CTVA US Comedy - "My Son Jeep" (NBC)(1953) starring Jeffrey Lynn, Martin Huston

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My Son Jeep (1953)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Tom Alger [Updated July 2019]
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
http://www.digitaldeliftp.com/DigitalDeliToo/dd2jb-My-Son-Jeep.html
https://nostalgiacentral.com/television/tv-by-decade/tv-shows-1950s/my-son-jeep/

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MY SON JEEP
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Production Company Not Known
for NBC
Produced by Hudson Faucett
Written by Walter Black and William Mendrek
Director: Grey Lockwood

US Situation Comedy series 1953 12 episodes x 30 min
(pilot 03Jun53 Wed) (4Jul53 Sun -22Sep53 Tue)
starring
Jeffrey Lynn as Dr. Robert Allison
Martin Huston as Jeep Allison (doctor's son)
 
Betty Lou Keim as Peggy Allison (Jeep's older sister)
Anne Sargent as Barbara Miller (doctors receptionist/secretary)
Leona Powers as Mrs. Bixby (doctor's housekeeper)
William Lally as Tommy Clifford
Richard Wigginton as Boots

Premise:
Comedy series, set in Grove Falls, relates the antics of Jeffrey "Jeep" Allison,
the mischievous 10-year-old son of a doctor.

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1.1 [—] My Son, Jeep: PILOT
03Jun1953 (live) NBC-TV 9pm Wednesday
17Jun1953 (kine) Los Angeles KNBH-4 Wed. 9pm
Director: Grey Lockwood
Written by Walter Black and William Mendreck
Sponsor: Beacon Wax Company
Synopsis:
The boy nicknamed "Jeep" had a crush on his pretty teacher, Miss Miller. Jeep’s father was a handsome widower,
Dr. Allison, who was just starting practice in town. It was Jeep’s lot, obviously, to be the matchmaker.
So that his father might have funds to hire Miss Miller as a secretary, Jeep undertook to make the rounds of patients
still owing the doctor money. He also asked the local hospital if it had any surplus business that might be directed to
his father’s office. In no time the town was in something of an uproar. [excerpt from New York Times review, by Jack Gould]
Note:
This was a special broadcast pre-empting the first half of the one-hour series "Kraft TV Theater."
The second half hour was pre-empted by a talk by President Truman.

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NBC Saturdays, 7:30pm Eastern (04Jul1953 to 22Aug1953)
NBC Tuesdays, 8:00pm Eastern (08Sep1953 to 22Sep1953)

1.2 [—] My Son, Jeep
04July1953 (live) NBC-TV, Saturday 7:30pm
Los Angeles: 13July1953 KNBH-4 Mon. 7pm
Director: Grey Lockwood
Written by Walter Black and William Mendrek
Sponsor: unknown
Synopsis 1:
Jeep is confined with a case of measles, but his imagination is not under quarantine. He plays captive- prisoner-held-for-ransom
by tossing a note out the window and thus alerting the police and most of the townfolk. [Long Beach Press-Telegram]
Synopsis 2:
There was some solid comedy in their opener in which Jeep, confined by measles, tossed a note intended for a friend out
the window and started a kidnap scare. [Excerpt from Washington DC Evening Star review, July 7, 1953]
Note:
Video re-staging of 01Feb1953 radio episode “Measles and A Ransom Note.”

1.3 [—] My Son, Jeep
11July1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Los Angeles: 20July1953 KNBH-4 Mon. 7pm
Synopsis 1:
Jeep, the son of Dr. Allison (Jeffrey Lynn), believes that
music hath charms so persuades his father to permit him to take saxophone lessons, but there the charm endeth on
KNBH (4) at 7 p. m. during "My, Son Jeep." [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Jeep buries the sax. [Peekskill NY Evening Star]
—Review:
Music hath charms, but not when a sax in the hands of a young boy blasting out his first tonal efforts is the source.
On this truism was hung the latest amusing episode in the story of "My Son Jeep" on WNBT.
Jeep acquires a used sax for $30—advanced by his dad—and promises to practice faithfully.
Faithfulness to this pledge makes for a discordant home where even cotton ear-plugs fail to do much good.
Father and son are each true to their vows—one not to interfere, the other to persist—although each has regrets.
Quiet and happiness are restored when a playmate of the budding musician accidentally drops the offending instrument
in the path of a truck. [review in the 15Jul53 Jersey Journal, Jersey City, NJ, newspaper]

Note:
Video re-staging of 08Feb1953 radio episode “Doc Allison Buys A Used Saxophone.

1.4 [—] My Son, Jeep
18July1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
—matching episode?
1.xx [—] My Son, Jeep
Los Angeles: 01Aug1953 KNBH-4 Sat. 9pm
Synopsis:
"My Son, Jeep" gets his dad to lead the Boy Scout hike, but it looks like a man-sized job to lug the equipment Jeep gathers together.
[01Aug1953 Long Beach Press-Telegram]
Note:
Possibly a re-staging of 17May1953 radio episode “Doc Takes the Cubs On A Hike.”

1.5 [—] My Son, Jeep
25July1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Los Angeles: 08Aug1953 KNBH-4 Sat. 9pm
Synopsis 1:
Jeep tries a ruse. [Yonkers NY Herald Statesman]
Synopsis 2:
Taking matters into their own hands, Doc Allison’s children try to get their father to show a romantic interest in his nurse.
[Dallas Morning News]
Synopsis 3:
Doctor Allison's children, Jeep and Peggy, decide that they should promote a romance between their dad and his nurse, Barbara Miller.
This idea jells into action and the confusion that reigns supreme makes for fun on "My Son Jeep"
over KNBH (4) at 9 p. m. [08Aug1953 Long Beach Independent]
Note:
Possibly a re-staging of 22Feb1953 radio episode “Jeep Plays Cupid.

1.6 [—] My Son, Jeep
01Aug1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Los Angeles: 15Aug1953 KNBH-4 Sat. 9pm
Synopsis 1:
Jeep wins a contest. [Peekskill NY Evening Star] [Yonkers NY Herald Statesman]
Synopsis 2:
JEEP WINS—When "My Son Jeep" enters a contest sponsored by a dog food manufacturer, he wins a week-end visit from "Breezy,"
the cowboy radio star whose program is sponsored by the dog food. [15Aug1953 Long Beach Independent]

1.7 [—] My Son, Jeep
08Aug1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Synopsis:
Peggy goes on her first date. [IMDb]
Note:
Possibly a re-staging of 01Mar53 radio episode “Peggy's First Date.
—matching episode?
1.xx [—] My Son, Jeep
Los Angeles: 22Aug1953 KNBH-4 Sat. 9pm
JEEP HONORED — The Boy Scouts of America-have cited "My Son, Jeep" as being "the TV program which depicts boyhood
in the best American family tradition."
Tonight on KNBH (4) at 9 p. m. you'll find "Jeep" getting into more trouble in the best tradition of the American boy.
[22Aug1953 Long Beach Independent]

1.8 [—] My Son, Jeep
15Aug1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Los Angeles: 01Sep1953 KNBH-4 Tues. 9:30pm
Synopsis 1:
Striking out for a measure of personal independence and spare pocket money, Jeep takes a job as a newspaper delivery boy. [Columbus Dispatch]
Synopsis 2:
Jeep gets a paper route but Dad winds up delivering the papers. [San Mateo Times]
Note:
Video re-staging of 22July1953 radio episode “Doc Allison's Paper Route.”

1.9 [—] My Son, Jeep
22Aug1953 (live) NBC-TV, Sat. 7:30pm
Synopsis 1:
Jeep’s gas station friend, Leroy, a muscle-building fancier, sets Jeep off on a new hobby. [Columbus Dispatch]
Synopsis 2:
Jeep invites his weight-lifting friend to dinner. [Yonkers NY Herald Statesman]
Synopsis 3:
Jeep, the lad who stirs up all the trouble in the family situation comedy, "My Son Jeep," takes up weight lifting as a hobby.
Doc Allison, Jeep’s father, has no objections to his son’s latest fad, but when Jeep improves his own weight-lifting apparatus
out of old tin cans and cement, things begin to happen. [Dallas Morning News]
Note:
Video re-staging of radio episode “Jeep the Strongman” (from either 15Mar53 or 08Mar53).

[—] On Saturday, 29Aug1953, "My Son, Jeep" was replaced by "Meet Your Match."
NBC decided to give "Jeep" a 3-week reprieve beginning Tuesday, 08Sep1953.

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My Son, Jeep NBC Tuesdays, 8pm Eastern (08Sep1953 to 22Sep1953)
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1.10 [—] My Son, Jeep
08Sep1953 (live) NBC-TV, Tues. 8pm
Synopsis 1:
"My Son Jeep" moves into this new time spot with an episode that finds Doc Allison almost mixed up in the private banking business.
[Middletown Journal; Middletown, Ohio]
Synopsis 2:
Jeep has a new bank account. [IMDb]
Note:
Possibly a re-staging of 26Apr1953 radio episode “The Allison National Bank and Trust.”
—same as above? (seems to describe ep. 1.11):
[—] My Son, Jeep
Los Angeles: 15Sep1953 KNBH-4 Tues. 8:00pm
Synopsis:
JEEP—A new female visitor in town gets no attention from "My Son, Jeep," and his sister, Peggy, during the show.
This is the first of three Jeep shows that get an "extended run" on the station until Milton Berle returns. [Long Beach CA Independent]

1.11 [—] My Son, Jeep
15Sep1953 (live) NBC-TV, Tues. 8pm
Los Angeles: 22Sep1953 KNBH-4 Tues. 8pm
Synopsis:
Jeep loses patience with his dad’s patient. [Peekskill NY Evening Star]
Synopsis 2:
An attractive young woman is Dr. Allison's newest patient. [IMDb]

1.12 [—] My Son, Jeep  [Final TV Episode]
22Sep1953 (live) NBC-TV, Tues. 8pm
Synopsis 1:
On the last of three programs in the extended run of "My Son, Jeep," Doc decides to be a brother was well as a father to his son. [Columbus Dispatch]
Synopsis 2:
Doc plays big brother to "My Son Jeep." [Peekskill NY Evening Star]
Note:
Video re-staging of 05Apr1953 radio episode “Pop As Pal.

[—] 29Sep1953 NBC Tues. - "My Son, Jeep" replaced by The Milton Berle Show.
 
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The NBC radio network broadcast a version of "My Son Jeep" from 25Jan1953 through 30Sep1953
(air dates according to the New York Times radio listings).
This series featured cast members:
Donald Cook (as Doc Allison), Martin Huston (as Jeep), Joan Lazer (as Peggy),
Leona Powers (as Mrs. Bixby) and Lynn Allen (as Barbara).
Beginning 23Sep1953, three members of the TV cast took over the radio roles:
Jeffery Lynn (as Doc Allison), Betty Lou Keim (as Peggy), and Anne Sargent (as Barbara).
A later radio version of "My Son, Jeep" was broadcast from Oct. 3, 1955 through November 1956 on the CBS Radio Network.
This was a 15-minute, Monday-Friday, series with Paul McGrath playing Jeep’s father.

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