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The Bill Dana Show
Dana as José Jiménez, 1964.
Created byDanny Thomas
Written byJack Elinson
Charles Stewart
Garry Marshall
Jerry Belson
Ray Singer
Dick Chevillat
Howard Ostroff
Directed bySheldon Leonard
Coby Ruskin
Danny Thomas
Stanley Z. Cherry
Al Lewis
Theodore J. Flicker
Howard Morris
Jerry Paris
Jay Sandrich
StarringBill Dana
Jonathan Harris
Gary Crosby (1963-'64)
Maggie Peterson (1964-'65)
Don Adams
Theme music composerEarle Hagen
Opening theme"Jose's Theme"
ComposerIrving Szathmary
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes42
Executive producerSheldon Leonard
ProducersHoward Leeds (season 1)
Jack Elinson (season 2)
Production locationDesilu Studios
Running time24 mins.
Production companyAmigo Productions
DistributorSFM Media Service Corporation
Original networkNBC
Picture formatBlack-and-white
Audio formatmonaural
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1963 (1963-09-22) –
January 17, 1965 (1965-01-17)
Related showsMake Room for Daddy
Bill Dana and Maggie Peterson (1964)

The Bill Dana Show was an American comedy series starring Bill Dana and Jonathan Harris that aired on NBC from September 22, 1963 to January 17, 1965. The plot follows the daily lifestyle of Latin American José Jiménez, as a bellhop in a New York City hotel.

The series was a spin-off from Make Room for Daddy, which showed the character of José as an elevator operator before he became a bellhop.


The hotel was practically José's entire world; he lived in special bachelor headquarters provided for hotel employees, ate in the hotel kitchen, and had social contact only with employees and guests of the hotel. In his goodhearted naivete, he saw only the good in the people around him. His biggest problems were his fellow bellhop Eddie (Gary Crosby), who was constantly trying to get José to wise up; the less-than-understanding hotel manager Mr. Phillips (Jonathan Harris, who would soon play Dr. Smith on Lost in Space) and the bumbling hotel detective Byron Glick (Don Adams, in a predecessor to the character he would play on Get Smart). In the second season, Maggie Peterson played Susie, a waitress in the hotel's coffee shop.[1]

Walter Mitty-like dream sequences were occasionally used to extricate José from the hotel environment.

Dana did a cameo as José Jiménez on an episode of Batman. He introduces himself to Batman and Robin by saying "My name- José Jiménez". This episode was titled "The Yegg Foes in Gotham" and originally aired on ABC on October 20, 1966. It was the last time Dana played José Jiménez.

Series run

The series, sponsored by Procter & Gamble, premiered on September 22, 1963 and ran for a season-and-a-half, before its run ended on January 17, 1965 (the following week, it was replaced by Branded).


The Bill Dana Show received an Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Achievement in the Field of Comedy at the 16th Primetime Emmy Awards in 1964.[2]

Episode list

Season 1 (1963–64)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"You Got to Have Heart"Sheldon LeonardHoward LeedsSeptember 22, 1963 (1963-09-22)
22"The Hypnotist"Sheldon LeonardJack Elinson & Charles StewartSeptember 29, 1963 (1963-09-29)
33"Jose, the Playboy"Sheldon LeonardDon HinkleyOctober 6, 1963 (1963-10-06)
44"Jose, the Opera Singer"Jerry ParisTBAOctober 13, 1963 (1963-10-13)
55"Jose, the Stockholder"Coby RuskinSheldon Keller & Howard MerrillOctober 27, 1963 (1963-10-27)
66"The Bank Hold-Up"Coby RuskinDon HinkleyNovember 3, 1963 (1963-11-03)
77"Honeymoon Suite"Jerry ParisDon HinkleyNovember 10, 1963 (1963-11-10)
88"Jose, the Agent"Seymour RobbieSam Locke & Joel RappNovember 17, 1963 (1963-11-17)
99"The Poker Game"TBADon HinkleyDecember 1, 1963 (1963-12-01)
1010"Mr. Phillips' Watch"Coby RuskinBill Dana & Howard LeedsDecember 8, 1963 (1963-12-08)
1111"Beauty and the Baby"TBATBADecember 29, 1963 (1963-12-29)
1212"Jose and The Brat"Jerry ParisDon HinkleyJanuary 5, 1964 (1964-01-05)
1313"Jose's Dream Girl"TBADon HinkleyJanuary 12, 1964 (1964-01-12)
1414"A Tip for Uncle Sam"Howard MorrisJack Elinson & Charles StewartJanuary 19, 1964 (1964-01-19)
1515"The Masquerade Party"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1964 (1964-01-26)
1616"Jose's Four Amigos"Coby RuskinTBAFebruary 2, 1964 (1964-02-02)
1717"Eddie Gets Fired"Coby RuskinTBAFebruary 9, 1964 (1964-02-09)
1818"Speak for Yourself, Jose"Coby RuskinJerry Belson & Garry MarshallFebruary 16, 1964 (1964-02-16)
1919"Jose, the Manager"Coby RuskinJack Elinson & Charles StewartFebruary 23, 1964 (1964-02-23)
2020"The Party in Suite 15"TBATBAMarch 1, 1964 (1964-03-01)
2121"Jose, the Matchmaker"TBADick Chevillat & Ray SingerMarch 15, 1964 (1964-03-15)
2222"Jose's Hot Dog Caper"Coby RuskinSeaman Jacobs & Ed JamesMarch 22, 1964 (1964-03-22)
2323"The Hiring of Jose"Coby RuskinTBAApril 5, 1964 (1964-04-05)
2424"The Astronaut"Coby RuskinIrving Elinson & Fred S. FoxApril 12, 1964 (1964-04-12)
2525"Master of Disguise"Coby RuskinBill Persky & Sam DenoffApril 19, 1964 (1964-04-19)
2626"Jose Resigns"Howard MorrisTBAApril 26, 1964 (1964-04-26)

Season 2 (1964-65)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
27 1 "Blood from Two Turnips" Sheldon Leonard Dick Chevillat & Ray Singer September 20, 1964
28 2 "Danny Thomas, I Love You" Danny Thomas Jerry Belson & Garry Marshall September 27, 1964
29 3 "Laughing Gas" Coby Ruskin Don Hinkley October 4, 1964
30 4 "The Essay" Stanley Z. Cherry TBA October 11, 1964
31 5 "What Elephant?" Sheldon Leonard Bill Dana October 25, 1964
32 6 "Jose on the Ledge" Stanley Z. Cherry Don Hinkley November 1, 1964
33 7 "Jose, the Flower Thief" Al Lewis Don Hinkley November 8, 1964
34 8 "Jose's Inheritance" Theodore J. Flicker Martin Ragaway November 15, 1964
35 9 "The Suggestion Box" Howard Morris TBA November 22, 1964
36 10 "We'll Get You for This" Theodore J. Flicker Dick Chevillat & Ray Singer December 6, 1964
37 11 "Phillips, the Lover" Theodore J. Flicker Howard Ostroff December 13, 1964
38 12 "Tonsils for Two" Jerry Paris TBA December 20, 1964
39 13 "Glick, the Strongman" Jerry Paris TBA December 27, 1964
40 14 "Beauty and the Bellhop" Jay Sandrich TBA January 3, 1965
41 15 "Jose, the Old Man" Jerry Paris TBA January 10, 1965
42 16 "The Court Jester" Jay Sandrich Don Hinkley January 17, 1965

See also


  1. ^ "CTVA US Comedy - "The Bill Dana Show" (Danny Thomas/Sheldon Leonard/NBC) (1963-65)".
  2. ^ "The Bill Dana Show Emmy nominations". Retrieved 26 March 2015.