on July 4, 1955 - Produced by Desilu Productions for
CBS - Written by Madelyn Pugh & Bob Carroll, Jr. Summer
replacement for 'I Love Lucy" in 1955 and 1957
(total of 26 episodes) Starring: Margaret Whiting,
Barbara Whiting, and Mabel Albertson [SEASON
1 EPISODE LISTING] ~~ [SEASON 2 EPISODE
SISTERS TO BE FEATURED IN FAMILY SERIES STARTING JULY
sounded so much like a real evening at home, we broke
up each other laughing," says Barbara Whiting,
referring to rehearsals for the first of CBS television's
new series, "Those Whiting Girls."
well it might. Type casting reached its pinnacle when
the dramatis personae for the show were selected. Chosen
to play Margaret Whiting, a charming young singer, was
Margaret Whiting, a charming young singer; signed up
for the role of her pert younger sister, Barbara, was
her pert younger sister, Barbara.
the only deviations from the real home life of the Whiting
sisters are that Barbara, in the show, has the role
of a college student, while in real life she's an actress,
and the role of their mother is taken by Mabel Albertson,
instead of by the girls' mother.
Albertson was chosen for the role for two reasons: she's
an accomplished actress, and she looks enough like Margaret
Whiting to be her mother.
resemblance no longer astonishes Margaret but has helped
to establish an odd relationship between the two. Already,
when talking about her own mother, she feels compelled
to identify her as "my real mother." First
time Miss Albertson heard this, she twinkled and asked,
"Am I so unreal, daughter?"
personal relationship between those Whiting girls wasn't
difficult for director James V. Kern to establish. The
girls are just themselves, and having as much fun at
it as they've always had being themselves.
who is seven years older than Barbara, has been a performer
since whe was 17, and hasn't slowed down since then.
Radio, records, movies, television and dance orchestra
singing have kept her pretty bush, and she loves it
"I haven't felt so good in years," she says,
after reciting a list of television and radio guest
appearances during the past season.
as energetic is Barbara, the fun-loving Whiting girl.
This young Whiting, in addition to her acting work-which
has incuded featured roles in several movies and in
CBS radio's "Meet Corliss Archer" and the
starring role in "Junior Miss"-manages an
apartment house she owns with her sister.
is the first television project the girls have worked
on together, and nearly the first of any kind. They
did one movie together, "Fresh From Paris,"
which hasn't been released yet, and one guest spot on
television, on Ed Sullivan's "Toast of the Town"
on CBS television.
was the "Toast" appearance, their first professional
teaming, that gave Lucille Ball and Desi Arnas the idea
fo the "Those Whiting Girls" show, which they
groomed for production as the summer replacement for
their "I Love Lucy" program.
gets the impression while watching those Whiting girls
that they'd get a kick out of life, no matter what they
were doing. And the "Those Whiting Girls' television
series is probably the nicest way anyone could think
of to let everyone in on the fun.
1: July 4, 1955 - September 26, 1955
S01E01 THE COLLEGE SHOW (July
4, 1955) Barbara brings her new boy friend home to meet the family and is dismayed when he is smitten with singing star Margaret. To prove she can sing too, Barbara announces she will audition for the junior class talent show.
Those Whiting Girls, which
on July 4 began a summer run on CBS-TV in
the Monday evening half-hour (9-9:30 p.m.
EDT) occupied during the fall-winter-spring
season by I Love Lucy, whose slap-stick antics
were apparently considered too strenuous for
hot weather watching. It may be definitely
stated that there is nothing strenuous about
Those Whiting Girls.
The first program shows the Whiting girls at
home with their mother. Barbara, a co-ed, is
getting ready for a date with the boy who is
staging the junior varsity show; older sister
Margaret is mildly complaining about Barbara
borrowing her perfume, scarf, sweater and skirt
for the event. The boy friend arrives and is
bowled over when he discovers that his date's
sister is the Margaret Whiting, whose recordings he has long collected. He gets her to sing,
much to Barbara's annoyance.
Barbara tells him she can sing as well as
Margaret, arranges for an audition and persuades Margaret to sing back of a curtain while
she mouths the words, a performance whose
phoniness is obvious to the varsity kid. Grief
sets in all around until mother solves the dilemma by getting the girls to do a sister act for the
show. They do, singing songs written by their
father, the late Richard Whiting: "Sleepy Time
Gal," "Too Marvelous for Words" and "Beyond the Blue Horizon."
The dialogue is in keeping with the plot.
Sample: Margaret, seeing her bedroom in wild
disarray, "Either we've had a burglary or Barbara's getting ready for a date." Sample two:
Barbara, after her deception has been dis-
covered, "I'm going to become a monk and
spend the rest of my life in a monkery." The
singing, particularly Margaret's, is more professional.
Liveliest item of the half-hour was the next-
to-closing commercial for Post Toasties, an animated cartoon with a catchy jingle, "Who Ate
My Post Toasties?"
Production cost: Estimated at $30,000.
Sponsored alternately by General Foods Corp.
through Young & Rubicam and Procter &
Gamble Co. through Biow-Beirn-Toigo, on
CBS-TV, Monday, 9-9:30 p.m. EDT.
Package by Desilu Productions.
Producer: Sam Marx; director: James V. Kern;
musical director: Eliot Daniel; writers: Bob
Carroll Jr. and Madelyn Pugh.
Starring Margaret and Barbara Whiting, with
Mabel Albertson as their mother.
S01E02 MAGGIE'S DOCTOR BOY FRIEND (July
11, 1955) Barbara picks the middle of a crowded dance floor as the ideal spot
to stage a scene. She's trying to patch up a quarrel between Margaret and her medico boy friend.
S01E03 BARBARA GOES TO CHARM SCHOOL
(July 18, 1955) After spending a whole weekend without one solitary date, Barbara signs up for a charm course. In order to pay for the sessions, she takes in laundry from the sororities on campus.
Guest Stars: Beverly Long (as Daisy Dunbar);
Joseph Crehan (as Mr. Crandall); Chet Marshall (as David Crandall); Norma Varden (as Miss LaVerne)
S01E04 BARBARA'S BEST FRIEND (July
25, 1955) In an effort to promote herself a date for the college prom, Barbara
and her best friend, Daisy, become bitter enemies. It looks as though they'll both be going with the same fellow!
Guest Stars: Beverly Long (as Daisy Dunbar);
Bob Crosson (as Herbie)
S01E05 THE CARNIVAL INCIDENT (August
1, 1955) Barbara learns a lesson in showmanship at the campus carnival. When her boy friend inveigles her into serving as the lure who gets dunked
when baseball throwers hit the target, she tries to get sister Margaret to take her place. Margaret sings "Meet Me at the Station."
S01E06 VIVE LA FRANCE, VIVE L'AMOUR a.k.a. THE NEW NEIGHBORS (August
8, 1955) Margaret and Barbara, with the aid of binoculars, discover their new neighbors are handsome Frenchmen. Barbara persuades a girl friend, who knows a smattering of French, to invite the men to dinner.
Guest Stars: Norman DuPont (as Emile); Gene Gary (as Raoul);
Chalo Alvarado (as Andre); Jack Kelk (as Jackie); Beverly Long (as Daisy Dunbar)(recurring)
S01E07 MAMMA'S REUNION (August
15, 1955) Mrs. Whiting is scheduled to appear in a song-and-dance routine with two other college classmates at their class reunion. When one of them comes down with laryngitis and the other rushes home to greet a new grandchild, it looks as though Mrs. Whiting will lose her chance
to perform. Guest Stars: Helen Kleeb (as Dot); Maxine Semon (as Amelia)
YOU'RE DRIVING ME CRAZY (August
22, 1955) Because her sister Margaret has been having so many accidents around
the house, Barbara is certain Margaret needs help. Barbara seeks aid
from a psychology professor. During the show, Margaret sings "Glad to
Be Unhappy" and "Gypsy in My Soul." Guest Stars:
George Wallace (as Professor).
S01E09 THE SECRET ADMIRER (August
29, 1955) Those Whiting girls land in hot water over some "hot" merchandise. Barbara and Margaret are enthralled by gifts of a mink coat, diamonds and wrist watch from an unknown admirer. Then Mrs. Whiting hears a newscaster report the description of these items as stolen from the home of a producer Maggie is on the way to see-wearing her newfound finery!
BARBARA'S RIVAL (September
5, 1955) Barbara thought she had tied up the nomination for the campus sweetheart's crown. But she didn't count on that cute co-ed from the East.
S01E11 THE PRODIGY (September
12, 1955) Barbara decides she wants to become a singer too, and hires herself a composer to write an original hit song. The composer turns out to be a teenage prodigy. The prodigy is played by 15 year-old Fred Myrow
who performs two of his original compositions, "Cuban Donkey" and "Odditude."
BARBARA MOVES OUT (September
19, 1955) Margaret and Barbara can't agree on a new wallpaper for the bedroom and a spat results. On the theory she can live alone and do what she
likes, Barbara moves out! Guest Star: Beverly Long (as Daisy Dunbar)(recurring).
S01E13 BARBARA'S LOVE SONG
26, 1955) A musician-composer enthralls Barbara with a song he wrote "just for her." Barbara doesn't realize his romance with her is just a means of meeting Margaret. Guest Star:
2: July 1, 1957 - September 30, 1957
1957) Collegienne Barbara, enrolled in a course on geriatrics, is set to thinking perhaps her mother hasn't enough outside interests to keep her feeling young. Against her better judgment, Margaret and her accompanist help Mrs. Whiting decide to return to show business.
S02E02 MAGGIE'S BIRTHDAY (July
8, 1957) When Margaret accepts a booking in San Francisco, Barbara is upset because she plans a surprise birthday party for her sister. She decides to take the party to Margaret in San Francisco.
S02E03 THE FAMILY SKELETON
1957) Margaret and Mrs. Whiting are aghast at Barbara's strange antics when Margaret is awarded a choice role in a motion picture based on the life of their father, composer Richard Whiting. Barbara intends to interfere with plans for the picture because of possible scandal! Guest Star: Charles Bronson (as Martin Carroll)
S02E04 THE FEMININE TOUCH
(July 22, 1957) Barbara has decided sister Margaret is much too forthright, and if she wants to land a man she must re-do her entire personality. Margaret practices her new clinging-vine self on accompanist Artie
before trying it out on a handsome director of the show on which she will appear. Guest Stars:
Marshall Thompson (as Mike Dennis); Barbara Stewart (as Secretary).
S02E05 THE JINGLE
1957) Songwriter Johnny Mercer, a friend of the family, somehow gets involved in Barbara's college politics. He and the entire Whiting household are thrown into an uproar when Barbara takes it upon herself
to handle publicity for a friend running for class president. Guest Star:
1957) Margaret and Barbara are certain their mother, Eleanor, is about to elope.
Guest Star: Vinton Hayworth (as Harry Jordan).
S02E07 THE TRIO (August
12, 1957) Now that she's 21, Barbara decides to assume some of the privileges of an adult. But Margaret and Mrs. Whiting don't intend to let Barbara
go off on a vacation unchaperoned.
S02E08 THE OLD CLUNKER
1957) Barbara concocts an unusual plan to convince her mother and Margaret
they should buy her a car. Her first step is to acquire an ancient
automobile from their gardner. Guest Stars: Kathy Nolan (as Penny);
Robert Kino (as Gardner).
S02E09 WHAT PRICE PUBLICITY?
1957) In an effort to get some publicity for Margaret, Barbara comes up with an interesting story that Margaret and a wealthy Texan are in love. While the newspapers and columnists are fascinated by this news item, sister Margaret is not. Guest Stars:
Lee Patrick (as Dolly); Grant Richards (as Jim).
originally scheduled to appear on September 1, 1957
was postponed until September 30, 1957]
9, 1957) Barbara and her mother decide that Margaret's new pianist boy friend is a gigolo and not worthy of her. Margaret, infuriated by their rash
conclusions, is provoked into proposing to him.
THE ARMY CAMP SHOW (September
16, 1957) Barbara arranges an Army camp appearance for herself and Margaret so that she can see a young Army lieutenant with whom she has fallen in love. But when they arrive at Ft. Lewis, Wash., they find that young man has been transferred.
S02E12 MARGARET WHITING'S SISTER
23, 1957) Barbara, who feels she is always in the background because of her famous sister Margaret, decides to become a professional singer. But her debut in a second rate night club turns into a nightmare when rowdy cattlemen take over. Guest Stars:
Francis DeSales (as Candlelight Manager); Ned Glass (as Hi-Hat Manager);
Johnny Silva (as Hi-Hat Customer)
S02E13 A MAN IN THE HOUSE (September
30, 1957) Margaret's accompanist, Artie [Jerry
Paris], is tended solicitously by the three Whiting women when he comes down with a bad cold. But Barbara, Margaret and Mrs. Whiting begin to think Artie will never recover. He likes all the attention too well!