As director of the annual area variety show, Rob finds himself trapped between casting Laura as this year's leading woman (again) or a dazzlingly talented newcomer to the neighborhood.


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Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Eddie Ryder ...
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Jerry Hausner ...
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In avoiding head councilwoman Mrs. Billings, Rob thinks he's finally gotten away from directing this year's New Rochelle Parents Council's annual variety show that he's done for the past several years. He doesn't mind directing or performing in the show but hates the audition process as Laura is the only really talented woman in the community and Rob doesn't like telling the other women that his wife, once again, has the lead in the show, but Mrs. Billings does eventually catch up with him, thanks to Laura, who likes that inside edge of having a husband who makes the casting decisions. It ends up being even more important this year as Buddy and Sally are providing material for the show - a musical comedy originally written for Alan Brady (who'll never do it since the lead role is for a female). Presuming she'll get the lead role as usual, Laura doesn't count on the fact that people with talent can sometimes move into new neighborhoods. Such is the case, leaving Rob, as director, to ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family






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30 October 1963 (USA)  »

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If one listens closely to the phrasing, ambience and vocal performance of Ann Morgan Guilbert's 'Sentimental Love Song (My Love Got A Smash in the Face)' during the auditions, it is evident that her's was one of the few examples of a live singing performance on the series, without being pre-recorded or dubbed. See more »


Sally and Buddy's show, 'The Gold Rush Girl', is set in the Gold Rush days. Jerry dressed as an Indian chief and Mel as a Buffalo Bill type back this up, but the number that Rob, Laura and Anita perform dressed in penguin-formal black outfits and bowler hats - though cute - is entirely Broadway cabaret and Bob Fosse-esque and nothing to do with any aspect of the old west. See more »


Millie Helper: [auditioning with a sentimental love song she wrote herself] "My heart got a smash in the face. That night I will never erase. You saw me standing 'neath the sun and the stars, and I was something to see, but you took hold of my aching heart and kicked it right in the knee. My heart has a terrible scar. I'll get you for this, wherever you are, but first I'll kill myself! I'm funny that way. But, seriously, darling - you're OK."
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A Sentimental Love Song
aka "My Heart Got a Smash in the Face" (uncredited)
Performed by Ann Morgan Guilbert
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