We admit it, both Schultz and I liked this show; but alas, most folks didn't agree, even with this cool pilot!
REPORTEDLY Tom & Dick hated their experience with the genre of the TV Sitcom. Disappointed and disillusioned as they may have been, the Four Star/Knave Productions/CBS Television joint production got them and their brand of humor over with a brand new segment of the viewing public. Likewise, CBS was able to exploit the team in a series that brought us their humor sans their musical acumen.
IN this episode, we have the successful pilot episode. The production was careful in touching all the bases, establishing both the characters and the ongoing theme of the show. The main characters are introduced and presented to the public "for their approval"; as Rod Serling would always say on TWILIGHT ZONE. In addition to Tom & Dick, veteran Roland Winters (as Dick's boss) is brought into the story; all supported by a capable cast consisting of Marvin Brody, Ross Elliot, Regina Groves, Alvy Moore, Marilyn Scott, Fred Vincent and others.
USUAL sitcom-type shenanigans were employed, immersing the half hour with what had become sure-fire humor, tailored just right to depth and level of the TV audience.
ALTHOUGH the final verdict on the SMOTHERS BROTHERS SHOE (1965), the ½ hour sitcom, was far than spectacular, there must have been some silver lining to its dark storm cloud. "Something About a Sailor", the Pilot's Title, got it off the ground and after its short-time exposure; it must have left some very indelible sort of impression on some of the "Suits" at CBS TV's Corporate HQ; for they displayed a highly uncharacteristic loyalty in launching the highly successful SMOTHERS BROTHERS COMEDY HOUR in 1967.
SUCH behaviour's being exhibited openly by TV Execs is indeed very rare; if not altogether unheard of!
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