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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 22)
Wayland Flowers ... Madame (51 episodes, 1982)
Susan Tolsky ... Bernadette Van Gilder / ... (51 episodes, 1982)

Johnny Haymer ... Walter Pinkerton / ... (51 episodes, 1982)

Judy Landers ... Sara Joy Pitts (51 episodes, 1982)

Corey Feldman ... Buzzy St. James (24 episodes, 1982)

Series Directed by
Paul Miller (44 episodes, 1982)
Don Barnhart (7 episodes, 1982)
Series Writing credits
Bob Sand (51 episodes, 1982)
Wayland Flowers (46 episodes, 1982)
Tony Garofalo (40 episodes, 1982)
Tom Moore (39 episodes, 1982)
Bob Howard (36 episodes, 1982)
Dennis Rinsler (34 episodes, 1982)
Marc Warren (34 episodes, 1982)
Greg Fields (32 episodes, 1982)
George Atkins (19 episodes, 1982)
Frank Mula (17 episodes, 1982)
Carter Crocker (13 episodes, 1982)
Peggy Goldman (8 episodes, 1982)

Series Produced by
Kevin Bright .... associate producer (51 episodes, 1982)
Brad Lachman .... executive producer (51 episodes, 1982)
Don Van Atta .... producer (51 episodes, 1982)
Bob Sand .... producer (50 episodes, 1982)

Frank Merwald .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Dan Foliart (51 episodes, 1982)
Howard Pearl (51 episodes, 1982)
Series Film Editing by
Joe Bella (28 episodes, 1982)
Ken Denisoff (23 episodes, 1982)
Series Casting by
Sally Powers (49 episodes, 1982)
Series Art Direction by
Rebecca Holler Barkley (51 episodes, 1982)
René Lagler (51 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume Design by
Evelyn Thompson (51 episodes, 1982)
Series Makeup Department
Sandi Bailey-Salvatore .... hair stylist (51 episodes, 1982)
Bob Scribner .... makeup artist (51 episodes, 1982)
Series Production Management
Richard H. Frank .... executive in charge of production (51 episodes, 1982)
Jim Schwab .... senior unit manager (50 episodes, 1982)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Thomas McConnell .... associate director (28 episodes, 1982)
Series Sound Department
John Kennamer .... audio (23 episodes, 1982)
Michael Ballin .... audio (10 episodes, 1982)
Dick Sarter .... audio (6 episodes, 1982)
Ken Becker .... audio (3 episodes, 1982)
Jerry Pattison .... audio (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Jack Chisolm .... camera operator (51 episodes, 1982)
Harold Guy .... lighting director (51 episodes, 1982)
Dave Heckman .... camera operator (50 episodes, 1982)
Frank Geraty .... camera operator (16 episodes, 1982)
Jim Baldwin .... camera operator (9 episodes, 1982)
John Gillis .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1982)
Dick Watson .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1982)
Gary Westfall .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1982)
Hank Geving .... camera operator (4 episodes, 1982)
Randy Baer .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1982)
Jay Nefcy .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1982)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Minta Manning .... costume designer: Madame (49 episodes, 1982)
Series Music Department
Michael K. Miller .... composer: theme music (51 episodes, 1982)
Monica Riordan .... composer: theme music (51 episodes, 1982)
Alan Satchwell .... composer: theme music (51 episodes, 1982)
Denise De Caro .... performer: theme song (13 episodes, 1982)
Series Other crew
Marilyn Bagley .... script supervisor (50 episodes, 1982)
James Lapidus .... production assistant (50 episodes, 1982)
Marilyn Seabury .... assistant to producers / assistant to producer (50 episodes, 1982)
Gary Simmons .... talent coordinator (50 episodes, 1982)
Mark Wetter .... assistant puppeteer (50 episodes, 1982)
Jill Hopkins .... production assistant (43 episodes, 1982)
Pamela Lopez .... production assistant (43 episodes, 1982)
Ted Van Klaveren .... stage manager (42 episodes, 1982)
Rudi Hinkson .... production assistant (41 episodes, 1982)
Kiki Kazanas .... assistant to producers / production assistant (41 episodes, 1982)
Jay Skowronski .... production assistant (41 episodes, 1982)
Frank Merwald .... associate director (35 episodes, 1982)
Larry Vance .... dialogue assistant (35 episodes, 1982)
Eileen Bradley .... talent coordinator (31 episodes, 1982)
Troy Miller .... production assistant (31 episodes, 1982)
Ted Neff .... production assistant (31 episodes, 1982)
John Pudelek .... stage manager (31 episodes, 1982)
Barbara Stoll .... assistant to producers (31 episodes, 1982)
Daniel Harris .... production assistant (30 episodes, 1982)
Darell Kuenzler .... technical director (27 episodes, 1982)
Debbie Miller .... associate director (22 episodes, 1982)
Roy White .... technical director (21 episodes, 1982)
Dorian Hannaway .... consultant: Wayland Flowers (16 episodes, 1982)
Paula Shugart .... production assistant (16 episodes, 1982)
Paul Markoe .... stage manager (14 episodes, 1982)
Mark Nelson .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1982)
Pamela Shandel .... production assistant (10 episodes, 1982)
Bruce R. Cook .... stage manager (8 episodes, 1982)
Stephanie Black .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1982)
Ed Emanuel .... stage manager (5 episodes, 1982)
Ray Pierce .... magic consultant (2 episodes, 1982)

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Additional Details

23 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Cousin Charlie:My god, are you putting on weight or are my eyeballs getting fat?
Madame:What are you talking about? I have the body of a 16 year old girl.
Cousin Charlie:You ought to give it back dear. Your wrinkling the hell out of it. Tell me darling, is that your face or did your neck throw-up?
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14 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Proof That True Comedy Is No Longer Appreciated, 22 March 2006
Author: aczilla-1 from United States

A plush mansion, an aged ex-boxer/butler, a nerdy walking day planner, a beautiful IQ-challenged southern belle, and a nosy kid neighbor. This would have been the perfect equation for an 80s sitcom, but Madame's Place took it a step further with its star... a puppet masquerading as a bawdy old movie star with a naughty sense of humor.

Wayland Flowers was the premiere puppet comedian for adults in the late 70s/early 80s and became one of the first victims in a long chain of comedian-turned-sitcom-star. Fortunately his brand of humor was dumbed down only by removing Madame's foul-mouthing nature; many of the show's jokes were naughty but subtle enough. Unfortunately Flowers wasn't given complete control over the course of his show like comedians demand in advance today (for all the good it does most of them). A multitude of writers, a handful of comedian guest stars, and no shortage of scripts centered around the home life and talk show of an old movie star couldn't keep Madame's Place open for more than one season, but its failure is more likely attributed to offering golden age era comedy to a modern age crowd.

Madame's Place covered all of the bases from an abandoned baby on the doorstep to an outrageous fortune teller (played by a much thinner Edie McClurg... quite a striking difference from her typecast characters on "Small Wonder" and "Cheech & Chong's Next Movie"), to almost marrying a con man, to a sleazy tabloid TV producer tarnishing Madame's image for his ratings. It fought valiantly against the has-been mentality with guests like Debbie Reynolds and Foster Brooks, all of whom engaged in their classic routines, but alas, only die-hard Flowers fans kept it going as long as it did. Its greatest crime, however, probably was causing Corey Feldman to hit puberty several years early. His kid neighbor character was almost always on screen drooling over a scantily-clad Judy Landers, but I could think of few other beauties of the 80s more worth the honor. Nevertheless, I was 4 when this show first aired and watched it simply because I was a puppet fanatic. I couldn't appreciate it for its full value until I saw it later.

Despite its flaws with one too many segues to unknown (and often unfunny) comedian guests on Madame's talk show as well as a few too many stories that took more than one episode to pan out while fighting to keep the audience's attention, Madame's Place was more than a few good laughs for a sitcom of its time and went as far as it could with what the censors would allow (which was a lot more than is allowed today). If you can appreciate the nostalgic roots of comedy from the early 20th century, then you are guaranteed to appreciate Madame's Place, and any chance you get to see it for yourself should be taken.

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