The Bill Dana Show
- TV Series
This NBC spinoff of "The Danny Thomas Show" featured the character of Jose Jiminez, a nasally sounding Latin American bellhop at a New York hotel.This NBC spinoff of "The Danny Thomas Show" featured the character of Jose Jiminez, a nasally sounding Latin American bellhop at a New York hotel.This NBC spinoff of "The Danny Thomas Show" featured the character of Jose Jiminez, a nasally sounding Latin American bellhop at a New York hotel.
Jose Jimenez(Bill Dana)was a Mexican immigrant who worked as a bellhop at the Park Central Hotel,a plush upscale hotel in New York City. Not only did he worked there,it was practically his entire world since he lived in special bachelor quarters provided for hotel employees,ate in the hotel kitchen and had social contact only with employees and guests of the hotel. In his goodhearted naivete he only saw the good in the people around him. Sometimes,he was known to be sort of a bumbling mishap when it came to taking care of situations that may occur within the hotel. Bill Dana's character of Jose Jimenez was the down south-of-the-border version of Gomer Pyle. His biggest concerns were the employees who worked around him,which was his fellow bellhop Eddie(Gary Crosby) who was trying constantly to get him to wise up:however his troubles usually ended up confronted with the less-than-understanding hotel manager,the strictly by the book and uppity forward Mr. Phillips(Jonathan Harris,in a prototype character he would take onward as the slimy,strictly by the book,and deliciously evil/cowardly Dr. Zachery Smith on Lost In Space);and the not-too-bright bumbling hotel detective Byron Glick(Don Adams,in a prototype character he would soon be playing on Get Smart). Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were occasionally used to extricate Jose from his hotel environment,which ended up with hilarious results. Also on-board this series was the show's secretary/receptionist/guest services host Susie(who was played by Maggie Peterson,who was also portrayed Charlene Darling in several episodes of "The Andy Griffith Show").
Out of all the cast of characters,actor Gary Crosby lasted one season. The show hasn't been since it was cancelled in 1965. However,repeated episodes of this series ended up on CBN Cable Network(Christian Broadcasting Network)back in the mid-1980's when the network ran all 23 episodes. And it hasn't been seen since.
- Jan 29, 2009