Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Empress Carlotta Necklace, Dick Van Dyke Show: Tuesday Flashback Feature

This is part of my new Tuesday Flashback Feature. We'll reminisce about TV shows usually from the 1950s-1970s where gemstones or pieces of jewelry featured prominently in the storylines.

The Dick Van Dyke Show
Empress Carlotta's Necklace

Dec. 12, 1961

Maxwell Cooley (Gavin MacLeod), the cousin of Alan Brady Show producer Mel Cooley (Richard Deacon), is in the jewelry business. He sells Rob Petrie (Dick Van Dyke) what is claimed to be a replica of a necklace once given to Empress Carlotta by Emperor Maximillian. Rob thinks that this would make an ideal gift for his wife Laura (Mary Tyler Moore).

Laura, who very much dislikes it, pretends to love the necklace. She can't bring herself to tell him how she really feels. Embarrassed to wear it, she even suspects that the necklace may have caused Empress Carlotta to go mad. Rob invites his parents to see the necklace and his mother has a surprising reaction.

Faux Leather Folding Storage
Ottoman Bench Black Foot Rest
Each Tuesday, we'll feature a different show, often a US sitcom. Information, including spoiler plot outlines come from various sources & will be as accurate as possible. When available, a show photo will be included.

I'm always interested to hear your memories and am looking for other jewelry-themed shows people may suggest to add to the list. 

Rob Petrie, the head writer of The Alan Brady Show, is married to Laura Petrie and they have a son, Richie. Other regular characters are Alan Brady, himself and Rob's coworkers, show writers Sally Rogers and Buddy Sorrell. There's also the producer, Mel Cooley, who's Brady's brother-in-law.

Would you like your own ottoman to cleverly dance around each time you return home from work? This one is large and a space saver since it can also be used for storage. Nice looking foot rest. What size would work for you? 

This show aired in 1961. Gavin MacLeod, who played the jewelry salesman, appeared in a regular role on McHale's Navy, airing 1961-66, where he was crew member Seaman Joseph Happy Haines. He took to the seas again later in The Love Boat having risen in the ranks to be Captain Merrill Stubing. Perhaps most notably here, MacLeod would work in the 1970s on the Mary Tyler Moore Show as Murray Slaughter.

While Laura may have been embarrassed to wear the Empress Carlotta necklace, there are some different items available that are sure to please.

There are Infinity Scarves in different materials for all weather. Be ready for a cool night if you're going out.

Miracle Sweeps London Flask
View another flask at zazzle

Dick Van Dyke and Mary Tyler Moore have been prolific television icons.

Just remember: You're gonna make it after all.... 

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