Today marks the 50th Anniversary of the launch of The Dick Van Dyke Show on CBS in 1961. My husband has been a long-time fan of the show and I am allowing him to guest-blog so we can participate in the Thrilling Days of Yesteryear's Dick Van Dyke Show Blogathon. Please visit the site to see who else is joining in on this very festive occassion.
Brad (the hubby) has maintained a Dick Van Dyke Show webpage of his own called the The Petrie Page since July 1999. Feel free to hop on over and check out all of the material he has collected over the years. As his contribution to the blogathon, he'd like to offer up some of the quotes he's accumulated and some bits of trivia from the show.
"There was something ageless with him. Probably 100,000 jokes in his head went with him." ~Dick Van Dyke on the death of Morey Amsterdam, comic actor best known for his role as Buddy on The Dick Van Dyke Show
"Marriage, like a lot of other things, has boundaries and to some guys those boundaries represent walls and that makes marriage a prison to them but to other guys those boundaries hold everything that's good and fun in life." ##
Buddy (to Rob): "You keep that up and you'll end up on a hospital show!"#
Laura: "You want to wind up another Dwight Heahteron? Go ahead!"
Rob: "Who's that?"
Laura: "Dwight Heatheron happens to be an excellent writer who is unknown because he gets no publicity."
Rob: "Then how do you know him?"
Laura: "Rob, let me ask you something. Are you doing this because you're afraid of Alan?"
Rob: "No, I'm doing it because I respect Alan Brady. A man of his caliber has great firing power."
Sally: "Time to go home and feed Mr. Henderson."
Buddy: "What kind of name is that for a cat?"
Sally: "This coming from a man who has a wife named pickles and a dog named Larry!"
Mel (to Buddy): "Yeecchh!"
Rob (to Laura): "...Washington said farewell to his troops in less time."
Alan: "Why didn't someone tell me? I would have worn my hair!"
Rob: If it's food eat it. If it's a telephone number, call it!"
Rob (to Laura): "Three out of four doctors will tell you that the cupcake test is not always conclusive."
Rob: "Hominy grits!"
Sally: "Oh, about forty or fifty."
Jerry (to Rob): "Listen, we can hug all you want at home, but on the boat, never touch me!"
Ritchie (to Rob): "I like Mommy's bananas better!"
Rob: "Laura, do you know that 1 out of every 50 million women has the wrong baby?"
Laura: "That's a cute trick. How does she manage it?"
Rob: "No...no." She doesn't have it while she's having it. It's after she has it that she has it."
Alan: "What do you suggest I do with all these toupees, now, huh?"
Laura: "Well, Alan, there must be some needy bald people...."
Buddy: "Hey, play the Minute Waltz."
Sally (at the piano): I only know half of it."
Buddy: "Play it twice."
Buddy (to Sally): "My mother-in-law is spending a month with us for a couple of days."
Rob: "It's like being Clark Kent." Laura: "Huh?"
Rob: "You know you're Superman, but you can't tell anybody. I never realized how he must have felt. Can you imagine how many times in that booth he wanted to pick up the phone and say 'Hi! I'm Superman!'"
Rob (to Laura): "It just so happens that I know me better than you know me 'cause I'm with myself almost constantly."
Buddy: "Rob, I've done a lot of things in my life, but I've never Uhny Uftzed anybody!"
Laura: "Oh, Rob!"
Sally (to Rob): "You feel sick or something, or has your brain just ran out of ideas?"
# quote suggested by Kyle Hankins
## quote suggested by Dona Howell
The show had two pilot episodes. It is one of the few shows, including the original Star Trek, that had a second chance.
"The Sick Boy and the Sitter" was the second pilot episode. It was filmed on January 20, 1961. The same day that JFK was inaugurated as the 35th President of the USA.