Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Meredith Baxter & Doris Day in Young Love (1971)

In 1971 this series pilot was incorporated into The Doris Day Show as an episode. It had been produced by Doris' production company as a stand-alone series pilot, but failed to be picked up. It tells the story of a young married couple (Baxter and Michael Burns) coping with the unexpected news of a pregnancy.

It's interesting to see Baxter so young here. This was her second screen credit. It's available on the Doris Day season 3 DVD set as the episode of the series but also in its original form as a pilot as a DVD extra. Look for Dick Van Patten as Baxter's father.

Obscurity factor: 9 (available on DVD, largely forgotten)

6 comments:

  1. Meredith discusses this in her recent autobiography. She has very high praise regarding Doris and how she was to work with.

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  2. That's good to hear. She looks so young in this episode, and very geeky...

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  3. Thanks so much for posting this. The DD Show was a brief but pleasant part of childhood. I'm struck by the high production values for a TV sitcom.

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  4. Yes, they spent some money on that one... The set design of her apartment was really amazing.

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  5. I just saw this episode, and it was very nostalgic for me. I could've sworn the end was a tacit approval for abortion, which surprised me, and yet given the era it made sense. She asks her husband if he'll want a baby in the future, he says yes, and she says something like there are ways to make that happen.

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  6. Yes, it's very much a product of its time.

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