A man with suspected underworld connections asks Rob, Sally and Buddy to write a comedy routine for his no-talent nephew - a favor they fear for their lives to either decline or accept.



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Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Max Calvada
Arthur Batanides ...
Jack Larson ...
Kenny Dexter
Sue Casey ...
Clarisse Calvada
Tiny Brauer ...
Mr. Parker


Rob, Buddy and Sally are approached by reputed mobster Big Max Calvada to write a nightclub act for his nephew Kenny. They are afraid to refuse because of Calvada's reputation as an underworld figure, but are alarmed to learn that, despite preparing top-notch material for him, Kenny is hopelessly untalented as a performer. Written by aldanoli

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Comedy | Family





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20 November 1963 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The special features on the DVD series collection contains a rare color photo of one of the office scenes; Max Calvada (Sheldon Leonard) is wearing a black suit with white pin stripes, Dick is wearing a light blue jacket, Rose Marie is wearing a yellow sweater and green dress, Morey Amsterdam is wearing a yellow vest and grey pants, See more »


Max Calvada: He's openin' at the Diamond Club.
Sally Rogers: The Diamond Club?
Rob Petrie: Uh, you weren't, uh, thinking of opening Kenny at the Diamond Club, were you?
Max Calvada: Who's not thinkin' of it?
Rob Petrie: Mr. Calvada, I... I tell you, the Diamond Spot is-is one of the-the top spots around, and-and Kenny... Well, I mean, gifted as he may be, is-is an unknown.
Max Calvada: [not to be argued with] I know 'im. And coincidentally, the performer who is currently appearing there... took sick - next week.
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(I'd Love to Hear You Say) Encore
Performed by Jack Larson
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The kid breaks me up.
28 January 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

One of the very best episodes of the DVD series. The writers of the Alan Brady show think that "Big Max" Calvada (assumed to be a mafioso)is at their office to push his nephew into show business with the help of able writers.

The nephew has zero talent but the writing trio (out of fear of failure on their part) do their best figuring that if the kid bombs, it's "curtains" for them. The kid does bomb at a forced pre-arranged nightclub performance but "Big Max" agrees there's no show-biz talent in him which demonstrates that he should go to college rather than show business. The writers are relieved that their skins are no longer in danger and all is well again with the Alan Brady writing staff. Mike Palmiter, Williams, IN.

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