1 9 6 9 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes
The ‘Queen’ in this short-lived CBS comedy was the Amsterdam Queen – a decrepit ageing ocean liner whose owner – Commodore “Doodles” Dodds (Reginald Owen) – had decided to retire and sell her for scrap. Fighting the inevitable was the ship’s opportunistic purser, Charles Duffy (Larry Storch), who was not above trying anything to save the ship and his job.
The various ways in which he had been able to supplement his income with the ship – making it available for weddings and bar mitzvahs when it was in port, shaming the passengers into giving bigger tips – made him particularly desperate to save it.
Most of the crew members were enthusiastic about his efforts, with the exception of First Mate Nelson (Billy DeWolfe), who had never been able to catch Charlie at any of his shenanigans but who would be happy to see him out of a job.
The other crew members included steward Seaman Becker (Carl Ballantine); Barney the cook (Pat Morita); radioman Ozzie (Dave Willock); Wilma the nurse (Barbara Stuart); Captain Washburn (Liam Dunn) and Max Kowalski (Dave Morick).
The Queen and I was a midseason replacement for Blondie on Thursday nights. After 13 weeks, it too needed a replacement.
First Mate Oliver Nelson
Commodore “Doodles” Dodds