A turn-of-the-century Victorian home in New York City's suburban
borough of Staten Island was the setting for this multigenerational
comedy about a family of eccentrics. Martin Vanderhof (Harry Morgan)
was the patriarch of the clan, an independent curmudgeon who also
served as the series narrator. Martin, a widower, lived with his
bubbly, somewhat scatterbrained daughter Penny ( Lois Nettleton), and
her family. That family consisted of Penny's husband, Paul ( Richard
Sanders), an inventor of toys, with no apparent regular source of
income; their idealistic teenage daughter Essie ( Heather Blodgett),
and their older daughter , Alice ( Lisa Aliff), who worked for a
Manhattan brokerage firm. Mr. Pinner ( Theodore Wilson) was a neighbor
and friend who constructed prototypes for the toys Paul invented.
Adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning 1936 play of the same name
written by Moss Hart and George S. Kaufman which was made into an
Oscar winning 1938 film staring Jean Arthur and James Stewart. Both
will be remembered long after this routine comedy is not.
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