The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Ugliest Dog in the World 

Rob brings the ugliest dog anyone's ever seen to the studio for a dog sketch. No one stops to consider what becomes of the poor pooch once he's no longer needed.


Lee Philips


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Billy De Wolfe ... Rex Spaulding
Florence Halop ... Mrs. Spaulding
Michael Conrad ... Mr. Mack
George Tyne ... Mr. Berkowitz
Barbara Dodd ... Customer
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley


Rob, Buddy and Sally have an unusual challenge in writing this week's script. The show's guest is a not a comedienne but a dramatic actress, and one that is not human but canine, namely a dog named Pally. They are having problems coming up with a suitable idea for a sketch. Rob thinks he's figured out an angle, one that has been done before but probably not in canine form. As Pally is considered a beautiful and intelligent dog, she would be Eliza Doolittle in their version of Pygmalion. To pull the skit off, they would have to find the ugliest, stupidest dog in the world as a pre-transformation stand-in, which Rob believes he's found at the dog pound. They nickname their ugly dog Horrible. The next day, there is a slight change in plans when Pally is no longer scheduled to appear on the show. What Rob didn't figure is that Horrible now has to be returned to the pound, which is more difficult than he imagined it would be to do despite Horrible being an ugly, smelly dog with bad breath,... Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family



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To get Horrible prettier, Laura tells Rob to call the Puppy Palace. When they get to the groomers, Rex' jacket says Poodle Palace. See more »


Rex Spaulding: [checking over Horrible] What exactly did you have in mind?
Rob Petrie: Well, we-we wanna... we want you to make him beautiful.
Rex Spaulding: [looking back at Horrible] And your second choice?
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References The Fugitive (1963) See more »

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Release Date:

6 October 1965 (USA) See more »

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Calvada Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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