The Baileys of Balboa

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The Baileys of Balboa
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Paul Ford (background) and Sterling Holloway (foreground), 1964.
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Gary Nelson
Bob Sweeney
Starring Paul Ford
Sterling Holloway
Judy Carne
John Dehner
Howard Freeman
Dorothy Green
Theme music composer Harry Geller
Composer(s) Harry Geller (all episodes)
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Keefe Brasselle
Producer(s) Bob Sweeney
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Richelieu Productions
Distributor CBS Films
Viacom
Paramount Domestic Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 24, 1964 – April 1, 1965

The Baileys of Balboa is an American sitcom that appeared on CBS in the 1964-1965 season on Thursdays at 9:30pm ET. The series lasted only one 26-episode season (due to its competition on Thursday nights with ABC's highly successful twice-weekly soap opera, Peyton Place). The show was directed by Gary Nelson and Bob Sweeney.[1]

The show was primarily developed for the network because its president, James T. Aubrey, insisted that Gilligan's Island, which premiered the same season (and which he personally loathed), would have been a better show if it had centered on the exploits of a charter boat captain operating in a marina, and had his old friend Keefe Brasselle produce his version of the idea in order to prove his point.

After Aubrey was fired from the network in February 1965 (amid charges of "conflict of interest" in scheduling the show and two other Brasselle productions without formal pilot episodes), The Baileys of Balboa fulfilled its 26-episode commitment, and was abruptly canceled (due, in part, to poor ratings opposite ABC's Peyton Place). Gilligan's Island continued for two more seasons.

Overview[edit]

The plot follows the Bailey family, who live at a beach resort (where Sam Bailey operates a charter boat at the local marina), and who regularly get into conflicts with their wealthier neighbors. The show starred Paul Ford (Sam Bailey), Sterling Holloway (Buck Singleton), John Dehner (Commodore Cecil Wyntoon), Judy Carne (Barbara Wyntoon), Les Brown, Jr. (Jim Bailey), Clint Howard (Stanley), Howard Freeman (Langley) and Dorothy Green. John Banner also occasionally appeared as "Hans".

Among the guest stars on The Baileys of Balboa was Roger Ewing, who in 1965 was cast as Thaddeus "Thad" Greenwood in CBS's western series, Gunsmoke, a role that he held for two years. Child actor Kelly Corcoran (1958-2002) also appeared once in the series.

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Love Is A White Sea Bass" September 24, 1964 Sam's relentless efforts to learn the secret formula which five-year-old Stanley uses as bait to capture enormous white sea bass lead him to the parlor of an attractive widow.
1-2 "The Great Yacht Club Robbery" October 1, 1964 Sam unwittingly charters his fishing boat to a band of armed robbers fleeing a crime.
1-3 "The Return of Barbara Wyntoon" October 8, 1964 Sam and Commodore Wyntoon worry over a mysterious trip by their respective offspring to Tijuana, Mexico, known for its "quickie" weddings.
1-4 "To Sam, He's A Swimmer" October 15, 1964 Commodore Wyntoon schemes for the defeat of Jim Bailey and the return of the around-the-stand swimming race trophy to the yacht club.
1-5 "Mutiny" November 5, 1964 Sam faces a mutiny from passengers of the Island Princess after he refuses to take its passengers back to shore, where a process server awaits him.
1-6 "My Son, the Dreamer" November 12, 1964 Fearful that Commodore Wyntoon will make another attempt to squeeze him off his property, Sam signs his estate over to his son.
1-7 "Wanna Buy A Hot Turkey?" November 19, 1964 Commodore Wyntoon makes an attempt to frame the Baileys for stealing a turkey after Buck unknowlingly buys a stolen bird.
1-8 "Buck Ships Out" November 26, 1964 The call of the four winds and seven seas, coupled with petty quarrels with Sam, stir Buck Singleton to ship out from Bailey's Landing.
1-9 "Captain Stanley" December 3, 1964 The Bailey's neighbor, five-year-old Stanley, takes charge of Sam's harbor tours when Sam falls victim to illness.
1-10 "Las Vegas By the Sea" December 10, 1964 A floating dice game is started on the Island Princess after Buck's unemployed gambler friend, Shorty McAllister, is hired.
1-11 "Look Who's A Sailor" December 17, 1964 Following an argument with his father, Jim Bailey defects to the side of the yachting set, forcing Sam to seek a replacement for Jim's chores.
1-12 "Won't You Come Home, Sam Bailey?" December 24, 1964 When Sam meets an attractive actress, he decides to court her while at the same time continuing his wooing of widow Emily Sheldon.
1-13 "Happiness Is A Seal Called Lester" December 31, 1964 An affectionate seal named Lester moves into the Bailey household and improves Sam's business in the process.
1-14 "Bailey's Band" January 7, 1965 Sam finds a way to express his anger after the park closes before his band has an opportunity to perform.
1-15 "Sam's Dream" January 14, 1965 Sam dreams he is commodore of the yacht club and devises a plan to force Commodore Wyntoon to sell property to him.
1-16 "Sam and the Surfers" January 21, 1965 A secret formula for treating surfboards leads to the kidnapping of a teenage chemistry wizard.
1-17 "To Hawaii With Love" January 28, 1965 Commodore Wyntoon and his superior in yacht club affairs, Walter Langley, conspire to remove Jim Bailey from both the Balboa scene and Barbara Wyntoon's life.
1-18 "The Education Of Sam Bailey" February 4, 1965 While caring for Stanley for one week, Sam gets in trouble when he takes the child out of nursery school in a dispute over educational methods.
1-19 "Sam and the Invisible Man" February 11, 1965 Sam's nephew turns "invisible" in an attempt to escape deportation from Balboa and the end of a romance.
1-20 "The Antique Car Race" February 18, 1965 Commodore Wyntoon challenges Sam and Buck to match his "achievement" of getting a speeding ticket in a vintage car.
1-21 "The Haunted Van" February 25, 1965 Commodore Wyntoon devises with Jim Bailey to spook Buck out of his moving van and back into the household.
1-22 "Stanley the Runaway" March 4, 1965 Stanley becomes a nursery school dropout to join the crew of the Island Princess, and seems immune to Sam's attempts at child psychology.
1-23 "Sam's Economy Kick" March 11, 1965 Sam causes an uproar when he slashes the family budget to the breaking point.
1-24 "Sam's Treasure Hunt" March 18, 1965 A fortune in gold and precious stones lures Sam and Buck, not knowing that the "treasure map" is a fraud perpetrated by Commodore Wyntoon.
1-25 "Sam Sells Out" March 25, 1965 Sam at last submits to adversity and puts his property up for sale when expenses mount and business declines.
1-26 "Sam and the Sea Monster" April 1, 1965 A "sea monster" throws fear into Sam and Buck when it slithers through waters and stalks sands at Bailey's Landing.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Television obscurities, The Baileys of Balboa. Retrieved on 2007-11-22

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