The Growing Paynes

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The Growing Paynes
Created by Pat Fay
Starring John Harvey (1948-1949)
Judy Parrish (1948-1949)
Edward Holmes (1949)
Elaine Stritch (1949)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 20, 1948 (1948-10-20) – August 3, 1949 (1949-08-03)

The Growing Paynes is an American sitcom that aired on the DuMont Television Network.

Broadcast history[edit]

The series aired on DuMont on Wednesdays at 8:30 pm ET for one season, 1948 to 1949. The series stars John Harvey, Judy Parrish, David Anderson, Ann Sullivan, Lester Lonergan, Jr., and Warren Parker.

One of the first sitcoms to air in the United States, the 30-minute series was broadcast live. Advertisements for the show's sponsor, Wanamaker's Department Store, were worked into the early stories.[1]

Harvey and Parrish, who were husband and wife in real life, left the show in 1949 and were replaced by Edward Holmes and Elaine Stritch as Mr. and Mrs. Payne.[1] This series marked Stritch's television debut.

Synopsis[edit]

The setting is the Payne family's apartment. Comedic situations deal with the trials of an insurance salesman, George Payne (played by Harvey), his screwball wife, Laraine Payne (played by Parrish), and their young son, John Payne (played by Anderson). Often it is their maid, Birdie (played by Sullivan), who saves the day.[1]

Episode status[edit]

One episode of The Growing Paynes is at the UCLA Film and Television Archive and four episodes are at the Paley Center for Media.

Cast[edit]

Replacement cast[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present, 9th Edition (New York: Random House, 2007) p. 565

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