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"I Dream of Jeannie" The Lady in the Bottle (1965)

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Original Air Date:
18 September 1965 (Season 1, Episode 1)
American astronaut Tony Nelson splashes down near a deserted island and finds a bottle that contains a beautiful genie named Jeannie... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Barbara Eden ... Jeannie

Larry Hagman ... Capt. Anthony Nelson

Karen Sharpe ... Melissa Stone

Hayden Rorke ... Dr. Bellows

Philip Ober ... General Wingard Stone

Baynes Barron ... Commander

Joe Higgins ... 2nd Garbage Man
Richard Reeves ... 1st Garbage Man

Warren J. Kemmerling ... Husband (as Warren Kemmerling)
Patricia Scott ... Wife

Don Dubbins ... Lt. Pete Conway, USNR

Bill Daily ... Capt. Roger Healey
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Monty O'Grady ... Controller (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Gene Nelson 
Writing credits
Sidney Sheldon (created by)

Sidney Sheldon (written by)

Produced by
Sidney Sheldon .... producer
Original Music by
Richard Wess 
Cinematography by
Fred Jackman Jr. (director of photography) (as Fred Jackman)
Film Editing by
Al Clark 
Art Direction by
Ross Bellah 
Philip M. Jefferies  (as Philip Jefferies)
Set Decoration by
Richard Mansfield 
Costume Design by
Gwen Wakeling 
Makeup Department
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor
Jan Van Uchelen .... hair stylist
Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director
Sound Department
Sid Lubow .... sound effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug J. Campbell .... second company grip (uncredited)
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (uncredited)
Pat Sutherland .... key grip (uncredited)
Animation Department
Gerry Chiniquy .... animator: intro (uncredited)
Music Department
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor
Other crew
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Sidney Sheldon  creator

Original Music by
Will Schaefer 
Costume Design by
Joie Hutchinson 
Visual Effects by
Marv Ystrom .... optical effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Carl Boles .... gaffer
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

26 min
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Did You Know?

Although it looks like a beautiful sunny day, it was actually a cold December day on Zuma beach, Southern California, where the desert island scenes were filmed. Indeed, Barbara Eden has been quoted as saying that it was a good thing it was filmed in black and white as her lips were blue.See more »
Plot holes: When Major Nelson is preparing for his space flight he is shown wearing his space suit. Yet when he is rescued on the desert island he is wearing an Air Force jumpsuit. He would not have taken a change of clothes with him on his flight.See more »
Jeannie:Thou may ask anything of thy slave, Master.See more »
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The answer to your dreams in a puff of smoke, 4 November 2016
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"The Lady in the Bottle" kicked off one of television's most beloved comedy series, supposedly inspired by the previous season's debut of ABC's BEWITCHED, but infinitely more popular due to the underlying sexual tension involved when a virile single astronaut is (not necessarily) burdened by a beautiful blonde genie (a female reversal of "The Brass Bottle," Burl Ives a decidedly nonsexual genie). Far more risqué for its time, it didn't last as long but also had fewer duds and more likable characters than the domestic idea of a spouse with magical powers. NBC was reluctant to budget the new show for color, telling creator/producer/writer Sidney Sheldon to save his money rather than pay the extra. With a pregnant Barbara Eden on board, Sheldon was able to crank out 11 scripts to film in record time, allowing for the birth of her only child with husband Michael Ansara in late August, three weeks before the series even debuted on Sept 18 1965. Her chosen co-star to play master Tony Nelson was the often difficult Larry Hagman, whose heretofore mostly untapped abilities at physical comedy made all the hardships worthwhile, with Hayden Rorke, cast as NASA colonel and psychiatrist Alfred Bellows, the voice of reason to calm things down. Rounding out the regular cast was Bill Daily as fellow astronaut Roger Healey, girl crazy and usually devising get rich quick schemes that go awry. Captain Anthony Nelson is an up and coming astronaut just splashed down from an aborted orbital mission, alive and well on a deserted island waiting for help. Finding an antique bottle on the beach, he pops the cork and finds something better than champagne, a gorgeous blonde genie known only as Jeannie, who experiences love at first sight with her new master, 2000 years a long wait inside a cramped bottle. The sexual tension is far more palpable in the opener, as Tony has a brunette fiancée and demanding general for a prospective father-in-law (this complication would quickly be eliminated, as both would only appear in one further episode). Set free by Captain Nelson, Jeannie refuses to leave, sneaking into his belongings all the way back to his Cocoa Beach home, not far from his NASA headquarters. Her first scene in the Nelson house is a stunner, walking out of the shower clad only in one of his shirts, a jaw dropping sight we'd never see again. With so much irresistible pulchritude on display, Sheldon doesn't shirk on the comedy, as Nelson's first confession to Dr. Bellows would set the pattern for many more over the years. The funniest moment comes when Jeannie has been corked into her bottle and dumped into the trash, the good doctor offering sage advice to the seemingly unhinged astronaut: "come along with us Captain, we'll buy you all the garbage you want!"

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