SPHE Press Release: Hazel: The Complete First Season

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    America’s Favorite Housekeeper Cleans Up on DVD August 1


    Emmy®- and Academy Award®-Winner Shirley Booth
    Stars in All 35 Episodes in the Four-Disc Set

    Culver City, CA (May 22, 2006) – Academy Award® and two-time Emmy® winner Shirley Booth shines on DVD August 1 as everyone’s favorite housekeeper in Hazel: The Complete First Season from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. Featuring all 35 episodes in a four-disc set, the series will be priced at $39.95 SRP.

    Based on the cartoons by Ted Key that appeared regularly in the Saturday Evening Post, Hazel made its network debut as a half-hour sitcom on NBC September 28, 1961. The series was an immediate critical and ratings success, ending its first season as the number four show on television. During the five-season/150-episode run of Hazel, Booth would receive three Emmy nominations, winning twice.

    The success of the program was due in large part to the sassy presence of Shirley Booth in the title role. A longtime stage actress, Booth won a “Best Actress” Academy Award for her searing portrayal of a desperate woman married to a younger man in the film version of her Tony®Award-winning Broadway triumph Come Back Little Sheba. Miss Booth also received two other Tonys, for Goodbye My Fancy and Time of the Cuckoo. Although her film career was brief, she was also noted for starring in the original film version of Thornton Wilder’s The Matchmaker (1958) which later became the hit musical Hello Dolly!.

    The series focuses on Hazel Burke (Booth), the live-in maid and housekeeper for the Baxter family. George Baxter (Don DeFore), a successful corporate lawyer, manages to maintain strict control of his life during office hours. But upon returning home to his wife Dorothy (Whitney Blake) and their son Harold (Bobby Buntrock), George enters the world of Hazel. Running the Baxter household more efficiently than George runs his office, Hazel is always right, knows exactly what needs doing, and pre-empts the authority of “Mr. B” (as she affectionately calls him) with alarming, though justified, regularity. John Astin from TV’s “The Addams Family” guest-stars in the episode entitled “The Investment Club.”

    DVD Special Features Include:

    Digitally Remastered Audio and Video
    Full Screen Presentations
    Audio: English
    Bonus Previews
    Closed Captioned

    Hazel: The Complete First Season Episodes Include:

    Hazel and the Playground
    Hazel Makes a Will
    Hazel Plays Nurse
    A Matter of Principle
    Dorothy's New Client
    What'll We Watch Tonight?
    A Dog for Harold
    George's Niece
    Everybody's Thankful But Us Turkeys
    Winter Wonderland
    Hazel's Winning Personality
    Hazel's Christmas Shopping
    Dorothy's Obsession
    Hazel's Dog Days
    A Replacement for Phoebe
    Hazel's Famous Recipes
    Hazel's Tough Customer
    Hazel's Secret Wish
    Hazel, the Tryst-Buster
    The Investment Club
    Hazel's Mona Lisa Grin
    Hazel and the Gardener
    Dorothy's Birthday
    Number, Please?
    Them New Neighbors Is Nice
    Hazel's Pajama Party
    Three Little Cubs
    Bringing Out the Johnsons
    Hazel Quits
    Hazel the Matchmaker
    The Burglar in Mr. B's PJ's
    Heat Wave
    George's Assistant
    Hazel's Day

    BROADCAST YEAR: 1961-1962

    Hazel: The Complete First Season has a run time of approximately 840 minutes and is not rated. Artwork is available at www.SPHEPUBLICITY.COM. Visit Sony Pictures Home Entertainment on the Web at www.SonyPictures.com.

    DVD Catalog # 15071
    UPC Code: 0-43396-15071-3
    Order Date: 6/29/06
    SLP: $39.95
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