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The Danny Thomas Show 

Make Room for Daddy (original title)
Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken second wife Kathy, ... See full summary »
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Won 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 21 nominations. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Danny Thomas ...  Danny Williams / ... 344 episodes, 1953-1964
Rusty Hamer Rusty Hamer ...  Rusty Williams 344 episodes, 1953-1964
Marjorie Lord ...  Kathy Williams / ... 228 episodes, 1957-1964
Angela Cartwright ...  Linda Williams 223 episodes, 1957-1964


Danny Williams, a successful nightclub singer, encounters a variety of difficult or amusing situations in trying to balance his career with his family: his outspoken second wife Kathy, teenage daughter Terry and son Rusty from his first marriage and Kathy's young daughter Linda and Danny's old-fashioned Uncle Tonoose. Later episodes feature Annette Funicello as a foreign exchange student from Italy. Most episodes conclude with a song by Danny or one of the children. Affection expressed as hostility ("I love you, you little jerk") and ironic humor characterize this show. Written by Molly Malloy <mailcall@intersource.com>

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Comedy | Family



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The theme song was a jazzed-up version of the old Irish tune The Londonderry Air (best known when sung with the lyric known as "Danny Boy"). See more »


Referenced in Murphy Brown: Make Room for Daddy (1995) See more »

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Oh Danny Boy
3 November 2016 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Back when Danny Thomas opted for a television series, the Danny Thomas Show or Make Room For Daddy as it was both known as, his career was at a crossroads. He was a good singer/comedian and did a few musical and acting parts on screen, but he had not reached the top rank of film stars and those people were finding less and less work on the big screen. Television was clearly the way to go.

Like Desi Arnaz over on I Love Lucy, Thomas as Danny Williams was a nightclub performer. Unlike Desi he did not have a wife just dying to get into show business. Jean Hagen was perfectly content to be raising their kids Sherry Jackson and Rusty Hamer. Hagen wanted out after three years so she was killed off and Thomas met and married Marjorie Lord who was on the remainder of the series run.

Back in those days TV had a lot of 'father is an idiot' shows and this was king of that lot. Thomas was constantly put down by his son Rusty Hamer. All I know is that talking like that to my father would have gotten me a rap across the mouth and a few licks on my behind with the hair brush.

Sadly enough Hamer proved to be the real tragedy of the show. His was a well known child star suicide after his career dissipated when the show was canceled.

The best part of the Danny Thomas Show was Danny Thomas performer with songs and stand up comedy. And that Lebanese uncle, a most demanding Uncle Tonoose played by Hans Conreid on occasion.

I think a whole generation of kids learned bad behavior from Rusty Hamer though.

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Release Date:

29 September 1953 (USA) See more »

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The Children's Hour See more »

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