Love and the Old-Fashioned Father

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Love and the Old-Fashioned Father
Premiere date: February 11, 1972
Run time: 22:20
Writers: Ray Allen and Harvey Bullock
Directors: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera
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"Love and the Old-Fashioned Father" is a segment in an episode of Love, American Style season three, which acted as a back-door pilot for Wait Till Your Father Gets Home. It aired on February 11, 1972 on ABC. It was written by Ray Allen and Harvey Bullock, produced by Alan Rafkin, William Hanna, and Joseph Barbera, and directed by Hanna and Barbera, the co-founders of Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Harry is at odds with his daughter, after he is critical of her choice in boyfriends, although his selection doesn't turn out to be much better.

Detailed summary

Memorable quotes

Mary: Just four places?
Irma: Chet's going out tonight.
Mary: Oh, good, things will run smoother. He's always so busy trying to liberate me, I can't get anything done.

Chet: But, Pop, you let me go away.
Alice: That's right. Why him, and not me?
Henry: Because boys don't get pregnant.


Character debut Speaking debut Ep. debut No lines Mentioned

In order of appearance:

Character Actor
Paperboy N/A
Harry Boyle Tom Bosley
Irma Boyle Joan Gerber
Chet Boyle David Hayward
Alice Boyle Kristina Holland
Julius Unavailable
Shirley Temple
Mary Ernestine Wade
Bob David L. Lander
Lawrence of Arabia
Harry's father
Sam Johnson
Sam Johnson's son Unavailable
Pat Boone
Ralph Kane Jack Burns
Fred Harris Syndey Miller
Mrs. Harris Mitzi McCall
Carol Harris N/A
Ted N/A


  • Bick Truck Co. (mentioned)



  • None


  • Harry's car
  • S.S. Titanic (mentioned)




It was copyrighted in 1971.



Dates are in order of release:

  • United States: February 11, 1972 on ABC

Behind the scenes

  • This was the second pilot Hanna-Barbera did as a test through Love, American Style in 1972, after the failed "Love and the Private Eye".
  • The big difference between this episode and the series proper, is the latter's inclusion of the Boyles' third and youngest, Jamie.
  • Irma is 47, and she got married to Harry at 17.
  • Harry compares his situation of meeting Alice's boyfriend for the first time to the events of the film Guess Who's Coming to Dinner.
  • Unlike this episode having the ABC network, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home was broadcast in first-run syndication.
  • Fred's name is only revealed in the opening sequence. Interestingly, that same opening sequence also refers to Irma and Harry as only Mama and Papa, respectively.


Critical reception

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Home availability

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