The Stu Erwin Show

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The Stu Erwin Show
Also known as The Trouble with Father
Genre Sitcom
Written by Arnold Belgard
Erna Lazarus
Lee Loeb
Al Martin
Lester Pine
Edward E. Seabrook
Directed by Charles Barton
Howard Bretherton
Frank R. Strayer
James Tinling
Starring Stuart Erwin
June Collyer
Ann Todd
Sheila James
Willie Best
Theme music composer Alexander Laszlo
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 128
Production
Executive producer(s) Roland D. Reed
Producer(s) Roland D. Reed
Hal Roach, Jr.
Cinematography Lucien Andriot
Walter Strenge
Lothrop B. Worth
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 26 min
Production company(s) Hal Roach Studios
Roland D. Reed Productions Inc.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 21, 1950 (1950-10-21) – April 13, 1955 (1955-04-13)

The Stu Erwin Show (also known as The Trouble with Father) is an American sitcom which aired on ABC for five seasons from 1950 to 1955.

Synopsis[edit]

The series stars Stuart Erwin and real-life wife June Collyer. Ann Todd and Sheila James portray the couple's fictional daughters (Merry Anders replaced Ann Todd in the final season). One notable aspect of the show was that it featured African American actor Willie Best in a regular supporting role.

Predating modern single-camera sitcoms, The Stu Erwin Show originally aired without a laugh track (one was added in its final season), and each episode was around 26 minutes long, without commercials. During its original network run on ABC, it was sponsored by General Mills (1950–54) and Liggett & Myers (1954–55).

Production notes[edit]

The series was produced by Roland D. Reed and Hal Roach, Jr., and filmed at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California.

Syndication and DVD release[edit]

The series was widely syndicated by Official Films through the late '60s. The show is being shown on the MyFamilyTV Network as of January 2012.

Many episodes of the program have fallen into the public domain. As such, various budget DVD releases of public domain episodes have been released.

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