It’s A Man’s World
Even before it premiered in September 1962, many critics were praising this drama series for its realistic portrayal of teenage life. But viewers didn’t tune in and NBC announced it was cancelling the series only a few months into the new season. Its creator, Peter Tewksbury, along with a number of TV critics and fans, launched a campaign to try to save the series. Thousands of letters were written and members of the cast traveled the country rallying support. NBC’s decision was final and the show went off the air in January 1963 after just 19 episodes.
A Difficult Series To Define
On February 12th, 1962 Broadcasting reported on the state of the networks’ upcoming 1962-1963 schedules. Tentatively slated for the Mondays 7:30-8:30PM time slot on NBC was a new show from Revue Productions called The Young Men, described as a comedy-adventure . It would compete with Cheyenne on ABC as well as games shows To Tell the Truth and I’ve Got a Secret on CBS.
The following week, Broadcasting called The Young Men one of “the new programs most likely to succeed in gaining an NBC-TV niche” . In March, The New York Times officially announced the series, now called It’s A Man’s World, explaining that it would follow the adventures of four young men living on a houseboat on the Ohio River . Peter Tewksbury would produce and direct.
Hinting at the troubles the series would encounter once it hit the air, early press about It’s A Man’s World suggests reporters had some difficulty categorizing the show. It was referred to as a comedy series, an adventure series as well as a comedy-adventure series.
In late May, Broadcasting reported that Procter & Gamble had been signed to sponsor the series on an alternate-week basis, with additional time remaining to be sold . In June, Thomas Leeming & Co. signed on for 26 weeks of the series . And in July, Chesebrough-Pond’s Inc. bought participation in the series as well . When NBC announced in late July that it would be cutting back its compensation to affiliates and, to help lessen the blow, would try to make two minutes for station time available in a pair of prime time series: The Wide Country and It’s A Man’s World .
Four Young Men On A Houseboat
The series was set in the fictional small college town of Cordella, Ohio. Glenn Corbett starred as 22-year-old Wes Macauley, who studied at Cordella College while working as a gas station attendant. He also cared for his 14-year-old brother Howie (played by Mike Burns). Their parents died in a car accident prior to the start of the series.
Wes and Howie lived on a houseboat named The Elephant, which was docked on the Ohio River near Stott’s Service Station, where Wes worked. It was owned by the cantankerous Houghton Scott (played by Harry Harvey, Sr.), who served as something of a father figure for both Wes and Howie. Mr. Stott loved complaining to anyone who would listen, about someone leaving their running lights on during the day or the phone ringing too often. But he genuinely cared for the boys, particularly Howie. The two often played checkers together.
Living with Wes and Howie on the houseboat was another college student named Tom DeWitt (played by Ted Bessell). His nickname was Tom-Tom and he grew up in Chicago as part of a wealthy family. He flouted their expectations and decided to go to school in Cordella rather than the big city. In the series premiere, Wes, Howie and Tom-Tom meet Vern Hodges (played by Randy Boone), a carefree guitarist from North Carolina who wants to become a folk singer and get rich. Instead, he winds up moving into the houseboat in the second episode.
Wes was engaged to Irene Hoff (played by Jan Norris), who was also attending college in Cordella. She was a sweet girl with a feisty streak who had no problem jumping into the middle of an argument between the boys. Other characters making occasional appearances included Iona and Virgil Dobson (played by Kate Murtagh and Scott White), friends of Mr. Stott who ran a grocery store in Cordella. Their daughter, Alma Jean (played by Jeanine Cashell), had a crush on Vern. There was also Tom-Tom’s sometimes girlfriend Nora (played by Ann Schuyler). Sandy Mills appeared in at least two episodes as Irene’s married sister, Helen.
The legal agreement that allowed Wes to act as guardian for Howie meant he had to have a stable home environment. So there was no drinking on the houseboat and no girls spending the night. Wes didn’t like treating Howie like a kid and Howie didn’t usually act like one. Still, it wasn’t easy for Wes to juggle work, school and raising Howie.
Tom-Tom wasn’t nearly as responsible as Wes, particularly when it came schoolwork. Vern was shy and introverted but also a wild dreamer. As for Howie, he was at the age where he was starting to notice girls but wasn’t sure how to act around them.
A Different Kind Of Television Show
It’s A Man’s World was created by Peter Tewksbury and James Leighton. The two had earlier worked together on My Three Sons during its first season on ABC from 1960-1961. Tewksbury produced and directed the season in its entirety — all 37 episodes — while also writing the occasional episode. Leighton worked as story editor and also penned several episodes.
The series had its beginnings in the backlot at Revue Studios in California, specifically a town locale that had been used in the production of Leave It To Beaver, among other shows. Tewksbury, born in Cleveland, Ohio, felt it “had a nice, small-town, Midwest setting” and thought it would fit with “the studio idea about a series on youth in which youth has dignity” .
According to Tewksbury, the point of My Three Sons “was to give the boys some stature” and with It’s A Man’s World he hoped to take things even further and “have the boys work out their own problems” . He took a trip across the country and ended up in Marietta, Ohio, which borders the Ohio River and is home to Marietta College . He liked what he saw and spent three weeks shooting exteriors along the river, the town and at Marietta College . It was only then that casting began.
In describing the tone of the series, Tewskbury noted “if the audience is expecting a comedy, they may get a jolt. I guess human comedy comes closest, since pathos relates to all shows. There are sad laughs and funny tears to be had. We are aiming for a theatrical slice of life, because after all, what is life but a sad joke” . He admitted it was “hard to describe the series, because there is no one show that tells what it is” but said he didn’t “expect any problem with the public. They’ll like the people, and become involved with them, and want to spend time with them” .
Cynthia Lowry, writing prior to the premiere of the series, called It’s A Man’s World “a standout” in a season “marked by a paucity of new, fresh ideas” . According to her, Tewksbury considered the series a “permanent character anthology” who explained “we’re trying to get something that falls among J.D. Salinger, Thornton Wilder and Maxwell Anderson and to give it an ‘Our Town’ feeling–maybe it’s even avant garde but we hope nobody in the audience knows it” .
Of his youthful characters, Tewksbury said “we give them dignity and a positive point of view. We don’t develop them as idiotic or comic teen-agers or go in for the youthful nut-stuff. We try to say that youth has substance” . Said actress Jan Norris, “We want to take people out of themselves or offer highlights in their lives. Incidents in the series, we hope, will remind people of the sometimes pleasant situations in their lives” .
Norris described her role of Irene Hoff as “a livable role. I don’t play a kook or somebody so different from the viewers” .
Cynthia Lowry wasn’t the only television critics excited about It’s A Man’s World prior to its television premiere. Hal Humphrey likewise felt the series was something special, calling it “the first seen by this reporter which has anything looking even slightly different from the ordinary, polished product coming out of Hollywood now” . What made it different was “the simple technique of writing about real characters and letting them tell their stories with half as much dialogue as one finds in most TV drama” .
In his review of the premiere for United Press International, Rick Du Brow suggested It’s A Man’s World “might be the sleeper of the year” and called the first episode “a gentle, pointed lesson in personal morality, the approach obviously aimed at showing that not all youngsters are juvenile delinquents or idiots; and the whole thing added up to a paean to normality, with a lovely, almost impressionistic quality reminiscent of ‘The Human Comedy'” .
Alan Gill, writing in The Portsmouth Times, was not particularly impressed by the premiere, calling it “a 60-minute affair with a 10-minute plot” in which “confusion, artiness, plot anemia and sweet talk abounded.” Nevertheless, he felt there was “much hope for the future” of the series . He called the setting “extremely photogenic” and the scenery “beautifully composed and photographed” .
The Boston Globe‘s Percy Shain, on the other hand, found little to redeem the series. He wrote “its opening story was one long yawn. In fact, properly speaking, it was no story at all. Just a start at getting you acquainted with a lengthy and confusing cast of characters” . His review returned time and time again to the pace of the premiere:
It’s easy to see what Peter [Tewskbury] is driving at–a small-town series with small problems, some cute people in a bucolic background, full of homely widsom [sic] in a light way. It’s surely wholesome enough, for which we must give thanks, but it will have to start getting you interested in its people if it is to have weekly appeal.
Perhaps it needs more time to make an impression, because its personnel and relationships are so numerous and unwieldy that it’s all kind of puzzling at the moment.
No one is rushing in this one. But they may find that by the time they have everyone settled, they may have lost their audience. 
Shain did have kind words for some of the cast, calling Glenn Corbett “a manly, likable stalwart” and Jan Norris “sweet” .
Stories of Friendship, Life and Love
The focus of the series was on the relationships between the characters, be it Wes and Howie, Wes and Irene, Howie and Mr. Stott, Wes and Tom-Tom, or Tom-Tom and Vern. In the series premiere, as Wes and Tom-Tom fret about money and taxes, Howie is in a panic after losing the $32 he made selling newspapers. He and Wes, joined by their friends, begin a search for it. Vern, having just entered town, stumbles upon the money and thinks about keeping it before deciding to return it to Howie.
The second episode continues the plot of the first, pitting Wes and Tom-Tom against one another over the question of whether or not to let Vern live in the houseboat with them. At the same time, Wes is also trying to get Tom-Tom to help around the houseboat. Ultimately, they decide to let Vern move in and the three boat mates become four.
Howie took front and center in a number of episodes, including one in which he begs Mr. Stott for a job and, after being turned down, starts working after school for an insurance salesman long past his prime, which makes Mr. Stott jealous. In another, Howie is struck by lightning while on a a weekend camping trip with Tom-Tom and Vern. He wanders off, trying to make his way home, and gets lost in the woods where he starts to hear his mother’s voice calling to him.
Wes and Irene’s relationship was also the focus of several episodes. In one, Wes promises to make it to the party Irene is planning. But he has to run an errand first. On his way back he comes across Nora, whose car has broken down, and offers her a ride. He’s transporting a load of tires that come loose and the two find themselves chasing tires down a hill. They wind up in a pigpen covered in hay. When they finally make it back to the party Irene is not happy. In another, Wes and Irene desperately try to find time to spend together away from work and school and friends. They eventually wind up in an empty house, at night, finally alone.
Several episodes focused on Tom-Tom: despite not having any money, he sets his eye on classic car and decides to find a way to buy it; he finds himself in trouble when he starts dating the girlfriend of paratrooper, leading to an awful lot of gossip and a showdown between the two; after being suspended from school due to low grades, he has to go back to Chicago and face his parents.
Vern also had his share of stories. In one episode, after brooding for several days, he decides to drive over to Exeter, a nearby town with a reputation for trouble. He takes Howie with him, which eventually leads to Wes, Tom-Tom, Irene and Nora desperately chasing after the two to save Howie. It turns out Vern was just homesick. In another episode, Vern decides to take Tom-Tom’s advice and become more outspoken and self-confident, which doesn’t go over well.
Other episodes involved Tom-Tom promising to return some books for Wes only to find himself distracted; Wes tries out for the Cordella College football team and doesn’t have time for Irene; Alma-Jean Dobson decides she doesn’t want to be friends with Howie anymore because her mother thinks she needs to start growing up; Irene has Wes take an aptitude test for her psychology class which reveals he isn’t cut out to be a lawyer; Vern falls for a waitress who flirts too much; Tom-Tom, Vern and Howie head out on the river with Mr. Stott only to discover he’s a real bore, so they ditch him and soon find themselves in trouble.
Early Ratings Woes
It’s A Man’s World premiered on Monday, September 17th, 1962, airing from 7:30-8:30PM opposite Cheyenne on ABC and a pair of games shows — To Tell the Truth and I’ve Got a Secret — on CBS. It was followed at 8:30PM by Saints and Sinners (another new NBC drama starring Nick Adams) then the half-hour The Price is Right at 9:30PM and finally David Brinkley’s Journal at 10PM.
The third episode of the series (“Molly Pitcher and the Green-Eyed Monster”) was scheduled to air on Monday, October 1st during NBC’s “color week” which would see some 66 hours of color programming on the network, including all but five of its prime time shows . Television listings do indeed indicate that It’s A Man’s World would air in color on October 1st. However, NBC pre-empted the series at the last minute to air an hour-long news special covering the riot that had broken early in the day at the University of Mississippi .
“Molly Pitcher and the Green-Eyed Monster” would air the following week on October 8th and again television listings state that it aired in color.
Late that month, Rick Du Brow wrote an article praising the series for being “sharply attuned to the laughter and tears of the everyday human comedy” while also reporting that its chances of survival were “questionable at present” due to its performance in the Nielsen ratings . He asked readers to watch the series and write the network to help keep the show on the air [30.
Du Brow soon became a champion for the series, writing again in early November that it “had an uncertain status because of its poor ratings” and commending Tewksbury for “his refusal to compromise the life-like pace” of It’s A Man’s World . Also supporting the series was Hal Humphrey, who discussed the difficulties in promoting the series in his own early November article. “For some inexplicable reason,” Humphrey opined, “NBC seems almost ashamed of having the most original TV series on the air this season” .
NBC didn’t know how to publicize It’s A Man’s World, Humphrey argued, something he chalked up to it not having an easy label and its characters being “too normal and honest” . He reported that Jan Norris was so discouraged by the network’s lack of publicity that she paid $54.60 out of her own pocket to purchase bold advertising lines in the television listings for 11 Los Angeles newspapers. Tewksbury told Humphrey “I’m sure we’re on the right track because the viewers from our mid-western states are beginning to write letters, telling us how much they like the show because it reminds them of what’s going on in their own town” .
Humphrey called It’s A Man’s World “the first hour-long TV series to do what writers and producers of hour shows have babbled about ecstatically, but hardly ever do–‘develop character’ and ‘build real stories'” . He criticized some of the editing of the series, which featured “too many rapid-fire cuts to too many different locales,” but concluded that when a series like It’s A Man’s World came along “there should be some noise made about it so that everybody has a chance to discover what they have been missing and the producer and network can be encouraged to carry on” .
Cancellation Comes Swiftly
On November 22nd, Val Adams of The New York Times reported that NBC was “studying a possible reorganization of Monday evening programs to improve its competitive position” and noted that Monday was the network’s weakest night of the week . Although he called Saints and Sinners the most likely candidate for cancellation, both It’s A Man’s World and The Price Is Right were also said to be in danger.
A disappointed but not surprised Rick Du Brow reported on November 27th that It’s A Man’s World had been cancelled the previous day due to low ratings and would go off the air after its January 28th, 1963 broadcast. So, too, would Saints and Sinners. Du Brow revealed that NBC had released a statement about the cancellation, apparently in response to critics and viewers who supported the series. The network explained that the series was its lowest rated entertainment program and “if we had continued, we would have no sponsors to the show by Feb. 1. Also we would have had loss of stations. The network is made up of stations” .
Val Adams reported on November 29th that rather than replacing It’s A Man’s World and Saints and Sinners NBC decided to create a two-hour Monday night block of feature films culled from a package the network purchased from 20th Century-Fox. At the time, NBC was already airing Fox films on Saturday evenings. The package consisted of sixteen films produced in 1957 and 1958 and NBC was given the option to air each one twice. It would be enough to finish out the 1962-1963 season after which the network would be able to introduce new shows on Monday night for the 1963-1964 season .
The Campaign to Save It’s A Man’s World Begins
Also on November 29th, Peter Tewksbury placed calls to television critics in cities across the country, telling them of his plan to save It’s A Man’s World. He didn’t believe NBC’s explanation for its cancellation, that it was low rated and would soon lose all its sponsors. Said Tewksbury, “I know for an absolute fact that NBC canceled THEM [the sponsors]. Only one sponsor dropped out; none of the others canceled or even said they were going to cancel” .
A letter writing campaign could save the show, Tewksbury thought, because it had worked for Father Knows Best. The 19th and last episode of It’s A Man’s World wrapped filming on November 28th. The cast, according to Tewksbury, was “a real unhappy group” that “felt all along they were doing something significant, something people really cared about. Now they wonder if we shouldn’t have spent our time letting a little blood run in the gutter” .
Hal Humphrey joined the fight in early December, urging viewers to write NBC in support of It’s A Man’s World or surrender forever to the Nielsen rating system. According to him, Tewksbury had gone to NBC to fight for the series only to learn that the decision to cancel it had been made two hours before he arrived.
In Tewksbury’s words, the network “didn’t want to debate the matter. It frightened me to see a network in the hands of this scared-boy type of control” . He planned to “travel this country from coast to coast” and talk to anyone that would listen. He refused “to believe that people don’t want quality in their entertainment and I’m going to find out” .
According to NBC-TV vice president Walter Scott, the multi-network rating for It’s A Man’s World was 8.6, compared to a 13.7 for Cheyenne on ABC and a 20.1 for To Tell The Truth on CBS. Tewksbury countered that “this particular Nielsen rating was the first all-purpose one of the season, that it already was three and a half weeks old and that only four ‘Man’s World’ shows had been on the air when it was taken” . NBC didn’t deny the facts but explained ratings were all they had to work with.
A few days later, Humphrey reported that NBC had received thousands of letters in support of It’s A Man’s World, said to be the fastest response to a cancellation the network had ever seen. And yet NBC wasn’t moved. “I don’t care if we get two million letters,” Walter Scott reportedly said. “The decision to cancel ‘Man’s World’ is irrevocable” .
At NBC’s annual affiliates meeting held on December 4th and 5th in New York City, President Robert E. Kitner told station representatives that the network was obligated to gamble on programs but that sometimes those gambles didn’t pay off. He said NBC had invested millions of dollars in It’s A Man’s World only to find itself accused of “lack of creativity” for cancelling the show when it failed in the ratings .
Randy Boone told Hank Grant in mid-December he couldn’t understand the cancellation. The show, he said, was “so true to life, so warm and full of the human touches that really count in life. None of us ever thought we were acting a part–we were living our roles. Why should they cancel it? We’ve been getting so much wonderful mail from people; I’m told, more than any show on this [Revue’s] lot” .
Grant also reported in mid-December that Tewksbury had set out on “a cross-country tour with a one-man campaign to rally TV editors into helping him keep his series alive” . He also entered two episodes of the series in the Television Festival of Monte Carlo . Randy Boone and Ted Bessell also hit the road hoping to rally support but broke down in New Mexico and had to be towed to Albuquerque .
Cynthia Lowry reported that Boone and Bessell had traveled to Marietta, Ohio on December 18th and participated in a demonstration at a local television station alongside students from Marietta College [51. The campaign continued into the new year. For several weeks in early January 1963, an announcement was run in the classifieds section of The New York Times in support of It’s A Man’s World. Anyone interested in saving the series was asked to call a number or write to an address in Berkeley, California .
On January 13th, Hank Grant revealed that NBC announced it had received exactly 9,499 in support of the series through the week of December 23rd. It was a big number but not a record for the network and certainly not the reported thousand letters a day . (In May 1965, The New York Times would report that NBC was sent 51,638 letters of protest in total after the cancellation of It’s A Man’s World was announced .)
The Campaign Fails
Even as Tewksbury, some television critics and thousands of fans were trying to save It’s A Man’s World, other critics were ready to say goodbye. Jack Gould of The New York Times, in a December 22nd article, admitted that Tewksbury’s push to save the series “must be admired” but wrote “the only drawback in this campaign is that his program is not really that good” . He continued:
The major difficulty, however, was that Mr. Tewksbury placed his quartet in a houseboat, hardly a very typical setting for most youngsters, and then proceeded for more weeks than not to make his characterizations a set of bores.
Trying to capture the essence of any young age group requires a high order of delicacy and discernment and also an underlying warmth. “It’s A Man’s World” does not regularly have such qualities, and the upshot is a show that often seems only pointless. Certainly its standard cannot be mentioned with that of “Father Knows Best.”
What Mr. Tewksbury overlooked, as a matter of fact, was the most engaging quality of young people: their sense of humon [sic]. Under the circumstances the loss of “It’s A Man’s World” would not seem irreparable. 
Reportedly, members of the cast traveling the country in support of the series made it all the way to the RCA Building at Rockefeller Center in New York City, where they entered the lobby and asked to speak with Robert Kintner, president of the network. In what could be considered the high water mark of the campaign, they were able to talk to a vice president who simply explained the reality of the situation .
Ultimately, and perhaps not surprisingly, the campaign to save It’s A Man’s World did not result in the series returning to the air. The premiere of NBC Monday Night at the Movies on February 4th, 1963 from 7:30-9:39PM greatly improved upon the ratings drawn by the final episodes of It’s A Man’s World and Saints and Sinners the week before. More than six million additional households tuned in to watch 1957’s The Enemy Below.
NBC was so impressed that within a month, it had announced it would purchase rights to over 60 feature films so it could keep Monday Night at the Movies going through the 1963-1964 season. Advertisers were than happy to purchase commercials. An anonymous advertising agency executive explained “movies on TV have a name value. Sponsors who buy movies are buying numbers or heads and the movies deliver an incredible number of viewers. Advertisers couldn’t care less about creative TV programs. They are looking for a vehicle that will get their advertising message into the home” .
In a lengthy essay published in the January 17th, 1963 issue of The Village Voice, a few weeks before the series went off the air, Martin Williams eulogized It’s A Man’s World:
It has been, heaven knows, an uneven series, but it has tried with an uncommon effort to present us with the reckless energy, the time-wasting idleness and boredom, the friendliness, the sexual awakenings, and the loneliness of young people who are not rosy cliches.
The series has also made a most interesting and frequently effective effort to discover just exactly how many cinematic techniques will come across on filmed television, and that is a job that certainly needs to be done. 
Williams praised the characters, the stories and the “exceptional care” with which the series was edited. He also expressed frustration at NBC for its lack of support of the series as well as with critics who “treated it with an airy contempt more than once” .
Although he wasn’t able to save It’s A Man’s World, Peter Tewksbury remained incensed by NBC’s treatment of the show. In March 1963 he testified at a hearing held by a subcommittee of the United States House of Representatives Commerce investigating audience measurement and rating services. He charged that the “entire television industry is completely controlled by the Nielsen ratings” and “if you’re willing to put up enough money for promotion and publicity you almost automatically get a good rating” .
Tewksbury noted that It’s A Man’s World had been given a very small budget for promotion, just 5-10% of what other shows he had worked on received, and had been scheduled at a bad time in the Midwest . He would later reportedly accuse NBC of tampering with the ratings for the series to justify cancelling it .
The series was never syndicated in the United States nor released commercially on any format. It was syndicated internationally. For example, in December 1963 Broadcasting reported that it was one of nine NBC shows sold to the Philippines .
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Originally Published April 26th, 2006
Last Updated August 22nd, 2017