The Dick Van Dyke Show: Season 3, Episode 19

Happy Birthday and Too Many More (5 Feb. 1964)

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Rob makes a lot of trouble for himself when he decides to hold Ritchie's birthday party at home rather than at an amusement park - for sixty-three screaming kids.


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Episode cast overview:
Larry Mathews ...
Delivery Man
Brendan Freeman ...
Child at party
Cornell Chulay ...
First Girl
Michael Chulay ...
Child at party
Tony Paris ...
Child at party


The conundrum over which specific date to hold Ritchie's eighth birthday party - the only two available being either three weeks before or three weeks after the actual day - is the least of Rob and Laura's worries. Since extravagant parties are now mandatory to "keep up with the Joneses," Laura wants to hold the event at an amusement park called Dizzyland with a guest list of sixty-three at $2 a child. Rob goes along with the idea despite thinking of the whole concept as outlandish and unnecessary, especially for an eight-year-old's party. After talking to Buddy and Sally about it, Rob puts his foot down and will only hold a party at the house, organized and hosted by them, but as the day approaches, one problem after another arises, leading to a disaster by party time. Although Laura feels that the disaster is not Rob's fault but that of society in general, she suggests that Rob keep to his word about the spirit of the birthday party for their son to get them out of the mess that has... Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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5 February 1964 (USA)  »

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This was the second of two episodes that was not filmed and shot in front of a live audience. The other was The Dick Van Dyke Show: The Bad Old Days (1962). See more »


In wide shots, Ritchie is seen at his party standing before the dining room table playing with a toy gun, but when Rob chews out the kids, there's a momentary group shot of the children with Ritchie standing stock still in the front row, six feet away from where he is otherwise seen. See more »


[Buddy, Sally and Rob try to devise a game show sketch for Alan Brady]
Buddy Sorrell: Hey, I got the game show! It-it's like "What's My Line?" only it's called "What Was This Fellow's Name Before He Changed It To What It Is Now, And Why Did He Change It, Do You Think?"
Sally Rogers: Is that the title or the whole show?
Buddy Sorrell: No, that's the idea of the thing. They bring a fellow in, they say "This man manufactures golf sweaters, and he calls him..." - you know, if he likes it - so "he calls himself Sam Golfsweater," cause he wants...
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References What's My Line? (1950) See more »


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