MY THREE SONS
Meet Steve Douglas. A widower, Steve is trying to raise three boys who are at every stage of young life. Mike is in college while Robbie is in high school and Chip rounds out the list as the youngest. Add in a grumpy houskeeper named Bub and America was hooked! My Three Sons debuted on September 29, 1960 on ABC…now wait…if some of you are remembering this show on CBS you’re right as well. You see, ABC refused to commit to the expense of producing the show in color so CBS picked it up in the 1965-66 season. It wasn’t uncommon for networks to take shows from other networks back then. Some interesting trivia…oh wait, let me sound the alert….
COOL TRIVIA ALERT: ok better. Anyway, Fred MacMurray was the BIG name in the show and it is intersting to note that the rest of the cast didn’t see him very much during the filming. That’s because MacMurray had a clause that said he would shoot all of his lines for the ENTIRE SEASON at the beginning of the season. In other words, the writers had to have the ENTIRE SEASON WRITTEN ahead of time and then shoot all of his scenes first. After which the rest of the cast worked on the rest of the season as MacMurray played golf Ha Ha. This became known around Hollywood as the MacMurray Method and was used by several other stars later on….but only the big names.
As far as the show was concerned, all the boys grew up and got married and had kids of their own. and in August of 1972 America said goodbye to the testosterone laden Douglas home for good. By the way, we have a soft spot in our hearts for Robbie Douglas, otherwise known as Don Grady, because he gave us a fabulous interview a few months ago. Check it out on the player AND listen to his NEW music at www.dongrady.com