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Many Happy Returns 

Walter Burnley supervises Wilma, Joe, Lynn, and Harry in returns at Krockmeyer's Department store, leaving him harried and sarcastic. The widower heads home to daughter Joan, her husband Bob and granddaughter Laurie.


Parke Levy




1965   1964  


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Series cast summary:
John McGiver ...  Walter Burnley 26 episodes, 1964-1965
Elinor Donahue ...  Joan Randall 26 episodes, 1964-1965
Mark Goddard ...  Bob Randall 26 episodes, 1964-1965
Christopher Riordan Christopher Riordan ...  Ronnie 26 episodes, 1964-1965
Andrea Sacino Andrea Sacino ...  Laurie Randall 21 episodes, 1964-1965


Walter Burnley supervises Wilma, Joe, Lynn, and Harry in returns at Krockmeyer's Department store, leaving him harried and sarcastic. The widower heads home to daughter Joan, her husband Bob and granddaughter Laurie.

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1960s | department store | widower | See All (3) »


Get in line for laughs as John McGiver masterminds the zany complaint crew at Krockmeyer's Department Store!









Release Date:

21 September 1964 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The main theme was jazzed up about halfway through the season in a vain effort to boost ratings. See more »


Written and Performed by David D. Rose and Parke Levy
Copyright 1964--David Rose Publishing Company
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Mr. McGiver's Only Lead Role Sit-Com
31 October 2005 | by theowinthropSee all my reviews

1964, in retrospect, was a dismal television year, and among the numerous failures was this sitcom. It is notable only because it was the only time that that fine comic character actor John McGiver had the lead in a television show. McGiver was Walter Burnley, the head of a department store's returns department (hence the title). He was constantly facing pressure from his boss Owen Sharp (Russell Collins) regarding the rules and regulations of the department store - basically it was a battle of who was really running the department. McGiver normally was the winner of these struggles.

I can't recall the episodes too well today - the show was not that great, though McGiver and the cast did what they could do. One episode was interesting and remains in my mind. Mickey Manners played Joe Foley, one of the clumsy staff in McGiver's department. In one episode he was in an amateur production of Romeo and Juliet in the lead role. But he could not get a hang on the Shakespearean language and poetry. McGiver tries to train him how to appreciate Shakespeare, but he can't get through. Then, he gets an idea. Manners knows how to mouth the lines. McGiver reads the role of Romeo out of sight of the audience while Manners acts it. As McGiver had a clear, marvelous speaking voice, it suddenly became apparent that had he looked handsomer than he did he might have had a career in such plays. Only at the end, when Manners is about to take his poison, does he (rather than McGiver) say the last line of Romeo. It was an interesting episode, and (to me) remains the most memorable episode of that show.

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