The Jean Arthur Show

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The Jean Arthur Show
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Genre Sitcom
Starring Jean Arthur
Ron Harper
Richard Conte
Leonard Stone
Theme music composer Johnny Keating
Jay Richard Kennedy
Richard Quine
Opening theme "Merry Merry-Go-Round"
Composer(s) Johnny Keating
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12
Executive producer(s) Richard Quine
Jay Richard Kennedy
Producer(s) Si Rose
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Television
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 12 (1966-09-12) – December 5, 1966 (1966-12-05)

The Jean Arthur Show is an American situation comedy that aired on CBS from September to December 1966. The series stars Jean Arthur and Ron Harper, and was under the primary sponsorship of General Foods.


Arthur and Ron Harper star as Patricia and Paul Marshall, a mother-son team of lawyers in Los Angeles. Richard Conte appeared as Richie Wells, a former gangster romantically interested in Patricia, who is ten years his senior. Leonard Stone appeared as Morton, the Marshalls' chauffeur.[1]

Notable guest stars include: Mickey Rooney, Clint Howard, Olan Soule, Michael Constantine, Dick Wilson, and Ray Bolger.


The Jean Arthur Show had a potentially good time slot, following the initial season of Family Affair and preceding Steve Allen's I've Got a Secret quiz program. Its competition was two series in their second seasons, Barbara Stanwyck's ABC western, The Big Valley, and Ben Gazzara's NBC drama Run for Your Life.[2]

However, the series ranked 65th in ratings, and was canceled by CBS after twelve episodes.[3]

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Lament of a Horseplayer" September 12, 1966
1-2 "My Client, the Rooster" September 19, 1966
1-3 "Blackstone, Italian Style" September 26, 1966
1-4 "The Lady or the Tiger" October 3, 1966
1-5 "Rich Man, Poor Man" October 10, 1966
1-6 "Did Clarence Darrow Start This Way?" October 17, 1966
1-7 "The Friendly Speed Trap" October 24, 1966
1-8 "Rocky, Take A Letter" November 7, 1966
1-9 "A Slight Case of Music" November 14, 1966
1-10 "With This Hood, I Thee Wed" November 21, 1966
1-11 "Along Came A Spider" November 28, 1966
1-12 "The Lady and the Gangster" (pilot) December 5, 1966


  1. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 426-427
  2. ^ 1966-1967 American network television schedule, in appendix of Total Television
  3. ^ Erickson, Hal (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Law Shows: Factual and Fictional Series About Judges, Lawyers and the Courtroom, 1948-2008. McFarland. p. 133. ISBN 0-7864-3828-2. 

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