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"Sanford and Son" The Light Housekeeper (1972)

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Original Air Date:
22 December 1972 (Season 2, Episode 14)
Lamont hires a housekeeper, but Fred isn't wild about her being white. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Peter Baldwin 
Writing credits
Lee Kalcheim (teleplay by) and
Aaron Ruben (teleplay by)

Lee Kalcheim (story 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
Robert L. Shannon .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William R. Wyse .... associate director
Sound Department
Jim Kigar .... audio (as James Kigar)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ed Huston .... video
Dick Pickens .... lighting director
Music Department
Quincy Jones .... composer: theme music "Street Beater"
Tommy Morgan .... composer: theme music
Other crew
Robert G. Holmes .... technical director (as Bob Holmes)
Anne Hopkins .... assistant to producer
Carl McCarthy .... stage manager
Sylvia O'Gilvie .... production assistant
Aaron Ruben .... story consultant

Series Crew
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Writing credits
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Norman Lear  developed by (uncredited)

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USA:30 min
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Did You Know?

Fred doesn't want to be left home alone, noting that "They never did catch that Zodiac Killer." The Zodiac Killer was a serial killer who operated in the Northern California Bay Area in the late 1960s and possibly into the early '70s. Fred's statement still holds true these many years later since the Zodiac Killer has never been captured or even positively identified.See more »
Fred G. Sanford:[to Aunt Ethel] Let me tell you something. If you ain't outta here by the time I count to three I'm gonna take this crutch and wrap it around your head so many times you'd think you were wearing a wooden turban!See more »
Movie Connections:
References "Days of Our Lives" (1965)See more »


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Mary Wickes as the housekeeper, 14 December 2016
Author: kevin olzak ( from Youngstown, Ohio

"The Light Housekeeper" opens with Fred wearing his sprained arm in a sling, after a sudden step on the brakes by Lamont while driving the truck. Fred receives a visit from Aunt Ethel (Beah Richards, previously seen in "By the Numbers"), who rejoices at his injury: "just look at you, you look ridiculous!" "Ethel I fell off a truck, what's your excuse?" Needing to get back to work Lamont sends for a temporary housekeeper, with Fred hoping she isn't a sex maniac. Neither is pleased to see Mary (Mary Wickes), an older white woman, who spends more time resting than working. After just two appearances, Beah Richards' Aunt Ethel would be replaced by the intimidating Aunt Esther, LaWanda Page making her debut in "The Big Party."

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