1 9 6 1 – 1 9 6 2 (USA)
32 x 30 minute episodes
After 27 years away seeking fame and fortune, author Cameron Garrett Brooks (Robert Young) returned to his hometown of Millsburg after the death of his wife and child to write a book about the folk who lived there.
Cam also renewed his friendship with old boyhood buddy Lloyd Ramsey (Ford Rainey), now the editor of the local newspaper, The Courier News.
Lloyd’s secretary, Chris Logan (Constance Moore), had a 13-year-old son named Arnie (Brad Berwick) who instantly developed hero worship for the returning author.
Cam’s new home was a suite (room 212) at the Majestic Hotel – a place he had dreamed of staying as a boy – with a balcony that had a wonderful view of Main Street. It was young Arnie who coined the phrase “window on Main Street,” which became the title of Brooks’ book about Millsburg.
Wally Evans (James Byron) was the owner of the Majestic Hotel. Peggy Evans (Carol Byronw) was Wally’s wife, Henry McGill (Warner Jones) was the hotel desk clerk, and Lavinia Webster (Mary Adams) was the elderly chambermaid.
Each episode was a chapter in Cam’s book, as he wrote about the lives of people in the community. But the series was not a success and barely lasted half a season.
Robert Young had grown tired of Father Knows Best after playing the role of Jim Anderson since originating it on radio in 1949. Looking for a new challenge, he utilised the same creative team to develop Window on Main Street.
The CBS show originally aired on Monday nights at 8:30 pm and moved to Wednesday nights at 8:00 pm in February 1962. Sponsors included Scott Paper and Toni.
Cameron Garrett Brooks