The Jim Backus Show

The Jim Backus Show is a 39-episode American television sitcom that aired in broadcast syndication in 1960 and 1961. The series was also known as Hot Off the Wire.[1]

The Jim Backus Show
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Jim Backus as Mike O'Toole.
StarringJim Backus
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original networkFirst-run syndication

PremiseEdit

The program focuses on Backus in the role of Mike O'Toole, the editor/proprietor of a low rent wire service struggling to stay in business.

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Mad Bomber"John FloreaJohn L. GreeneOctober 6, 1960 (1960-10-06)
2"The Patriots"Bretaigne WindustDick Conway & Roland MacLaneOctober 25, 1960 (1960-10-25)
3"Mike O'Toole, Angler"Gene ReynoldsJoseph QuillanNovember 1, 1960 (1960-11-01)
4"South Hampton Story"James SheldonBill Danch & Tedd PierceNovember 8, 1960 (1960-11-08)
5"No Help Wanted"Gene ReynoldsDick Chevillat & Jay SommersNovember 15, 1960 (1960-11-15)
6"The Marry-Go-Round"Christian NybyRay SingerNovember 15, 1960 (1960-11-15)
7"The Nephew"Hollingsworth MorseDavid Chandler & Don QuinnNovember 22, 1960 (1960-11-22)
8"Baby, Come Home"Ralph LevyBill Danch & Tedd PierceNovember 29, 1960 (1960-11-29)
9"The Frame Up"Christian NybyDick Chevillat & Ray SingerDecember 6, 1960 (1960-12-06)
10"Painting Caper"Howard W. KochDick Chevillat & Ray SingerDecember 13, 1960 (1960-12-13)
11"The Three Sisters"James SheldonJess Carneol & Kay LenardDecember 16, 1960 (1960-12-16)
12"Uncle Chester"Alan Crosland Jr.Bill Davenport & Charles TannenDecember 20, 1960 (1960-12-20)
13"Crime a la Carte"Theodore J. FlickerBill Danch & John L. GreeneDecember 27, 1960 (1960-12-27)
14"The Desk"Howard W. KochBill Danch & Tedd PierceDecember 27, 1960 (1960-12-27)
15"Piano Prodigy"Christian NybyHendrik VollaertsJanuary 10, 1961 (1961-01-10)
16"Mike Cheats a Cheater"James SheldonPeggy Chantler Dick & William CowleyJanuary 17, 1961 (1961-01-17)
17"Meet Melvin"Ben Feiner Jr.George Atkins & Bob OgleJanuary 24, 1961 (1961-01-24)
18"The Woman's Touch"Christian NybyStory by : Robert A. Cinader,
Teleplay by : Marvin Marx & Manny Manheim
January 31, 1961 (1961-01-31)
19"Sidney's Scoop"Hollingsworth MorsePeggy Elliott & Tedd PierceFebruary 7, 1961 (1961-02-07)
20"The Hypnotist"Ben Feiner Jr.Bill Danch & Tedd PierceFebruary 14, 1961 (1961-02-14)
21"Once Upon a Moose"Christian NybyHarry Crane & John TackaberryFebruary 21, 1961 (1961-02-21)
22"Pinkmalion"Alan Crosland Jr.Bill Davenport & Charles TannenDecember 28, 1961 (1961-12-28)
23"When a Body Meets a Body"Sidney SalkowGeorge Atkins, John O'Dea,
Bob Ogle & Sidney Salkow
March 7, 1961 (1961-03-07)
24"Arabian Night"James SheldonWalter BlackMarch 14, 1961 (1961-03-14)
25"Old Army Game"Christian NybyStory by : Robert A. Cinader
Teleplay by : Stanley Davis & Elon Packard
March 21, 1961 (1961-03-21)
26"The Fix"Arthur LubinArthur AlsbergApril 4, 1961 (1961-04-04)
27"Sad Sack Santa"Harvey HartSam Locke & Joel RappApril 11, 1961 (1961-04-11)
28"The Plant"James SheldonStory by : Jay Sommers,
Teleplay by : Carol & Joseph Cavella
April 18, 1961 (1961-04-18)
29"The Temporary Scoundrel"Theodore J. FlickerThomas Knickerbocker & Mort R. LewisApril 25, 1961 (1961-04-25)
30"Floundered in Florida"TBATBAMay 2, 1961 (1961-05-02)
31"Dear Minnie"TBATBAMay 9, 1961 (1961-05-09)
32"In the Rough"TBATBAMay 16, 1961 (1961-05-16)
33"Dora's Vacation"TBATBAMay 23, 1961 (1961-05-23)
34"The Birthday Boy"TBATBAMay 30, 1961 (1961-05-30)
35"War Bride"TBATBAJune 13, 1961 (1961-06-13)
36"The Texas Tycoon"TBATBAJune 20, 1961 (1961-06-20)
37"Gift for Grandma"TBATBAJune 27, 1961 (1961-06-27)
38"O'Toole and Son"Christian NybyStanley Davis & Elon PackardJuly 4, 1961 (1961-07-04)
39"Farewell to Dora"TBATBAJuly 11, 1961 (1961-07-11)

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes & Noble. 2004. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.
  2. ^ "The Woman's Touch".
  3. ^ "Floundered in Florida on The Jim Backus Show". IMDb. May 2, 1961. Retrieved August 7, 2016.[unreliable source?]