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"Sanford and Son" Happy Birthday, Pop (1972)

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Original Air Date:
21 January 1972 (Season 1, Episode 2)
During his birthday celebration, Fred is overwhelmed by a visit to a fancy bar, a movie theater to see Fiddler on the Roof, and dinner at a Chinese restaurant. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford

Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Jack Manning ... Man in Restaurant
Eddie Carroll ... Bartender (as Eddy Carroll)
Harold Fong ... Waiter
Stefanianna Christopherson ... Hat Check Girl (as Indira Danks)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Bud Yorkin 
Writing credits
Aaron Ruben (teleplay by)

Ray Galton ("Sixty-Five Today" by) and
Alan Simpson ("Sixty-Five Today" by)

Ray Galton ("Steptoe and Son" created by) &
Alan Simpson ("Steptoe and Son" created by)

Norman Lear  developed by (uncredited)

Produced by
Norman C. Hopps .... associate producer
Aaron Ruben .... producer
Bud Yorkin .... executive producer
Norman Lear .... executive producer (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Ken Denisoff (video tape)
Dick King (video tape)
Casting by
Jane Murray 
Art Direction by
Edward Stephenson 
Costume Design by
Rita Riggs 
Makeup Department
Harry Blake .... makeup artist
Production Management
Andrew J. Selig .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William R. Wyse .... associate director
Sound Department
William Cole .... audio (as Bill Cole)
Camera and Electrical Department
John Freschi .... lighting director
Roy Holm .... camera operator
Reed Howard .... camera operator
Les Shaw .... video
Music Department
Quincy Jones .... composer: theme music "Street Beater"
Tommy Morgan .... composer: theme music
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica
Other crew
Jill Cook .... production coordinator
Cheryl Dawson .... assistant to lead actor
Jere Farrell .... stage manager (as Jeri Farrell)
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (as Bob Holmes)
Anne Hopkins .... assistant to producer
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production secretary

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Norman Lear  developed by (uncredited)

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Did You Know?

Fred celebrates his 65th birthday in this episode. Redd Foxx was only 50 at the time.See more »
Continuity: The last scene showed Fred finding out he was going to be getting less than the maximum amount Social Security paid out at the time, which he said was $218/month. Later on in the series, it is found that Fred pulls in about $3000 a year from Social Security, which averages out to about $250/month, which even with inflation and cost-of-living increases over time, would still be close to, if not the maximum you could get from SS.See more »
Fred G. Sanford:This is a real Chinese restaurant, isn't it?
Lamont Sanford:No, it's a pizza parlor. Of course it's a Chinese restaurant.
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Not so happy birthday, 13 December 2016
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"Happy Birthday, Pop" finds Fred celebrating his 65th birthday (Redd Foxx was only 49!), Lamont wanting to know what it is that he forgot: "forget it!" Fred likes the hat as a present but prefers the sentimental card more. Lamont wants to take him out for the evening, his preference for beer giving way to a too sweet 'old fashioned.' The movie they attend is the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," which Fred also rejects: "it's all about a milkman with an ugly wife and five daughters, and he's always fussin' at God!" Dinner at a Chinese restaurant meets more disapproval: "I can't eat that Chink food...these people do their cooking and laundry in the same pot!" Ham hocks and lima beans are not on the menu!

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