The Courtship of Eddie’s Father

They’re Either Too Young Or Too Old

FILMED  November 1969 In November I reported back to MGM to prep the first of a four-picture commitment for THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER, this one a romantic comedy. The romantic triangle had been a staple of cinema for eons. … Continue reading

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Gentleman Friend

FILMED July 1969 The third and last of my contracted commitments on THE COURTSHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER in the summer of 1969 was again a change in the tone of the script, but also changes in the visual presentation. Mrs. … Continue reading

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The Promise

FILMED  December 1969 Last night the following message was left on my Facebook home page: hi ralph!!! this is so amazing. so good to find you. you know, 19 years ago tomorrow, we lost bill. the timing of finding you … Continue reading

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The Road To You-Know-Where Is Paved With You-Know-What

FILMED November 1969 The third episode in this back-to-back bunch, THE ROAD TO YOU-KNOW-WHERE IS PAVED WITH YOU-KNOW-WHAT, was written by Blanche Hanalis, who would later create the much-loved series, LITTLE HOUSE ON THE PRAIRIE.  I didn’t meet Hanalis at … Continue reading

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The Mod Couple

Filmed November 1969 Just a year after I went out to MGM to meet Jimmy Komack the first time, I returned to the studio to direct another package of THE COURSTHIP OF EDDIE’S FATHER, this time four episodes back-to-back. And … Continue reading

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Bully For You

Filmed July 1969 A little more than twenty-four hours after I said, “Cut, print,” on the last scene in AN F FOR MRS. L., I said, “Action,” on the first scene in BULLY FOR YOU. This was the first time … Continue reading

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An F For Mrs. L.

Filmed July 1969 Six months after completing THE LIBRARY CARD, I returned to MGM to direct three more episodes of COURTSHIP. Six months can produce major changes in a production company as I had already learned, but this time the … Continue reading

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The Library Card

Filmed December 1968 Two weeks after I completed photography on my first COURTSHIP, I started filming my second one, THE LIBRARY CARD. Unlike the opening teaser vignette for GUESS WHO’S COMING TO LUNCH, the one for this show was not … Continue reading

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Guess Who’s Coming For Lunch

Filmed December 1968 And so the first leg of this journey is completed. In the seven years between October, 1961, when I filmed JOHNNY TEMPLE and August, 1968, when I filmed THE THOLIAN WEB I directed 66 films. But then … Continue reading

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