The Bob Cummings Show
|The Bob Cummings Show|
|Also known as||Love That Bob|
|Created by||Paul Henning|
|Written by||William Cowley
|Directed by||Rod Amateau
Ann B. Davis
|Narrated by||Bill Baldwin|
|Theme music composer||Del Sharbutt
|Opening theme||"A Romantic Guy, I"|
|Ending theme||"A Romantic Guy, I"|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||173 (List of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||George Burns|
|Running time||24 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Laurel Productions
|Original channel||NBC (1955)
|Original run||January 2, 1955– September 15, 1959|
The Bob Cummings Show (also known as Love That Bob) is an American sitcom starring Robert "Bob" Cummings, which was produced from January 2, 1955 to September 15, 1959. The Bob Cummings Show was the first-ever series to debut as a midseason replacement.
The program began with a half-season run on NBC, then ran for two full seasons on CBS, and returned to NBC for its final two seasons. The program was later rerun during the day on ABC and then syndicated under the title Love That Bob. A similar (but less successful) follow-up series, The New Bob Cummings Show, was broadcast on CBS during the 1961–62 television season.
The series stars Cummings as dashing young Hollywood photographer, Air Force reserve officer, and ladies' man, Bob Collins. The character's interest in aviation and photography mirrored Cummings' own, with his character's name the same as the role he played in the film You Came Along (1945). The series also stars Rosemary DeCamp.
The Bob Cummings Show was important in the development of several careers. Its creator, producer, and head writer was Paul Henning, later producer of major 1960s hits such as The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. Regulars in the show included Ann B. Davis, who twice won Emmy Awards for playing Schultzy. Henning apparently remembered cast members Nancy Kulp and Joi Lansing favorably, as both had roles on The Beverly Hillbillies, Miss Kulp as Miss Hathaway (secretary to banker Milburn Drysdale--a character similar to the one she appeared as (Pamela Livingston) on Cummings' show)--and Miss Lansing as Gladys. A decade after The Bob Cummings Show left the air, Davis went on to play the housekeeper Alice in The Brady Bunch; in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, which featured another actress playing Alice, Davis reprised the role of Schultzy for a cameo that suggests the character went on to become a truck driver.
Versatile actress Kathleen Freeman appeared in 6 episodes as Bertha Krause.
Perhaps the biggest career boost was received by young Dwayne Hickman, a student at Loyola University in Los Angeles, who appeared as Bob's nephew and became a favorite with young female viewers. During the last season of The Bob Cummings Show, he was cast as the lead in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.
This program represented the height of Cummings' television career. Although he made many guest-star appearances and starred in two other series in the early 1960s--The New Bob Cummings Show and My Living Doll--he never again achieved the success on television that he had with The Bob Cummings Show.
- Bob Cummings – Bob Collins – A womanizing photographer.
- Rosemary DeCamp – Margaret MacDonald – Bob's sister who always tried her best to raise her brother's morality.
- Dwayne Hickman – Chuck MacDonald – Margaret's son and Bob's nephew, who was a crazy-driven teenager vying in turn for his uncle's action.
- Ann B. Davis – Charmaine "Schultzy" Schultz – Bob's hilarious young secretary who pines for him and always nixes his love schemes.
Reruns entitled Love that Bob appeared on the CBN Cable Network in the mid-1980s, and the show remains in syndication on smaller stations and networks today.
Ann B. Davis' character, Schultzy, was the inspiration for the comic book character Pepper Potts, a supporting character in the Iron Man comics, who was modeled after her. Potts first appeared in Tales of Suspense #45 (September 1963), and was depicted with brown hair and a hairdo resembling Schultzy's. Eventually, it was decided by the editorial team that the resemblance was too great, and in Tales of Suspense #50, her appearance was altered to give her red hair and a different hairstyle.
The entire series has yet to be released on DVD in any region. However, selected episodes have been released by DigiView Productions in 2004, Critics' Choice Video in 2004-5, Platinum Disc, LLC in 2005, Echo Bridge Home Entertainment in 2005 and Alpha Home Entertainment in 2006. Also, on March 20, 2012, MPI Home Video released a Region 1 DVD collection of episodes from Cummings' mid-1960s series My Living Doll, and a standalone episode of The Bob Cummings Show was included as a bonus feature.
- Cronin, Brian (June 29, 2010). "Foggy Ruins of Time – Which Brady Bunch Actress Was Pepper Potts Based On?". Comic Book Resources.
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