The Bill Dana Show
(L-R) Adams, Harris, and Dana
The character of José Jiminez was conceived by a Steve Allen Show writer and comedian, Bill Dana. This legendarily un-PC (and hilarious) character became a staple of Steve Allen's "Man in the Street" segment on The Tonight Show. After appearing on the Danny Thomas Show as a bellhop, José spun off and got his own show, The Bill Dana Show.
José was employed by New York City's Park Central Hotel and, much to the annoyance of grouchy hotel manger Mr. Phillips (played by Jonathan Harris -who was even more crotchety as Dr. Smith in Lost in Space), José regularly managed to fall into precarious predicaments. Aiding him in his ridiculous exploits was the hotel's moronic house detective, Byron Glick (played by Don Adams in his pre-Get Smart years). Other members of the crew were Susie the waitress (Maggie Peterson) and Eddie the bellhop (Gary Crosby).
The Bill Dana Show aired on Sunday nights from 1963-1965 and was quite funny. José's naivety was endearing, but when he was paired with Glick -all comedic heck broke loose! Watching ttthis show is... pure stomach pain simply because Adams' and Dana's respective characters are uniquely and blissfully retarded! Unlike Get Smart, The Bill Dana Show is available on VHS -er.. kinda. Here's the deal on VHS:
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