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Oh! Those Bells

1 9 6 2 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes

This short-lived CBS sitcom starred the German/Austrian-born Wiere brothers – Herbert, Harry and Sylvester – as Herbert, Harry and Sylvester Bell, who arrived in California from Germany to begin new lives, and now worked for a Hollywood prop shop on Ridgeway Drive, called ‘Cinema Rents’.

Their boss at the shop was the easily flustered Mr Henry Slocum (Henry Norell). Also at the shop was the lovely Kitty Mathews (Carol Byron) on whom Sylvester had a crush.

The Bell boys all lived together in a bungalow where their landlady was Mrs Stanfield (Reta Shaw).

The Wiere brothers got to perform their old vaudeville act, especially their musical shenanigans, in almost every episode.

Some of their more inspired slapstick moments resembled some of the Three Stooges’ best work.

The series was originally produced for the 1960–61 season but was pulled by CBS and shown as a spring replacement series that lasted only 13 weeks.

Herbert Bell
Herbert Wiere
Harry Bell
Harry Wiere
Sylvester Bell
Sylvester Wiere
Mr Henry Slocum
Henry Norell
Kitty Mathews
Carol Byron
Mrs Stanfield
Reta Shaw