Writer-comedian Bill Dana,whose character Jose Jimenez had a very successful career on records and in nightclubs following its creation on "The Steve Allen Show",during the 1950's and into the early 1960's. Bill Dana brought his character to life for this series which is a spin off of Danny Thomas' "Make Room For Daddy",in which Bill Dana was a frequent guest star. The short-lived series "The Bill Dana Show",was one of the Sheldon Leonard-Danny Thomas produced shows that lasted a season and a half on NBC-TV from September 22,1963 until January 17,1965. Only 23 episodes were made all in black and white. The same writers and producers who were behind "The Andy Griffith Show","The Dick Van Dyke Show","Make Room For Daddy",and "The Joey Bishop Show",were behind this series which was produced by Danny Thomas and Jack Elinson along with Sheldon Leonard,who served as executive producer along with Ronald Jacobs.
Jose Jimenez(Bill Dana)was a Mexican immigrant who worked as a bellhop at the Park Central Hotel,a plush upscale hotel in New York City. Not only did he worked there,it was practically his entire world since he lived in special bachelor quarters provided for hotel employees,ate in the hotel kitchen and had social contact only with employees and guests of the hotel. In his goodhearted naivete he only saw the good in the people around him. Sometimes,he was known to be sort of a bumbling mishap when it came to taking care of situations that may occur within the hotel. Bill Dana's character of Jose Jimenez was the down south-of-the-border version of Gomer Pyle. His biggest concerns were the employees who worked around him,which was his fellow bellhop Eddie(Gary Crosby) who was trying constantly to get him to wise up:however his troubles usually ended up confronted with the less-than-understanding hotel manager,the strictly by the book and uppity forward Mr. Phillips(Jonathan Harris,in a prototype character he would take onward as the slimy,strictly by the book,and deliciously evil/cowardly Dr. Zachery Smith on Lost In Space);and the not-too-bright bumbling hotel detective Byron Glick(Don Adams,in a prototype character he would soon be playing on Get Smart). Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were occasionally used to extricate Jose from his hotel environment,which ended up with hilarious results. Also on-board this series was the show's secretary/receptionist/guest services host Susie(who was played by Maggie Peterson,who was also portrayed Charlene Darling in several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show").
Out of all the cast of characters,actor Gary Crosby lasted one season. The show hasn't been since it was cancelled in 1965. However,repeated episodes of this series ended up on CBN Cable Network(Christian Broadcasting Network)back in the mid-1980's when the network ran all 23 episodes. And it hasn't been seen since.
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