The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)
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I'm No Henry Walden 

In answer to an invitation, the Petries attend a swank dinner party thrown by wealthy Mrs. Huntington, which later reveals itself to be a fund-raiser where Rob's compliant gesture turns into a donation far beyond his means.

Director:

Jerry Paris

Writers:

Carl Reiner (teleplay by), Ray Brenner (story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Everett Sloane ... Henry Walden
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Doris Packer Doris Packer ... Mrs. Huntington
Carl Reiner ... Yale Sampson
Betty Lou Gerson ... Mrs. Vonitia Fellows
Howard Wendell Howard Wendell ... Dr. Torrence Hayworth
Roxane Berard Roxane Berard ... Miss Thomas Evelyn (as Roxanne Berard)
Frank Adamo Frank Adamo ... H. Fieldstone Thorley
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Rob is nervous about the elegant dinner party he and Laura have been invited to by a Mrs. Huntington - whom they've never met - for all the top writers in their respective fields. Rob feels nervously out of his league amidst a roomful of serious writers, especially as his writing has no, what he considers, permanence. Rob and Laura really only want to meet famed poet Henry Walden. They regret having gone to the party for several reasons: (1) having to spend the evening with a bunch of pretentious but nonetheless wealthy writers, (2) never getting to meet Walden among the bunch, and (3), most importantly, finding out the party was a fund-raiser for a literary foundation, with the writers to donate part or all of the royalties from their books. With no book to his name and, thus, no royalties, Rob donates the only thing he has in his pockets, which could end up ruining his reputation, but Rob changes his mind about the gathering when he learns who actually invited him to the party and ... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family

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TV-G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English | French

Release Date:

27 March 1963 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Quotes

Henry Walden: I enjoy your work immensely.
Sally Rogers: You enjoy OUR work?
Henry Walden: Yes, I have for years.
Buddy Sorrell: Wait a minute. You a poet or a politician?
Henry Walden: Oh, politician, eh? All right, let's see... Buddy Sorrell. Before Alan Brady, you wrote for The Billy Barrow Show, and before that, in early television, you were the very fine MC for an absolutely terrible program called Buddy's Band.
Buddy Sorrell: Oh, wow! Memories!
Henry Walden: And, uh, Sally Rogers, you were on the staff of The Milton Berle Show. And before that...
Sally Rogers: Whoops! Before that I was a pom pom girl...
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Connections

References The Milton Berle Show (1958) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz in C-sharp Minor, Op. 64, No. 2
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Composed by Frédéric Chopin
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Who's the snob here?
5 February 2016 | by OwlwiseSee all my reviews

This is a fascinating episode, a real time capsule, in capturing the mainstream attitudes of Kennedy-era America. When Rob & Laura are invited to a party of pretentious writers & upper-class hangers-on, he's reluctant to go. It's only because the party is for noted poet Henry Walden (obviously modeled after Robert Frost) that he agrees to go at all.

What's interesting is that Rob & Laura were the representative Kennedy-era couple -- young, attractive, sexy, and open to modern ideas & the avant-garde ... up to a point. The show always defaulted to the safety mainstream in the end, not wanting to alienate its core audience, and never more so than in this episode.

First, I'm sure the all-too-fey poet portrayed by Dick van Dykes's stand-in Frank Adamo, pushing his new book of poetry entitled "Lavender Lollipops" -- excuse me, pronounced "Lavender Lollipopths" no less -- is embarrassing for the cast & creators to look back on now. The show was quite bold in presenting black characters as real human beings; but gay people hadn't reached that point on television yet.

But also interesting is that the episode is so determined to show up the pretensions of the so-called snobs -- they're definitely a bit full of themselves, but clearly decent enough & well-meaning people -- that it's Rob who comes off as the snob, strident & mocking & almost bitter. He's quite defensive about it! It remains a funny episode, both as originally intended & in revealing new ways in retrospect.


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