Bachelor Father (American TV series)

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Bachelor Father
Bachelor Father, 1961.jpg
Noreen Corcoran and John Forsythe, 1961
StarringJohn Forsythe
Noreen Corcoran
Sammee Tong
Jimmy Boyd
Bernadette Withers
Theme music composerDave Kahn
Melvyn Lenard Gordon
Jeff Alexander
Larry Ornstein
Johnny Williams
Conrad Salinger
Opening theme"Bachelor Father Serenade"
"Bachelor Father Theme"
"Bachelor Father Theme"
"Bentley's Theme"
ComposerStanley Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes157
ProducersHarry Ackerman
Everett Freeman
Robert Sparks
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 mins.
Production companiesBachelor Productions
Revue Studios
DistributorMCA TV
Original networkCBS (1957–1959)
NBC (1959–1961)
ABC (1961–1962)
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1957 (1957-09-15) –
September 25, 1962 (1962-09-25)
Related showsGeneral Electric Theater

Bachelor Father is an American sitcom starring John Forsythe, Noreen Corcoran and Sammee Tong. The series first premiered on CBS in September 1957 before moving to NBC for the third season in 1959. The series' fifth and final season aired on ABC. A total of 157 episodes were aired. The series was based on "A New Girl in His Life", which aired on General Electric Theater on May 26, 1957.[1]

Bachelor Father is the only primetime series ever to run in consecutive years on the three major television networks (ABC, CBS and NBC).[2]


Bachelor Father follows the adventures of Bentley Gregg, a wealthy bachelor attorney living in Beverly Hills who assumes the responsibility of raising his niece, Kelly (Noreen Corcoran), after her parents die in an automobile accident.[2] Other members of the cast included houseboy Peter Tong (Sammee Tong), teenage neighbor and Kelly's on and off boyfriend, Howard Meechum (Jimmy Boyd), Kelly's best friend, Ginger Farrell (Bernadette Withers) and Jasper, the dog.[2] Withers appeared in 51 episodes from 1957-1962; Boyd in 37 from 1958-1962. Plots center on Bentley's adjustments to his new role as an adoptive parent, his search for the right woman to share his life,[2] Kelly facing the usual problems of adolescence and young adulthood and her ritual of passage from high school to college and Peter's misadventures with his family, love life and financial schemes.

Asian rights activist Guy Aoki has praised the show for prominently featuring Asian actors and storylines, including "feisty" comedian Sammee Tong and Victor Sen Yung, the scheming "Uncle Charlie", "a slick, Americanized character. I thought it was great that way back in the ’50s, audiences saw a Chinese American who acted just like anyone else."[3]

The program's final season storylines led to Kelly's impending marriage to Bentley's junior partner Warren Dawson (Aron Kincaid).[4] The two met, became engaged, interacted with other couples and even met Dawson's parents (who flew in from New York on short notice), all in a span of three episodes. Without mention or explanation, Kincaid's character was dropped after four episodes and by the series finale, Kelly is seeing a different man with no marriage plans. Meechum (Boyd) appears in several Season 5 episodes, but he is never developed as a serious romantic interest for Kelly. As the series was canceled after 157 episodes, Bachelor Father did not have a formal series finale.

Primary cast[edit]

According to John Forsythe, the Bentley Gregg character was based on two well-known Beverly Hills bachelors at the time. He combined their names and used it for the characters in the program. Because of the implication in the program of Gregg's aversion to marriage, no serious thoughts were given to casting a 'regular' or steady woman for him. Instead, Gregg is forever dating different women with only a handful ever getting a 'second' date with him.

Forsythe noted that casting the main characters took considerable effort. Then actor (and future California governor and United States president) Ronald Reagan, who hosted General Electric Theater from 1954-1962, suggested Corcoran for the role, believing her to be a 'typical teenager' and closer to what a normal 13-year-old was like, and Forsythe agreed. Corcoran was already an experienced actress with movie and television roles to her credit. She was 18 years old when the program left the air and had virtually 'grown up' into a young woman during the show's five-year run.

Casting Bentley Gregg's houseboy was difficult as well. Sammee Tong was cast based primarily on his experience as a stand-up comedian. Forsythe believed much of the program's success resulted from the interaction between Tong and himself and that Tong had great comic timing. He also stated that Tong's character was unique for the time and that he was not the "typical" Asian house servant. Forsythe insisted on Tong being a major character on the program. Several of the program plots center around Tong, many dealing with his attempts to improve his position in life. Although none ever pan out (much like Bentley or Kelly) he does develop as a character through the life of the program.

Kelly's (Noreen Corcoran) best friend was Ginger, played by Bernadette Withers.[5]

Guest stars[edit]

Among the series guest stars were Edgar Bergen, Bill Bixby, Billy Gray, Ryan O'Neal, Frankie Laine, Mary Tyler Moore and singer Patti Page. Eddie Anderson, who portrayed "Rochester" on The Jack Benny Program, reprised his role in the Season 5 episode, "Pinch That Penny". Besides the 'Benny' link, the series had connections to The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show as Harry Von Zell appeared in five season three episodes as Bentley Gregg's friend and next-door neighbor. The Burns' son, Ronnie Burns, appeared on two episodes, as well. Fifteen-year-old Linda Evans also appeared in a guest spot on the series as one of Kelly's friends. Evans and Forsythe later starred in the primetime soap opera Dynasty together.[6]

Other guest stars include:

Broadcast history[edit]

The series' pilot episode, "A New Girl in His Life", originally aired on General Electric Theater on May 26, 1957.[1] The series was first telecast on CBS on September 15, 1957.[2] It originally aired on Sunday evenings on alternating weeks with The Jack Benny Program (Benny guest starred on one episode) opposite NBC's Sally and ABC's Maverick with James Garner.[7] The show moved to NBC as a weekly series on Thursday nights in June 1959 (the Summer 1959 run on NBC were reruns of previous CBS episodes) and concluded its run on that network in September 1961.[8] The series then moved on to ABC on Tuesday nights in 1961 for its final season. The last "first run" episode (the 157th unique episode) aired on June 26, 1962, with reruns filling the remainder of the summer.[2]

Bachelor Father is the only series to ever run in consecutive seasons on all three major TV networks of the time (ABC, CBS and NBC). On November 22, 1963, a re-run episode of Bachelor Father was airing on several NBC affiliates in the Eastern Time Zone, Don Pardo broke in at 1:45 PM EST with the first bulletin of the shooting of President John F. Kennedy in Dallas.


Season 1 (1957–58)[edit]

20 Episodes
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Bentley and the P.T.A."Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterSeptember 15, 1957 (1957-09-15)
After her parents die in an automobile accident, wealthy bachelor lawyer Bentley Gregg (John Forsythe) has legal custody of his teenage niece Kelly (Noreen Corcoran). Bentley has a date with a beautiful movie starlet named Angela Giovanni, who is also a very important and valuable client. Because he is worried Kelly may be sick, Bentley is late for the date and Angela slams the door in his face. He manages to get a second date, but then finds out it's on the same night he is to attend a P.T.A. meeting. Bentley plans to go to the meeting and duck out soon after to make his date. However, things don't go as planned. But thanks to Kelly, Bentley gets Angela to sign a contract. Alice Backes as Vickie. Madge Blake as Mrs. Bowman. Mary Field as PTA Spokeswoman. Paul Maxey as Doctor. Florida Friebus as Mrs. Banks. Almira Sessions as Cleaning Woman.
22"Bentley Versus the Girl Scouts"Jerry HopperJerry Davis & Howard LeedsSeptember 29, 1957 (1957-09-29)
Despite a late night, Bentley agrees to drive Kelly to her Pathfinder Outing meeting place. Kelly wants him to meet their leader, Marilyn Hesselroth (Diane Brewster). Bentley makes a play for Marilyn, but she shoots him down fast. He drives out to the camp site and tries to woo Marilyn again. She puts him to work chopping wood and digging holes. That evening Bentley has his houseboy Peter (Sammee Tong) bring out a table, chairs and fancy meal to the campsite. Bentley invites her to dinner the next evening. Kelly tells Bentley that she thinks Marilyn is in love with him even though she's already engaged. Bentley comes up with a plan to hopefully discourage Marilyn. Bernadette Withers as 'Troup Leader' Grabowski. June Blair as Woman #1.
33"Uncle Bentley and the Lady Doctor"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterOctober 13, 1957 (1957-10-13)
Bentley has been trying for weeks to get Kelly to clean her room and keep it clean. Secretary Vickie tells Bentley that maybe she's doing it for attention and suggests talking to a child psychiatrist. Bentley meets Dr. Barbara Ruskin (Mary Webster), who happens to be quite beautiful. After getting some advice about Kelly, Bentley makes a play for the Doctor, but he doesn't get far. Bentley still loses his temper with Kelly and goes to see Dr. Ruskin again. She says if he can resolve the thing with Kelly by Saturday, she'll go out with him. At first it seems as though Bentley's plan isn't working, but in the end, Kelly understands. Bentley has his date with Barbara and finds out she may have had a hand in Bentley's success. Mary Field as Mrs. Hartman. Cheryl Miller as Nancy.
44"A Date with Kelly"Jerry HopperJerry Davis & Howard LeedsOctober 27, 1957 (1957-10-27)
Adrian Benson (Shirley Patterson), an old acquaintance of Bentley's is in town. Bentley calls her up for a date that evening, but she is unavailable. Kelly overhears and says she wishes she could go on a date like the one Bentley promised Adrian. Bentley tells Kelly he will take her out that evening. She is very excited and makes plans to look very nice for the date. Later, Adrian shows up at Bentley's office and tells him that it turns out she is free for this evening. Forgetting his date with Kelly, he leaves with Adrian. Peter finds out and has to tell Kelly, who is now heartbroken. Peter gets a hold of Bentley and tells him how upset Kelly is. Bentley tells Adrian he has to leave. Adrian is now angry and doesn't want him to call her. Bentley apologizes to Kelly, but she is still upset. The next day, Peter promises Kelly that Bentley will take her out that night. Adrian agrees to go out with Bentley that evening. Peter calls Bentley and now Bentley must cancel his date with Adrian, again. Kelly and Bentley go on a wonderful date. When they get home, they find Adrian there because Kelly called her earlier. Bentley and Adrian then go out.
55"Uncle Bentley and the Aunts"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterNovember 10, 1957 (1957-11-10)
Kelly hopes to be voted into the Lucky 13 Club, as all her friends are in it. However, one of the girls voted against her and Kelly doesn't get in. Bentley invites three of the girls from the club to lunch in hopes of finding out why Kelly wasn't voted in. He learns that the girl who voted against Kelly has an aunt who dislikes him. But the girls won't tell Bentley the name of the woman. It turns out Bentley has dated six of the girls aunts. So, he goes through the list hoping to find the one, but none of them are it. It turns out that the aunt is Martha (Mabel Albertson), a lawyer he has a case against. Martha says she will talk to her niece. When Bentley tells Kelly the good news, Kelly says she's been in the club for two days. Bernadette Withers as Ginger Farrell. Jean Moorhead as Cynthia. Jana Lund as Gladys.
66"Bentley and the Revolving Housekeepers"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterNovember 24, 1957 (1957-11-24)
Bentley feels that Kelly could benefit from some female supervision. He wants to hire a lady housekeeper, much to Peter's chagrin. Bentley sees Mr. Saunders (Joseph Kearns) at the domestics agency. First a Mrs. Barker (Florida Friebus) arrives. Peter and Kelly have the house full of various animals and Mr. Barker leaves quickly. Then a Mrs. Farrell (Edith Evanson) arrives. Bentley's date Patty Robbins (Barbara Eden) comes by. Turns out Patty knows Mrs. Farrell and they spend the evening reminiscing, ruining Bentley's date. Mrs. Farrell has Bentley eating foods he doesn't like and she puts a damper on his poker game with the guys. Mrs. Carter, Kelly's principal, tells Bentley that Kelly had been doing so well, but lately just doesn't seem to be the same. Fortunately for Bentley, Mrs. Farrell decides to work for a family with a little baby. William Kendis as Red. Tommy Farrell as Cecil.
77"Uncle Bentley Keeps His Promise"Jerry HopperJay Sommers & Don NelsonDecember 8, 1957 (1957-12-08)
Kelly is having her first party at the house since she moved in. Kelly brags to her friends Helen and Marcia about all the famous people Bentley knows. Helen asks if he could get teen singing star Ronny Mann to come to Kelly's party tomorrow. Kelly brags and says yes he can. Bentley tells Kelly he will see what he can do. He makes several unsuccessful attempts to talk to Ronnie. Bentley then runs into a mustache disguised Ronnie in the park. Not knowing it really is Ronnie, Bentley asks if he would like to impersonate Ronnie at Kelly's party. Ronnie agrees. The girls at the party are all excited to see Ronnie and he sings for them. Bentley comes to realize it really is Ronnie Mann. Herb Vigran as Manager. Joby Baker as Boy at Stage Door. Bill Erwin as Security Guard. Phil Arnold as Telegraph Messenger. Joan Freeman as Girl #1.
88"Bentley and the Baby Sitter"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterDecember 22, 1957 (1957-12-22)
Kelly has her first baby-sitting job for that evening. Bentley thinks she's too young and he doesn't want her to do it, but he says O.K. Bentley has a date with Doris Winslow (Lisa Davis), but all he can do is worry about Kelly. He stops by the Logan house only to find everything is fine. Mrs. Logan lets her female friends know that Kelly's uncle is a handsome bachelor and he stops by to check on Kelly. Suddenly, Kelly's babysitting service is fully booked. Bentley learns that the women hire Kelly just to get a chance to meet him. Some are single mothers and others just pretend to have children. Bill Erwin as Mr. Logan. Ricky Kelman as Jimmy Logan.
99"Bentley and the Talent Contest"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterJanuary 5, 1958 (1958-01-05)
Bentley wants Kelly to appear in the talent show, but Kelly says she really doesn't do anything that well. Kelly decides to be an usherette instead. Bentley visits Miss Gilman (Kathleen Case), the ballet instructor, and sees that Kelly isn't as good as the other students. He then sees Miss Lindstrom (Elvia Allman), the piano teacher, and gets the same impression. Peter helps Kelly to work up a comedy routine of impressions of celebrities reciting "Mary had a Little Lamb." As Groucho, Kelly wiggles her duct tape eyebrows during each line. As Edward G. Robinson, Kelly talks out of one side of her mouth and adds the word "see" and "nyah" to the end of each line. Her Marilyn Monroe wears a boa and sighs at the end of each line. Kelly decides to still be an usherette, and Bentley tells her that he'll support her no matter what. A girl who had stolen Kelly's Marilyn Monroe nursery rhyme act, wins first prize. Before everyone leaves, the emcee (Shirley Mitchell) announces that there is also a trophy for the most popular student as chosen by the other students. Kelly wins that, to the delight of Bentley and Peter. Les Tremayne as Ralph Parker. Bartlett Robinson as Phil Corey. Cindy Carol as Karen.
1010"Bentley, the Homemaker"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterJanuary 19, 1958 (1958-01-19)
Bentley has been busy just about every evening. He finds out from Peter that Kelly is spending every evening with the Fuller family down the street. Kelly tells Bentley how much fun she has at the Fuller house and how nice Mr. Fuller is. Feeling he is neglecting her, Bentley makes plans to spend the evening with Kelly. But time with Kelly gets cut short when old friend Harry McKey (Gordon Jones) comes by with two women. Kelly says she doesn't mind and she'll just go to the Fuller's. Jack Benny comes by Bentley's office for some legal advice. Bentley arranges a surprise outing with Jack and Kelly to Disneyland. The morning of the outing, Bentley learns Kelly went clam digging with the Fullers. Bentley speaks with Mrs. Fuller and finds out he has nothing to worry about as far as Kelly is concerned.
1111"Bentley and His Junior Image"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate Monaster
Based on a story idea by
Lydia Nathan
February 2, 1958 (1958-02-02)
Kelly's 13-year-old friend Helen Parker has a date with a 16 year old boy and Helen's dad doesn't like the idea. Kelly asks Bentley's opinion on whether Helen should date an older boy. Bentley says he has complete confidence in Helen's judgement. Bentley pleads Helen's case with her father Ralph Parker, but Ralph is still against it. Bentley runs into Matt Finletter (Francis DeSales). Matt tells him how his 15-and-a-half-year-old son is a younger version of Bentley. Helen tells Kelly she has a boy for her so they could double date. Ralph calls Bentley and tells him if Kelly double dates with Helen, then he has no problem with it. Bentley learns that Kelly's date is Matt Finletter, Jr. He is now a bundle of nerves over Kelly's date and he cuts short his date with Carol Spencer (Barbara Darrow). Bentley runs into Matt Jr.'s mother, Mary Finletter (Marian Marsh), who was also checking up on the date. Mary tells him this is Matt Jr.'s first date as well and he shouldn't worry about how Matt Sr. described his son. Charlie Cantor as Harry. Pamela Baird as Nancy.
1212"Uncle Bentley Loans Out Peter"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterFebruary 16, 1958 (1958-02-16)
Bentley is dating Liza Lane, a stage actress, who is about to do her first motion picture. She is a little afraid of that, plus she is moving from a hotel to her new house. Liza asks Bentley if she could borrow Peter for a couple days to make the adjustment. Bentley reluctantly agrees. Peter is not thrilled about the idea. He knows that Bentley and Kelly will be lost without him. After two days, everyone is glad to have Peter back and Bentley says he will never lend him out again. However, because of a situation Bentley can't get out of, he is talked into lending Peter to Liza again. When at Liza's, Peter says he won't go back and lets it slip that Bentley has a date with a Linda Donnally. Liza is furious and has a plan to get back at Bentley for his lies. She hires a clumsy butler named Henry (Vince Barnett) for Bentley to sabotage his dinner date with Linda. Jackie Kelk as Jerry.
1313"Bentley and the Social Worker"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterMarch 2, 1958 (1958-03-02)
Bentley wants Kelly to love him, so he has a hard time disciplining her. He asks his friend Phil Corey's advice. Phil says Bentley should become Kelly's legal guardian, then he wouldn't feel so guilty. Judge Ruddick (Leslie Bradley) tells Bentley that because of his bachelor status, he must first undergo an investigation by a social worker. Kelly is thrilled about the idea of Bentley gaining guardianship. She agrees to do whatever she can to impress the social worker. Myra Carter (Joyce Meadows), the social worker, finally arrives. After Myra leaves, Bentley is sure he passed the inspection. He celebrates by having a poker game with his friends. During the game, Myra returns, as she left her notebook there. Bentley goes to see Myra the next morning at her office, to tries and explain things. Myra tells him that he will be awarded guardianship. Kathleen Case as Marge Barkman. Hal Riddle as Frank. Larri Thomas as Secretary.
1414"A Sister for Kelly"Andrew McCulloughArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterMarch 16, 1958 (1958-03-16)
Bentley laments how many of his friends are always trying to get him married. Kelly and Ginger plot to have Bentley and Ginger's mom meet, fall in love, and get married. Then they could be sisters. Bentley knows that Kelly is trying to set him up with someone, but he doesn't know who. That is until he goes to a restaurant with Kelly and sees Ginger's mother Louise Farrell (Catherine McLeod) there. He finds out that Louise also knows what the girl's plan is. Bentley and Louise play along for the evening. Bentley does date Louise several times. Peter lets Kelly know in a subtle way that Bentley doesn't love Louise. Bentley wants to find a way to let Louise know he's not interested in marriage. Turns out Louise has a man in New York she is interested in. The girls now try to break up Bentley and Louise, only to happily find out there are no marriage plans. Leon Belasco as Violinist. Frank Richards as Mechanic. William Bakewell as Man #1.
1515"Waiting Up for Kelly"Jerry HopperPhil LeslieMarch 30, 1958 (1958-03-30)
Kelly has a date to go to a party with a boy named Jack Corey. Bentley's a little concerned and asks her to be home on time. He was going to go out on a date with Laura Logan (Penny Edwards), but decides to stay at the house with her. Bentley starts to worry when Kelly is late. He drives over to Jack's house to talk with his father, Matt Corey (Whit Bissell). When he gets there, Bentley finds out that Jack has been home for awhile. Jack says that Kelly left early with the Rymer twins. Bentley goes to that house and speaks with the housekeeper (Hope Summers). She says the family left for Palm Springs. Bentley goes home to look for an address book and finds Kelly in her bed. She apparently got into the house through her bedroom window without anyone noticing. Frances Bergen as Marcia Sutherlee. Kathryn Card as Mrs. Logan.
1616"Woman of the House"Andrew McCulloughArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterApril 13, 1958 (1958-04-13)
Kelly feels that she is now old enough to be treated as the woman-of-the-house. Bentley promises Kelly that from now on she will be included in all the household decisions. Kelly starts to make some changes in the house and even tells a Door-to-Door Salesman (Jack Albertson) that she is not interested in his product. Peter pretends that he feels as if he's not needed anymore, in order to get a favor from Bentley. Ronnie Burns comes by Bentley's office to discuss a contract. Bentley invites him over for dinner. After remembering that Peter is out for the night, Bentley decides to take Ronnie to a restaurant. Meanwhile, Kelly's girlfriends vote to present a humanitarian award to their heartthrob Ronnie after tonight's dinner. Not knowing Bentley's change of plans, Kelly prepares the dinner for Ronnie and has a beautiful table set. When Bentley and Ronnie don't show up, Kelly is worried what her friends will think when they come by. Peter saves the day by getting Ronnie to the house before the girls arrive. Bentley and Ronnie have to eat a second dinner and then toast the woman-of-the-house.
1717"Peter Falls in Love"Don TaylorArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterApril 27, 1958 (1958-04-27)
Spring is in the air, and Peter says he's in love with a girl named Suzy. Secretary Vicki shows Bentley her engagement ring. She tells him that her fiance Herbert doesn't want her to work after they're married. Peter says he is now engaged and that Suzy wants him to learn a trade. That means he will have to leave Bentley. Kelly has been spending a lot of time with a boy named Howard. Feeling alone, Bentley gets a poker game going with some friends. During the game, Bentley finds out another one of his friends is getting married. Bentley starts to think that maybe he needs to be with just one person and share the little things. He takes his date Barbara to a laundromat and then roller skating. Vicki tells Bentley that she has broken up with Herbert. Peter tells Bentley he's not getting married and will continue to work for him. Kelly tells Bentley she's not seeing Howard anymore. Bentley goes back to his old way of life. William Kendis as Jack. Joseph Mell as Petey. Molly Dodd as Woman at Laundromat.
1818"Bentley's Prospective Son-In-Law"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterMay 11, 1958 (1958-05-11)
Bentley comes home to find Howard Meechim (Jimmy Boyd) in his house. Kelly apparently is spending some time with him because she feels sorry for him. Bentley gets a quick vision of Kelly and Howard getting married. Vickie tells Bentley that if he's mean to Howard, Kelly will like him even more. Bentley should be nice to him and he'll be gone in no time. This only confuses Kelly who now thinks Howard is like a son to Bentley. Bentley decides to try and teach Howard how to get another girl. Kelly wants to go to the dance with Steve Berry (Tony Epper). She tells Bentley she's only been seeing Howard because Bentley likes him. At the dance, Bentley's lessons work as Howard is dancing with several girls. Bentley's plan backfires when Kelly wants to get Howard back for her and Bentley's sake. Bentley meets Howard's beautiful older sister (Carole Wells), who thanks Bentley for spending time with him.
1919"Bentley's Clubhouse"David ButlerArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterMay 25, 1958 (1958-05-25)
All of Kelly's friends like hanging out at Bentley's house because he doesn't nag at them the way their parent's do. Suddenly, none of the girls are showing up and Kelly wonders if she did something wrong. Peter finds out that the other mothers don't want their daughters going to Bentley's house. Because of his free and easy lifestyle, they can no longer discipline their daughters. Vickie thinks Bentley should have some of the mothers over to talk to them. Bentley sweet talks the three mothers that show up and they agree to come back the next day to talk some more. The next day Bentley comes home to a house full of mothers. Now the husbands are upset about their wives hanging out at Bentley's house. Bentley talks to two of the husbands at his office. The next day his house is full with the husbands. It's not long before Kelly's girlfriends are back. Karl Swenson as Charley Burton. Joan Tompkins as Fran Burton. Sondra Rodgers as Ellie Markum. Shirley Mitchell as Gladys Peterson. Carole Wells as Miss Landers.
2020"Uncle Bentley and the Matchmaker"Jerry HopperArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterJune 8, 1958 (1958-06-08)
Bentley's friend Joe Browning (Tommy Farrell) married Irene (Mary Lawrence) six months ago. Since then, Irene has been trying to find a girl for Bentley to marry. Real estate man Ken Townsley (Gavin Gordon) tells Bentley that his neighbors are leasing the house again while they go to Europe. Young and beautiful Laurie (Sally Fraser) moves in next door and Kelly says she really likes her. Bentley is worried that Laurie will come over all the time and ruin his other dates. But curiosity gets the best of him, and Bentley visits her first. He finds Laurie with a man named Jeff and leaves quickly. The next time Bentley drops by, he finds her with a man named Frank Gibbs (Charles Gray). Bentley asks Laurie to dinner, but she says they should just be friends. Turns out Laurie is a friend of Irene's, who has been having Laurie play hard to get on purpose. Laurie goes on several dates with Bentley, but still remains indifferent. Bentley begins to suspect that this is all part of a trap and ends it with Laurie. Kelly finds out that Laurie moved away to marry Jeff. Irene continues plotting to get Bentley married. Judd Holdren as Eric.

Season 2 (1958–59)[edit]

20 Episodes
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
211"Bentley and the Finishing School"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterSeptember 14, 1958 (1958-09-14)
Bentley is concerned with the way Kelly is growing up. Bentley's friend Phil Corey (Bartlett Robinson) brings his daughter Julie to the office and she is so well behaved. Phil says Julie is just back from finishing school and maybe Bentley should consider sending Kelly. Bentley feels he would miss Kelly too much, but he tells her she needs to start behaving better. Phil drops off a brochure from the school when Bentley's not home. Kelly starts to think maybe she should go because she thinks she's causing a lot of trouble around the house. Kelly leaves for the school and already Peter and Bentley miss her. Bentley day dreams that Kelly is being treated as if in prison. He phones Mrs. Marquand (Florida Friebus), from the school, and they agree to send Kelly home for the weekend. Believing it is what Bentley wants, Kelly acts all prim and proper. With the help of Peter, Bentley and Kelly realize they like things back the way they used to be. Shirley Mitchell as Kitty Deveraux. Jimmy Boyd as Howard Meechim. Jack Albertson as Charlie Sharpe. Jean Carson as Winnie Sharpe.
222"Parent's Night"John NewlandJerry Davis & Alfred Lewis Levitt*September 28, 1958 (1958-09-28)
Kelly is buttering up Bentley and there must be a reason. It comes out that she promised her teacher Miss Conklin (Sondra Rodgers) that Bentley would perform in the 'Parents Night' play. Bentley goes to the meeting about the play that evening. He changes his mind about participating and gets up to leave. That is until he learns that the director and leading lady is a famous beautiful actress named Diane Webster (Joanna Moore). Bentley doesn't make a good first impression on Diane. She casts him in a one line part. During the first rehearsal, Bentley quits. Later, he tries to apologize to Diane but she wants nothing to do with him. The night of the play, Bentley is in the audience when he is asked to come backstage. It turns out that Charley Burton (Karl Swenson), who had the lead role, has stage fright and can't go on. Diane asks Bentley to fill in, which he does. The play goes well and Bentley even gets a date with Diane.
233"Bentley Leads a Dog's Life"John NewlandTeleplay by:
Arthur Alsberg & Ben Starr
Story by:
Arthur Alsberg & Nate Monaster
October 12, 1958 (1958-10-12)
Jasper has chewed up one of Bentley's ties and he says he'd be happy to get rid of the dog. Kelly is going away for the weekend with a friend and Peter is going away for his grandmother's birthday. Bentley suddenly gets an urge to go to Ensenada. The family realizes there will be no one to take care of Jasper. Despite Kelly's concern, Bentley says they will take Jasper to a dog motel. At the dog motel, Dr. Sperber (Howard McNear) has a hard time getting Jasper into a cage. Sperber decides to pick up Jasper the next morning and try again. At the airport, Bentley and Peter start to feel guilty about leaving Jasper. Both cancel their plans and go home. When Bentley and Peter go to the dog motel, Jasper is gone. They search for Jasper and are worried about what they'll tell Kelly. When they get home, somehow Jasper is there. Bentley and Peter don't let Kelly know that they gave up their trips for the dog. Gavin Gordon as Man with Dog. Olan Soule as Airport Attendant.
244"Bentley and the Teenage Siren"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterOctober 26, 1958 (1958-10-26)
Kelly goes to a school dance and has a miserable time. It seems beautiful new girl Valerie Swanson (Jenny Maxwell) had all the boys fawning over her. Kelly now feels plain and unattractive. Bentley takes Kelly out to dinner to try and cheer her up. His talk about inner beauty back fires when several flashy women stop by to talk to him in front of Kelly. Bentley's new plan is to pay a bunch of boys to dance with Kelly at the next school dance. Kelly says she hates Valerie and is not going to the dance. While at the golf club, Bentley runs into Charlie Swanson (Frank Albertson), who he finds out is Valerie's father. Charlie tells Bentley that all the girls at school give Valerie the cold shoulder and she is envious of Kelly because she is so popular. Something Bentley says makes Kelly decide to speak to Valerie. Kelly and Valerie arrive to the dance together as friends. Bernadette Withers as Ginger Farrell.
255"Bentley & Peter's Teacher"Sidney LanfieldArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterNovember 9, 1958 (1958-11-09)
Bentley has a hard time reading Peter's messages. He suggests Peter take a class in English composition. Peter at first doesn't want to go, but Kelly talks him into it. Peter starts to enjoy night school and his teacher, Miss Cutler (Elisabeth Fraser). He even signs up for other courses. Peter starts telling Bentley's friends and dates that everyone should acquire more knowledge. Bentley begins to regret suggesting Peter go to school. Peter invites Miss Cutler to the house and Bentley says he has a few things to tell her. When she arrives, Bentley instantly finds her attractive, but he still tells her that there is more than just book learning. Miss Cutler manages to show Bentley he's not quite right and it's good for Peter to learn.
266"Bentley and the Wedding Bells"Sidney MillerArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterNovember 23, 1958 (1958-11-23)
Ever since Bentley acquired wealthy client Ruby Polk (Elvia Allman), he was afraid she would try to find a woman for him to marry. Ruby's husband Melvin (Joseph Mell) begs Bentley to come over and meet Ruby's niece. Bentley meets Lucille Barlow (Jane Withers), the niece. She's not particularly attractive and is a treasure trove of facts and opinions. The next night when Bentley has another date, Ruby brings over Lucille. Bentley's friend from the office, Dave Adams (Robert Nichols), drops by. He's a bit of a bookworm himself and he and Lucille instantly hit it off. Ruby still wants Bentley to date Lucille, but after he picks her up, he drops her off at Dave's. After they date for a while, Bentley comes up with a plan to get the couple married. Ruby now wants to set Bentley up with Lucille's cousin Agatha.
277"Kelly's Mad Crush"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrDecember 7, 1958 (1958-12-07)
Bentley is meeting Ronnie Burns at his office about a contract. Kelly would like Bentley to get Ronnie's autographs for all the girls in her club. Ronnie tells Bentley that a woman named Lorraine (Jana Lund), that he took out twice, is now tailing him everywhere. Bentley suggests that to take his mind off of Lorraine, Ronnie should go out to dinner with him and Kelly. At the restaurant, they spot Lorraine with a big guy named Fred. Ronnie tries to prevent Lorraine from seeing him. In doing so, Kelly believes Ronnie is in trouble and that he is confiding in her. For the next few days all Kelly can do is think about Ronnie. Bentley hopes that Kelly's occasional boyfriend Howard can get her mind off Ronnie. Things come to a head when Ronnie, Howard, Lorraine and Fred all show up at Bentley's house.
288"Bentley's Big Case"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterDecember 21, 1958 (1958-12-21)
Peter buys his first car and he's very proud of it. Meanwhile, Kelly would like to have a girl named Emily join the club. All the other girls are against Emily. Kelly is afraid to push for Emily because Kelly is running for president of the club. Peter is in a fender-bender with his car and wants Bentley to handle the case. Bentley doesn't want to take the case, so Peter gets another lawyer. Wealthy client Arthur Fletcher (Joe DeRita) comes to see Bentley. Seems his wife Florence (Veda Ann Borg) got into an accident and he would like Bentley to look into it. Bentley finds out the other car was Peters. Bentley tries to get Peter to settle, but he won't. Bentley is stuck in the middle as Florence wants the case settled quickly. At court, Peter decides to represent himself. Bentley works it out so both parties are satisfied. Robert Carson as Judge Stennis. Olan Soule as Bailiff.
299"Bentley's Economy Wave"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterJanuary 4, 1959 (1959-01-04)
It's the first of the month and Bentley can't believe all the bills he has. Bentley decides to tighten the belt, both at home and in the office. Potential client Mr. Haris (Richard Deacon) drops by Bentley's office. He's looking for a top notch lawyer that thinks big and wants to see if Bentley meets the grade. Bentley invites Haris and his friend Eve Carter over for dinner. To Bentley's embarrassment, Peter serves a really cheap meal. Haris' partner Sam L. Clevinger (Irving Bacon) arrives and wants a lawyer that has respect for a dollar. Haris, now thinking that Bentley is a penny pincher, still recommends him. Haris and Clevinger come to dinner at Bentley's house. This time Peter puts out a large extravagant dinner. Clevinger thinks Bentley has no concept of frugality and leaves. Johnny Silver as Charlie.
3010"Decisions, Decisions"John NewlandTeleplay by:
Jerry Davis & Alfred Lewis Levitt*
Story by:
Bill Freedman & Larry Rhine
January 18, 1959 (1959-01-18)
It seems that no matter which way Bentley turns, everyone he knows wants him to make a decision for them. Peter wants to know if he should invest in the stock market. Kelly wants help deciding which boy to go to the prom with. Bentley's friend Charlie Burton doesn't know if he should drop a case or not. Secretary Kitty doesn't know which dress to buy. Everyone of Bentley's suggestions to his friends backfires on him. Now Bentley is afraid to make any decision. In the end, however, Bentley's decisions wind up working for the best. Joel Crothers as Richard. Ann McCrea as Diana Rogers. Phil Arnold as Armond.
3111"Bentley and the Kleptomaniac"John NewlandLaurence Marks & Milton PascalFebruary 1, 1959 (1959-02-01)
Kelly feels Bentley is spending too much time worrying about her and helping her with things. Kelly and Ginger concoct a scheme to make him worry about Howard, instead. Kelly tells Bentley that Howard is a kleptomaniac. She convinces Howard to go along with the plan. While Bentley talks to Howard, he witnesses him taking several things from the house. Bentley decides to speak with Howard's sister Elaine (Joan Vohs). She has a hard time believing Bentley. Kelly and Howard confess to Bentley and Elaine and Kelly explains the reason they did it.
3212"A Phone for Kelly"Bretaigne WindustArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrFebruary 15, 1959 (1959-02-15)
Bentley, Peter and Kelly always seem to need to use the phone at the same time. Every time Peter and Kelly ask for a second phone Bentley says no. While shopping with Kelly, Bentley runs into Susan Carver (Paula Raymond), a woman he dated years ago. They stopped dating because Susan believed that the fates were against them. Susan tells Bentley to call her later. When Bentley is supposed to call her, Kelly and Peter have the phone tied up. Bentley now places restrictions on the use of the phone. He even suggests one should work to pay for another phone. Kelly gets a job selling door to door. Bentley gives in and gets a second phone. Now Kelly gets calls on both phones. John Eldredge as Herb.
3313"Bentley, the Star Maker"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Nate MonasterMarch 1, 1959 (1959-03-01)
Teen star Tommy Boone is a client of Bentleys. All the girls are excited that Bentley got Tommy to do a performance in town. While on a date with Howard's sister Elaine, Bentley gets a call from Peter telling him that Tommy had to cancel. Bentley hears Howard singing and playing guitar. Howard says he can't sing in front of people, but Bentley thinks he can groom Howard into a teen star by the night of the show. At the show, Howard initially freezes but then is a huge success. Howard has many more performances and he gets quite a following of fans. Elaine is furious with Bentley as she wanted him to pursue science. Bentley has a talk with Howard and Howard decides to give up music.
3414"Bentley the Proud Father"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrMarch 15, 1959 (1959-03-15)
Kelly is going to ask Bentley be on the school carnival committee. At the committee meeting Bentley meets the chairman, Patricia Pierce. He finds her very attractive. Meanwhile, Kelly loses boyfriend Steve to Gloria Gibson (Cheryl Holdridge). Bentley feels Kelly needs to be more bubbly and out-going around boys. Kelly says that her and Gloria have two different personalities. Things don't go well when Kelly tries to be more bubbly the next time she sees Steve. At the next committee meeting, Frank Gibson (Whit Bissell) suggests that the girl who's father's booth sells the most tickets, be made Queen of the carnival. Frank and Bentley each think their booths sold the most tickets. Their competition gets out of hand when they both try to out do each other at Gingers booth. This causes Ginger to sell the most tickets and become Carnival Queen. After the carnival, Steve offers to drive Kelly home if she promises to be herself.
3515"Bentley's Aunt Caroline"John NewlandArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrMarch 29, 1959 (1959-03-29)
Kelly has a date with Tom and Bentley worries she may be growing up too fast. Bentley also thinks Kelly doesn't confide in him anymore. He remembers his Aunt Caroline (Lurene Tuttle) and how, whenever he had a problem, he could talk to her. Bentley decides Kelly could use Aunt Caroline around for a while. When she arrives, she is not the motherly type he remembered. Caroline is now the fast paced jet-setting type. Mr. Grant and Mrs. Armstrong from the PTA drop by to discuss the speech he is to give. Bentley is embarrassed by the way Caroline is acting. Bentley wants to find a way to get Caroline out of the house. He comes up with a plan and it almost backfires when he finds out Caroline already had plans to leave.
3616"Bentley, Man of Steel"Earl BellamyJerry Davis & Alfred Lewis Levitt*April 12, 1959 (1959-04-12)
Kelly is worried about the hours Bentley keeps and that he's not getting enough exercise. She thinks he should join a gym, which Bentley is against. Kelly calls Amanda Armstrong (Mari Aldon) of the Armstrong Method Health Club. Amanda stops by Bentley's office and after seeing how attractive she is, he claims he's interested in joining the club. Bentley brings Amanda home and meets her father, Mr. Armstrong (William Newell), who is in excellent shape for his age. Bentley and his friend Chuck Forrest both join the club and both make plays for Amanda. Because of the healthy food they now have to eat, Peter and Kelly begin to regret Bentley joining the club. They plot to get Bentley to quit. What they don't know is that Bentley is also tired of the club and the food.
3717"Bentley and the Motorcycle"Don TaylorArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrApril 26, 1959 (1959-04-26)
Ginger tells Kelly that she is now going steady with Roy. Kelly hopes to be the next girl to go steady. Bentley believes Kelly is too young for that. Bentley has a run-in with a young motorcyclist named Mike Brinkerhoff (Dick Kallman). Bentley would hate to see Kelly wind up with someone like Mike, so he plots to have Howard go steady with Kelly. After a dance, Howard tells Bentley that Kelly is going steady with Mike. Bentley goes to talk with Mike and tell him to stay away from Kelly. He finds out that Mike is actually a very nice guy. Now Bentley wants to buy a motorcycle. Kelly tells Bentley that she broke up with Mike because all he can talk about is motorcycles.
3818"Bentley, the Organizer"Don TaylorArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrMay 10, 1959 (1959-05-10)
Bentley has a trial in New York that could last up to 6 month's. He'll be taking Peter and Kelly with him. Bentley starts talking to real estate agents about renting the house. Bentley winds up leasing the home to the Carters. Then he gets a call that the trial unexpectedly settled out of court. Bentley speaks to his real estate agent Anne Gordon and believes that everything will be straightened out with the Carters. However, Anne couldn't get a hold of the Carters and they move in. Bentley finds a way to have the Carters break their lease. Jess Kirkpatrick as Mr. Carter. Gene Saks as Fred. Frank Sully as Plumber. George Cisar as Painter.
3919"Bentley and the Beauty Contest"Bretaigne WindustTeleplay by: Jerry Davis
Story by:
Ben Starr & Arthur Alsberg
May 24, 1959 (1959-05-24)
Kelly is practicing the cello for a school concert. Chuck Forest comes by with Giselle Lambert (Corinne Cole), who happens to be Miss Saskatchewan in an upcoming Miss Galaxy beauty pageant. Chuck would like Bentley to be a judge and help Giselle win the pageant. Bentley would like to help Alicia Dominguez (Suzanne Lloyd), Miss Lima, instead. Alicia's chaperone, Carmelita, does present a problem for Bentley. After Kelly brings home a trumpet, Bentley learns that Alicia can play. He suggests she play a song for her talent portion of the contest. At the pageant, Chuck sabotages Alicia's trumpet and her performance goes badly. Bentley realizes what happened and then sabotages Giselle's singing performance. Alicia gets another chance to play and winds up winning the pageant. Alicia's father, Carlos Dominguez (Edward Colmans), tries to explain to Bentley that Alicia is spoken for. Bentley think Carlos is just an actor that Chuck sent. In the end, Alicia decides to go back home instead of staying with Bentley.
4020"Bentley, the Hero"Don TaylorArthur Alsberg & Ben StarrJune 7, 1959 (1959-06-07)
Bentley thinks Kelly is being taken advantage of by her girlfriends. Kelly has committed Bentley to taking her friends to the beach. Meanwhile, he is also putting together a movie deal with Mr. Saunders (Ralph Dumke), a producer. At the beach, Carol Stewart, an aspiring young actress fakes a drowning in order to meet Bentley. Bentley saves her and now Kelly and her friends think Bentley is a hero. Carol comes by the house and Bentley figures out that she staged the whole thing to get a part in the film. Later, Carol pulls the same stunt at Saunders beach house and he goes out and saves her. But, Bentley is there and tells Saunders it was all fake. Carol apologizes and leaves. Both Saunders and Bentley wind up wanting to give Carol a part in the movie.

* Because of the Hollywood Blacklist, Alfred Lewis Levitt was credited as "Tom August".

Season 3 (1959–60)[edit]

37 Episodes
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411"Peter Meets His Match"Sidney LanfieldSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseSeptember 17, 1959 (1959-09-17)
Peter tells Bentley that he's in love with a woman named Linda Toy (Lisa Lu). But, she is very popular and Peter feels he has a lot of competition. Amanda Armstrong (Mari Aldon), Asst. Troop Leader of Kelly's scouts, comes by. Bentley sweet talks her into dinner at the house. He tells Peter to pay attention to what he does on the date and try that with Linda. Kelly tells Amanda what Bentley is going to do. At the date, Bentley woos Amanda and, knowing what he's doing, says she accepts his proposal. Bentley panics, but she tells him she knew what he was up to. Peter says he will miss Bentley and Kelly, but he plans to propose to Linda. He gets his Cousin Frank (James Hong) as a replacement. Peter introduces Frank to Linda and they hit it off right away. Peter tells Bentley that he's staying as their house boy and that Linda is out with Frank.
422"Bentley and the Dog Trainer"Bretaigne WindustEverett Freeman & William RaynorSeptember 24, 1959 (1959-09-24)
Jasper has been stealing and hiding items around the house. Bentley is then sued by Minerva Witherspoon (Carol Ohmart), a neighbor who's garden was damaged by Jasper. He goes to speak with Minerva and she suggests that he send Jasper to a dog obedience training school. When Bentley tells her that he is against sending the dog to a school, Minerva says she'll see him in court. After Jasper takes an important contract Bentley was working on, he changes his mind. Bentley enrolls Jasper in Mr. Cartwright's (Howard McNear) obedience school. Peter finds out that he accidentally misplaced Bentley's contract. Peter gives the contract to Jasper to return to Bentley. Jasper is back in good graces and Bentley makes up with Minerva.
433"The Case Against Gisele"Sidney LanfieldSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseOctober 1, 1959 (1959-10-01)
Singing star Gisele MacKenzie is Bentley's new client. Peter shows Bentley a newspaper article where a pianist was awarded a large amount of money for an injured finger. Meanwhile, Kelly's birthday party is coming up. But, Ginger has come down with the chicken pox and the girls have a pact that neither can have a party if the other can't make it. To cheer her up, Bentley will introduce Kelly to Gisele. Peter goes along as well and keeps interrupting Gisele's film shoot. He also trips over a wire on the ground. Peter's Cousin Charlie says that he should sue for damages. Bentley doesn't really believe Peter is hurt that badly. Bentley and Gisele come up with a plan so that Kelly can still have a birthday party and Peter gives up his idea of a lawsuit.
444"Bentley and the Gullible Guitarist"Sidney LanfieldBob Fisher & Alan LipscottOctober 8, 1959 (1959-10-08)
Friday night is Peter's night off and he usually goes bowling. Kelly manipulates him into staying home and providing food for a party she's giving that night. She then manipulates Bentley into providing a local band for entertainment. Once he realizes that he's been out-foxed, Bentley tells Kelly he won't get the band and she needs to stop using people. Despite what Bentley said, Kelly manipulates Howard into providing the live music for the party. The night of the party, Howard plays his guitar all night and doesn't get to dance with Kelly. Bentley tells Howard he's been used and the two of them come up with a plan to teach Kelly a lesson.
455"Kelly's Idol"Bretaigne WindustLaurence Marks & William RaynorOctober 15, 1959 (1959-10-15)
Kelly tells Bentley that she wishes Howard were more mature and sophisticated. She wishes Howard were more like Bentley. Kelly and Howard are going to a dance that evening. The next morning Kelly tells Bentley she met a great guy named Jimmie Martin. She says he's a little rough around the edges, but she can mold him into something more like Bentley. Meanwhile, Bentley has a date with Louise Carson (Connie Hines) and all she can do is talk about how great her dad was. Jimmie complains to Bentley that Kelly is forcing him to be like Bentley. Bentley tells Jimmie to be himself. At a party, Jimmie meets Barbara Kaylor, who also thinks he should be himself. Kelly finds out that Jimmie is now seeing Barbara. She learns that one shouldn't try to change people. Donna Douglas as Alice.
466"East Meets West"Sidney LanfieldJerry Davis & David R. SchwartzOctober 22, 1959 (1959-10-22)
Peter is addicted to his favorite TV western show starring Rock Randall (Bill Williams), who happens to be a client of Bentleys. Peter asks Bentley if he can have a TV in the kitchen so he can watch the show while he cooks. Bentley refuses. Kelly suggests to Bentley that they have Rock over for dinner and then Peter can see that he's really not a cowboy. Then maybe he'll give up on having a TV in the kitchen. Rocks wife is a bad cook and he tells Bentley that he's going to try and lure Peter away from him. Bentley isn't worried. Peter has a plan of his own. He hopes that if Bentley really thinks that he'll take the job at Rocks house, Bentley will buy a TV for the kitchen to keep Peter home. In the end, Bentley gives in and buys the TV and Peter teaches Rocks wife how to cook.
477"Bentley and Grandpa Ling"Sidney LanfieldBob Fisher & Alan LipscottOctober 29, 1959 (1959-10-29)
Peter learns that Grandpa Ling (Beal Wong) is coming for a visit. Peter tells Bentley that he doesn't want Grandpa Ling in the house. Apparently, if he sees something he likes, he takes it and leaves an item that he thinks is of equal value in its place. Bentley has Angela Lake (Helene Stanley) over for dinner. Judge Harvey Blandon and his wife Emily make a surprise visit. Bentley needs the Judge's endorsement to run for City Council. Grandpa puts Bentley in an embarrassing position in front of the Judge. Bentley sets up a plan to get rid of Grandpa before a dinner party he wants to throw for the Judge. But the plan falls through and Grandpa puts Bentley in another embarrassing position, this time with the police. Bentley finds a way to get Grandpa out of trouble with the law. Read Morgan as Soldier.
488"Kelly: The Golddigger"Norman AbbottMel Diamond & John KohnNovember 5, 1959 (1959-11-05)
Kelly is dating a rich boy named Randy Maybrook. When Bentley meets Randy, all Randy can talk about is money. Kelly is also accepting all kinds of lavish gifts from Randy. Peter tells Bentley that Kelly is acting this way because Bentley has pretty much given her everything she wants. Bentley decides to show Kelly what it's like to live without a lot of money. But, his plan doesn't work out the way he had hoped. For his next plan, Bentley enlists the help of Randy's older sister, Sheila Maybrook (Bek Nelson). This time Bentley convinces Kelly that one doesn't go out with someone for their money.
499"The Rescue of Rufus"Sidney LanfieldCynthia Lindsay & Leo TownsendNovember 12, 1959 (1959-11-12)
Danny Harmon has a dog named Rufus, who apparently bit a man named Mr. Talbot. Danny asks Kelly if Bentley will help defend Rufus. Bentley is very busy, but Peter shames him into taking the case. Hoping to settle out of court, Bentley goes to speak with Mr. Talbot. But, Talbot refuses to settle out of court and wants Rufus destroyed. At the trial, with the help of Peter and Danny, Talbot admits to lying about Rufus biting him. Jane Nigh as Kitty, Bentley's secretary. Bill Erwin as Court Clerk. Paul De Rolf as a Boy.
5010"A Key for Kelly"Sidney LanfieldBob Fisher & Alan LipscottNovember 19, 1959 (1959-11-19)
Ginger's father Bert Loomis (Whit Bissell) refuses to let her have her own house key. Bentley agrees that the girls are too young. Kelly has a date with Kip Davis (Tommy Kirk), an older boy in prep school. They come home late and Kip offers to unlock the door for Kelly. Kelly has no key but pretends she forgot it. An embarrassed Kelly has to have Bentley let her in. Kelly tells Bentley that she should have her own key. Kip and Kelly have another date and the same thing happens. An angry and humiliated Kelly once again asks for her own key. Later, Bentley experiences a similar embarrassing situation. After a conversation with Kelly, he decides to give her a key to the house. Florence MacMichael as Amy Loomis.
5111"Bentley's Double Play"Sidney LanfieldBob Fisher & Alan LipscottNovember 26, 1959 (1959-11-26)
Kelly is rehearsing for the Thanksgiving school play. Bentley tells her that he will not be able to direct the play as he did last year. She tells him that Ginger's father will direct, which seems to bother Bentley a little. Meanwhile, Peter suggests to his night school teacher Miss Gunther (Marianne Stewart) that the class have a Thanksgiving play. Peter volunteers Bentley to direct and provide the costumes and sets. Peter is disappointed when Bentley doesn't cast him in the lead role. The night of the play, Luigi Vedecci (Mario Siletti) gets stage fright, so Peter winds up getting the lead role. Jeanne Bates as Helga Jorgeson.
5212"Bentley and the Brainy Beauty"Sidney LanfieldSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseDecember 3, 1959 (1959-12-03)
Bentley is tired of dating women who aren't very intelligent. He then meets a smart attractive female attorney named Rhonda Wilson. The two are working on a case together and Bentley would like to draw out the work a long as possible. Rhonda at first is annoyed with Bentley's dragging things out. She tells him that if he really applied himself, he could go much farther. Rhonda says he should seen at the right places and with the right people. Bentley spends a lot of time with Rhonda going to events and meetings and giving speeches. Bentley eventually tires of all the seriousness and goes back to dating fun women. Sue Ane Langdon as Kitty Marsh, Bently's secretary. Sandra Giles as Rita.
5313"Bentley Plays Cupid"Sidney LanfieldJerry Davis & Howard LeedsDecember 10, 1959 (1959-12-10)
Kitty can't seem to stop eating. Bentley and Peter figure that Kitty over eats to compensate for being alone. But, Bentley worries when his bachelor friend Chuck drives Kitty home one evening. Bentley doesn't want Kitty to get hurt, so he asks Chuck to not see her again. Chuck and Kitty continue to see each other. Bentley comes up with a plan to have Chuck think that Bentley is getting married. Then Chuck might decide to marry Kitty. Bentley's plan doesn't work the way he expected, but it does get Kitty to stop seeing Chuck. Mari Blanchard as Nora Daley.
5414"Kelly's Secret"Bretaigne WindustMartin RagawayDecember 17, 1959 (1959-12-17)
Bentley gets a letter from Kelly's teacher Miss Pierce requesting a meeting. Apparently Kelly and some of the other girls have been leaving the school grounds without permission. Meanwhile, Kelly wants to throw a surprise party for Miss Pierce because she is marrying Tom Farrow (Hal Riddle). Kelly has to keep this from Bentley because Tom works for Mr. Driscoll (David Lewis), a client of Bentley's. Mr. Driscoll has a policy that his executives are not married. Bentley confronts Kelly and she tells him about buying a wedding present when she cut class. But Kelly can't tell him who the person is. Bentley now assumes it's a student and goes on a detective mission to find out who it is. In a dream sequence, Bentley continues to play detective. Bentley comes to believe that it's Howard and Ginger that are getting married. He does eventually find out that it's Miss Pierce. Anita Gordon as Connie Meechim.
5515"Bentley Goes to Washington"Bretaigne WindustBob Fisher & Alan LipscottDecember 24, 1959 (1959-12-24)
Bentley is coaching the Little League team that Vicky's kid brother Rocky Marsh (Flip Mark) is on. Preston 'Bulldog' Frasier (William Forrest) has come from Washington, DC to offer Bentley a job at his prestigious law firm. Bentley at first says he's not interested, but soon the offer becomes too good to turn down. None of his friends and family want him to move. Kelly says she will not go unless Bentley finds a good home for Jasper. Of course, Kelly makes sure that nobody she knows takes the dog. Despite that, Bentley does find a home for Jasper. At the airport, Bentley runs into Toby Freyhopper (Dick Winslow) who happens to work for 'Bulldog' Frasier. After hearing what the job is really like, Bentley decides to stay home. Elaine Devry as Phyllis Wentworth. Roger Mobley as Little Leaguer.
5616"Kelly, the Politician"Bretaigne WindustHenry SharpDecember 31, 1959 (1959-12-31)
Gloria Wingate is running for president of the student council. When Bentley gets home, he finds out that Kelly is running for the same office. Gloria's father, Sherman Wingate (John Eldredge), is a golf rival of Bentleys. After some bragging from Sherman, Bentley decides to help Kellys campaign. Something that Howard writes about Kellys campaign in the school paper has Gloria worried. Sherman and Gloria think that Bentley leaked a legal story about Sherman to Kelly, which Bentley didn't. Bentley believes that even if Kelly knew about the legal issue, she wouldn't use it in her speech. Before the speeches are to be given, Gloria tells Kelly she's dropping out of the race. Kelly tells the audience that Gloria was dropping out for personal reasons and that hopefully she will change her mind. Gloria does and wins the election.
5717"Bentley: The Gentleman Farmer"Bretaigne WindustArthur Alsberg & William RaynorJanuary 7, 1960 (1960-01-07)
Kelly, Ginger and Howard are rising vegetables for a school project and they are being bothered by a gopher. Kelly thinks Bentley should take up gardening to help him relax. He does become interested and goes overboard buying tools and other things for the garden. Bentley also goes overboard buying things to get rid of the gopher. Kelly gets upset because she doesn't want Bentley to kill the gopher. Bentley has a change of heart about killing the animal. Neighbor Burt Loomis says he'll shoot the gopher, but when he thinks he did kill it, he feels terrible. Everyone is happy when Howard says he saw the gopher alive.
5818"Bentley and the Combo"Sidney MillerPhil Davis, Laurence Marks & William RaynorJanuary 14, 1960 (1960-01-14)
Bentley needs a favor from his band leader friend Chuck Forrest. Kelly is managing a small jazz combo from her high school. She would like some help because she would like the band to do well in a upcoming Battle Of The Bands contest. Chuck suggests that the band add Huey Prentice, a sax player from school. Kelly and the band are not pleased with Huey's pushy attitude. Huey makes a pest of himself at Bentley's office and at home. Bentley finally tells Huey that the band doesn't want a sax player anymore. Funny thing is that the band now seems lost without Huey. Bentley has another talk with Huey. The night of the contest, Huey joins the band and leads them to victory. Lisa Davis as Eva Montgomery. Mary Tyler Moore as Huey's Sister.
5919"Bentley and the Bartered Bride"Earl BellamyBob Fisher, James Hong, Alan Lipscott & Eleanor Middleton (s)January 21, 1960 (1960-01-21)
6020"The Blonde Issue"Sidney MillerBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJanuary 28, 1960 (1960-01-28)
6121"Bentley and the Majorette"Sidney MillerKeith Fowler (t) & David R. Schwartz (s/t)February 4, 1960 (1960-02-04)
6222"Bentley, the Model Citizen"Sidney MillerSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseFebruary 18, 1960 (1960-02-18)
6323"The Fishing Trip"Richard KinonArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondFebruary 25, 1960 (1960-02-25)
6424"The Fortune Cookie Caper"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 3, 1960 (1960-03-03)
6525"Kelly and the College Man"Ezra StoneArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondMarch 10, 1960 (1960-03-10)
6626"Kelly: The Career Woman"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 17, 1960 (1960-03-17)
6727"Bentley's New House"Bretaigne WindustArthur Alsberg & Joseph QuillanMarch 24, 1960 (1960-03-24)
6828"Bentley, the Stage Mother"Norman AbbottBob Fisher & Alan LipscottApril 7, 1960 (1960-04-07)
6929"The Woman's Angle"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg, Keith Fowler & Joseph QuillanApril 14, 1960 (1960-04-14)
7030"Bentley Meets the Perfect Woman"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottApril 21, 1960 (1960-04-21)
7131"Bentley and the Travel Agent"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondApril 28, 1960 (1960-04-28)
7232"The Very Friendly Witness"Norman AbbottSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMay 5, 1960 (1960-05-05)
7333"Bentley and the Blood Bank"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg, Mel Diamond & Joseph QuillanMay 12, 1960 (1960-05-12)
7434"A Man of Importance"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondMay 19, 1960 (1960-05-19)
7535"Bentley and the Beach Bum"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondMay 26, 1960 (1960-05-26)
7636"Where There's a Will"Bretaigne WindustBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJune 2, 1960 (1960-06-02)
7737"Bentley's Birthday Gift"Earl BellamyEverett Freeman & Sam LockeJune 9, 1960 (1960-06-09)

Season 4 (1960–61)[edit]

40 Episodes
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
781"Jasper the Second"Earl BellamyEverett FreemanSeptember 15, 1960 (1960-09-15)
792"Kelly Learns to Drive"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseSeptember 22, 1960 (1960-09-22)
803"Trial Separation"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottSeptember 29, 1960 (1960-09-29)
814"Mystery Witness"Earl BellamyLou DermanOctober 6, 1960 (1960-10-06)
825"A Crush on Bentley"Earl BellamyEverett FreemanOctober 13, 1960 (1960-10-13)
836"Peter Gets Jury Notice"Earl BellamyEverett Freeman & Danny SimonOctober 20, 1960 (1960-10-20)
847"Hilda the Jewel"Earl BellamyLou Derman & Mel DiamondOctober 27, 1960 (1960-10-27)
858"It Happens in November"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si Rose (t)
Helen Mandel (s)
November 3, 1960 (1960-11-03)
869"How to Catch a Man"Earl BellamyMel Diamond & Mel TolkinNovember 10, 1960 (1960-11-10)
8710"Kelly, the Matchmaker"Earl BellamyArthur Alsberg & Mel DiamondNovember 17, 1960 (1960-11-17)
8811"Bentley Cracks the Whip"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottNovember 24, 1960 (1960-11-24)
8912"Bentley and the Big Board"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseDecember 1, 1960 (1960-12-01)
9013"Dear Bentley"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottDecember 15, 1960 (1960-12-15)
9114"Bentley and the Lost Chord"Earl BellamyDanny SimonDecember 22, 1960 (1960-12-22)
9215"Ginger's Big Romance"Earl BellamyKeith Fowler & Ralph GoodmanDecember 29, 1960 (1960-12-29)
9316"Bentley the Angel"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJanuary 5, 1961 (1961-01-05)
9417"Bentley and the Woodpecker"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseJanuary 12, 1961 (1961-01-12)
9518"Bentley Goes to Europe"Earl BellamyKeith Fowler & Everett FreemanJanuary 19, 1961 (1961-01-19)
9619"The Greggs in Rome"Earl BellamyKeith Fowler & Everett FreemanJanuary 26, 1961 (1961-01-26)
9720"The Greggs in London"Earl BellamyWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderFebruary 2, 1961 (1961-02-02)
9821"The Greggs in Paris"Earl BellamyHoward LeedsFebruary 16, 1961 (1961-02-16)
9922"Encore in Paris"Earl BellamyRobert PiroshFebruary 23, 1961 (1961-02-23)
10023"There's No Place Like Home"Earl BellamyWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderMarch 2, 1961 (1961-03-02)
10124"Bentley Swims Upstream"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottMarch 9, 1961 (1961-03-09)
10225"A Man Among Men"Earl BellamyWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderMarch 16, 1961 (1961-03-16)
10326"Peter's China Doll"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 23, 1961 (1961-03-23)
10427"Bentley and the Counterspy"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottMarch 30, 1961 (1961-03-30)
10528"Peter Plays Cupid"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseApril 6, 1961 (1961-04-06)
10629"Bentley and the Great Debate"Earl BellamyCharles R. MarionApril 13, 1961 (1961-04-13)
10730"Bentley and the Nature Girl"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseApril 20, 1961 (1961-04-20)
10831"Bentley's Mad Friends"Earl BellamyKeith Fowler & Everett FreemanApril 27, 1961 (1961-04-27)
10932"Hilda Rides Again"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottMay 4, 1961 (1961-05-04)
11033"Kelly's Charge Account"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottMay 11, 1961 (1961-05-11)
11134"Bentley Builds a Pool"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottMay 18, 1961 (1961-05-18)
11235"Bentley Slays a Dragon"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMay 25, 1961 (1961-05-25)
11336"A Favor for Bentley"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseJune 1, 1961 (1961-06-01)
11437"Kelly Gets a Job"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJune 8, 1961 (1961-06-08)
11538"Kelly's Tangled Web"Earl BellamyJohn Elliotte (s/t) & Bob Fisher & Alan Lipscott (t)June 15, 1961 (1961-06-15)
11639"Bentley's Barbecue"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseJune 22, 1961 (1961-06-22)
11740"Drop That Calorie"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJuly 6, 1961 (1961-07-06)

Season 5 (1961–62)[edit]

40 Episodes
No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1181"Kelly's Graduation"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottSeptember 21, 1961 (1961-09-21)
1192"The King's English"Earl BellamyDan BeaumontOctober 3, 1961 (1961-10-03)
1203"Rush Week"Greg GarrisonJess Carneol & Kay LenardOctober 10, 1961 (1961-10-10)
1214"Kelly and the Freethinker"John NewlandSheridan GibneyOctober 17, 1961 (1961-10-17)
1225"A Party for Peter"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseOctober 24, 1961 (1961-10-24)
1236"Never Steal an Owl"Earl BellamyGeorge Carleton Brown & Frank Gill Jr.October 31, 1961 (1961-10-31)
1247"Bentley's Catered Affair"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottNovember 7, 1961 (1961-11-07)
1258"The House at Smuggler's Cove"Earl BellamyCalvin Clements Sr. (t)
Dick Conway & Roland MacLane (s/t)
November 14, 1961 (1961-11-14)
1269"Peter's Punctured Wedding"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseNovember 21, 1961 (1961-11-21)
12710"Star Light, Star Not So Bright"Earl BellamyJim Allen & R.S. AllenNovember 28, 1961 (1961-11-28)
12811"Bentley and the Timeclock"Earl BellamyJim Allen & R.S. Allen (t)
Elroy Schwartz (s/t) & Glenn Wheaton (s/t)
December 5, 1961 (1961-12-05)
12912"Birth of a Song"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottDecember 12, 1961 (1961-12-12)
13013"Deck the Halls"Stanley Z. CherryJim Allen & R.S. AllenDecember 19, 1961 (1961-12-19)
13114"The Law and Kelly Gregg"Stanley Z. CherryJim Allen & R.S. AllenDecember 26, 1961 (1961-12-26)
13215"How to Throw Your Voice"Earl BellamyShirley GordonJanuary 2, 1962 (1962-01-02)
13316"Kelly the Yes Man"Stanley Z. CherryDan Beaumont & Ben StarrJanuary 9, 1962 (1962-01-09)
13417"Gold in Them Hills"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseJanuary 16, 1962 (1962-01-16)
13518"How Howard Won His C"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseJanuary 23, 1962 (1962-01-23)
13619"Pinch That Penny"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJanuary 30, 1962 (1962-01-30)
13720"Blossom Comes to Visit"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseFebruary 6, 1962 (1962-02-06)
13821"Bentley and the Homebody"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottFebruary 13, 1962 (1962-02-13)
13922"Summer Romance"Earl BellamySheridan GibneyFebruary 20, 1962 (1962-02-20)
14023"The Hong Kong Suit"Earl BellamyHannibal Coons & Charles R. MarionFebruary 27, 1962 (1962-02-27)
14124"Will Success Spoil Jasper?"Hollingsworth MorseSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 6, 1962 (1962-03-06)
14225"Strictly Business"Earl BellamyDan Beaumont, Larry Williams & Maggie WilliamsMarch 13, 1962 (1962-03-13)
14326"On the Old Camp Ground"Abby BerlinSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 20, 1962 (1962-03-20)
14427"A Visit to the Bergens"Earl BellamySeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMarch 27, 1962 (1962-03-27)
14528"The Richest Cat"Earl BellamySloan NibleyApril 3, 1962 (1962-04-03)
14629"The Twain Shall Meet"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottApril 10, 1962 (1962-04-10)
14730"Bentley Goes to Bat"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottApril 17, 1962 (1962-04-17)
14831"Kelly's Engagement"Earl BellamyWilliam Raynor & Myles WilderApril 24, 1962 (1962-04-24)
14932"Kelly, the Home Executive"Earl BellamyJim Allen, R.S. Allen & Mel DiamondMay 1, 1962 (1962-05-01)
15033"Blossom Time at the Greggs"Hollingsworth MorseSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMay 8, 1962 (1962-05-08)
15134"What Men Don't Know"Hollingsworth MorseGeorge Carleton Brown & Frank Gill Jr.May 15, 1962 (1962-05-15)
15235"Marry Thy Neighbor"Hollingsworth MorseSeaman Jacobs & Si RoseMay 22, 1962 (1962-05-22)
15336"Bentley Takes It Easy"Earl BellamyMel Diamond (t) & Seaman Jacobs (s/t) & Si Rose (s/t)May 29, 1962 (1962-05-29)
15437"Boys Will Be"Earl BellamyJess Carneol (s/t) & Kay Lenard (s/t) & Larry Rhine (t)June 5, 1962 (1962-06-05)
15538"Divided House"Earl BellamyMel DiamondJune 12, 1962 (1962-06-12)
15639"Peter, the Medicine Man"Earl BellamyEverett Freeman & Larry RhineJune 19, 1962 (1962-06-19)
15740"Curfew Shall Not Ring Tonight"Earl BellamyBob Fisher & Alan LipscottJune 26, 1962 (1962-06-26)

Production notes[edit]

Bachelor Father was filmed at Revue Studios. It was primarily sponsored by American Tobacco (Tareyton cigarettes) and American Home Products Corporation (Anacin, Dristan and Chef Boyardee) throughout its original run.[8] The series was produced by Forsythe's "Bachelor Productions" in association with MCA's Revue Studios.[9] Bachelor Father pilot and broadcast season were produced by Harry Ackerman, who left Revue/MCA after the first season to produce other sitcoms like Hazel, Bewitched and I Dream of Jeannie for Screen Gems/Columbia. He was later replaced by Everett Freeman for the rest of the show's run.[10]


Reruns of Bachelor Father were syndicated on the Retro Television Network until October 2011. The show then began airing on Antenna TV, but remained off schedule from January 2015 to January 2022.


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