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 Posted:   Aug 22, 2013 - 5:28 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

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 36 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?

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 5:01 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Right.

Is this really that obscure or was it fairly popular at the time?

 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 9:48 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

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.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 10:26 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

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).

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 25, 2013 - 12:38 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Sometimes show openings and closings were standardized for an entire series when it went into syndication.

 
 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 6:44 AM   
 By:   Bart Maverick   (Member)

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

 
 Posted:   Aug 26, 2013 - 9:56 AM   
 By:   thx99   (Member)

No problem. The show is currently airing in the US on Antenna TV.

D'oh!! That's the station I meant above, not Retro TV.

And it looks like they're in the midst of airing Williams-scored episodes, too: http://affiliate.zap2it.com/tv/bachelor-father/EP00000458?aid=antennatv.

 
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