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Bachelor Father
September 15, 1957 - September 25, 1962


Bentley Gregg -- John Forsythe
Kelly Gregg -- Noreen Corcoran

Peter Tong -- Sammee Tong

Ginger Farrell/Loomis/Mitchell -- Bernadette Withers

Howard Meechiim (1958-1961) -- Jimmy Boyd

Elaine Meechim (1959) -- Joan Voha

Cal Mitchell (1960-1962) -- Del Moore

Adelaide Mitchell (1960-1962) -- Evelyn Scott

Cousin Charlie Fong (1961-1962) -- Victor Sen Yung

Warren Dawson (1962) -- Aron Kincaid

Vickie (1957-1958) -- Alice Backus

Kitty Deveraux (1958-1959) -- Shirley Mitchell

Kitty Marsh (1959-1961) - Sue Anne Langdon

Suzanne Collins (1961) -- Jeanne Bal

Connie (1961-1962) -- Sally Mansfield

Bentley Gregg, a Beverly Hills attorney, becomes the guardian of his 13-year-old niece Kelly.

 The youngster upsets the normal household routine of her unmarried uncle, and episodes depict their relationship. 

Both are cared for by Peter Tong, a wise-cracking Chinese houseboy.

 

Episodes Known To Be In Existence
(listed in alphabetical order):

BENTLEY & THE BABY SITTER
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Kelly's baby-sitting venture ends in disaster when Bentley is mistaken

BENTLEY & THE BLOOD BANK
Writers: Arthur Alsberg, Joe Quillan & Mel Diamond
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guests: Joyce Meadows, Sue Ann Langdon
Synopsis: To impress a beautiful nurse, Bentley delivers a phony wartime speech at the annual Red Cross drive.

BENTLEY & PETER’S TEACHER
Writers: Laurence Marks & Milton Pascal
Director: John Newland
Synopsis: Peter goes to night school and soon drives everyone crazy with his scholarly remarks.

BENTLEY & THE REVOLTING HOUSEKEEPER
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Guest: Barbara Eden
Synopsis: Bentley hires a a housekeeper and soon finds his troubles have just begun as his family turns the house into a shambles.

BENTLEY & THE GULLIBLE GUITARIST
Writers: Alan Lipscott & Robert Fisher
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Synopsis: Bentley and Howard conspire to teach Kelly a lesson after she has been forcing favors out of everybody.

BENTLEY & THE HOMEBODY
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley's latest girlfriend teaches Kelly to cook and plans to marry Bentley and fatten him up.

BENTLEY & THE LADY DOCTOR
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper:
Synopsis: Bentley seeks the help of a beautiful psychiatrist to help curb Kelly's sloppy habits.

BENTLEY & THE SOCIAL WORKER
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Bentley becomes Kelly's legal guardian and his first task as father is to control his daughter's television habits.

BENTLEY & THE TALENT CONTEST
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Bentley brags to his friends that Kelly is very talented, only Kelly wants to know what her talents are.

BENTLEY & THE TRAVEL AGENT
Writers: Mel Diamond, Arthur Alsberg & Everett Freeman
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guests: Myrna Fahey, Charles Lane
Synopsis: Bentley's vacation plans backfire when everyone in the family has different ideas on where to spend their holiday.

BENTLEY BUILDS A POOL
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: After Kelly tells Bentley her latest boyfriend is a swimmer, Bentley decides to put up a pool in the hopes Kelly will spend more time at home.

BENTLEY GOES TO EUROPE
Writer: Keith Fowler & Everett Freeman
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Beal Wong
Synopsis: Preparing for an unexpected trip to Europe, Peter discovers he can't get a passport because there is no record of his birth.

BENTLEY GOES TO BAT
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley helps a tomboy turn from baseball nut into a cultured young lady.

BENTLEY MAN OF STEEL
Writers: Jerry Davis & Tom August
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Kelly prompts Bentley to begin a program of exercise and good nutrition when he complains of fatigue.

BENTLEY MEETS THE PERFECT WOMAN
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Norman Abbott
Synopsis: Bentley's latest girlfriend is an efficiency expert who drives Peter, Kelly and Kitty crazy with her constant cleaning and reorganization.

BENTLEY THE GENTLEMEN FARMER
Writers: Arthur Alsberg & William Raynor
Director: Bretaigne Windust
Synopsis: Bentley tries to help Kelly grow vegetables for her botany class and ends up fighting a pesky gopher.

BENTLEY THE HOMEMAKER
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Guest: Jack Benny
Synopsis: Bentley has been spending too much time away from home and decides to gather the family for some old-fashioned fun and games.

BENTLEY THE MODEL CITIZEN
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Sidney Miller
Synopsis: Bentley falls for a beautiful member of the city planning committee.

BENTLEY’S CLUBHOUSE
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Kelly's girlfriends have all their meetings in her home, which upsets the girls' mothers so much they forbid any further meetings.

BENTLEY’S BIG CASE
Writers: Nate Monaster: Arthur Alsberg
Director: John Newland
Synopsis: After Bentley promises a famous teen idol will perform at Kelly's school, he learns the entertainer will not be able to appear.

BENTLEY’S CATERED AFFAIR
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: To earn enough money to buy a car, Howard And Kelly become food caterers for one of Bentley's clients.

BENTLEY’S DOUBLE PLAY
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Guests: Linda Wong
Synopsis: Bentley directs Peter's night school play and unwillingly casts Peter in the lead role.

BENTLEY’S MAD FRIENDS
Writers: Keith Fowler & Everett Freeman
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Joe Flynn
Synopsis: Bentley tries to patch up a client's marriage and ends up arguing with Peter, Kelly and the client.

BENTLEY’S PROSPECTIVE SON IN LAW
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Kelly brings home a shy, bumbling boy, much to Bentley's dismay, who tries his best to get rid of the boy.

BIRTH OF A SONG
Guest: Patti Page

BLONDE ISSUE
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Sidney Miller
Synopsis: When Kelly loses the attention of her latest romantic interest Don to a blonde, she decides to dye her hair, sending Bentley into a rage.

BOYS WILL BE...
Writers: Kay Leonard, Jess Carneol, Larry Rhine
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley helps organize a group of boys for a play after being tricked into giving up his golf game.

A CRUSH ON BENTLEY
Writer: Everett Freeman
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Frank Wilcox
Synopsis: Kelly's friend Liz develops a crush on Bentley and follows him to a mountain resort when he is vacationing.

DECK THE HALLS
Writers: Ray Allen & Jim Allen
Director: Stanley Z. Cherry
Guest: Joey Faye
Synopsis: Bentley suggests that the family donate their gifts to charity and enjoy the true spirit of Christmas.

ENCORE IN PARIS
Writer: Robert Pirosh
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Alan Hewitt
Synopsis: In Paris, Kelly falls in love with the brother of one of Bentley's friends, then Bentley falls for Babette, his friend's pretty companion

FORTUNE COOKIE CAPER
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guests: Herb Vigran, Olan Soule
Synopsis: When Bentley refuses Peter a raise in pay, Peter decides to go into the fortune cookie business.

GREGGS IN LONDON
Writers: William Raynor & Myles Wilder
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guests: Laurie Main, Pamela Light
Synopsis: In London, Peter clashes with an English butler over everything from menu selection to table settings.

HILDA THE JEWEL
Writers: Lou Derman & Mel Diamond
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley brings home a helper for Peter at the same time Peter wanted Suzie to act as his assistant.

HOW HOWARD WON HIS "C"
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Fredd Wayne
Synopsis: Howard takes up fencing to compete with a football hero Kelly has fallen for.

IT HAPPENS IN NOVEMBER
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley volunteers his home for an upcoming election to get close to the election board's attractive spokeswoman.

JASPER, THE SECOND
Writer: Everett Freeman
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Stanley Adams
Synopsis: After the death of Jasper, Peter and Kelly try and persuade Bentley to adopt another mutt.

KELLY GETS A JOB
Writer: Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: To pay for a dress, Kelly takes a chance entering the hectic world of modeling.

KELLY THE HOME EXECUTIVE
Writers: Ray Allen & Jim Allen & Mel Diamond
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: After a violent argument with Warren, Kelly vows to learn all about running a house.

KELLY THE POLITICIAN
Writer: Henry Sharp
Director: Bretaigne Windust
Guest: John Eldredge
Synopsis: Kelly is running for President of the Student Council against the daughter of one of Bentley's cousins.

KELLY THE YES MAN
Writers: Ben Starr & Dan Beaumont
Director: Stanley Z. Cherry
Guest: Leslie Parrish
Synopsis: Kelly and Ginger try to induce votes in the upcoming school election by promising a movie star will appear a the school dance.

KELLY’S CHARGE ACCOUNT
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Kelly maneuvers a credit card out of Bentley and ends up with a $67 bill she can't afford to pay.

KELLY’S ENGAGEMENT
Writers: William Raynor & Myles Wilder
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Neil Hamilton
Synopsis: Kelly announces her engagement to Warren which outrages Bentley who thinks the boy only proposed to maneuver a job offer out of his office.

KELLY’S IDOL
Writers: Laurence Marks & William Raynor
Director: Bretaigne Windust
Guest: Donna Douglas
Synopsis: Kelly tries to turn all her boyfriends into carbon copies of Bentley.

KELLY’S TANGLED WEB
Writer: John Elliotte
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: After Bentley scolds Kelly for getting out of appointments, he suddenly finds himself breaking a golf date to spend the weekend with a beautiful woman.

A MAN AMONG MEN
Writers: William Raynor & Myles Wilder
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Joby Baker
Synopsis: upset that Kelly is impressed by a basketball hero, Howard decides the only way to win his girl is to adopt a rugged he-man personality.

NEVER STEAL AN OWL
Writers: Ray Allen & Jim Allen
Director: Stanley Z. Cherry
Guest: Bill Bixby
Synopsis: Kelly takes an aptitude test from college and decides she wants to be a newspaper reporter, but Bentley feels she should be a lawyer.

NO PLACE LIKE HOME
Writers: William Raynor & Myles Wilder
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Back from Europe, Bentley, Kelly and Peter become "Travel Bores" who insist on doing nothing except talk about their trip.

ON THE OLD CAMP GROUND
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Abby Berlin
Synopsis: It's vacation time and no one can decide where to go. When everyone finally agrees on a tour of the US, no one can decide whether to camp out or to stay at hotels.

PARENTS NIGHT
Writers: Jerry Davis & Tom August
Director: John Newland
Synopsis: Bentley gets buried in responsibilities when he volunteers his services in the school play.

PARIS IN THE SPRING
Writer: Howard Leeds
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Fritz Field
Synopsis: In Paris, Bentley, Peter and Kelly all fall in love, but refuse to admit to each other they they've been bitten by the love bug.

A PARTY FOR PETER
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Frankie Laine
Synopsis: Trying to impress a pretty girl, Peter claims that Frankie Laine will be appearing at a party tendered in his honor.

A PENNY SAVED
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Eddie "Rochester" Anderson
Synopsis: To teach Peter a lesson in thrift, Bentley hires Rochester which proves to be more costly than he thought.

PETER FALLS IN LOVE
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Peter, Kelly and Bentley all fall in love and then just as quickly break up.

PETER MEETS HIS MATCH
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Guest: Mari Aldon
Synopsis: To impress a young lady, Peter takes lessons in courting from Bentley.

PETER PLAYS CUPID
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Vito Scotti
Synopsis: Peter attempts a match between Bentley and his night school teacher Miss Collins

PETER’S PUNCTURED WEDDING
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Peter and his cousin Richard vie for the affection of a beautiful woman, leaving Bentley caught in the middle.

A PHONE FOR KELLY
Writers: Arthur Alsberg & Ben Starr
Director: Bretaigne Windust
Guest: Mabel Forrest
Synopsis: Kelly is monopolizing the phone and Bentley tries desperately to get her to reduce her phone calls, including getting a second phone.

POPULARITY FOR PROMISES

RESCUE OF RUFUS
Writers: Cynthia Lindsay & Leo Townsend
Director: Sidney Lanfield
Synopsis: Bentley goes to court to save a little boy's dog from certain doom caused by a complaint issued by a notorious animal hater.

A SISTER FOR KELLY
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: Kelly tries to marry off Bentley to her girlfriend's mother in the hopes of gaining a sister.

A SONG IS BORN
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Jimmy Boyd
Synopsis: Howard sings and records an atrocious song that a client of Bentley's wants to turn into a pop hit.

STRICTLY BUSINESS
Writers: Larry & Maggie Williams & Dan Beaumont
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley becomes upset when the Internal Revenue investigates his 1958 tax return.

SUMMER ROMANCE
Writer: Sheridan Gibney
Director: Earl Bellamy
Synopsis: Bentley and Peter head to Yellowstone Park to meet the man Kelly plans to marry.

TRIAL SEPARATION
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Earl Bellamy
Guest: Victor Sen Yung
Synopsis: Peter tries a week away from Bentley to release the hostility built up between employer and employee, but Bentley fears Peter has left for good.

UNCLE BENTLEY LOANS OUT PETER
Writers: Nate Monaster & Arthur Alsberg
Director: Jerry Hopper
Synopsis: To help his girlfriend, Bentley loans out Peter's services and soon finds that he can't live without his Oriental friend.

WHAT MEN DON’T KNOW
Writers: Frank Gill & George Carlton Brown
Director: Hollingsworth Morse
Synopsis: Kelly takes Peter's advice and tries flattery to win back Warren who has been conned by a clever girl.

WHERE THERE’S A WILL
Writers: Robert Fisher & Alan Lipscott
Director: Bretaigne Windust
Guest: Kip King
Synopsis: Bentley plays detective to figure out who stole the will of a former employee when the lights suddenly go out.

WILL SUCCESS SPOIL JASPER
Writers: Si Rose & Seamon Jacobs
Director: Hollingsworth Morse
Guest: George Neise
Synopsis: An actress wants to use Jasper in an upcoming movie, turning their mutt into a pampered pooch.

 

 

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