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The Chicago Teddy Bears

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The Chicago Teddy Bears
Directed byNorman Tokar
Leslie H. Martinson
Gary Nelson
StarringAnn Sothern (pilot only)
Dean Jones
Jamie Farr
Art Metrano
Marvin Kaplan
Mickey Shaughnessy
Huntz Hall
John Banner
Theme music composerJerry Fielding
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
ProducersJerry Thorpe
Hy Averback
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companiesDean Jones Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 17 (1971-09-17) –
December 10, 1971 (1971-12-10)

The Chicago Teddy Bears is an American sitcom that aired on CBS. The series was part of the network's 1971 fall lineup, premiering on September 17, 1971.


Unlike other shows set in Prohibition-era Chicago, The Chicago Teddy Bears was a sitcom. Any threats of violence were inferential rather than overt.

The main characters were Linc McCray (Dean Jones) and his Uncle Latzi (John Banner), partners in a speakeasy. A small-time gangster named "Big" Nick Marr (Art Metrano) wants to take it over. Marr is McCray's cousin and Latzi's nephew; the naive Latzi finds it hard to believe his nephew could be anything but a fine boy. However, Marvin the bookkeeper (Marvin Kaplan) and Linc's inept bodyguards, especially Duke (Jamie Farr), are very frightened of Marr.

The series was intended as a comeback vehicle for Ann Sothern, whose last regular role had been as the voice of My Mother the Car. She played a street flower vendor in the pilot and was meant to be a mediator between McCray and Marr. However, CBS wrote her out of the actual series.

The series received low ratings and was cancelled by CBS after only three months on the air. It ranked 70th out of 78 shows that season with an average 11.8 rating.[1]


Title Air date
1"Tender Loving Kindness"September 17, 1971 (1971-09-17)
Linc and Uncle Latzi outsmart Big Nick over the hiring of Rudy Vallee's band for a club date.
2"Nick's Sister"September 24, 1971 (1971-09-24)
When the unsuspecting bridegroom that Big Nick has found to marry his unattractive sister leaves the wedding scene, Nick puts pressure on Linc to find a suitable successor.
3"Mr. Suave"October 1, 1971 (1971-10-01)
A notorious gang leader from Detroit wants protection money if Linc and Uncle Latzi want to keep their speakeasy flourishing.
4"The Alderman"October 8, 1971 (1971-10-08)
Big Nick plans to expand his "protection" business by running for alderman.
5"The Big Grab"October 15, 1971 (1971-10-15)
Big Nick cons Uncle Latzi into buying the management of a prize fighter sight unseen.
6"A Horse of Another Color"October 22, 1971 (1971-10-22)
A gangland tyrant arrives in Chicago and strikes terror into the heart of everyone, including Big Nick.
7"Linc Minds the Baby"October 29, 1971 (1971-10-29)
Uncle Latzi agrees to take care of a baby whose parents are being deported, but Big Nick has control of all the local laundries, which means no clean diapers for the baby.
8"The Big Kisser"November 5, 1971 (1971-11-05)
Uncle Latzi's old-world habit of kissing his friends leads Big Nick to worry.
9"The Spy"November 12, 1971 (1971-11-12)
Linc decides to pipe beer in under the street and Uncle Latzi gives it away.
10"Billy the Kid"November 19, 1971 (1971-11-19)
A billy goat full of dynamite comes close to permanently settling the feud between Linc and Big Nick.
11"The Auction"November 26, 1971 (1971-11-26)
A forger is called upon to beat Big Nick at his own game--lying, cheating and stealing.
12"Annie Get Your Cue"December 3, 1971 (1971-12-03)
Linc and Uncle Latzi's speakeasy business is in a terrible position with Nick threatening to foreclose on the mortgage.
13"The Rivalry"December 10, 1971 (1971-12-10)
A neighborhood flower vendor and a parish priest enliven the battle between Linc and Big Nick over ownership of the speakeasy.


  1. ^ "The TV Ratings Guide: 1971-72 Ratings History". Archived from the original on 2020-04-09. Retrieved 2020-05-01.

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