The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Curse of the Petrie People 

Laura accidentally drops a recently bestowed Petrie family heirloom (as ugly as it is priceless) down the garbage disposal and tries to cover up the mishap before anyone notices.


Jerry Paris


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie (credit only)
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Tom Tully ... Sam Petrie
Ann Morgan Guilbert ... Millie Helper
Isabel Randolph ... Clara Petrie
Leon Belasco ... Mr. Mark


Rob's parents bestow upon Laura a Petrie family heirloom -- a huge, garish gold brooch in the shape of the United States, with a jewel for each city where a male member of the family was born. Laura reluctantly accepts the brooch to keep the peace, but her embarrassment over it turns to horror when she accidentally drops it into the garbage disposal. Written by aldanoli

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

2 February 1966 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Rob mentions that he has brothers. We only ever meet one, Stacy, played by Van Dyke's real-life brother, Jerry. See more »


Ritchie is missing. Grandparents always want to see their grandchildren when they visit, yet not one word is asked about him. When Ritchie isn't around, he's often watched by next door neighbor Millie, but Millie is among the party guests and not even watching her own kids while husband Jerry is away at a meeting, leaving viewers to wonder where all the kids have gone. See more »


Sam Petrie: [explaining the brooch's curse] Well, you see that empty setting there in Pittsburgh? That was Uncle Jonah.
Laura Petrie: Was?
Sam Petrie: Yeah. The stone dropped out, Uncle Jonah dropped dead. Pow.
Rob Petrie: Well, Uncle Jonah was an old man. He was, what, eighty-seven.
Sam Petrie: But he DIED, and that's the important thing.
Clara Petrie: But, Sam, it was six months later.
Sam Petrie: There's nothing more horrible than a slow, LINGERING death.
Clara Petrie: Sam Petrie, one more word out of you and I'm leaving.
Sam Petrie: Threaten me again, Clara, I'll knock my OWN stone out.
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References The Curse of the Cat People (1944) See more »

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