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[ Season 4: 1971/72 ]
Doris's children return to help their grandfather on his farm and Doris becomes an Associate Editor for the magazine.


 

Doris Day

 

Doris Martin

 

Kaye Ballard

 

Angie Palucci

Bernie Kopell

Louie Palucci

 

John Dehner

 

Cy Bennett

Jackie Joseph

Jackie Parker

 

Billy De Wolfe

 

Willard Jarvis

Peter Lawford

Dr. Peter Lawrence



 

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Voted top female box-office movie star during the early 60's, Doris Day's switch to small-screen sit-com was not without problems. However, always a survivor, she soon knuckled down to THE DORIS DAY SHOW, bringing her usual vivacity and charm in her portrayal of Doris Martin, with each series allowing her, the production and acting team the opportunity to tweak and improve the formula in order to expand plot development and ratings.

Somewhere between Season Three and Season Four a massive downsizing must have taken place at "TODAY'S WORLD" magazine in San Francisco with Editor boss, Michael Nicholson (McLean Stevenson), Doris' friend and office colleague, Myrna Gibbons (Rose Marie) and Assistant Editor and flirt, Ron Harvey (Paul Smith) replaced by new boss, Editor-in-Chief, Cy Bennett (John Dehner) and his secretary, Jackie Parker (Jackie Joseph) with Doris moving upwards from joint secretary and occasional interviewing roles to Associate Editor with no explanation as to how and why. With such a busy career, it has to be assumed her two likeable kids (Philip Brown and Tod Starke) have moved back to the farm to help and be cared for by their grandfather. Cy is outwardly gruff and intimidating with a softer centre, whilst Jackie's slightly zany personality is the perfect foil to join feisty Doris on the best ways to gain points over their boss whenever necessary with the ensuing interactive fun and complications adding much to each episode. Occasional romantic entanglements lead to something more permanent in the up-front casting of Peter Lawford as Dr. Peter Lawrence with the added element of sophistication so typical of Doris' latter-day movies. Having previously rented her apartment from the owners of the Italian restaurant beneath, occasional appearances by mercurial Louie and Angie Pallucci (played by Bernie Kopell and Kaye Ballard) are brash, funny and argumentative but really have hearts of gold. Also remaining on board for sporadic playful conflict is her neighbour, the effete Mr. Jarvis played by Billy DeWolfe, an old supporting cast member from Day movies, LULLABY OF BROADWAY and TEA FOR TWO, who as a guest on Season Two became a regular on Season Three. The scripts are brisk and snappy and Doris gets to wear funky way-out 70's fashions which to say the least are psychedelic in design!

Episodes begin with Doris seeking a bigger office instead of the allocated space the size of a broom cupboard and hilarious consequences resulting from an appearance on a popular chat-show; being mistaken as a jewellery thief as well as later episodes involving art and diamond thefts; double-edged matchmaking; espionage; romance in Rome and a stressful visit to London; being taken hostage in the middle-east; fun with a dating service; persuading Mr. Jarvis to fight corruption by running as city councillor; appearing in a fashion show and the return of cousin Charlie (Van Johnson) while the Christmas episode features a Santa Claus with murder on his mind. All light-hearted fun, of course! Guest stars include Barbara Hale, Rory Calhoun, Alan Hale, Bob Crane, Regis Toomey, Anthony Caruso, Estelle Winwood, Jon Cypher, Charles Nelson Reilly and Werner Klemperer.

A wealth of rare and new bonus features include separate recent interviews with Kay Ballard and Jackie Joseph who discuss Doris, the show's happy working environment and animals; Betty White of GOLDEN GIRLS is barely recognisable as the host of THE PET SET SHOW with Doris as guest; a lengthy sequence of fashion show outtakes (from "Gowns by Louie") has Doris as the ideal model to show off her splendid figure; bumpers showing Kraft/Bold/Zest etc. as sponsors of the show, plus a preview of Season Five with promise of the continuing romance with Dr Peter Lawrence (Peter Lawford).

With her son, Terry Melcher as Executive Producer, the series succeeds in promoting the sunny Doris Day screen image, and fans and others will enjoy the lively situations which occur throughout. It's a warm-hearted show which improved its ratings with each season during its USA transmission with some UK regional TV companies exercising options to show episodes from Season Four. Such wholesome qualities ensure the special magic remains despite the intervening years and simply put, this nostalgia will appeal to everyone in the family whether young or old! The DVD set covers all twenty-four episodes from the 1971 ]/72 season on six discs (approximately 650 minutes/10½ hours) in a slip case and works out at four shows per disc plus bonus material as indicated above. The remastering is faultless with excellent colour definition and sound quality and Doris' biggest hit song, QUE SERA, SERA (WHATEVER WILL BE, WILL BE) tops and tails the standard quirky cross-cut opening titles which set the scene for each episode. Available via Sanctuary Visual Entertainment SVEDF0231 in the UK.

Review by Allen Pollock

 

 

Season 4 - Episode Guide:


 

"And Here's... Doris" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 13 September 1971 ]

Doris' editor pressures her to wangle him an appearance on TV's most popular late-night show when she interviews the show's host.

bullet Guest starring Bob Crane, Jack Wells, Joseph Mell, Alan DeWitt
bullet Written by Laurence Marks
bullet Directed by Norman Tokar


 


 

"Mr. & Mrs. Raffles" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 20 September 1971 ]

A jewelry store with its door ajar turns a late-night stroll to the post office into a trip to jail for Doris and Mr. Jarvis. [This was actually the first episode made for the season and it introduces all the new characters.]

bullet Guest starring Ken Lynch, H.M. Wynant
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by Norman Tokar


 


 

"When In Rome, Don't" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 27 September 1971 ]

While in Rome on a short vacation, Doris falls in love with an Italian, then is mystified and heartbroken when her adverse opinion of some paintings destroys her romance.

bullet Guest starring Cesare Danova, Dick Patterson, Lew Palter, Ryan MacDonald
bullet Written by Richard M. Powell
bullet Directed by Jerry London


 


 

"Charity Begins At The Office" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 4 October 1971 ]

Doris exposes a charity racketeer after Mrs. Fairburn recruits her to help supervise the staging of a benefit ball.

bullet Guest starring Joey Forman, Elvia Allman, Estelle Winwood, Winifred Coffin, Will B. Abel
bullet Written by Phil Sharp
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"A Weighty Problem" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 11 October 1971 ]

Angie accompanies Doris on an undercover assignment to a swank spa to maintain surveillance on the wife of a soon-to-be released convict.

bullet Guest starring Iris Adrian, Rob Hathaway
bullet Written by Arthur Julian


 


 

"The People's Choice" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 18 October 1971 ]

Doris persuades Jarvis to run for a seat on the City Council after she uncovers the corrupt activities of the incumbent.

bullet Guest starring Harold Peary, June Wilkinson
bullet Written by Arthur Julian


 


 

"A Fine Romance" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 25 October 1971 ]

The man whom a dating service computer selects as the perfect match for Doris turns out to be something considerably more than just a lonely bachelor.

bullet Guest starring Robert Lansing, John Fiedler, Bunny Summers, Michael Fox, Gordon Jump, Harvey Krantz
bullet Written by Laurence Marks
bullet Directed by Norman Tokar
 


 


 

"The Albatross" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 1 November 1971 ]

Cousin Charlie involves Doris in a perilous adventure in espionage when he visits following a voyage to the Far East.

bullet Guest starring Van Johnson, Paul Sorensen, Felice Orlandi, Rico Cattani, Sabrina Scharf
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
 


 


 

"Have I Got A Fellow For You" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 8 November 1971 ]

Angie plays matchmaker with Doris, fixing her up with a handsome airline pilot.

bullet Guest starring Barbara Nichols, Alan Hale Jr., Nico Minardos, John Stephenson, Tony Cristino
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by William Wiard
 


 


 

"To England With Doris" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 15 November 1971 ]

Doris goes to England to try to persuade an author to sell the serialization rights to his book, but she winds up jeopardizing her assignment and her job.

bullet Guest starring Jon Cypher, Diana Chesney, Laurie Main, Dick Wilson
bullet Written by Laurence Marks


 


 

"The Sheik Of Araby" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 22 November 1971 ]

Doris becomes a key figure in an international incident when she is taken hostage in a middle east monarchy by rebels who threaten to kill their lovely captive unless their oppressive king abdicates.

bullet Guest starring Dick Gautier, Richard Angarola, Henry Corden, Vanda Barra
bullet Written by Arthur Julian


 


 

"Doris And The Doctor" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 29 November 1971 ]

Cy Bennett orders Doris to investigate a physician for the purposes of writing an article on the exhorbitant cost of medical treatment.

bullet Guest starring Peter Lawford, De De Young, Paula Victor, Sylvia Hayes, Lew Palter
bullet Written by Laurence Marks
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"Happiness Is Not Being Fired" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 6 December 1971 ]

Angie gains access for Doris to the preview of an exhibit of world-famous objects d'art, and the two of them wind up as witnesses and potential casualties in an attempt by thieves to steal the valuable collection.

bullet Guest starring Bruce Kirby, Lou Krugman, Joseph Ruskin
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by Irving Moore 


 


 

"Whodunnit, Doris?" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 13 December 1971 ]

Someone disguised as Santa Claus has committed a pre-Yuletide murder in San Francisco, and Doris is about to become his next victim.

bullet Guest starring Charles Nelson Reilly, Cliff Norton, Ken Lynch, Walter Sande, Kenneth W. Gordy
bullet Written by Gary Belkin
bullet Directed by Marc Daniels


 


 

"The Wings Of An Angel" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 27 December 1971 ]

While Cy frets and fumes over the possibility of security leaks, Doris goes to the state penitentiary to get the deathbed confession of a notorious mobster.

bullet Guest starring Marc Lawrence, David Doyle, Dick Patterson, Jack Griffin
bullet Written by Richard Powell
bullet Directed by Richard Kinon


 


 

"Doris At Sea" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 3 January 1972 ]

Dr. Peter Lawrence returns, and presses Doris into service as his surgical nurse when he is required to perform an emergency operation on a world-famous Greek billionaire.

bullet Guest starring Anthony Caruso, Karl Bruck, Gavin James
bullet Written by Laurence Marks
bullet Directed by Marc Daniels


 


 

"The Sorrow Of Sangapur" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 10 January 1972 ]

Doris becomes an unwitting accomplice in the theft of one of the world's most famous diamonds.

bullet Guest starring Lloyd Bochner, Henry Corden, Larry Hovis, Arlene Martel, Ben Wright
bullet Written by Richard Powell
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"The Blessed Event" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 17 January 1972 ]

Doris excitedly organizes a surprise baby shower for Angie, not realizing that Angie is expecting a litter of pups from her pet dog Sophie.

bullet Guest starring Henry Hunter, Joan Lemmo, Paula Victor
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by Bruce Bilson


 


 

"Who's Got The Trench Coat" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 24 January 1972 ]

A skid row bum winds up with Cy's precious old trenchcoat after Jackie donates it to a thrift shop.

bullet Guest starring Regis Toomey, Paula Victor, Charles Wagenheim
bullet Written by Don Genson
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"Doris' House Guest" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 31 January 1972 ]

Doris attempts some double-edged matchmaking, hoping to break up one romance in order to make possible another.

bullet Guest starring Barbara Hale, Jack Dodson
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by Bruce Bilson 


 


 

"The Crapshooter Who Should Be King" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 7 February 1972 ]

A pretentious butler dupes Doris by masquerading as the ruler of a Mediterranean principality.

bullet Guest starring John Banner, Lee Bergere, Henry Corden, Richard Angarola, Lou Massad, Sid Conrad
bullet Written by Richard M. Powell
bullet Directed by Edward H. Feldman


 


 

"Cover Girl" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 21 February 1972 ]

Doris persuades Carlo Benedetti to paint a cover illustration for the magazine, then writhes with chagrin when he fails to deliver.

bullet Guest starring Cesare Danova, Rory Calhoun, Norman Stuart, Larry McCormick
bullet Written by Laurence Marks
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"Gowns By Louie" This site's rating for this episode!
[ US Transmission Date: 28 February 1972 ]

Doris persuades a chauvinistic Frenchman, director of a forth-coming and eminent international fashion show, to allow into the show the fashions created by her own couturier, who is in reality a dry cleaner.

bullet Guest starring Werner Klemperer, Joe Mell
bullet Written by Arthur Julian
bullet Directed by William Wiard


 


 

"There's A Horse Thief In Every Family Tree"
[ US Transmission Date: 6 March 1972 ] This site's rating for this episode!

An article by Doris in which she writes about a colorful horsethief who was an ancestor of a now-prominent San Francisco family threatens to wipe out Doris' job with the magazine.

bullet Guest starring Harriet E. MacGibbon, Robert Emhardt, Sandy Kenyon
bullet Written by Phil Sharp
bullet Directed by Norman Tokar


 

 


Production Credits:

 

Executive Producer

 

Doris Day

Producer

Richard Dorso

 

Producer

 

Jack Elinson

Producer

Edward H. Feldman

 

Executive Producer

 

Don Genson

Associate Producer

Jerry London

 

Executive Producer

 

Terry Melcher

Producer

Norman Paul

 

Producer

 

Bob Sweeney

Associate Producer

George Turpin

 

 

Theme Song

 

Que Sera, Sera Real Audio Clip
by Jay Livingston & Ray Evans

Set Decorator

 

James Hassinger

 

Makeup

 

Harry Maret

Hair Stylist

 

Barbara Lampson

 

Miss Day's Costimer

 

Connie Edney

Women's Costumer

Joy Tierney

 

Men's Costumer

 

Leonard F. Mann

Propmaker foreman

Lloyd R. Apperson

 

Sound editor

 

Jim Bullock



 

 

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