-1964)
Peggy Chantler Dick .... script consultant / story consultant (33 episodes, 1961-1963)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (154 episodes)
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Black and White | Color (Pathécolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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Trivia:
Based on the cartoons of Ted Key which appeared in the "Saturday Evening Post" magazine.See more »
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HazelSee more »

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4 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Hazel series review 1961-66, 12 May 2013
Author: charlesgeer from United States

Shirley Booth played an opinionated, talkative, even bossy maid for five seasons on "Hazel" -- but there was never a more lovable, or more loved, maid on television.

As portrayed in the popular "Saturday Evening Post" cartoon by Ted Key, Hazel was almost a little too brash. But Miss Booth took some of the harshness out of the cartoon character and replaced it with the warmth and love she brought to her award-winning movie, Broadway and radio roles ("Come Back, Little Sheba," "Duffy's Tavern"). In its debut season of 1961-62, "Hazel" was #2 among all TV programs in the Nielsen ratings.

Hazel never met a person she didn't like--much to the chagrin of her employer, corporate attorney George Baxter (Don DeFore). Even a simple meeting with Frank Gifford (then of the New York Giants), in the 1963 episode "Hazel and the Halfback", goes delightfully awry as Hazel tries to inject her thoughts about football, bowling, and the risks of investing in a bowling alley for which George is negotiating a deal with Gifford.

When George married his wife Dorothy, Hazel came along. As the maid for Dorothy's family, Hazel had raised "Missy" virtually from childhood. While she was supposedly a free-lance interior decorator, Whitney Blake's Dorothy was cast as a typical 1960's TV sitcom housewife--a role at which she chafed until DeFore and she left the series at the end of the 1964-65 season. In one 1964 episode, however, Dorothy joins forces with Hazel to have George break down and remodel their kitchen with side-splitting results.

Hazel was pal and confidante to their son Harold (Bobby Buntrock), and many episodes focused on her helping and motivating "Sport" to be the best he could be, often with unexpected results. In fact, when DeFore and Blake left the series, CBS felt transplanting Hazel and Harold to live with George's real-estate brother Steve (Ray Fulmer), his wife Barbara (Lynn Borden) and their daughter Susie (Julia Benjamin) could keep the continuity going. (Ironically, "Mr. Steve" never appeared in any NBC episode; George's sister Deirdre Thompson, played by Cathy Lewis, was virtually a semi-regular.)

While changing characters, settings and networks often weakened existing series, "Hazel"'s ratings were fairly strong during its CBS run despite being up against the new Monday night episodes of "Peyton Place" on ABC. Miss Booth, herself, was not. As far back as 1964, DeFore was concerned about jeopardizing her health and worked to reduce her load in fourth-season episodes. Indeed, other than a few guest appearances and the short-lived series "For the Love of Grace" in the 1970s, Shirley Booth's TV career ended when "Hazel" left the air in 1966.

Other shows tried to copy "Hazel's" magic, from "Our Man Higgins" with Sterling Holloway in 1962-63 to Fran Drescher as "The Nanny" in the 1990s. No one has come close, and probably no one ever well. To quote Shirley Booth's favorite catchphrase, "Hazel" continues to be "a doozy" half a century later!

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