Friday, June 5, 2009

Love That Bob!







One of my favorite character actors from back in the day was Bob Cummings.

More youthful than Dick Clark in his heyday, Cummings was perhaps the father of the romantic comedy bachelors.

His old television series, Love That Bob, was the tale of a swinging bachelor who photographed beautiful fashion models. Or, as IMDB puts it:

The romantic misadventures of Bob Collins, a suave, sophisticated bachelor and photographer operating in Hollywood, California. The show centers around his womanizing ways with his models, and his sister’s attempts to make him settle down.

In addition to perennial character actress Rosemary DeCamp, who portrayed Bob’s sister, his co-stars also included two actors who would later go on to on-going television fame in their own right.

One, his young protégé Chuck, would later go on to portray the eponymous role of Dobie Gillis.

The other, his wacky secretary Shultzy, would go on to portray Alice in The Brady Bunch.

If you never got to see this show... which has been ignored by both TV Land and the American Life Network, then check out these videos:

You will see a cavalcade of stars appearing in episodes of the show, including:

  • Nancy Kulp, Miss Jane Hathaway from The Beverly Hillbillies

  • Rose Marie, Sally Rogers from The Dick Van Dyke Show

  • The inimitable George Burns

  • Bea Benaderet, who appeared in The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and was the original voice of Betty Rubble in The Flintstones

You might want to try to catch one of Cummings’ many wonderful movie roles... including The Devil and Miss Jones, which has been playing on the AMC Network on cable. And no, it is not a porn film... this one was a quaint romantic comedy about workers at a department store trying to get better working conditions from the curmudgeonly billionaire who owns the store.

Yep, we sure love that Bob!

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