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Norby (1955)
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NORBY
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Production Company not known
for NBC (Wednesdays 7:00pm)
Sponsored by Eastman Kodak
Created and Produced by David Swift
US Comedy series 1955 13 episodes x 30 min COLOR!!!!!
5Jan55-6Apr55
Starring
David Wayne as Pearson Norby, Bank Vice President
Joan Lorring as Helen Norby, wife
Susan Hallaran as Diane Norby, daughter
Evan Elliott as Hank Norby, son
Paul Ford as the Bank President
Janice Mars as Wahleen Johnson, switchboard operator
Ralph Dunn as Mr. Rudge, another vice president
Carol Veazie as Mrs. Maude Endles
Jack Warden as Bobo
Maxine Stuart as Maureen

Premise:
David Wayne, of "Teahouse of the August Moon" fame, stars in this new comedy series about Pearson Norby,
Vice President of the First National Bank in Pearl River, New York.

Filming Location:
The films were actually shot on location in Pearl River, New York, a small town in the Hudson Valley.

Background:
Norby is the first regular series done in color (the pilot episode recently turned up with commercials intact).
The show had no laugh track. MOST episodes are thought to have been lost in a warehouse fire. [RL]

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NBC Wednesdays at 7:00pm Eastern
January 5-April 6, 1955
All Episodes in Color

[01] Norby: THE PROMOTION (pilot episode) (color film) [verified -RL]
05Jan55 NBC Wed
Produced & Directed by David Swift
Written by Harvey Orkin, James Lee, David Rayfiel, George Kirgo
Guest Cast:
Lamont Johnson
Carol Veazie
Ralph Dunn
Roland Wood
Janice Mars
Susan Hallaran
Evan Elliot
Synopsis:
The first episode tells of Pearson Norby's promotion from head teller to vice-
president in charge of small loans in Pearl River's First National Bank. [JB]

[02] Norby: OVERDRAWN ACCOUNT
12Jan55 NBC
Pearson Norby, newly promoted vice president in Pearl River's First
National Bank, is horrified to learn that he has overdrawn his own
bank account. Beset with doubts about his banking ability, Norby
spends a miserable night with an "angel-in-charge-of-hopelessness." [JB]

[03] Norby: THE PICNIC
19Jan55 NBC       
Norby's fights against "those mercenary businessmen" for his old
picnic tree. The "villains" plan to tear it down to make room for a
motel, but the noble banker begs the "woodsmen" to "spare that tree."   [JB]   

[--] 26Jan55   
"Helen's Holiday" originally scheduled for this date, but
postponed until the following week.
The episode that replaced it is possibly "Late Love"...

[04] Norby: LATE LOVE
Possibly 26Jan55 NBC
While Diane and Helen wait for Norby, Diane studies the "love interest"
of all the bank people. [TA]
(local (time-shifted) broadcast: 30Jan55 on WOOD-8 Grand Rapids, Mich.,
3:00pm Sunday)

[05] Norby: HELEN'S HOLIDAY
02Feb55 NBC
Norby's feeling chipper today, but not Helen. She's beginning to feel
that life has passed her by! [TA/JB]
(Postponed from last week)
(NBC broadcast: 2Feb55 on WJIM-6 Lansing, Mich., 7:00pm Eastern)

[06] Norby: WAHLEEN'S ROMANCE
09Feb55 NBC   
The girls in the bank look on enviously as a "just married" car passes
by. Telephone operator Wahleen Johnson gets carried away with the
orange-blossom atmosphere and intimates that there will be wedding
bells in her future too. [JB]

[07] Norby: (title not known)
16Feb55 NBC   
Helen thinks of all the golden opportunities she has missed, and Norby
looks for a way to cure his wife of her "dreams of glory." [JB]

[08] Norby: THE QUIET WAR
23Feb55 NBC
Pearson and Helen Norby have a slight disagreement which, with a
little encouragement, turns into a color war. [JB]

[09] Norby: (title not known)
02Mar55 NBC
Helen and Maureen sign up for an art appreciation course in the adult
-education program. [JB]

[10] 09Mar55
(No information available)

[11] Norby: (title not known)
16Mar55 NBC
Young Diane Norby decides that her ambition is to be a ballet dancer.
Norby says she mustearn her own money for dancing instructions. [JB]

[12] Norby: DORCUS DILEMMA
23Mar55 NBC
When bank guard Dorcus announces that he wants to retire after years
of service, there is a secret reason. He has lost his gun, and is too
embarrassed to say so! [JB]


[--] Pre-empted 30Mar55 for Academy Awards

[13] Norby: BOSS AND THE LADY
06Apr55 NBC   
Helen offers to help out at the bank by filling in as a secretary for
Norby. Her office behavior convinces Norby that the place for a woman
is in the home.
[JB] (Last show of the series)

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Copy of e-mail sent to the Classic TV Archive"

"I do have an interesting side note to the "Norby" series and one of its stars.
Wahleen Johnson portrayed by Janice Mars. Janice was a very influential
and respected cabaret singer in New York City in the late 50's. She owned
and sang in her club, the infamous Baq Room on west 57th. After the club
was closed to make way for "Avenue of the Americas" she went into the studio
and recorded her most popular tracks from the baq Room. Great VERY VERY
obscure tunes from great composers and offbeat shows. The master tapes
remained in California in Marlon Brando's study all these years until he
sent them to me in 1999 at Janice's request. The masters were in fabulous
shape with no degradation whatsoever and my brother and I produced a CD
from the original masters. It is titled, "Introducing Janice Mars". More
info about aquiring the CD can be found by e-mail request at:
baqroom@yahoo.com.
We would LOVE to have ANY "Norby" that features Janice as we have none.
Janice is our closest living relative on our mothers side and she has been
dear do us for all our lives. Hope this is of interest to you and you
respond soon.
Very Best Regards,
Jeff McCabe <baqroom@yahoo.com> Baq Room Records
Jeff McCabe" <jmccabe1@prodigy.net>
September 2001

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