Rob's unguarded gestures at an auction have him unwittingly bidding on and winning an ugly clown painting that covers another work beneath, perhaps a masterpiece.



Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



1 video »


Episode cast overview:
Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mr. Holdecker
Amzie Strickland ...
Ray Kellogg ...


While attending an estate sale to learn about auctions for a sketch on the Alan Brady Show, Rob, Buddy and Sally accidentally bid on a painting of a clown signed by "Artanis." After winning the unwanted portrait (and paying a stiff price for it), Rob and Laura discover there is another painting underneath the clown -- one that bears a similarity to Grant Woods' "American Gothic." Written by aldanoli

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Family





Release Date:

2 October 1963 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


After the picture is discovered not to be a Wood but a Good painting, Buddy makes a joke to Sally about taking a trip to Hoboken in a cloth coat. Hoboken is where Sinatra (Artanis) was born. See more »


Mr. Holdecker: Mr. Petrie, one does not attack a painting. One approaches it as he would a woman. Is she beautiful? Does she have a heart? Does she have a soul? These are not judgments you make in an instant.
Buddy Sorrell: Hey, he's right. You could look at my wife for a whole year and not see ONE of those things.
Mr. Holdecker: [disdainfully] Yes.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Artanis--great American Painter
9 December 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Howard Morris's "Mr. Holdecker" was one of the funniest guest appearances on the DVD Show. His combination of arrogance and eccentricity was a perfect comic mixture. It's about as far away as you can get from his Ernest T. Bass (nothing wrong with Ernest T.--it just shows the comic range of Howard Morris). Mr. Holdecker's love of wine and philosophizing in German were great touches. The writers Persky and Denoff came up with a great Auction scene, along with an original ending regarding the mystery of the painting's creator-from possibly Grant Wood to...Artanis. So this DVD episode itself was a masterpiece in sitcom land.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Big Max Calvada vitoscotti
Goof?? pencilfairy
Best moment in the entire series old_tv_guy
Mel Cooley never got the Love he deserved, post your favorite Mel Moment tarponlarry-24377
DVD Show pulled from Netflix WhyVon
What if Ritchie had been Rachel... ellenhamiltonlatzen
Discuss The Masterpiece (1963) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: