The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Redcoats Are Coming 

Rob agrees to have a popular British singing duo spend the night at his home when they appear on Alan's show. There's one catch: he's sworn to secrecy and cannot tell anyone about it for fear of touching off a Beatlemania-like fan frenzy.


Jerry Paris

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Chad Stuart ... Ernie
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Freddie
William Beckley ... Richard Karp
Trudi Ames Trudi Ames ... Marge
Eleanor Sommers Eleanor Sommers ... Estelle (as Ellie Sommers)
Mollie Howerton Mollie Howerton ... Phoebe
Wendy Wilson Wendy Wilson ... Janie
Shelley Cochran Shelley Cochran ... Girl #1


Ernie and Fred, better known as the Redcoats (a British rock duo that's all the craze among the teen set), are performing on Alan's show, which causes issues for the show's staff if only in keeping their screaming female fans at bay. It becomes an even bigger issue for Rob when Mel asks if the Redcoats can stay at his house for one night. Adoring fans always find out their top secret hotel whereabouts, preventing the boys from getting any rest whatsoever, and one night ensconced at the Petrie's would provide them much needed sleep. Rob, who isn't allowed to tell anyone except Laura, reluctantly agrees. Although knowing the worst would happen, Rob and Laura are both dying to tell someone - anyone - that the Redcoats are staying at their house. Written by Huggo / edited by statmanjeff

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

10 February 1965 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The title is a variation on the cry that Paul Revere made to warn the Colonial Minuteman of the approach of the enemy (the British army or the Redcoats) just prior to the Battles of Lexington and Concord in April 1775: "The British are coming! The British are coming!" See more »


[first lines]
[Rob, Sally, and Buddy escape into a rehearsal room, while being pursued by a mob of screaming teenaged girls]
Rob Petrie: [successfully diverting the throng by yelling] The Redcoats have gone backstage!
[the girls run off]
Buddy Sorrell: Oh boy!
Rob Petrie: Do you think the Redcoat craze is just a publicity stunt?
Buddy Sorrell: I haven't heard screaming like this since I told my wife my mother was comin' for a visit.
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My How the Time Goes By
Written by Russell Alquest & Chad Stuart
Performed by Chad and Jeremy
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