For this Friday’s Hall of Famer, keeping it in the Classic TV Groove, we’re inducting a true museum piece – Bob Collins of ‘Love That Bob!’’
‘The Bob Cummings Show’ (also known as ‘Love That Bob’) is an American sitcom starring Bob Cummings, which was produced from January 2, 1955, to September 15, 1959. ‘The Bob Cummings Show’ was the first series to debut as a midseason replacement.
O'Bservation: There may be more in that movie which Zonks the main Toobworld, so I'll just leave it there in the Cineverse and have two Bob Collins living in separate metafictional universes.
The series also stars Rosemary DeCamp as his sister Margaret MacDonald.
He [Cummings' character] was unsuccessful. He would never score with these girls because his nephew, his sister or Schultzy would show up.He had dreams and illusions of being a playboy but he wasn't making it. His frustration is what made the show funny.
Amateau wrote many of the scripts.
Here are the reasons why Bob Collins is elegible for membership in the Hall:
The George Burns and Gracie Allen Show
- A Marital Mix-Up
From the IMDb:
Gracie plays Cupid by trying to find a wife for their plumber, Mr. Jansen. Robert Cummings appears in his role as fashion model photographer Bob Collins.
Interestingly, Bob Cummings also appeared in an episode of this series as himself. This was just a cameo.
- Lucy's Punctured Romance
From the IMDb:
Lucy has a new boyfriend Bob Collins, but Kim and Uncle Harry are worried. The milkman doesn't help matters when he informs the pair the Lucy's boyfriend is a playboy. Kim & Harry cook up all kinds of crazy stunts to scare off Bob.
Cummings also played a different character in another episode, but although his first name was Robert/Bob, his interests lay in antique furniture. Not worth jumping through hoops to come up with a splainin to do about them being the same guy. Instead, I think it’s easier to claim that they were “identical cousins”….
In some episodes, Cummings also doubled as Bob and Margaret's grandfather, Josh Collins of Joplin, Missouri.
If Bob Collins does have DNA as strong Corporal Randolph Agarn’s, it’s pozz’ble, just pozz’ble that other TV characters played by Bob Cummings in Toobworld could be related to him… including Bob Cummings.
The Twilight Zone
King Nine Will Not Return
From the IMDb:
A pilot of a downed WWII comes to in the African desert and desperately tries to find out what happened to the rest of his crew.
I figure he’d be the son of Josh Collins’ sister and he served as an inspiration for Bob Collins to get into aviation.
No fate was ever mentioned for Bob Collins, but I think it’s safe to say that he most likely died around the same time as Robert Cummings did, in 1990.
It might not only be the date of death for Bob Collins which connects him to Cummings. If other facets of the actor’s life influenced that of his character’s off-screen life, it could be that Bob Collins was pretty "methed-up" when he took off on his last flight….
Welcome to the Hall, Mr. Collins. You should meet up with a few others you know here – George Burns and Lucille Carter among them….
Don't get all teary-eyed....