“The Bob Cummings Show / Love That Bob” 

The Bob Cummings Show (also known as wLove That Bob) is an American sitcom starring Robert “Bob” Cummings, which was produced from January 2, 1955 to September 15, 1959. The Bob Cummings Show was the first-ever series to debut as a midseason replacement.The program began with a half-season run on NBC, then ran for two full seasons on CBS, and returned to NBC for its final two seasons. The program was later rerun on ABC daytime and then syndicated under the title Love That Bob. A similar (but less successful) follow-up series, The New Bob Cummings Show, was broadcast on CBS during the 1961–62 television season.SynopsisThe series stars Cummings as dashing young Hollywood photographer, Air Force reserve officer, and ladies’ man, Bob Collins. The character’s interest in aviation and photography mirrored Cummings’ own, with his character’s name the same as the role he played in the film You Came Along (1945). The series also stars Rosemary DeCamp as his sister Margaret MacDonald. In some episodes, Cummings also doubled as Bob and Margaret’s Grandfather Josh Collins.The Bob Cummings Show was important in the development of several careers. Its creator, producer, and head writer was Paul Henning, later producer of major 1960s hits such as The Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction, and Green Acres. Regulars in the show included Ann B. Davis, who twice won Emmy Awards for playing Schultzy.Henning apparently remembered cast members Nancy Kulp and Joi Lansing favorably, as both had roles on The Beverly Hillbillies, several years later, Miss Kulp as Miss Hathaway (secretary to banker Milburn Drysdale—a character similar to Pamela Livingstone, the one she played on Cummings’ show)–and Miss Lansing as Gladys Flatt, wife of Lester Flatt.A decade after The Bob Cummings Show left the air, Davis went on to play the housekeeper Alice in The Brady Bunch; in the 1995 film The Brady Bunch Movie, which featured another actress playing Alice, Davis reprised the role of Schultzy for a cameo that suggests the character went on to become a truck driver.Olive Sturgess appeared in twelve episodes as Carol Henning, girlfriend to Bob’s nephew, Chuck. Versatile character actress Kathleen Freeman appeared in six episodes as Bertha Krause.Perhaps the biggest career boost was received by young Dwayne Hickman, a student at Loyola University in Los Angeles, who appeared as Bob’s nephew, Chuck, and became a favorite with young female viewers. During the last season of The Bob Cummings Show, he was cast as the lead in CBS’s The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis.This program represented the height of Cummings’ television career. Although afterwards he starred in two other series in the early 1960s — The New Bob Cummings Show and My Living Doll—and made guest appearances on several other TV series, he never again achieved the success on television that he had with The Bob Cummings Show. CChttps://youtu.be/TOlJvssRxoc

4 thoughts on “ “The Bob Cummings Show / Love That Bob” 

  1. So glad you stopped by spiritualjourney17. Postings here are memory jolts. Pretty far back though. TV having pretty much begun, many other preoccupations were the course of the day Anyhow, those were the days and times.

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