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My Three Sons: The First Season Volume One DVD
My Three Sons: The First Season Volume One

My Three Sons: The First Season Volume One

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This reviewer was never much of a fan of My Three Sons, as the series always seemed more like a parody of family life -- at least, as it was known in New York City -- without a lot successful humor in it. But with the passage of 48 years since it went onthe air, the series is now a historical artifact in pop-culture terms. With that in mind, one can appreciate some of its content better in 2008 than it was possible to do in 1960 -- starting with the 18 episodes in this three-disc set from Paramount. First, and most important, that's 18 chances to see William Frawley, one of the screen's great character actors and funny-men -- a man who worked with Charles Chaplin and Abbott & Costello, amongst numerous others -- in action. For another, there's a certeeriness watching Fred MacMurray, the series' star, playing a warm-and-fuzzy hapless widower dad, at precisely the same career point where he was filling the big screen with venomous sleaziness in Billy Wilder's The Apartment -- indeed, one comes away with new respect for MacMurray as an actor. And then there are the three kids, Tim Considine, Don Grady, and Barry Livingston, and their day-to-day concerns in that more innocent age -- in many ways, My Three Sons was an extension of the sensibilities behindFather Knows Best, and both series had in common director Peter Tewksbury.Paramount has done right by the program here, at least as far as the clean, sharp black-and-white full-screen (1.33-to-1) film-to-video transfers. The episodes here look and sounda lot better than these same shows did in their incarnation on Nick-At-Nite in the early 1990's. And it's a pleasure, too, to see other artifacts of the era restored -- most especially the end credits with the images of various Chevrolet vehicles, Chevrol
Title: My Three Sons: The First Season Volume One
Genre: TV Comedy
Starring: William Demarest, John Howard, Fred MacMurray, William Frawley, Tim Considine, Don Grady, Stanley Livingston
Directors: Earl Bellamy, Frederick de Cordova, Gene Reynolds, James Sheldon
Studio: Paramount
Attributes: Full Frame, 3PC, Sensormatic
Release Date: 9/30/2008
Original Year: 1960
Product Type: DVD
Rated: NR
UPC: 097368535541
Item #: PRD085355

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