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re: Curious about Dawn Wells stage roles
Posted by: BroadwayTonyJ 01:19 pm EST 01/06/21
In reply to: re: Curious about Dawn Wells stage roles - Michael_Portantiere 06:13 pm EST 01/05/21

I think it was fairly common back in the 50's and 60's for TV shows to give screen credit only to the star or stars at the beginning of the show and not the supporting cast. I just checked out an episode of The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis on YouTube. Only Dwayne Hickman is pictured and receives screen credit at the show's beginning. There is no credit for Bob Denver, Frank Faylen, Tuesday Weld, Sheila James, or Warren Beatty.

Even today on the long running Blue Bloods, the show's introduction features head shot and screen credit for Wahlberg, Moynahan, Estes, Cariou, and Selleck and that's it. After a commercial when the story begins, Vanessa Ray (actually more of a lead than Cariou), Marisa Ramirez (Wahlberg's partner, who is in every episode), and Gregory Jbara finally get screen credit.

Regarding Gilligan's Island, although it was definitely an ensemble cast, Denver and Hale were sort of the clowns, Louise was the babe, Backus and Shafer were the two scene stealing veteran actors, and Russell and Wells, although present in every episode, conspicuously had fewer lines and less important story time than the other five.
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