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Dick and the Duchess

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Dick and the Duchess
StarringPatrick O'Neal
Hazel Court
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes26
Executive producerSheldon Reynolds
ProducerNicole Milinaire
Production locationsLondon, United Kingdom
Running time30 minutes
Production companyAssociated-Rediffusion
Original networkCBS
Picture formatBlack and white
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1957 (1957-09-28) –
March 22, 1958 (1958-03-22)

Dick and the Duchess is an American-British sitcom filmed and set in London, and starring Patrick O'Neal and Hazel Court.[1] O'Neal starred as Dick Starrett, an American insurance claims investigator based in London, who is married to Jane, an attractive patrician British woman whom he calls "Duchess". Court was also known for her roles in horror films. Sheldon Reynolds was the executive producer of the series, filmed by Associated-Rediffusion.[2] Shooting took place at the MGM-British Studios at Elstree.

Twenty-six episodes aired between September 28, 1957, and March 22, 1958. The series aired in Britain during the following 1958–1959 season. In the story line, Jane's family had difficulty accepting Dick both as an American and a "commoner". Jane often got involved in a comical vein in Dick's insurance cases. Beatrice Varley appeared in a supporting role as Mathilda. Richard Wattis was cast as Peter Jamison, Dick's friend and office associate, in three episodes entitled "Maude", "The Wild Party", and "Bank Robbery". Michael Shepley played Inspector Stark of Scotland Yard, who sometimes helped Dick with his cases. British actor Ronnie Stevens appeared as Rodney, an employee in Dick's office.[1]

Series guest stars were mostly British actors. Margaret Rutherford, for instance, appeared as Cynthia Gordon in the 1957 episode "The Kissing Bandit".[3] Other guest performers included Kenneth Williams, Richard Wattis, Roddy Hughes, Fabia Drake, Michael Shepley, Beatrice Varley, Ronnie Stevens, Sydney Tafler, Marne Maitland, Victor Maddern, Leslie Dwyer, Michael Medwin, Maxine Audley, Ronald Adam and Lionel Jeffries.

Dick and the Duchess aired on Saturdays at 8:30 p.m. Eastern, sandwiched between Perry Mason and The Gale Storm Show. Its principal competition was the second half of The Perry Como Show on NBC.[4] After the initial airing, rebroadcasts of Dick and the Duchess aired on CBS at 7:30 p.m. Fridays from March to May 1958 in the time slot formerly held by Leave It to Beaver, which then switched to Wednesday evenings for the remainder of its first-season run on CBS.[5]


  1. ^ a b Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present, New York: Random House, 1992, p. 224
  2. ^ "Dick and the Duchess title page". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  3. ^ "Episode list of Dick and the Dutchess". IMDB. Retrieved April 26, 2009.
  4. ^ Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1997, appendix
  5. ^ "Episode list for Leave It to Beaver". IMDB. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
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