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Chuck: My, Uncle Bob sounds cheerful this morning. He's singing in the shower. What happened?

Margaret: He thinks he's found a new girl. We'll just overcook his eggs.



The Bob Cummings Show ran from January 1955 until September 1959 on NBC and CBS.


Clean cut Bob Cummings played swinging bachelor Bob Collins in this comedy about a professional photographer ( " Hold it-I think you're gonna like this picture"), who spent all of his working time with beautiful models. In his spare time Bob never seemed able to settle on any one woman, causing endless problems at home and " in the harem." Bob lived with his widowed sister Margaret ( Rosemary DeCamp),and her son Chuck ( Dwayne Hickman); Margaret never quite understood her brother's social life and Chuck was always trying to get in on Uncle Bob's action, despite the fact that he had attractive, wholesome girlfriends of his own, Francine and later Olive ( Diane Jergins, Carol Henning). Bob's devoted assistant was Shultzy ( Ann B. Davis), who had a crush on her boss, but couldn't compete with glamerous models like Collette , Mary Beth, Shirley and Ingrid(Lisa Gaye, Gloria Marshall, Joi Lansing, Ingrid Goude). Also featured in the cast was Paul Fonda ( Lyle Talbot )and Pamela Livingston ( Nancy Kulp).


Bob had his own private plane and occasionally flew to his home town of Joplin, Missouri to visit his Grandfather Josh Collins ( also played by Bob Cummings). Despite his age, the elder Collins had not lost his eye for the ladies, which he proved when it was his turn to visit his Grandson-and all the sexy young models at the photography studio.


Guest stars ranged from George Burns and Gracie Allen ( in a cross-over episode), to Zsa Zsa Gabor, Alan Ladd, Ozzie Nelson, Steve Allen, Art Linkletter, and Don Knotts.


When the series moved to daytime for reruns after concluding it's nighttine run, the title was changed to Love That Bob, the same title used in syndication.


An article from Time Magazine


The 1,000-Watt Bulb
Monday, Apr. 09, 1956 Article


Robert Cummings' mother was an ordained minister, and back in the family home in Joplin, Mo., she gave him a short sermon that he has never forgotten. Said she: "Your mind is like a light bulb. It's up to you whether you use it like a 60-watt bulb or make it shine as bright as a 1,000-watter." She did not protest when Cummings decided to look for a socket on the Great White Way.


Three times the Cummings glow has threatened to flicker out when his career seemed to reach a dead end: 1) on Broadway, 2) in the movies, and 3) on television. But last week, at 46, he was up to a candlepower to brighten any mother's eye as he starred in his own Bob Cummings Show (Thurs. 8 p.m., CBS), made a guest appearance with Perry Como, and played host (with his children: Robert, 10, and Melinda, 8) on CBS's Circus Highlights from Madison Square Garden.


Nutty Salesman. Bob taxed his mind power to capacity to get his career rolling. When he first tried to crash Broadway, he got nowhere until he made a brief trip to London, returned with a British accent and a new name,Blade Stanhope Conway. He was hired for the Broadway production of Galsworthy's The Roof. When the vogue for English actors faded, Bob changed his name to Brice Hutchens, emerged as a juvenile lead in the Ziegfeld Follies and, finally, adopted a Texas accent and took his own name to play opposite Margaret Sullavan in Hollywood.


Television nearly wrecked him twice. After World War II service as an Air Force flight instructor, Bob was one of the hundreds of actors dropped by the Hollywood moviemakers in 1947 as they cut budgets in fear of TV's inroads. He then signed up for a filmed TV series called My Hero, in which he played the role of a nutty real estate salesman named Beanblossom. The show was so bad that not even an agent would come near him after it was released (although, on the strength of his name. 34 films are still being shown by TV stations across the country).


Bachelor Photographer. Though he played in a few TV dramas (notably as the star of Studio One's courtroom thriller, 12 Angry Men), Bob's income was dwindling until in 1954 George Burns of Burns & Allen suggested the new series that has become the Bob Cummings Show. In it, Bob is a dame-happy bachelor photographer whose major problems are to avoid marriage while at the same time trying to find a husband for his widowed sister (Rosemary De Camp), who does not particularly want one. The show is nearly as slapstick as the My Hero series, but considerably funnier, and Bob has an excellent foil for his own comedy routines in his girl Friday (Anne B. Davis), a half-pint comedienne known as Schultzie. Sponsor Winston Cigarettes has paid the bills for the past two years and has an option for three and a half years more. Says Bob: "A lot of other sponsors want to get in too. Show business is like the stock market,when you're hot, everyone wants a part of you. But when you're cold, they all act like you're dead."


Bob Cummings Obituary


Film Star, TV host dies


Bob Cummings had Parkinson's disease
December 3, 1990


Los Angeles ( AP) Robert Cummings, who played a swinging bachelor in the 1950's sitcom " The Bob Cummings Show" and starred in dozens of films, has died at age 80.


The actor, who had parkinson's disease died Sunday at the Motion Picture and Television Hospital in Woodland Hills of kidney failure and complications from pneumonia, said hospital spokeswoman Louella Benson.


After a movie career in the 1930's, he entered the burgeoning tv industry and starred in two versions of " The Bob Cummings Show," which in its first incarnation was probably the closest thing to a sex comedy on television at the time.


On the first " Bob Cummings Show," which ran as a sitcom on NBC and CBS from 1955 to 1959, Cummings played Bob Collins, a photographer with his own airplane who squired beautiful models around town. He could never settle on any one woman, causing endless problems at home and among the various girlfriends.


It was called " Love That Bob" in syndication and can still be seen in reruns.


In its second incarnation, " The Bob Cummings Show " ran as a comedy-adventure on CBS in 1961-62, and Cummings played Bob Carson, charter pilot and amateur detective.


In 1954 he won an emmy for " Twelve Angry Men."


Milton Berle, who used Cummings as a straight man in the 1930's and '40's said the clean-cut actor had a great knack for comedy. " He was a darling man," Berle said Sunday. " I and others in show business who knew him, will miss him dearly."


Paramount Pictures signed Cummings but took a pass on Berle when they took a screen test in 1932, Berle said. " I never let him forget that," he said.


Most of Cummings' film roles were in light comedies but included some serious portayals,such as in " Kings Row," in which he co-starred with Ronald Reagan, and in Dial M for Murder," Alfred Hitchcock's 1954 thriller.


Born a minister's son in Joplin, Mo., Cummings studied engineering and business before turning to the theater to earn money for his family during the depression.


He launched his acting career in England and passed himself off as British, calling himself Blade Stanhope-Conway. To help establish his credentials, he bribed a London stagehand to take his picture under a marquee bearing his alias.


In America, he co-starred with Fanny Brice in " The Ziegfeld Follies" and worked with Berle.


Cummings got his first film role in 1935 adopting a Texas accent to play opposite Margaret Sullivan in " So Red the Rose."



Here is Rosemary DeCamp's Obituary from the LA Times


Rosemary DeCamp; Actress in TV and Radio Series
February 22, 2001|MYRNA OLIVER | TIMES STAFF WRITER



Rosemary DeCamp, the venerable actress whose work ranged from radio to motion pictures to television, including leading roles in "The Life of Riley" and "The Bob Cummings Show," has died. She was 90.


DeCamp, who also was a respected copper enamel artist, died Tuesday in her Torrance home of complications of pneumonia, said her daughter, Martha Weber.


The attractive but always matronly actress looked like the warm, capable mother in the kitchen baking cookies for her children after school. She became that in real life, and she certainly played the part--often under heavy makeup to age her--on both large and small screens throughout her career.


Barely into her 30s, DeCamp was cast as James Cagney's mother in the 1942 film "Yankee Doodle Dandy," about song and dance man George M. Cohan. The same year she played Sabu's mother in "Jungle Book." In 1945 she appeared as George Gershwin's mother in "Rhapsody in Blue."


In the 1950s, DeCamp played Bob Cummings' maternal widowed sister and housekeeper, with Dwayne Hickman as her teenage son, in "The Bob Cummings Show," and she portrayed Marlo Thomas' mom in "That Girl" in the 1960s.


In private life, DeCamp was married to Inglewood Municipal Judge John Ashton Shidler from 1941 until his death in 1998. She reared four daughters and supported arts and historical groups in her community, including conducting a playwriting contest at Torrance High School for 19 years.


The Institute of Family Relations once granted her its "Mother of Distinction" award for doing "more to glorify American motherhood through her film portrayals than any other woman. . . . "


Born Nov. 14, 1910, in Prescott, Ariz., DeCamp earned bachelor's and master's degrees at Mills College because her mother wanted her to become a teacher. She taught speech and dramatic arts for one year but hated it.


She moved to New York, worked briefly as a theater critic and landed a walk-on part in George S. Kaufman's "Merrily We Roll Along" on Broadway.


Then she discovered radio, which eventually led her to movies, which in turn took her into television.


For its entire 16-year run, she was Nurse Judy on the beloved radio series "Dr. Christian," about a small-town physician. She also had roles in radio's "One Man's Family," "Hollywood Hotel," "Lux Radio Theater" and "The Career of Alice Blair," in which she acted with Martha Scott.


In 1941, Scott brought her to Hollywood by getting her a small part--DeCamp's motion picture debut--in "Cheers for Miss Bishop." DeCamp's all-time favorite film, "Hold Back the Dawn" with Charles Boyer, followed within the year.


Eager for glamour girl roles, she never got them because, she said, her "deplorable nose . . . wouldn't photograph." But by 1948, she had earned a leading role as the long-suffering Peg Riley opposite William Bendix in the film version of his comedy "The Life of Riley."


In her first television series, DeCamp again played Peg through the 1949-50 first season. But Bendix, who was long identified with "Riley," was too busy making lucrative motion pictures, so his role went to newcomer Jackie Gleason.


DeCamp never lacked for work, churning out several early 1950s films.


In 1955, she signed on for her second and longer-lasting television series, "The Bob Cummings Show." Through 1959, and for many years afterward in syndication, she played Margaret Macdonald, motherly older sibling to Cummings' playboy photographer Bob Collins.


DeCamp was Marlo Thomas' mother from 1966 to 1970 on "That Girl," which became a prototype for series about independent young career women.


Turning more to family and community, DeCamp was little seen in films after the comedy horror movie "13 Ghosts" in 1960.


She traveled, golfed and became a respected enamelist, staging one-woman shows of her art at the Los Angeles Museum of Science and Industry and several galleries.


She also wrote a children's novel, "Here Duke," in 1962 and in 1991 published her memoirs, "Tales From Hollywood," as an audio book.


In addition to Weber, DeCamp is survived by three other daughters, Margaret Zambranzo, Valerie Stanton and Nita Shidler, and a grandson.


The family has asked that any memorial donations be made to the scholarship fund DeCamp established in honor of her late husband, aiding Southern California high school students who plan college studies in history: The John A. Shidler Memorial Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 1005, San Pedro, CA 90733-1005.



Here is Ann B. Davis' Obituary from the LA Times


Ann B. Davis dies at 88; actress best known for 'Brady Bunch' role


Ann B. Davis, the Emmy-winning actress best remembered as the nutty housekeeper on television's "The Brady Bunch," has died. She was 88.


Davis died Sunday in San Antonio, said her agent, Robert Malcolm. She had fallen Saturday at her home there and did not regain consciousness.


For the last several years Davis had lived in San Antonio with the family of retired Episcopal bishop William Frey, a close friend.


"She was a wonderful, smart, funny woman," Frey told The Times on Sunday. "She was Alice."



Davis was a two-time Emmy winner playing the wisecracking assistant on "The Bob Cummings Show" in the 1950s, but it was her "Brady Bunch" character that brought her the greatest fame. As housekeeper Alice Nelson, she provided a dizzy comic presence amid the busy Brady household, solving disputes and offering advice through 117 half-hour episodes.



The family sitcom lasted from 1969 to 1974 on ABC and, despite the withering views of critics, went on to become one of the most successful programs in syndication, spawning reunions of the cast in several television movies and spin-off series during the 1970s, '80s and '90s.


"Every once in a while I'll come across an episode, just flipping around the dial," Davis told an interviewer in the '90s, "and I'll sit down and watch it 'cause I don't remember how it came out. And that makes it kind of fun. Some I recognize right away, some I literally don't remember having shot. It's amazing to me that it's lasted 20 years."



Since 1976, Davis lived with an Episcopal community, first in Denver, then in western Pennsylvania, finally settling in the Texas hill country near San Antonio. She worked in a homeless shelter in Denver and devoted herself to prayer and Bible study but took occasional acting roles through the years.


"I never heard a large voice from above saying, 'Get out of show business, Ann,'" she told Newsday in 1995. "I just found that my priorities had changed and I knew that I needed some space."


Ann Bradford Davis was born May 5, 1926, in Schenectady, N.Y., and grew up in Erie, Pa., where she and her twin sister Harriet were encouraged to perform in puppet shows and play acting. She switched her major from pre-med to drama while studying at the University of Michigan, and she graduated with a bachelor's degree in 1948. After college, Davis performed in various nightclubs and stage productions before eventually settling in Los Angeles.


In 1955, she landed the role of Charmaine "Shultzy" Schultz on "The Bob Cummings Show," playing the devoted assistant to Cummings' playboy photographer until the series ended in 1959. It was later retitled "Love That Bob" in syndication.


"It depends on how old you are whether you remember 'The Cummings Show,'" Davis told the San Antonio News Express in 1998. "For most people, I'm just Alice. But I don't mind. Now, if I were Alice the ax murderer, then I'd hate it."


During TV hiatuses, she headlined regional theater productions of "Auntie Mame," "Blithe Spirit," "Funny Girl," "Once Upon a Mattress" and many others. With the USO, she toured Southeast Asia. In the mid-1990s she appeared on Broadway in the Gershwin-themed musical comedy "Crazy for You" after touring extensively with the road show.


On the big screen, Davis appeared with Rock Hudson and Doris Day in the 1961 romantic comedy "Lover Come Back." Her other movies included "A Man Called Peter," "Pepe" and "All Hands on Deck." She made cameo appearances as Alice in "The Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult" in 1994 and as a truck driver in 1995's "The Brady Bunch Movie."


Davis' other television credits included: "The Keefe Brasselle Show," "The John Forsythe Show" and guest appearances on such series as "Wagon Train," "The Dating Game," "Love, American Style," "The Love Boat," "Day by Day" and "Hi, Honey, I'm Home."


In 1994 Davis co-wrote "Alice's Brady Bunch Cookbook," a collection of Brady-themed recipes and anecdotes, despite her confession that she was clueless in the kitchen.


"Part of the fun of promoting that book was that I would admit it from the beginning: I don't know how to cook," she told the San Antonio News Express years later. "The fact that Alice didn't know how to cook is a funny bit.


"When I did 'Regis and Kathie Lee,' Regis picked up on it very fast when he realized I didn't even know how to handle the utensils. He moved in and led me every step of the way."


Davis is the second "Brady Bunch" cast member to die. Robert Reed, who played father Mike Brady, died in 1992 at 59.





Times staff writers Steve Chawkins and Ryan Parker contributed to this report.





To read some articles on The Bob Cummings Show go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZAUUAAAAIBAJ&sjid=o4oDAAAAIBAJ&dq=bob%20cummings%20show&pg=7104%2C1944537 and http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=k-NPAAAAIBAJ&sjid=aFUDAAAAIBAJ&dq=bob%20cummings%20show&pg=5342%2C2803332


To watch some clips from The Bob Cummings Show go to http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=bob++cummings+show&aq=f


To go to Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20020124043400/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/lovebob.html


For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/BobCummings2_LoveThatBob.htm


For a Page dedicated to Bob Cummings go to http://www.briansdriveintheater.com/robertcummings.html


To see one of Bob Cumming's last interviews go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=45AJWT35u9o


For some Bob Cummings Show-related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to http://www.emmytvlegends.org/interviews/shows/bob-cummings-show-the-aka-love-that-bob-1955-1957-nbc


For a Review of The Bob Cummings Show go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130310162030/http://www.televisionheaven.co.uk/overview2.htm#bobcummings


To watch the opening Credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVaRZSzsOkw
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