Sanford and Son (1972–1977)
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Ol' Brown Eyes 

Fred is celebrating 35 years in the junk business and snoops and finds his intended gift: a signet ring with his initials on it that Rollo got for a good price. Then Fred learns that among ... See full summary »


Bill Foster


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Episode cast overview:
Redd Foxx ... Fred G. Sanford
Demond Wilson ... Lamont Sanford
Hal Williams ... Officer 'Smitty' Smith
Howard Platt ... Officer 'Hoppy' Hopkins (as Howard T. Platt)
Nathaniel Taylor ... Rollo Larson
Don Bexley ... Bubba Bexley
George O'Hanlon ... Drunk
Milt Kogan ... Hotel Detective
Morris Buchanan ... Police Detective Morey
Dee Carroll Dee Carroll ... Cleaning Lady


Fred is celebrating 35 years in the junk business and snoops and finds his intended gift: a signet ring with his initials on it that Rollo got for a good price. Then Fred learns that among the items recently stolen from Frank Sinatra's hotel room was an initialed signet ring. Written by Gary R. Peterson

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Release Date:

27 September 1974 (USA) See more »

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Tandem Productions See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Fred makes mention that Frank Sinatra lost his chance at the Vice Presidency. He is referring to something that was happening in the Nixon administration at the time. Sinatra had been close friends with Spiro Agnew, Nixon's vice president. When Agnew resigned after a bribery charge, several candidates were discussed as possible candidate to take his place and one, very briefly, was Sinatra. The job, of course, ultimately went to Gerald Ford. See more »


Lamont suffers a wardrobe malfunction of sorts when trying to put into his jacket pocket the bulky box containing Fred's ring. He struggles a while before a considerate cameraman pans away from him over to Fred and Rollo. Lamont soon reenters the scene presumably after getting the box inside. See more »


Fred G. Sanford: [after Lamont tells Fred he should make their guest feel at home] Rollo, feel at home.
Rollo Larson: I do.
Fred G. Sanford: Well, would you do me a favor?
Rollo Larson: Certainly.
Fred G. Sanford: Would you take the garbage out?
Rollo Larson: Of course. Where is it?
Fred G. Sanford: In your shoes.
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References The Jackie Robinson Story (1950) See more »

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George O'Hanlon of Joe McDoakes and THE JETSONS
10 December 2016 | by kevinolzakSee all my reviews

"Ol' Brown Eyes" finds the gang ready to celebrate Fred's 35 year anniversary in the junk business, starting out a poor man with nothing (Rollo: "yeah, look like he still hung on to it!"). They all chipped in to buy him a ring monogrammed with his initials, but since Rollo picked it up we can't be sure if it's not hot. Smitty and Hoppy can't attend because they're investigating a robbery at the Royal Wilshire, courtesy the 'Tip Toe Burglar' (Hoppy: "this was a very big tear off" Smitty: "Rip off!"). With the ring in his pocket, Fred is stunned to learn that Frank Sinatra was the celebrity victim, even his signet ring stolen. Since 'Ol' Blue Eyes' has the same initials as 'Ol' Brown Eyes,' it's not long before Fred worries that Lamont will go to jail for receiving stolen property: "who's gonna drive the truck?" In an attempt to return the signet ring to Sinatra's hotel room, Fred gets caught and winds up behind bars with a drunk (George O'Hanlon): "your breath smell like you been drinkin' Tidy Bowl!" O'Hanlon was remembered as the long suffering Joe McDoakes, while providing the offscreen voice of George Jetson on THE JETSONS, here making his final on screen television appearance.

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