The Stu Erwin Show
|The Stu Erwin Show|
|Also known as||The Trouble with Father|
|Written by||Arnold Belgard
Edward E. Seabrook
|Directed by||Charles Barton
Frank R. Strayer
|Theme music composer||Alexander Laszlo|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||5|
|No. of episodes||128|
|Executive producer(s)||Roland D. Reed|
|Producer(s)||Roland D. Reed
Hal Roach, Jr.
Lothrop B. Worth
|Camera setup||Single-camera setup|
|Running time||26 min|
|Production company(s)||Hal Roach Studios
Roland D. Reed Productions Inc.
|Original release||October 21, 1950– April 13, 1955|
The series stars Stuart Erwin and real-life wife June Collyer. Ann Todd and Sheila James portray the couple's fictional daughters (Merry Anders replaced Ann Todd in the final season). One notable aspect of the show was that it featured African American actor Willie Best in a regular supporting role.
Predating modern single-camera sitcoms, The Stu Erwin Show originally aired without a laugh track (one was added in its final season), and each episode was around 26 minutes long, without commercials. During its original network run on ABC, it was sponsored by General Mills (1950–54) and Liggett & Myers (1954–55).
The series was produced by Roland D. Reed and Hal Roach, Jr., and filmed at Hal Roach Studios in Culver City, California.
Syndication and DVD release
Many episodes of the program have fallen into the public domain. As such, various budget DVD releases of public domain episodes have been released.
- The Stu Erwin Show at the Internet Movie Database
- The Stu Erwin Show at TV.com
- The Stu Erwin Show is available for free download at the Internet Archive
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