Love and Marriage (1959 TV series)

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Love and Marriage
Genre Sitcom
Directed by Bob Sweeney
Starring William Demarest
Jeanne Bal
Murray Hamilton
Stubby Kaye
Opening theme "Love and Marriage"
Composer(s) Earle Hagen
Herbert W. Spencer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26 (18 aired)
Producer(s) P.J. Wolfson
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 25 minutes
Production company(s) Louis F. Edelman
Original network NBC
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 21, 1959 (1959-09-21) – January 25, 1961 (1961-01-25)

Love and Marriage is an American situation comedy which aired on NBC from September 21, 1959, to January 25, 1960, starring William Demarest as William Harris, Jeanne Bal as Pat Baker, Murray Hamilton as Steve Baker, Kay Armen as Sophie, Stubby Kaye as Stubby Wilson, Susan Reilly as Susan Baker, Jennie Lynn as Jennie Baker.


Demarest appears in the series as William Harris, the owner of the nearly bankrupt Harris Music Publishing Company in Tin Pan Alley in New York City.[1] Stubby Kaye co-starred as promotion man Stubby Wilson. Jeanne Bal appeared as Pat Baker, William's daughter. Murray Hamilton was cast as attorney Steve Baker, William's son-in-law, and the Bakers' young daughters, Susan and Jennie, were played by Susan Reilly and Jennie Lynn, respectively. Kay Armen portrayed Sophie, the secretary who became engaged to be married as part of the plot of the series.[2]

According to the script line, Harris, an old-time music publisher, has made his daughter a partner in the business, but he hates burgeoning rock and roll, which presumably might bring him prosperity. Pat tries to convince her father to promote more modern music, but he prefers the old songs. At home, Harris and the Bakers live in the same apartment, a situation often creating humorous conflict between the father-in-law and the son-in-law, as in one episode when the two conflicted on the cleanliness of their dwelling.[3]

Love and Marriage aired at 8 p.m. Eastern on Mondays following Richard Diamond, Private Detective and preceding Tales of Wells Fargo. It ran opposite CBS's popular western, The Texan starring Rory Calhoun and the alternation of the second half of Shirley Temple's Storybook and Clint Walker's Cheyenne western series on ABC.[4]

Production notes[edit]

Though Love and Marriage produced twenty-six episodes, the last eight were never aired on the network. The series was a Louis F. Edelman Production, with P.J. Wolfson as the producer, and Bob Sweeney as the director.[3]

The series used the Frank Sinatra song "Love and Marriage" as the theme.


  1. ^ "Love and Marriage". Memorable Retrieved January 10, 2009. 
  2. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., p. 492
  3. ^ a b "The Classic TV Archive: Love and Marriage". Geo Cities/Television City/Stage. Retrieved January 9, 2009. [dead link]
  4. ^ 1959-1960 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television

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