CTVA US Comedy - "Mr. Peepers" (NBC) Season 1 (Summer 1952)

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Starring Wally Cox as Robinson J. Peepers
Season 1 (NBC) (Summer 1952)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
Tom Alger, Robert B. Huggins
references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive / Writers Guild of America (wga)


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NBC Thursdays 9:30PM
Summer Replacement for "Ford Festival"

1.01 [--] Mister Peepers: (Debut episode) [UCLA]
NBC Television presents; sponsored by The Ford Motor Company;
03-July-1952 NBC Thur 9:30 to 10 p.m ET (broadcast live)
"Reproduced by the Kinephoto process."
Rights given to UCLA Film and Television Archive.
Created by David Swift / Produced by Fred Coe
Written by David Swift and Jim Fritzell
Directed by James Sheldon.
Music by Bernard Green;
sets by Otis Riggs;
lighting by Bruce Mapes;
technical direction by Hank Bomberger;
assistant to the producer, Robert Costello.
Starring:
Wally Cox (as Mister Peepers).
with:
Joseph Foley ........Mister Gurney
Norma Crane .........Miss Deen
David Tyrell ........Mister Burr
Leonard Elliott .....Mister Wadd
Georgia Harvey ......Miss Monitor
Penny Santon ........Mrs. Gilroy
Lee Barnett .........Norton
Griff Evans .........Mister Noble
Summary:
Mister Peepers' arrival at Jefferson Junior High precedes the completion of the new school wing where he is to teach.
Principal Gurney therefore assigns him to the classroom of the school's present science teacher, Mister Wadd, who
allows him to do nothing but simply sit and observe the classroom proceedings. When the insecure Mister Wadd's science
experiment goes awry, he blames Mister Peepers in order to get rid of him. Just when it looks like Mister Peepers'
career will thereby be prematurely curtailed, Mister Wadd mysteriously disappears. [UCLA]
Contents:
Commercials: Ford Sunliner convertible. We'd like you to take a look at two people who have found the perfect way to
spend the summer -- Ford 1952 automobile body paint. Dr. Roy K. Marshall. [UCLA]
Synopsis:
Peepers arrives at Jefferson Junior High School six months early, and is immediately mistaken for a student. He is
introduced to the faculty, then placed as assistant to the science teacher, Mr. Wadd. Jealous of the fact that the
pretty music teacher likes Peepers, Mr. Wadd assigns him menial tasks and tries to sabotage his job. Mr. Peepers
finally gets the best of Mr. Wadd by inadvertantly revealing his baldness. When Wadd leaves in shame, Mr. Peepers
is hired as the new science teacher.  

[--] 10Jul52 (NBC Thur) - pre-empted for G.O.P. (Republican) convention

1.02 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
17Jul52 NBC Thur 9:30pm
Synopsis:
Fun for the entire family as Wally Cox finds adventure with the basketball team. (Chicago Tribune)
--same episode? listed as 10Jul52 on tv.com:
1.xx [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
10Jul1952 (possibly postponed until 17Jul52)
Synopsis:
Convinced that Peepers spends too much time reading and too little time in the gym, Coach Burr starts him on a rigorous
exercise regimen. Meanwhile, Mr. Gurney is desperately seeking a competent chess player to represent Jefferson Junior
High School in a local match against its arch rival. Thrilled to learn that Mr. Peepers is the Tri-State Chess Champion,
Gurney insists that Peepers play in the tournament, despite his previous commitment to deliver a lecture to Mrs. Gurney's
Wildflower group. However, his exercise program may prevent Peepers from doing either.  [TA]

Newspaper column (verifies 10Jul52 pre-emption) - Bob Lanigan's TV Review 25Jul1952:
You probably recall that I recently reviewed the new NBC-TV Thursday night program, "Mr. Peepers," starring Wally Cox.
I frankly thought the the premiere performance of this 30-minute situation comedy show had everything, and said so.
The second stanza of "Mr. Peepers" was postponed due to the Republican convention, but I caught it when it popped up
again last week. "Gott in himmel!" I yelped after the first ten minutes. "One of our writers is missing!"
I've said it before, and I'll say it again. Any situation comedy is only as good as the script. I don't know what
happened to the writer who managed to insert so many deft touches of high comedy when the show made its debut.
But Fred Coe, the producer, better get him, or a reasonable facsimile, back to that typewriter - but fast!

[--] 24Jul52 (NBC Thur) - pre-empted for the Democratic convention.


1.03 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
31Jul1952 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
Mr. Peepers finds himself short of cash and a decent lunch when his first paycheck fails to arrive on time. The home
economics teachers, worried about his diet, invite him over to taste their students' cooking projects, and sample some
halibut they are about to prepare. The problems begin when Mr. Peepers loses his tie clip inside of the fish.
As Mr. Peepers grapples with the halibut, Mr. Feebles attempts to fix the ventilating machine, which proceeds to suck up
Mr. Peepers' paycheck, the halibut, and finally, Peepers himself.  [TA]

1.04 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
07Aug1952 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
When Mr. Feebles is injured, the Jefferson Junior High School faculty draws lots to divvy up his janitorial tasks.
Mr. Peepers lands the job of drawing lines on the volleyball court, but discovers the line marking machine has a mind
of its own.  [TA]

1.05 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
14Aug1952 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
In Principal Gurney's absence, the administration of Jefferson Junior High is placed in the hands of the new English
teacher and vice-principal Mrs. Clave, an ex-Army officer who fires Mr. Peepers when he stands up for one of his students.  [TA]

1.06 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
21Aug1952 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
Superintendent of Schools Mr. Bascomb, a stickler for cleanliness and efficiency, comes to inspect Jefferson Junior High
School on the day that Mister Peepers' students have brought their pets to school. As Mr. Bascomb tours the classrooms,
Mr. Peepers looks for a way to hide the largest pet—a cow.  [TA]

1.07 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
28Aug1952 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
Mr. Peepers' articles in 'Petal and Stem Magazine' impress the president of a seed company, who offers Peepers a twenty
thousand dollar per year job. Lunch with company executives at their private business club, however, convinces Mr. Peepers
that he would prefer to remain a science teacher at Jefferson Junior High.  [TA]

[--] 04Sep1952 (NBC Thur) - pre-empted for a campaign speech by Dwight Eisenhower, the Republican candidate for President
(according to the Chicago Tribune and Long Beach newspapers)

1.08 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
11Sep52 - NBC Thur
Synopsis:
Mr. Peepers asks Nancy to the dance.   [TA]

1.09 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
18Sep52 NBC Thur
Synopsis 1:
Mr. Peepers reforms an errant student by showing him the errors of his ways. (Chicago Tribune)
Synopsis 2:
Mr. Peepers goes fishing with one of his students and is caught with undersized fish in his possession.  [TA]

1.10 [--] Mr. Peepers (episode title unknown)
25Sep52 NBC Thur
Synopsis:
School teacher Peepers' good intentions are misunderstood, getting both him and the principal in trouble.
(Chicago Tribune) [TA]

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