Hennesey

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Hennesey
Hennesey title card.JPG
GenreComedy-drama
Created byDon McGuire
StarringJackie Cooper
Abby Dalton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes95
Production
Executive producer(s)Jackie Cooper
E.W. Swackhamer
Producer(s)Jackie Cooper
Running time24–26 minutes
Production company(s)Hennesey Productions
Jackie Cooper Productions
Outlet Productions (in association with the CBS Television Network)
DistributorNBC Films
(1964-1966)
CBS Films
Viacom
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current)
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1959 (1959-09-28) –
September 17, 1962 (1962-09-17)
Abby Dalton with guest star Charles Bronson (1960)
Guest star Yvonne Craig (1960)

Hennesey is an American military comedy-drama television series that aired on CBS from 1959 to 1962, starring Jackie Cooper.

Cooper played a United States Navy physician, Lt. Charles W. "Chick" Hennesey, with Abby Dalton as Navy nurse Lt. Martha Hale. In the story line, they are assigned to the hospital at the U.S. Naval Station in San Diego, California.

Extended cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1959–60[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Hennessey"Hy AverbackDon McGuireSeptember 28, 1959 (1959-09-28)
Series pilot.
22"Hennesey Meets Honeyboy Jones"TBADon McGuireOctober 5, 1959 (1959-10-05)
33"Hennesey Meets Harvey Spencer Blair III"TBADon McGuireOctober 12, 1959 (1959-10-12)
44"Hennesey and Peyton Place"TBATBAOctober 19, 1959 (1959-10-19)
55"Shore Patrol"TBATBAOctober 26, 1959 (1959-10-26)
66"Pork Chops and Apple Sauce"Gene ReynoldsHugh KingNovember 2, 1959 (1959-11-02)
77"The Baby Sitter"Robert ButlerTBANovember 16, 1959 (1959-11-16)
88"Hennesey Meets Mrs. Horatio Grief"TBATBANovember 23, 1959 (1959-11-23)
99"Hennesey Goes Home"TBATBANovember 30, 1959 (1959-11-30)
1010"Hennesey and the Lady Doctor"Robert ButlerDon McGuireDecember 7, 1959 (1959-12-07)
1111"Harvey Blair Returns"Gene ReynoldsDon McGuireDecember 14, 1959 (1959-12-14)
1212"The Christmas Show"TBATBADecember 21, 1959 (1959-12-21)
1313"The Matchmaker"TBATBADecember 28, 1959 (1959-12-28)
1414"More of Harvey Spencer Blair"TBATBAJanuary 4, 1960 (1960-01-04)
1515"Space Man"TBARichard BaerJanuary 11, 1960 (1960-01-11)
1616"Hennesey Joins the Marines"Gene ReynoldsDon McGuireJanuary 18, 1960 (1960-01-18)
1717"Hennesey Meets Fuji"Robert ButlerHugh KingJanuary 25, 1960 (1960-01-25)
1818"Hello, Cobra Leader"Don McGuireTBAFebruary 1, 1960 (1960-02-01)
1919"Hennesey and the Ancient Vehicle"TBATBAFebruary 8, 1960 (1960-02-08)
2020"Dr. Blair Again"TBATBAFebruary 15, 1960 (1960-02-15)
2121"The Annapolis Man"TBATBAFebruary 22, 1960 (1960-02-22)
2222"Hennesey Meets Mr. Wilkins"TBATBAFebruary 29, 1960 (1960-02-29)
2323"Senior Nurse"TBARichard BaerMarch 14, 1960 (1960-03-14)
2424"Scarlet Woman in White"TBARichard BaerMarch 21, 1960 (1960-03-21)
2525"Angel Face"TBARichard BaerMarch 28, 1960 (1960-03-28)
2626"What Is Dr. Blair?"TBATBAApril 4, 1960 (1960-04-04)
2727"We're Glad It's You"TBATBAApril 11, 1960 (1960-04-11)
2828"Calling Dr. King"TBARichard BaerApril 18, 1960 (1960-04-18)
2929"Which One Is Wagner?"TBARichard BaerApril 25, 1960 (1960-04-25)
3030"Big Brother"TBARichard BaerMay 2, 1960 (1960-05-02)
3131"Bonjour, Mr. Hennesey"TBATBAMay 9, 1960 (1960-05-09)
3232"Goodbye, Dr. Blair"TBATBAMay 16, 1960 (1960-05-16)

Season 2: 1960–61[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
331"Hail to the Chief"Don McGuireRichard Baer (t)October 3, 1960 (1960-10-03)
342"Tell It to the Chaplain"Don McGuireRichard BaerOctober 10, 1960 (1960-10-10)
353"Hennesey à la Gunn"Don McGuireDon McGuireOctober 17, 1960 (1960-10-17)
364"The Marriage of Dr. Blair"TBATBAOctober 24, 1960 (1960-10-24)
375"The Captain's Dilemma"TBARichard BaerOctober 31, 1960 (1960-10-31)
386"Miss San Diego Navy"TBATBANovember 14, 1960 (1960-11-14)
397"Hennesey and the Submarine"TBATBANovember 21, 1960 (1960-11-21)
408"Come Home, Dr. Rogers"TBATBANovember 28, 1960 (1960-11-28)
419"Harvey's Horse"TBATBADecember 5, 1960 (1960-12-05)
4210"The Underfed Fullback"TBARichard BaerDecember 12, 1960 (1960-12-12)
4311"The Reunion"TBARichard BaerDecember 26, 1960 (1960-12-26)
4412"The Hat"TBARichard BaerJanuary 2, 1961 (1961-01-02)
4513"The Stutterer"TBARichard BaerJanuary 9, 1961 (1961-01-09)
4614"The Promotion"TBARichard BaerJanuary 16, 1961 (1961-01-16)
4715"The Specialist"TBARichard BaerJanuary 23, 1961 (1961-01-23)
4816"Harvey Spencer Blair and His Electric Money Machine"Don McGuireDon McGuireJanuary 31, 1961 (1961-01-31)
4917"Hennesey vs. Crandall"TBARichard BaerFebruary 6, 1961 (1961-02-06)
5018"Join the Navy, Please"TBATBAFebruary 13, 1961 (1961-02-13)
5119"The Apartment"TBADon McGuireFebruary 20, 1961 (1961-02-20)
5220"Max Remembers Papa"TBARichard BaerFebruary 27, 1961 (1961-02-27)
5321"The Novelist"TBATBAMarch 6, 1961 (1961-03-06)
5422"Harvey's Doll"TBAJames KomackMarch 13, 1961 (1961-03-13)
5523"The Wedding"TBATBAMarch 27, 1961 (1961-03-27)
5624"The Green-Eyed Monster"James KomackRichard BaerApril 3, 1961 (1961-04-03)
5725"Admiral and Son"TBARichard BaerApril 10, 1961 (1961-04-10)
5826"The Nogoodnik"TBARichard BaerApril 17, 1961 (1961-04-17)
5927"Harvey's Pad"TBARichard BaerApril 24, 1961 (1961-04-24)
6028"The Patient Vanishes"TBARichard BaerMay 1, 1961 (1961-05-01)
6129"Shore Patrol Revisited"TBATBAMay 8, 1961 (1961-05-08)
6230"A Star Is Born"TBATBAMay 15, 1961 (1961-05-15)
6331"His Honor, Dr. Blair"Don McGuireDon McGuireMay 22, 1961 (1961-05-22)
6432"The Signover"TBATBAJune 5, 1961 (1961-06-05)

Season 3: 1961–62[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
651"The Gossip-Go-Round"Jackie CooperRichard Baer,
James Komack
September 25, 1961 (1961-09-25)
662"The Holdout"Jackie CooperRichard BaerOctober 2, 1961 (1961-10-02)
673"Welcome Home, Dr. Blair"Jackie CooperJames KomackOctober 9, 1961 (1961-10-09)
684"The Cohen Mutiny"TBADon McGuireOctober 16, 1961 (1961-10-16)
695"My Daughter, the Nurse"TBARichard BaerOctober 23, 1961 (1961-10-23)
706"Aunt Sarah"TBARichard BaerOctober 30, 1961 (1961-10-30)
717"Get Me Clyde Dingle"TBATBANovember 13, 1961 (1961-11-13)
728"Professional Sailor"Jackie CooperRichard BaerNovember 20, 1961 (1961-11-20)
739"Aloha, Dr. Hennesey"TBARichard BaerNovember 27, 1961 (1961-11-27)
7410"Remember Pearl Harbor?"Jackie CooperRichard BaerDecember 4, 1961 (1961-12-04)
7511"The Sightseers"TBARichard BaerDecember 11, 1961 (1961-12-11)
7612"Going Home"TBARichard BaerDecember 18, 1961 (1961-12-18)
7713"Santa Hits Harvey"TBARichard BaerDecember 25, 1961 (1961-12-25)
7814"The Man in the Crow's Nest"TBARichard BaerJanuary 1, 1962 (1962-01-01)
7915"Hysteresis Synchronous Can Be Fun"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1962 (1962-01-08)
8016"Harvey and the Ring"TBARichard BaerJanuary 15, 1962 (1962-01-15)
8117"Little Girl"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1962 (1962-01-22)
8218"Tight Quarters"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1962 (1962-01-29)
8319"Close Enough for Jazz"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1962 (1962-02-05)
8420"Patti's Tune"TBATBAFebruary 12, 1962 (1962-02-12)
8521"The Hobby"TBATBAFebruary 19, 1962 (1962-02-19)
8622"Harvey's Pills"TBATBAFebruary 26, 1962 (1962-02-26)
8723"The Bicep Caper"TBATBAMarch 5, 1962 (1962-03-05)
8824"The Old Pro"TBATBAMarch 12, 1962 (1962-03-12)
8925"Big Bertha"TBARichard BaerMarch 19, 1962 (1962-03-19)
9026"Buttons and Bones"TBATBAMarch 26, 1962 (1962-03-26)
9127"No Down Payment"TBATBAApril 2, 1962 (1962-04-02)
9228"The Best Man"TBATBAApril 9, 1962 (1962-04-09)
9329"Calling Doctor Good-Deed"TBATBAApril 13, 1962 (1962-04-13)
9430"Hennesey Meets Soupy Sales"Jackie CooperJames KomackApril 23, 1962 (1962-04-23)
9531"Martha"TBATBAApril 30, 1962 (1962-04-30)
9632"I Thee Wed"TBARichard BaerMay 7, 1962 (1962-05-07)

Guest stars[edit]

Actor and singer Bobby Darin was cast in the second episode (October 5, 1959) with the unlikely name of "Honeyboy Jones". That same week Darin rocketed to fame with his version of the song, "Mack the Knife"[1]

Prior to being cast as Opie Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show, child actor Ron Howard played "Walker", a little boy temporarily left in Hennesey's care in the 1959 episode "The Baby Sitter". Gary Hunley, another child actor, appeared in the same episode.

Charles Bronson, en route to a long film career, was cast twice as Lt. Cmdr. Steve Ogrodowski, a Navy intelligence officer.

Don Rickles was cast in the 1961 episode "Professional Sailor" as CPO Ernie Schmidt. From 1976 to 1978, Rickles played the lead with the same rank in the NBC military sitcom, C.P.O. Sharkey.

Bandleader Les Brown and His Band of Renown and comedian Soupy Sales appeared in separate episodes as themselves.

Other guest stars:

Production notes[edit]

The series theme tune by Sonny Burke was a jazzy hornpipe played by tuba and piccolo. Hennesey was also innovative for being the first series to employ what has since become a standard device in television: beginning the dialog and action of each episode during opening credits.

Cooper starred in, produced, and directed the series, drawing upon his real-life experience as a World War II Navy veteran and his continuing service for many years as an officer in the United States Naval Reserve. He was a former child actor who starred in the Our Gang comedies of the early 1930s and then moved into feature films.

Beginning in 1960, scriptwriter Richard Baer wrote thirty-eight of Hennesey's episodes, which earned him an Emmy nomination.[2]

For the series finale, "I, Thee Wed", broadcast on May 7, 1962, characters Chick and Martha were married following their series-long romance.

Spin-off[edit]

Hennesey aired the pilot for the 1961-1962 CBS sitcom Mrs. G. Goes to College, also known as The Gertrude Berg Show, starring Gertrude Berg in the role of Cooper's "Aunt Sarah". In the last of Berg's television series, the character, as a 62-year-old widow, enrolls in college.

References[edit]

  1. ^ =https://www.stereogum.com/1982483/the-number-ones-bobby-darins-mack-the-knife/franchises/the-number-ones/}}
  2. ^ "Writer Richard Baer dies at 79". Variety. 2008-02-25. Retrieved 2008-03-22.

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