The Dick Van Dyke Show (1961–1966)

The Twizzle 

Sally drags the entire gang to a bowling alley when she discovers a new dance sensation that's sure to sweep the nation.


John Rich


Carl Reiner, Carl Reiner (created by)


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Episode cast overview:
Dick Van Dyke ... Rob Petrie
Rose Marie ... Sally Rogers
Morey Amsterdam ... Buddy Sorrell
Mary Tyler Moore ... Laura Petrie
Larry Mathews ... Ritchie Petrie
Richard Deacon ... Mel Cooley
Jerry Lanning Jerry Lanning ... Randy Twizzle
Jack Albertson ... Mr. Eisenbauer
Tony Stag Tony Stag ... Counter Boy
Freddie Blassie ... Himself


Sally convenes Mel and Buddy at the Petrie house with news of some exciting new talent she's discovered for the show. The person in question is eighteen year old singer Randy Twizzle, who invented a new dance called the Twizzle. Sally found him at a Greentown, Connecticut bowling alley, where the dance has to be done to get its full effect. They all go back to the bowling alley, despite Randy's protests that the dance and song themselves are nothing special. But Randy wows them, and Mel immediately signs him to the show. But Rob notices that Randy isn't too excited about the prospect of becoming famous with this opportunity. With only two days to the show and Randy disappearing and later reappearing at the Petrie house with his manager in tow, Rob and the rest learn why Randy was so apprehensive. His manager has a single extra demand which, if not met, means that Randy will back out of his agreement. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family








Release Date:

28 February 1962 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Calvada Productions See more »
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Technical Specs


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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This show was distinguished by the fact that almost everyone in the cast had made a record:
  • Dick Van Dyke, both as a solo artist and cast member of Mary Poppins
  • Rose Marie, as Baby Rose Marie in the 1930's
  • Morey Amsterdam was a songwriter and he also released comedy albums
  • Richard Deacon appeared on a Morey Amsterdam album, "Funny You Should Ask"
  • Fred Blassie released a record called "King of Men", which featured the Dr. Demento favorite, "Pencil-Neck Geek"
  • Jerry Lanning had an album called, "Jerry Lanning Sings".
  • Jack Albertson appears on the soundtrack of "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" singing, "I've Got a Golden Ticket".
  • Mary Tyler Moore WAS in the musical version of Breakfaat At Tiffany's, which was on Broadway and did release an original cast recording, though the showed closed almost immediately, and the album is rare. Prior to working in television, Ms. Moore was a model for several record album covers before she became famous. You can see her on the cover of Steve Philips - "Organ Favorites", Miguel Lopez - "Organ Favorites" and (in the same dress as the Lopez LP) "Cha Cha Cha" by Raoul Martinez.
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At the end of the episode, "Classy" Freddy Blassie is introduced as the World Heavyweight Champion wrestler. Blassie held the WWA title, which was recognized in Los Angeles, but not the New York area. The NWA title, then held by "Nature Boy" Buddy Rogers, would have been promoted; thus, revealing that the show was filmed in California and not New York. Blassie was the top draw in LA at the time, as well as a top star in Japan. He did not wrestle in New York, regularly, until later. See more »


Maurice B. 'Buddy' Sorrell: [meeting Randy] Boy, look at the size of this kid! If he fell down he'd be out of town.
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This Nearly Was Mine
Written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Performed by Jerry Lanning
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