Hey, Jeannie!

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Hey, Jeannie!
Genre Sitcom
Written by

Stanley Shapiro
Fred Fox

Nate Monaster
Directed by

Les Goodwins
James Kern

John Rich et al
Starring Jeannie Carson
Allen Jenkins
Jane Dulo
Jack Kirkwood
Vera Vague
Theme music composer

Earle Hagen

Herbert W. Spencer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 32
Production
Executive producer(s) Charles Isaacs
Producer(s) Charles Isaacs
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 24 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run September 8, 1956 (1956-09-08) – 1958

Hey, Jeannie! is an American situation comedy starring Jeannie Carson as a young Scottish woman living in New York City. Twenty-six episodes aired on CBS from September 8, 1956 to May 4, 1957 in the Saturday slot following The Gale Storm Show and preceding the western series Gunsmoke.[1] Six additional episodes aired in 1958 in syndication.[1] Reruns of Hey, Jeannie! aired during the summer of 1960 under the title The Jeannie Carson Show.[2]

Premise[edit]

Carson, who is actually of English descent, plays 28-year-old Jeannie MacLennan, who like Andrew Carnegie, is originally from Dunfermline, Scotland.[3] Upon signing to star in Hey, Jeannie!, Carson became the second highest paid entertainer in the United Kingdom, behind Vivien Leigh.[4] Whereas Carnegie settled in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Carson's character comes to New York to better herself financially. She takes a job as a waitress in a donut shop and lives with her sponsors, Al and Liz Murray, a brother and sister portrayed by Allen Jenkins (1900–1974) and Jane Dulo (1917–1994). Jenkins is cast as a cab driver in Brooklyn.[3] Frequently the whole cast breaks out in song, performing such numbers as "Take Me Out to the Ball Game," "Side by Side", "Start All Over Again," and "The Lady's in Love with You."[1][5]

In the 1958 episodes, the series was revamped, Carson was cast as a flight attendant, and Allen Jenkins and Jane Dulo were replaced.[6] Jack Kirkwood (1894–1964) appeared as Charlie O'Connell, Jeannie's landlord, who particularly dislikes pets. Vera Vague (also known as Barbara Jo Allen) portrayed Mabel, the boss of the flight attendants.[1] In one of the syndicated segments, Jeannie befriends Joe, a young Korean orphan, after she indicates that she is a baseball fan. When the flight lands, Joe, played by Warren Hsieh, follows Jeannie to her apartment, instead of the residence of his adoptive parents.[1]

Guest stars[edit]

In another segment, Chuck Connors, who was at the time launching his own ABC western series, The Rifleman, portrays millionaire playboy Buck Matthews, who rents an entire plane for himself and invites Jeannie to join him on a tour of the nightclubs of New York.[1]

In the series finale, Jeannie meets the Cheyenne chief, Mike Flying Eagle, played by Robert Warwick, on a flight from Washington, D.C., where he had been to seek federal aid for drought relief. He performs a rain dance, and Jeannie and the flight engineer, Herbert, portrayed by William Schallert, hire a light aircraft to salt the clouds with ice. This creates rain at last. The grateful Flying Eagle declares Jeannie his daughter, "Little Rain Cloud." But the Pawnee are irate because the downpour destroys their newly planted grain.[1]

Other guest stars included Jack Albertson, Parley Baer, Charles Bronson, Virginia Christine, Tristram Coffin, Mike Connors (who plays a rodeo star Lash Connor),[1] Hans Conreid, Brian Corcoran, Clegg Hoyt, Helen Kleeb, Richard Long, Jerry Paris, Lyle Talbot, Sammee Tong, Mary Treen, and Will Wright.[7]

Scheduling[edit]

Hey, Jeannie! replaced another unsuccessful situation comedy, the 1955-1956 season's It's Always Jan starring Janis Paige, in CBS's Saturday 9:30-10:00 p.m time slot.[2] Hey, Jeannie was a production of Dick Powell's Four Star Television and ran opposite Lawrence Welk's Dodge Dancing Party on ABC and Sid Caesar's Caesar's Hour on NBC.[8]

ABC reran some ten Hey, Jeannie! episodes between June 30 and September 30, 1960, on Thursday at 9:00 p.m. under the title The Jeannie Carson Show[2] as a summer replacement for the departing variety show The Pat Boone Chevy Showroom.[1]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Hey, Jeannie!". ctva.biz. Retrieved November 17, 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c Brooks, Tim, and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, Sixth Edition, New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, ISBN 0-345-39736-3, p. 458.
  3. ^ a b Tucker 2010, p. 54
  4. ^ Tucker 2010, p. 57
  5. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, p. 375
  6. ^ Tucker 2010, p. 59
  7. ^ "Hey, Jeannie!". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved November 16, 2010. 
  8. ^ Tucker 2010, p. 58

References[edit]

  • Lost Laughs of '50s and '60s Television: Thirty Sitcoms That Faded Off Screen (2010 ed.). McFarland. 2010. ISBN 978-0-7864-4466-3.  - Total pages: 240