The Mating Dance 

John encounters a young bully who doesn't seem to be aware of another way of interacting with people. John tries to figure out a way to show the boy a proper way to behave.

Director:

Danny Arnold

Writers:

John McGreevey, Melville Shavelson (conceived for television by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
William Windom ... John Monroe
Joan Hotchkis Joan Hotchkis ... Ellen Monroe
Lisa Gerritsen ... Lydia Monroe
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Olive Dunbar ... Ruth Jensen
Douglas Fowley ... Grandpa
Buddy Lester ... O'Malley
Kerry MacLane ... Elbert
Lucille Meredith ... Woman Shopper
Henry Morgan ... Philip Jensen
Margaret Muse Margaret Muse ... Margaret Greeley
Stuart Nisbet ... Man Shopper
Patty Regan ... Sylvia Howard
Connie Sawyer ... The Sniper
Keith Scott ... Leonard Otterquist
Harold J. Stone ... Hamilton Greeley
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John encounters a young bully who doesn't seem to be aware of another way of interacting with people. John tries to figure out a way to show the boy a proper way to behave.

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Genres:

Comedy

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Language:

English

Release Date:

29 December 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A children's soap opera
27 February 2017 | by JordanThomasHallSee all my reviews

John (William Windom) discovers that his 10-year-old daughter Lydia (Lisa Gerritsen) is, "about to emerge from her somewhat transparent disguise of being a child and reveal herself as man's basic enemy- the eternal female." Lydia is wearing her self-described first mini-skirt and awaiting to be picked up to a dance by Elbert, the smartest boy in class. He calls to cancel, but another boy from class, Leonard, comes to the house instead, after threatening Elbert. John talks with a discouraged Elbert who is afraid of the bully Leonard. He tells him the story of when he was young and saw his grandfather stand up to a bully, making him learn to stick up for his rights. When Elbert counters the size difference and age, John tells two follow-up stories and builds him up to stand up to Leonard. To which boy will Lydia's heart fall for?


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