The first housekeeper in The Andy Griffith Show was a familiar face from It's a Wonderful Life

From Jimmy Stewart to Andy Griffith, it was quite a career.

Frank Capra and Mayberry — are there two pieces of entertainment more quintessentially American than It's a Wonderful Life and The Andy Griffith Show? The two classics share more than common values and mean old rich men like Mr. Potter and Ben Weaver. There is an interesting casting connection, too.

Rose Pine may have spent little time onscreen on The Andy Griffith Show, but Opie sure loved her. She was one of the first characters ever seen on the show and appears in the early scenes of the series premiere, "The New Housekeeper." Aunt Bee, of course, would be Sheriff Andy's new housekeeper. Rose was the old housekeeper. She marries Wilbur Pine in the courthouse and moves out of the Taylor home.

Sad to see Rose leave, Opie objects to the marriage, earning the first big laugh of the series.

"Don't you fret. You're not losing me forever," Rose consoles Opie. "I'll come back and visit a lot."

Well, she didn't. However, Mary Treen, the actress who portrayed Rose, did return to Mayberry. She played Clara Lindsey in two later episodes, "Ellie for Council" and "Those Gossipin' Men." Funny how those old TV shows pulled tricks like that.

Mary Treen as Clara in ''Ellie for Council''

Treen was a veteran actor, with credits dating back to 1930. Her notable big-screen roles included sharing the screen with Gary Cooper in Casanova Brown (1944) and Ginger Rogers in Kitty Foyle (1940). 

But when it comes to her movie career, you are most likely to recognize her face in It's a Wonderful Life, that perennial holiday gem. Treen played George's Cousin Tilly. They worked together at the Building and Loan, where she was a telephone operator.

The Everett CollectionTreen and Jimmy Stewart in 'It's a Wonderful Life'

Rose Pine may not have returned to Mayberry, but Mary Treen did find other work as a housekeeper on TV. In 1962, she landed her biggest role, as Hilda on The Joey Bishop Show. She was Joey's maid, trading barbs and one-liners with the Rat Pack star for three years.

Treen continued to appear in small TV roles, up until The Fall Guy in 1981.

Oh, and she did reunite with Ron Howard. She played Miss Prism in the Happy Days episode "Howard's 45th Fiasco."

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wallyandbagfan 18 days ago
https://youtu.be/-VWv4TDSVlw
Please carry The Real McCoys
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Alice My FAVORITE Martian
Lone Ranger The ADVENTURES of Superman and Happy Days on METV.
MrsPhilHarris 28 days ago
Too bad her character of Rose disappeared.
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Chuck Cunningham Bag Zombroski
Moose Eugene Belvin Melvin Belvin
Peggy McMillan Roy Trendell Chester Anderson Tooey Brown
Angela Brown and Cpl Boyle All
Took A ONE WAY PLANE TRIP TO
THE BAHAMAS and they liked The
Bahamas so much that they never came back to The United States.
And on The Andy Griffith Show episode called Stranger IN Town
Ed Sawyer (William Lanteau) said that "Mayberry Is My Hometown "
and I wish that the writers of TAGS had made Ed Sawyer a regular character and Mary Simpson
(JULIE ADAMS AND SUE ANE LANGDON) ONLY APPEARED IN
ONE EPISODE EACH OF TAGS.
PS ON the sitcom ALICE does anyone remember the character
Doug played by Doug Robinson ?
Doug eas the guy who Mel Sharples
(VIC TAYBACK ) was always running out of Mel's Diner.
I don't know where Rose the original housekeeper went but she and Wilbur (Frank Ferguson ) went on a one way trip for their honeymoon and they never returned to Mayberry.
THE SITCOM ZONE has a branch in The Bahamas for Chuck Cunningham and friends !!
normsie 39 months ago
Sheldon Leonard was very good in "It's a WOnderful Life." He also played some key roles in some Abbott and Costello movies.
cperrynaples normsie 39 months ago
Yes, and he produced TAGS and Dick Van Dyke! Also, the leads on Big Bang are named after him!
wallyandbagfan normsie 20 days ago
Sheldon Leonard played Nick the bartender on It's A Wonderful Life
And he also had his own sitcom called BIG EDDIE.
KerryHeafner 40 months ago
Mayor Pike and Sheldon Leonard were also in It's A Wonderful Life.
Mayor Pike sitting on his front porch yelling at George "Oh, youth is wasted on the wrong people!"
Alfalfa (Carl Switzer ) of The Little
Rascals had an Uncredited role
Playing Freddie Othello the date of
Mary (DONNA REED).
Mickey: "What's the matter fella? Jealous?" Poor Freddie. Somebody tripped him in race and then George Bailey steals his date. Ha! Loved that scene at the dance with the swimming pool!
Jon 40 months ago
Mary Treen also played fill-in housekeeper Kay on THE BRADY BUNCH when Alice left the Bradys after the kids turned on her.
Joe Jon 40 months ago
I'm surprised that wasn't mentioned in the article, especially since The Brady Bunch is on MeTV's schedule.
How could an article on MeTV NOT mention she was KAY?? and who could forget her comeback to Brady kids anytime they wanted her to be as fun as Alice? "That was Alice, I'M KAY."
thomasrwalden Jon 4 months ago
“That was Alice, I’m Kay.”
BenSobeleone Jon 28 days ago
Them Brady kids is down right mean!
R 40 months ago
Hay ME TV how about some Pettycoat Junction and THE REAL MCCOYS. Yea help us out we are starving!!!!
BenSobeleone R 28 days ago
also, how about some WKRP and F Troop!
Jon R 26 days ago
MeTV does carry PETTICOAT JUNCTION back-to-back Saturday mornings 5-6 AM ET.
wallyandbagfan R 18 days ago
The Real McCoys Theme Song is up above at the top.
I agree .
Also Alice and Ozzie and Harriet.
Bring back BAG (Neil J Schwartz )
And Chuck Cunningham (Randolph
Roberts)and Moose Barry Greenberg and Eugene Belvin played by Denis Mandel and Melvin Belvin played by Scott Bernstein by
BRINGING BACk HAPPY DAYS.
PLEASE BRING BACK CPL NICK CUCCINELLI (Tommy Leonetti) and
Cpl Boyle Roy Stuart by bringing
Back Moriyahs favorite TV show
Gomer Pyle USMC
I also miss Lou Ann Poovie Elizabeth MacRae on Gomer Pyle and Sgt Carter *Frank Sutton and Gomer (Jim Nabors(.!!!!!!!!!!
I would like to suggest
Comedy Playhouse for METV which could show comedy movies of.Eddie Cantor Joe Penner
Pee Wee Herman Ernest P Worrell
(JIM VARNEY) Bob Hope Don
Knotts Jerry Lewis Three Stooges
And other comedy movies.
cperrynaples 40 months ago
Hey MeTV, what about Uncle Billy in the IAWL photo? That's Thomas Mitchell, who was also in Gone With The Wind, Stagecoach, and High Noon! Fun Fact: He won a Oscar, an Emmy and a Tony which is the Triple Crown of Acting!
daDoctah 40 months ago
I associate Mary Treen mostly with her long-running role as Hilda, the housekeeper and later baby nurse on "The Joey Bishop Show". The show is something of an oddity in TV history because it started in black and white, transitioned to color, and then in its last season (because it switched networks) back to black and white again.
cperrynaples daDoctah 40 months ago
Yes, Marlo Thomas was his sister and Madge Blake [AKA Aunt Harriet on Batman] was his mother in the first season!
daDoctah cperrynaples 40 months ago
There's a scene in one of the earliest episodes with Joey Bishop, Joe Flynn (later Cmdr Binghamton of McHale's Navy, who played his brother-in-law), and guest star Joey Forman (who came back for the last season as a different character, in this one playing a sort of Allen Funt character). It call it the "Three Guys Named Joe" scene.

It's too bad Joe Besser hadn't yet joined the cast.
cperrynaples daDoctah 39 months ago
Yes, Besser was a former Stooge who came on in season 2! Flynn was dropped after only a few episodes, suppositely Bishop thought he got too many laughs!
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