The gang from the show agrees to put on a show for Lyle and his fellow inmates in prison. They unwisely choose to wear prisoner uniforms for their show, and Rob gets mistaken for a real prisoner.


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Episode complete credited cast:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Boxer Morrison
Warden Walter Jackson
Arthur Batanides ...
Harry Tinker
Guard Jenkins
Vincent Barbi ...
Al Ward ...
Guard (as Alfred Ward)


Rob, Laura, Sally and Buddy arrive at Granville State Prison to perform for the inmates as a favor to Lyle Delp, the prison's entertainment director and fellow convict whom the Petries first met and befriended many years earlier when he tried to hold them up with a comb. Warden Jackson provides the Petries with standard prison garb as costumes for their chained-at-the-ankles dance number. As Buddy first then Sally second take the stage, Rob, dressed in his costume, doubles back for the forgotten prop chains and, in the process, gets mistaken by a prison guard for one of the trouble-making inmates who isn't allowed to see the show. Hauled off to the cells with surly inmates who won't corroborate his story (for a guard who's hardly likely to believe them anyway), Rob has to figure a way to convince the disbelieving guard that he is who he says he is. Meanwhile, Laura stands in the wings, fearing the absent Rob is somewhere up to his borrowed prison stripes in trouble. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family





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11 November 1964 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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While joking with the Warden about an imaginary prison riot, Lyle (Don Rickles) makes cross references to characters from two films with prison themes: Brute Force (1947) with Burt Lancaster and Hume Cronyn, and Castle on the Hudson (1940) with Pat O'Brien. See more »


Lyle Delp: Well, ya see, uh... we-we haven't had a show here in several months, eh-heh.
Buddy Sorrell: Gee, I thought you had one every week.
Lyle Delp: Well, we... we do, you see, but, uh, the warden had to postpone the last one, uh, because of the riot.
Rob Petrie: The riot?
Lyle Delp: Well, eh-heh, it wasn't exactly a riot. It was sort of a... a difference of opinion, eh-heh... with injuries.
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References The Dick Van Dyke Show: 4½ (1964) See more »


Camptown Races
Composed by Stephen Foster
Performed by Robert Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) with Harry Tinker (Arthur Batanides), Boxer Morrison (Robert Strauss) & Convict 8074 (Vincent Barbi)
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