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OK Crackerby (ABC 1965-1966, Burl Ives, Hal Buckley)

OK Crackerby

Sitcom OK Crackerby followed the misadventures of the worlds richest man who having made his fortune out in Oklahoma was desperate to get himself a seat at the top table in the world of high society. In best Pygmalion fashion OK hired St John Quinney, a Harvard grad, to help him make in roads into social acceptance-dom.

Most episodes revolved around various social get togethers and functions and also heavily featured were St john’s main squeeze and OK’s business partner Slim.

There wasn’t really a great deal of milage to be had in the show hence the fact that it only lasted a single season, show creator Cleveland Amory was chief tv critic of TV Guide magazine. Being made in black and white at a time when most sitcoms were being made in colour probably didn’t help either.

production details
UK / ABC – United Artists – Beresford / 17×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 September 1965 – 6 January 1966

Creators: Cleveland Amory, Abe Burrows

cast
BURL IVES as OK Crackerby
HAL BUCKLEY as St John Quincy
BRIAN CORCORAN as OK Jr
BROOKE ADAMS as Cynthia Crackerby
JOEL DAVIDSON as Hobart Crackerby
LARAINE STEPHENS as Susan Wentworth
DICK FORAN as Slim
JOHN INDRISANO as The Chauffeur