I'm trying to make heads and tails of Williams' involvement in the sitcom series BACHELOR FATHER (1957-1962).
Here's what I know:
Season 1: Williams was not involved Season 2: Williams did 8 episodes (February 9, 1959 - June 7, 1959) Season 3: Williams did 37 episodes (September 17, 1959 - June 9, 1960) Season 4 & 5: Williams was not involved
Theme: Williams wrote a new theme for season 3 (the third of four themes for the show). The problem here is that I've checked out some Youtube videos from this season (allegedly), and Williams' theme appears only over the end credits while an older theme appears over the main titles. Jeff Eldridge has said this may be because the videos might not reflect what was actually aired, but it looks very genuine to me. What gives? Also, does anyone know if Williams' theme was used in season 4 and 5 as well?
Also, was the show ever released on DVD or anything?
I haven't seen the series available on DVD but it has appeared on a cable station here in the States named Retro TV - http://www.myretrotv.com/ - over the past six years or so. The station appeared to broadcast nearly all of the episodes in roughly chronological order. I managed to record all of the episodes attributed to Williams that were broadcast, but don't recall off-hand if Williams' theme was featured over the opening credits or not. It definitely was heard over the end credits, though, as Thor has pointed out. The show pre-dates me by over a decade so I can't speak to how it was originally broadcast.
Lucky you! I missed its airing on that station (but probably wouldn't be able to record it anyhow, as I don't reside in the US). No problem. The show is currently airing in the US on Antenna TV. Recordings can be made through onlinetvrecorder.com
What is your source Thor for the number of episodes Williams did? imdb? (because it's known to make mistakes) Because I don't see anything in the FSM guide.. Or you have seen the episodes and the credit on Williams?
The first season (20 episodes) of BF was tracked with library music and had a theme by Dave Kahn.
The second season (20 episodes) had a theme by Jeff Alexander used for the opening and closing credits. Alexander scored 12 episodes and then Williams scored the remaining 8.
The third season (37 episodes, not 36 as Thor says above) had a theme by Johnny Williams, who received screen credit for all 37 episodes. That doesn't mean he composed original music for all 37, but from what I remember there seemed to be new music in most episodes.
The fourth and fifth seasons (40 episodes each) had a theme by Conrad Salinger, who received screen credit for all episodes during the fourth season (and all of the fifth-season episodes I've seen).