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I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster (1962-63)
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I'M DICKENS ... HE'S FENSTER
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Heyday Productions
for
ABC (Fridays 9:00 pm EST)
Produced by Leonard Stern

US Comedy series 1962-63   32 episodes x 30 min bw
release date 28Sep62
starring
John Astin as Harry Dickens
Marty Ingels as Arch Fenster
with
Emmaline Henry as Kate Dickens  (recurring)
Dave Ketchum as Mel Warshaw  (recurring)
Henry Beckman as Mulligan (recurring)
Frank DeVol as Myron Bannister (recurring)
Noam Pitlik as. Bentley (recurring)
Premise:
Misadventures of two incompetent carpenters.

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ABC Fridays 9:00 pm Eastern

1.1 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: A SMALL MATTER OF BEING FIRED
(debut episode) [verified -RL]
28Sep62 ABC Fri
Written by Leonard Stern & Don Hinkley
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guests Cast:
Frank DeVol ......... Myron Bannister (recurring)
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Vitina Marcus
Henry Beckman
Noam Pitlik ......... Bentley (recurring)
Robert Ball
Yvonne Craig
Synopsis
Harry Dickens (Astin) is promoted to foreman of the company only to find
that his first duty as foreman is to fire Arch Fenster (Ingels).
A very funny episode of a show which should've been around for a few
seasons. [RL]
(UK synd: 09Nov62 ITV A-R London, Fri 8:00 pm)

 [02] I'm Dickens .... He's Fenster: NURSE DICKENS
05Oct62 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Peter Lupus
Noam Pitlik ......... Bentley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Kate is working part-time as a nurse, and Harry is getting jealous of
the doctors at the hospital. [RF]

[03] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: THE DOUBLE LIFE OF MEL WARSHAW
12Oct62 ABC, Fri 9:00pm
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Burt Conroy ....  Fred
Mark Baker .....  Gerwin
Joan Patick .... Sandy
Synopsis:
Harry and Arch are doing carpentry work at the post office when they
come across some old government "Wanted" posters. [TA]

 1.4 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: HARRY, THE FATHER IMAGE
19Oct62 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Ellen Burstyn .... Joan
Noam Pitlik ......... Bentley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Arch has finally decided to get married, but Harry's advice starts
to scare him again. [RF]

[05] Part Time Friend
26Oct62

1.6 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: THE ACTING GAME
02Nov62 ABC Fri
Written and Directed by Leonard Stern
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Harvey Korman ........... Mr. Rembar
Sue Randall ............. Bianca
Jack Perkins ............ Greneker
Robert Ball ............. Joe Leff
When Harry Dickens hears he is being considered for a tool
company's TV commercials, he turns into a real ham.
(UK synd: 14Dec62 ITV A-R London, Fri 8:00 pm)

[07] The Toupee Story
9Nov62

[08] A Wolf in Friend's Clothing
16Nov62

[09] Party, Party, who's got the party?
23Nov62

[10] The Yellow Badge of Courage
30Nov62

[11] The Joke
7Dec62

[12] Love Me, Love my Dog
14Dec62

1.13[--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: HERE'S TO THE THREE OF US [verified -RL]
21Dec62 ABC Fri
Written by Mel Tolkin & Don Hinkley
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Guest Cast:
Don Briggs
Robert Darnell
Synopsis:
Arch Fenster is over at the Dickenses house so very often, that the Dickenses
arrange a secret party for only their married friends - AND THEY DON'T INVITE
ARCH. But, he finds out about the party anyway. [RL]

[14] Get off my back
28Dec62

[15] How not to succeed in business
4Jan63

[16] The Godfathers
11Jan63

1.17 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: THE CARPENTERS FOUR [verified -RL]
18Jan63 ABC Fri
Written by Mel Tolkin, Don Hinkley
Directed by Arthur Hiller
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Noam Pitlik ......... Bentley (recurring)
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Frank DeVol ......... Myron Bannister (recurring)
Synopsis:
Harry Dickens is put in charge of a fund-raising talent show. The talent he
assembles is less-than-stellar, so he lies and says he can also get Doris Day
to perform. She doesn't, but the Carpenters 4 Vocal Quartet DOES (consisting
of John Astin, Marty Ingels, Dave Ketchum, and a young Jim Nabors, credited
as JAMES Nabors) [RL]

[18] The Great Valenciaga
25Jan63


1.19 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: MR. TAKE OVER
01Feb63 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Marjorie Bennett ..... Nurse
Billy Halop .......... Attendant
Hollis Morrison ...... Intern
George Werier ........ Doctor
Synopsis:
Is Harry the indepensable foreman he claims he is? He gets the chance
to find out when an accident lands him in the hospital. [RF]

[20] Have Car, will Quarrel
8Feb63


1.21 [--] I'm Dickens .... He's Fenster: SAY IT WITH PICTURES
15Feb63 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Noam Pitlik ......... Bentley (recurring)
Synopsis:
Arch and Harry decide to replace the outmoded carpenters' manual with
a new one of their own - text by Harry, photographys by Arch. [RF]

 1.22 [--] I'm Dickens .... He's Fenster: SENIOR CITIZEN CHARLIE [verified -RL]
22Feb63 ABC Fri
Written by Sheldon Keller, Howard Merrill, Don Hinkley & Mel Tolkin
Directed by Norman Abbott
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest cast:
Dabbs Greer ......... Charlie Piedmont
Robert Nash ......... Doctor
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Jeno Mate
Nyra Monsiour
Jean Marie
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
Carpenter Charlie Piedmont is being forced to retire because of old
age, so he isn't too happy about his fellow workers' plan to celebrate
the occasion with a big party. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
When Old Charlie Piedmont retires, it makes Harry Dickens stop and think
about his OWN eventual retirement. [RL]

1.23 [--] I'm Dickens .... He's Fenster: THE BET [verified -RL]
01Mar63 ABC Fri
Written by Mel Tolkin, Don Hinkley, Jerry Davis
Directed by Norman Abbott
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Sally Kellerman ...... Margo Carlyle
George Tobias ........ Schroeder
Jericho Brown ........ Orville Wilson
Richard Jury
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
Some carpenters backing Arch, and some painters supporting lady's man
Orville Wilson have made a bet - that their respective Romeos can get a
date with glamorous Margo Carlyle. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
The carpenters work up a bet that the irresistible Arch Fenster can
get a date with the gorgeous Miss Carlisle at the art museum which
they are painting. [RL]

[24] The Syndicate
8Mar63

1.25 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: IS THERE A DOCTOR IN THE HOUSE?
15Mar63 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Dorothy Brown ........ Beverly
Fred Essler .......... Dr. Leipsig
Sidney Kay ........... Eddie
Tom Barto ............ Matt
Herb Ellis ........... Indian
Tommy Farrell ........ Box-Office Man
Synopsis:
Arch has a new romantic interest - a gorgeous nurse named Beverly, who
is under the impression that Arch is a doctor. [RF]

1.26 [--] I'm Dickens...He's Fenster: HARRY, THE CONTRACTOR [verified -RL]
22Mar63 ABC Fri
Written by Mel Tolkin, Don Hinkley
Directed by Norman Abbott
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Marion Collier
Dee Hartford
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Synopsis:
Harry never seems to get all the carpentry work done around the house.
Kate is so frustrated with Harry's growing "to do list," that she hires
OTHER carpenters to do the work - much to Harry's dismay. [RL]
 
1.27 [--] I'm Dickens...He's Fenster: TABLE TENNIS, ANYONE?
29Mar63 ABC Fri
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
guest cast:
Alan Hewitt .......... Roger Crandell
Noam Pitlik .......... Bentley (recurring)
Danny Maxwell ........ Morrison
Armin Hoffman ........ Photographer
Synopsis:
The carpenters form a team to compete in an industrial ping-pong league and
choose Harry as their captain. [RF]

 1.28 [--] I'm Dickens...He's Fenster: KICK ME KATE [verified -RL]
05Apr63 ABC, Friday 9:00pm
written by Frank Fox & Marty Roth
Directed by Claudio Guzman
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Sally Mills
Synopsis 1:
Harry is upset because Kate trusts him completely and never shows signs of
jealousy - he thinks that maybe she doesn't love him any more. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Kate is so very trusting of her husband, Harry Dickens, around other women
that he starts to think that she just doesn't care and just doesn't love him. [RL]

1.29 [--] I'm Dickens...He's Fenster: NUMBER ONE SON [verified -RL]
12Apr63 ABC Fri
Written by Mel Diamond and Jerry Davis
Directed by Norman Abbott
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Roger Mobley ........ Ralph
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
Mel is convinced his son is disappointed in him. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Arch Fenster is a big hit with Mel Warshaw's (Dave Ketchum's) son, and
Mel begins to feel like a total failure. [RL]

[30] Big Opening at the Hospital
26Apr63


1.31 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: KING ARCHIBALD, THE FIRST
03May63 ABC Fri (Network rerun 02Aug63)
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Brenda Scott ......... Princess Mara
John Abbott .......... Prime Minister
John Morley .......... Security Agent
Mel Curtis ........... Hotel Manager
Synopsis:
Arch becomes romantically involved with the maid of a visiting foreign princess
- he doesn't know that she is Princess Mara in disguise. [TA]

1.32 [--] I'm Dickens ... He's Fenster: HOTEL FENSTER [verified -RL] (final episode)
10May63 ABC Fri
Written by Jerry Davis and Mel Diamond
Directed by Leonard Stern
Starring: John Astin (Dickens), Marty Ingels (Fenster)
Guest Cast:
Henry Beckman ....... Mulligan (recurring)
Dave Ketchum ........ Mel Warshaw (recurring)
Frank DeVol ......... Myron Bannister (recurring)
Synopsis:
Harry's obsessive neatness drives Kate crazy and she kicks him out of the house.
This is really bad timing, because with nowhere else to go, Harry moves in with
Arch Fenster. However, Arch is trying to catch up on some sleep (after he is told
that his womanizing and LACK of proper rest is affecting his carpentry work).
Obviously, with Harry staying over, NOBODY gets any sleep. [RL]

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Reruns - ABC, Fridays (17May63-13Sep63)
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[--] 02Aug63 rerun of "King Archibald, The First" (first aired 03May63)

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