CTVA US Comedy - "The Hathaways" (Screen Gems/ABC)(1961-62) starring Peggy Cass & Jack Weston

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The Hathaways (1961-62)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
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THE HATHAWAYS
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Screen Gems, Inc., a division of Columbia Pictures
for
ABC (Fridays 8:00 pm EST)
Executive Producer Ezra Stone
US Comedy series 1961-62    26 episodes x 30 min bw
6Oct61-31Aug62
starring
Peggy Cass as Elinor Hathaway
Jack Weston as Walter Hathaway
co-starring
Harvey Lembeck as Jerry Roper
Barbara Perry as Thelma Brockwood
Mary Grace Canfield as Amanda Allison
Belle Montrose as Mrs. Harrison
George Ives as Bert Brockwood (recurring)
Barbara Petty as Thelma Brockwood (recurring)
Jimmy Gaines as Freddie Brockwood (recurring)
and 
the Marquis Chimps

Premise:
"The Hathaways" appeared for one season on ABC-TV beginning in 1961.
The show was about a real estate agent, Walter Hathaway, and his wife,
Elinore, who adopt a family of performing chimps. The animated opening
featured the Chimps and the principal stars.

Background:
This series, like "Bewitched", was produced by Screen Gems. It was so
low rated that ABC could not find sponsors and wound up sponsoring it
themselves. The opening title sequence animation probably came from Hanna-Barbera,
whose early product for TV was financed and distributed by Screen Gems.

A similar format was revived in 1971 with the series "Me and The Chimp".

Me And The Chimp (Paramount/CBS)(early 1972) starring Ted Bessell & Anita Gillette

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ABC Fridays 8:00 pm Eastern

[01] The Hathaways: LOVE THEY NEIGHBOR
Screen Gems prod. no. 1  (copyright date 29Sep61)
6Oct61 ABC, Friday 8:00pm
Guest Cast:
George Ives ........... Bert Brockwood (recurring)
Barbara Petty ......... Thelma Brockwood (recurring)
Jimmy Gaines .......... Freddie Brockwood (recurring)
Synopsis:
Bert and Thelma Brockwood are eager to buy the house next door to the
Hathaways, until they discover they'll also have the chimps as
neighbors. [TA]
TV Guide:
{DEBUT} Peggy Cass and Jack Weston star as Elinor and Walter Hathaway,
a couple who possess a most unusual brood - a trio of chimpanzees
answering to the names of Charlie, Enoch and Candy (played by the
Marquis Chimps). [TA]

[02] The Hathaways: ELINOR BUYS A HAT
Screen Gems prod. no. 2 (copyright date 6Oct61)
13Oct61 ABC, Friday 8:00pm
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Synopsis:
Elinor gets a parking ticket, which Charlie Chimp stuffs in his pocket.
Charlie also hides the summons from the county clerk's office - and
Elinor is tossed in jail for being a scofflaw. [TA]

[03] The Hathaways: WALTER TAKES A PARTNER
Screen Gems prod. no. 3 (copyright date 13Oct61)
20Oct61 ABC
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Guest cast:
Joe Flynn .............. Freddie Winkler
Carol Seflinger ........ Laurie Dodson
Synopsis:
Walter invents a new soda pop, gives little Laurie Dodson a bottle to
sample, and leaves her in the company of Candy Chimp. When Walter
returns, Candy's alone, sipping on the bottle - and Walter thinks his
formula has turned the child into a chimp. [TA]

[04] The Hathaways: ELINOR'S GUILT
Screen Gems prod. no. 4
27Oct61 ABC (copyright date 20Oct61)
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Synopsis:
Walter persuades Elonor to take a vacation, leaving the chimps in the
care of a housekeeper, Mrs. Allison. [TA]

[--] The Hathaways: Income tax rebate
Prod. no. 5
copyright date 27Oct61

 [06] The Hathaways: CANDY'S TONSILS
Screen Gems prod. no. 6   (copyright date 03Nov61)
10Nov61 ABC, Friday 8:00pm
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Guest cast:
Vaughn Taylor .......... Dr. Dorsey
Synopsis:
Candy Chimp has tonsillitis, and she won't take her medicine. But
Charlie Chimp has the right idea: He feeds Candy her medicine in a
coconut. [TA]

[07] The Hathaways: TRASH DAY
Screen Gems prod. no. 7  (copyright date 10Nov61)
17Nov61 ABC, Friday 8:00pm
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Guest Cast:
George Ives ........... Bert Brockwood (recurring)
Barbara Petty ......... Thelma Brockwood (recurring)
Synopsis:
Walter, in a neighborly gesture, trains Charlie Chimp to deliver the
Brockwood's newspaper to their house. [TA]

1.8 [--] The Hathaways: TV OR NOT TV [verified -RL]
(sometimes called "It Pays To Advertise")
Screen Gems prod. no. 8 (copyright date 17Nov61)
Sponsored by Mobil gasoline with Megatane.
Produced by Ezra Stone
Written by Herbert Finn and John Elliotte
Directed by Richard Kinon
Guest Cast:
Mary Grace Canfield .... Mrs. Allison
Joe Higgins ............ Busdriver
Al Checco .............. Al Jason
Bruno VoSota ........... Fat Man
Synopsis:
Walter Hathaway (Jack Weston) does a live TV commercial on the Barney Holt TVshow
(Barney played by Robert Q. Lewis) to help sell his desert lots. Mr.H. is
very nervous and doesn't do a very good job on the air. However, heis swamped
with potential customers and hires a bus to take them all out tothe lots.
When the bus breaks down, he calls Elinor (Peggy Cass) and asks HER to do that
night's commercial. She does a good job, but the chimps gowith her and wreak
havoc on the studio.But, the audience loves the "kids" and they are offered
their own TV show. [RL]

1.9 [--] The Hathaways: THE KIDS GO TO SCHOOL [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod. no. 9 (copyright date 24Nov61)
Sponsored by Ralston/Purina (Chex cereals)
Produced by Ezra Stone
Written by Leo Solomon & Ben Gershman
Directed by Richard Kinon
Guest Cast:
Barbara Eiler ......... Barbara Phelps
Frances Robinson ...... Mrs. Rayburn
Samuel Detroy ..........Russell Rayburn
Synopsis:
Elinor donates the "kids" old toys to the Phelps Playland Day Care Center,
and while there her "kids" hit it off really well with the REAL kids.
The chimps presence brings more business to the daycare center, so Elinor
decides to enroll them full time as students...until Mrs. Rayburn of the
school board finds out about this and threatens to close down the school. [RL]

[--] The Hathaways: THE PRACTICAL JOKER
Screen Gems prod. no. 10 (copyright date 1Dec61)
8Dec61 ABC, Friday
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor) Jack Weston (as Walter)
Guest cast:
Norman Leavitt (as Wilmer Bennett)
Synopsis:
"The Practical Joker" is Charlie the Chimp. Thanks to Walter's coaching,
Charlie has become adept at the old gag with a purse attached to a
string. But he uses Elinor's purse - and manages to lose several hundred
dollars belonging to her club. [TA]

[--] The Hathaways: Double Birthday Party
Prod. no. 11
copyright date 8Dec61

[--] The Hathaways: The Hathaways Sleep Out
Prod. no. 12
copyright date 15Dec61

[--] The Hathaways: The Jingle Contest
Prod. no. 13
copyright date 22Dec61

[--] The Hathaways: Waltzing With Walter
Prod. no. 14
copyright date 29Dec61

[--] The Hathaways: Foxy Chimp
Prod. no. 15
copyright date 5Jan62

[--] The Hathaways: It's In The Cards
Prod. no. 16
copyright date 12Jan62

[--] The Hathaways: The Headliners
Prod. no. 17
copyright date 19Jan62

1.18 [--] The Hathaways: THE PAINT JOB [verified -RL]
Screen Gems prod. no. 18 (copyright date 26Jan62)
sponsored by ABC TV and the new "Follow The Sun" series.
Produced Ezra Stone
Written by Hugh Wedlock & Howard Snyder
Directed by David Butler
Guest Cast:
Ty Perry ......... Roy
Joe Devlin ....... Gateman
George Ives ...... Bert
Barbara Perry .... Thelma
Mary Grace Canfield ..... Mrs. Allison
Alan Carney ....... Nick
Wally Brown ....... Joey
Synopsis:
The chimps put their paints and brushes to misuse when they pain the Hathaway's
station wagon. All attempts to wash off the paint are to noavail. Walter Hathaway
then has to alter his vacation plans and use some ofthat money to have the car
repainted. However, the painters mistakenly paint the neighbors' new car...TWICE...
leaving no vacation money whatsoever. [RL]

[--] The Hathaways: GRANDMA'S LAMP
Screen Gems prod. no. 19  (copyright date 2Feb62)
(rerun 26Aug62 Sun)
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor), Jack Weston (as Walter)
Synopsis:
Elinor is thrilled when she receives an antique lamp belonging to her
family. But Walter and the Chimps think the lamp is an eyesore
and plans to get rid of it. [TA]

[--] The Hathaways: Help Wanted
Prod. no. 20
copyright date 9Feb62

[--] The Hathaways: Swami Chimp
Prod. no. 21
copyright date 16Feb62

[--] The Hathaways: A Man for Amanda
Prod. no. 22
copyright date 23Feb62

[--] The Hathaways: Pop Goes The Budget
Prod. no. 23
copyright date 2Mar62

[--] The Hathaways: Charlie Goes To The Races
Prod. no. 24
copyright date 9Mar62

[--] The Hathaways: SHREWD TRADER
Screen Gems prod. no. 25 (copyright date 16Mar62)
23Mar1962 ABC Fri
Starring: Peggy Cass (as Elinor), Jack Weston (as Walter)
with: Barbara Perry (as Thelma Brockwood)
Guest cast:
Bob Williams ...... Himself
Jimmy Gaines ...... Freddie Brockwood (recurring)
Richard Reeves .... Harry Simpson
Synopsis:
Elinor has made a deal with her friend Thelma Brockwood and swapped
a handbag for Thelma's Paris hat. [RF]

[--] The Hathaways: Elinor's best friend  (final episode)
Prod. no. 26
copyright date 23Mar62


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