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|Hazel - The Complete First Season|
Actors: Shirley Booth, Bobby Buntrock, Don DeFore, Whitney Blake, Maudie Prickett
Director: William D. Russell
Genres: Comedy, Television
No Description Available. Genre: Television Rating: NR Release Date: 1-AUG-2006 Media Type: DVD
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Alice B. from SANDY, UT
Reviewed on 12/12/2013...
Tv's favorite Hazel starring Shirley booth. Miss Booth won several Emmy's for her portrayal of Hazel, who is a busybody but for the Baxter family's well being. This is a clean, family show that the whole family can watch and appreciate. The Baxters are a well off family, George Baxter is a prominent, honest attorney in town. His beautiful socially prominent wife Mrs Baxter is active in the community and they have a little boy about 7 years old. Hazel is their happy, smiling maid who runs a tight ship and is an excellent cook and baker a favorite with the other neighbors maids and a favorite in the Community. Hazel's sense of humor, honor and love make the Baxter home a happy, humorous place to live.One never knows what the unpredictable Hazel will do next.
Maid to order
W. Oliver | Alabama | 06/13/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"It seems odd that most of the middle-class television families from the 1950s and 1960s had housekeepers. Since most mothers stayed at home anyway, what did they do? Oh well, maybe the housekeepers were there for entertainment value or moral support and Hazel, everybody's favorite, has finally made her way to dvd!
Based on the Saturday Evening Post cartoons of Ted Key, Hazel is the highly opinionated and lovable maid to the Baxter family - successful lawyer George Baxter ("Mr. B."), his wife Dorothy and their son Harold. Hazel keeps the family in line and pretty much runs the household with her no-nonsense and matter-of-fact approach to life.
Hazel premiered on NBC in September of 1961 on Thursday nights and ran for five seasons (the final season was shown on CBS). Broadway and film star Shirley Booth (who won an Oscar for "Come Back Little Sheba") is the endearment of Hazel and she won 2 Emmys during the series run. This was Booth's first foray into television - however, she was not the first choice for the part. Famous character actress Thelma Ritter was first considered and she wanted the part badly but had to back out due to health problems. Booth made Hazel one of the most memorable characters on television and the show was extremely popular in its day.
The first season's shows include: #1 Hazel and the Playground, #2 Hazel Makes a Will, #3 Hazel Plays Nurse, #4 A Matter of Principle, #5 Dorothy's New Client, #6 What'll We Watch Tonight?, #7 A Dog for Harold, #8 George's Niece, #9 Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys, #10 Winter Wonderland, #11 Hazel's Winning Personality, #12 Hazel's Christmas Shopping, #13 Dorothy's Obsession, #14 Hazel's Dog Days, #15 Replacement for Phoebe, #16 Hazel's Famous Recipes, #17 Hazel's Tough Customer, #18 Hazel's Secret Wish, #19 Hazel, the Tryst Buster, #20 The Investment Club, #21 Hazel's Mona Lisa Grin, #22 Hazel and the Gardener, #23 Dorothy's Birthday, #24 Number, Please?, #25 Them New Neighbors is Nice, #26 Hazel's Pajama Party, #27 Three Little Cubs, #28 Bringing Out the Johnsons, #29 Hazel Quits, #30 Hazel the Matchmaker, #31 Rock-a-Bye Baby, #32 The Burglar in Mr. B's P.J.'s, #33 Heat Wave, #34 George's Assistant, #35 Hazel's Day"
Shirley Booth Stars in One of the Early '60's Biggest TV Hit
"Tee" | LA | 04/29/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't think I'd seen a HAZEL episode since the early 1970's when I was ten or so before buying this DVD set. I had always enjoyed the show, mainly because of the superb actress Shirley Booth, who was always good and appealing in everything she ever did. What surprised me is how genuinely funny HAZEL was! I was expecting something along the lines of a gentle little drama masquerading as a sitcom ala FATHER KNOWS BEST, OZZIE AND HARRIET, DONNA REED, and other "family comedies" shows of the period. HAZEL, however, is full of hilarious comments and situations - there's not an episode on this DVD that didn't make me laugh!
Miss Booth stars as an irrepressible maid who is not only a full member of the household she is employed with but something of the grande dame (emphasis on dame) of the neighborhood - often pitching in and working in neighbor's homes!! Hazel knows everybody and everybody knows Hazel. Greeting everyone with an earthy charm (and often a plate of food), Hazel never met a situation she didn't take a personal interest in and try to fix - occasionally with temporarily diasterious results. It's hard to think of another actress who could pull off this surprisingly complex role, certainly not the wonderful Thelma Ritter whom reportedly was the first choice. Ritter would have been in keeping with the caustic Hazel of the single panel SATURDAY EVENING POST cartoons but she could have never played this television Hazel, who is warm, empathic, and generous and whose wisecracks are never malicious barbs (when Hazel makes a remark about her boss' expanding waistline it's out of concern, not a fat joke). Shirley Booth's Hazel is the beloved middle-aged lady who seems not to understand when to back off, but whose intentions are so good you always forgive her and whose common sense is so strong more often than not she's on the money.
The whole cast is wonderful - incredibly beautiful Whitney Blake (a Kim Novak lookalike) as "Missy", whom Hazel has cared for since childhood, Don DeFore as Blake's husband, George Baxter, who at times resents Hazel's "helping" hand, and little Bobby Buntrock as their son Harold. Also of note in semi-regular roles are character actresses Maudie Prickett (as Hazel's best friend, neighborhood maid Rosie) and Norma Varden (as the elderly, affluent next-door-neighbor utterly incapable of doing anything for herself).
Yes, HAZEL evokes a happier era when life was more comfortable and less complicated for many (minorities and people of less affluence might disagree) but still this was almost half a century ago and the world does move on, sometimes for the better but not always. It's a bit bittersweet to me watching this program and knowing all the major cast have now gone on like the very era itself but the warm humor and vivid friendliness of this wonderful program makes revisiting the world of the Baxters a very delightful experience. I can't wait for Season Two - and the later ones as well."
A Classic that should be enjoyed over and Over again
Bennet Pomerantz | Seabrook, Maryland | 08/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Heck with the idea "Father Knows Best"..Try "Maid knows Best/"
Shirley Booth plays a wise talking, busy-body, people loving maid Hazel. If you never seen this show before , its a treat! This was the days (early 1960s) where families had dinner at the dinner table in the evening. No one talked a bad word. Life was simpler and easy. Hazel was a throw back to this time and era
The Baxters (that's MR & Mrs B to you) were played by Don Defore and Whitney Blake. They and their son Harold were lead by Hazel, who in her meddling ways, always had their best interests at heart
What made this show fun was Booth herself. Her way was the cause of each episode and made this show so watchable. Booth was NO Lucy, but with the supporting cast, you tended to want to root her on in whatever she did!
These episodes were a full 25 minutes long and sometimes it seemed as if the shows was slightly padded, but it works so well and does not date itself so much, so you never notice..unless you look so carefully like me!
It is well worth your time and money to get this first season collection
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"