Summary of Pamelyn's Acting Credits
All info assembled from various sources on the net,
contributions from visitors, and
from credits from Pamelyn. There's a pretty good filmography for her on the Internet Movie Database,
and that's where most of these summaries point. It looks like they've cribbed a lot of
information from this page, too! If you remember Pamelyn
from some other appearance, send it to me in e-mail.
||Pamelyn in 1964.
What a Way To Go (Movie 1964) Had a one line-cameo at
end "What do you think I am, a baby?" (Summary)
The Littlest Hobo (TV 1964) "The Babysitter" (Summary)
Breaking Point (TV 1964) "The Summer House"
Bewitched (TV 1965) "Eat at Mario's"
Never Too Late (Movie 1965) (Summary)
Andy Griffith Show (TV 1965) "Girl Shy" and "Bazaar" (as Corlis? (Source)
Jonathan Winters Show (TV 1965) (Summary)
Baby Makes Three (aka Baby Crazy) (TV pilot 1965)
The John Forsythe Show (TV 1965-66) As "Pamela" (Summary)
Stratford, "Susan" on this show, was the voice of Lucy van
Pelt in the first Peanuts special, the December 9, 1965 appearance of
"A Charlie Brown Christmas".
The Reluctant Astronaut (Movie 1966) Don Knotts movie, short cameo. (Summary)
Valley of Mystery (TV, Movie 1966) Uncredited cameo.
Bob Hope Chrysler Theatre (TV 1966) "City of LA" and "Free of Charge"
Andy Williams Show (TV 1966)
Bing Crosby Show (TV 1966) "Manpower"
Branded (TV 1966) "A Proud Town"
Road West (TV 1966)
Danny Kaye Show (TV 1966)
Jesse James (TV 1966) "A Burying for Rosie"
My Three Sons (TV 1966) "Fly Away Home"
Stranded (TV pilot 1966)
Death Valley Days (TV 19??) appearance
Mad Mad Scientist (aka Guess What I Did Today) (TV pilot 1966)
Family Affair (TV 1967) (Michele Tirone's fantastic web page and episode guide) (IMDB Summary)
- "Mrs. Beasley, where are you?" Mr. French drops Mrs. Beasley from the terrace
(episode 7, 1966) "Melissa"
- "The Birds, the Beas and Buffy" Uncle Bill and Mr French have hard time
finding the right way to explain the origin of babies to Buffy and Jody. (episode 31,
- "No Uncle is An Island" The children decide they will leave Uncle Bill alone
for the week-end for he can rest peacefully. (episode 89, 1969) "Jennifer"
- "The Joiners" Buffy is very proud to have been accepted in a club for older
girls, she doesn't know it was because of Uncle Bill's generosity. (episode 134, 1970)
Pamelyn in "The
Images courtesy of Michele Tirone, as captured from French television.
Daniel Boone (TV 1967) "Requiem for Craw Greene"
Custer (TV 1967) "To The Death"
The Monkees (TV April 17, 1967, episode 31, first season) "Monkees in the
Movies" When the starring role in a 'beach party' movie goes to Davy, the others have
to bring him down to earth. Features "Last Train To Clarksville" and Bobby
- Pamelyn's in the credits, but she's never on-screen. Sleuthing by visitor Jeff
Hoback reveals this Monkees
page which explains "The characters of The Girl (portrayed by Pamelyn Ferdin) and
her Mother (portrayed by the late Aileen Carlisle) were given credit in
"Movies"' end titles and Screen Gems Storylines entry, but were never actually
filmed for the penultimately aired segment. According to the original synopsis for
The Monkees In The Movies, the girl shoves her mother forward and announces
she sings. The mom lets fly a voice that can be heard for miles, and Kramm, Philo and The
Monkees join in on the ear-splitting audition." (Summary)
The One and Only Genuine Original Family Band (Movie 1968) (Summary)
- Nominated for Best Performance by a Juvenile Actress. Also stars a young Kurt Russell
and Goldi Hawn.
||An exclusive image and message from fellow child star Vernon
"Mark" McDougal. "I was in the 1968 Walt Disney production of The One and
Only, Genuine, Original Family Band with Pamelyn. I have a studio picture of us together
with Walter Brennan, Butch Patrick, Bobby Rhia and Andrea Sacino in the 'Schoolhouse
| From the right, Walter Brennan, unknown, Vernon
McDougal, Pamelyn Ferdin.
Butch Patrick, aka Eddie Munster, stands at right. To his right is Teresa Candy Warder.
Second Hundred Years (TV 1968) "Luke's First Christmas" (Summary)
- This series also starred Majel Barrett-Roddenberry.
The Flying Nun (TV 1968) "The Reconversion of Sister Shapiro"
Pamelyn in "The Flying Nun"
Gunsmoke (TV 1968) "The Money Store"
Green Acres (TV 1968) "Instant Family"
Star Trek (TV 'And the Children Shall Lead,' season three,
episode four, aired October 11, 1968) "Mary Janowski" (Summary)(Deutsch)
- From http://www.polaris.it/startrek/classic3.htm
60 AND THE CHILDREN SHALL LEAD Oct 11, 1968, written by Edward J. Lasko, directed by
Marvin Chomsky, music by George Duning. Stardate 5029.5: Kirk and the crew, visiting a scientific colony
on Triacus manned by several human families of the Starnes Expedition, are shocked to find that all but the children have died violently - and the
children do not seem to care about anything but playing. Aboard the Enterprise, the
children gradually begin to influence and take over the minds of the crew as part of a
plan by their "friendly angel," a seemingly benevolent alien called Gorgon who
uses children as a means of spreading his influence, and unless he can find some way to
expose Gorgon's true intentions, Kirk will become a prisoner on his own ship. Guest Cast:
Craig Huxley (Tommy Starnes), James Wellman (Professor Starnes), Melvin Belli (Gorgan),
Majel Barrett (Nurse Chapel), Pamelyn Ferdin (Mary), Caesar Belli (Steve), Mark Robert
Brown (Don), Brian Tochi (Ray), Lou Elias (1st Technician).
- Sadly, both the Hackman and
Usenet ratings guides of the Star Trek original series episodes rank this episode at
the very bottom of the list, making it the all-time least-favorite TOS episode, so it must
have camp value.
- It also stars Melvin Belli, also known as the lawyer who
defended Jack Ruby, the man convicted of murdering Lee Harvey Oswald.
- According to Pam, "I had such a crush on Bill
Shatner at the time, I followed him everywhere he went on the set, until he finally asked
me to marry him and gave me a cigar band!"
- Craig Huxley now operates a sound studio
Enterprise Studio and was responsible for the "blaster beam" sound in
"Star Trek: The Motion Picture."
Gene Kelly Special (TV 1968)
Jerry Lewis at the Greek Theatre (TV 1968) Dancing, singing.
The Woody Woodbury Show (TV talk show 1968) Dancing, three appearances.
- Recordings of The Woody Woodberry Shows no longer exist. Ralph Edwards said the masters
and station copies had been erased. No kinescopes could be found. Even Woody didn't have
Blondie (TV 1968-69) "Cookie" (Summary)
||Pamelyn and her friend Pam
Stedwell, playing at the studio on the Partridge Family bus after shooting
an episode of Blondie. Exclusive personal photo courtesy of Stedwell.
Pamelyn says she got her "first kiss" from friend Danny Bonaduce
when they were age eight. (Another fan points out an inconsistency in this
memory: Blondie was filmed at Universal Studios, while the Partridge
Family was filmed at Columbia Studios.)
||Publicity shot for
"Blondie" courtesy Rick
- Bruce Lee once had a walk-on appearance in an episode of
this CBS television series, a spin-off of the successful comic strip and movies.
A Boy Named Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1969) "Lucy
Van Pelt" (Summary)
- Poet Rod
McKuen wrote songs for "A Boy Named Charlie Brown", scored by San Francisco
jazz pianist Vince
Guaraldi, who won the 1970 Academy Award
"Music - Original Song Score" for this work.
- Click here to find
out how you can get an autographed picture from this special.
It Was A Short Summer, Charlie Brown (Voice)
(TV 1969) "Lucy
||Images associated with her voice work for Lucy Van Pelt. Other girls did
the voice of Lucy, too, so that's not Pamelyn's voice in every Charlie Brown
High Chapparal (TV 1969) "No Bugles, No Drums" and "For the Love of
Daughter of the Mind (TV 1969) (Summary)
- This 1969 ABC Movie of the Week received a 1970 "Edgar Allen Poe Award"
for best writing in a television series.
- Pam played Ray Milland's ghost-daughter.
- It also starred Virginia Christine, otherwise known as
Folger's ''Mrs. Olson.''
Curiosity Shop (TV 1970) (Summary)
- This Saturday morning program certainly generated a lot of Pamelyn fans, myself
- There's an interesting flashback 'zine called "Ben
Is Dead." One article even mentions the Curiosity Shop.
- An excerpt from "Chuck Amuck," the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator responsible for many
classic characters such as Bugs Bunny as well as "Curiosity Shop":
"For a year I was a vice president of the American Broadcasting Company, hoping to
help the cause of children's television programming. With the help of the National Film
Board of Canada, the Zagreb Studios, and many talented cartoonists such as Johnny Hart,
Don Arioli of the National Film Board, and Hank Ketcham, Curiosity Shop was
produced: a seventeen-unit one-hour program for Saturday morning. The program can be
described in a kindly way as highly ordinary, it did establish in my porous but not always
selective mind that short subjects and television specials were better arenas for talented
cel washers and that seventeen anythings a year was beyond my powers. Perhaps, in the
light of shows now disfiguring Saturday-morning television, beyond anyone's powers."
The Flying Nun (TV 1970) "Cousins By the Dozens"
Steve Allen's Hollywood Bowl (TV 1970)
Mannix (TV 1970) "Fly Little One"
Play It Again, Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1970) "Lucy
The Christine Jorgensen Story (Movie 1970) (Summary)
[Disney] Wonderful World of Color "Smoke" (Movie 1970) "Susie" (Summary)
||From the TV Feature Film Source Book: "Drama of a stray German
shepard dog who helps a young boy adjust to life with his new stepfather. Also starred Ron
Howard, Earl Holiman, Jacqueline Scott, Andy Devine."
Image from "Smoke".
Many more screen-grabs available from Dreamweaver's Child
The Forgotten Man (TV movie with Dennis Weaver) about 1970 (Summary)
What's the Matter with Helen (TV Movie 1970) (Summary)
The Psychiatrist (TV 1971) "The Private World of Martin Dalton".
Directed by Steven Spielberg. (Summary)
Dr. Seuss: The Cat in the Hat (TV 1971) (Voice)
Play It Again, Charlie Brown (Voice) (TV 1971) "Lucy
The Odd Couple (TV 1971-73)
Pamelyn appeared in the first season "Bunny Is Missing Down By The Lake",
episode 18. Later she had a recurring role as Edna, Felix Unger's daughter. (Summary)
From episode 37, "Surprise! Surprise!" aka "Edna's
Birthday Party", Friday Dec. 13, 1971
From episode 45, "Good Bad Boy", Feb. 11, 1971
The above images were graciously contributed by Jim's TV Collectables. If you'd
like your own 8x10s of these original ABC photo releases, please visit his site. Jim
Benson is working on a book about Rod Serling's Night Gallery, and plans to interview Pam
regarding her appearance in the "Brenda" episode in 1975.
- As pointed out on this Odd
Couple Character bio page, Edna was played in later appearances by Doney Oatman, a
blonde. Felix's son was also played by two young men, one of whom was Leif Garrett.
- Many people confuse Pamelyn Ferdin with Lisa Gerritson a.k.a Lisa
True Gerritson, another ubiquitous teen actress of the same era who played a character
named "Bunny" on "The Odd Couple", who like Pamelyn made at least four
appearances as four different young girls on "Family Affair", and who played the
daughter "Lydia Monroe" on "My
World And Welcome To It" (1969-1970) with William Windom. She's well-known for
her portrayal of Phyllis's daughter "Bess Lindstrom" on the Mary Tyler Moore
show and the subsequent "Phyllis" series in 1975.
("Mad About You" Helen Hunt played Murray's daughter "Laurie
Slaughter" in an episode of MTM.) In May 1971, Gerritson even made the cover of TV Guide. According to possibly unsubstantiated
second-hand Usenet reports, she's living happily in Colorado and recently gave birth to
triplets. Another said she'd been working at a California software
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV 1971) "A Portrait of
||From a letter from Robert Young: "Dear
Pam, Just saw a private screening of 'The Portrait of Debbie" and was thrilled with
the excellence and depth of your performance. It was a sensitive and touching portrayal
for which you can be properly proud. Was equally delighted with your debut in 'Curiosity
Shop' and was surprised to find that among your many outstanding talents you also sing.
With every best wish for all good things in your future."
The Delphi Bureau (TV 1971) "Merchant of
The Mephisto Waltz (Movie 1971) "Abby Clarkson" (Summary)
||From "Mephisto Waltz": Pamelyn
and a very 70s Alan Alda - but isn't he always?
- Pamelyn has a Bacon number of 2, thereby demonstrating
her connectedness in Hollywood. William Windom was also in "My World and Welcome To
It", "The Mephisto Waltz," and in "She's Having a Baby" (1988)
with (tah-dah) Kevin Bacon. Other Bacon 2's are Liberace, Mr. T and Audrey Hepburn.
(Calculation courtesy of Oracle of
Bacon at Virginia. If you have no idea what I'm talking about, go there.) Windom was
also "Commander Decker" in the Trek episode "The Doomsday Machine" if
you're keeping track.
Happy Birthday, Wanda June (Movie 1971) (Summary)
Charlie Brown Special (TV 1971) "You're in Love, Charlie Brown"
The Brady Bunch, (TV 'Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?,' episode 42, January 15,
The Beguiled (Movie 1971) "Amy" (Summary)
||Pamelyn in "The Beguiled."
- This is Clint Eastwood's second-least successful film in terms of box office, right
behind Pink Cadillac, said the Man
with No Name web page.
- It's one of the very few films where Clint's character is killed. In this case,
Pamelyn's character does the killing, by feeding him poison mushrooms.
- It wasn't originally in the script, and she attributes it to Clint's inspiration, and it
took her quite by surprise, but Pamelyn's character is passionately kissed by Clint's
character. Read the interview with Pamelyn
for her account of what happened.
- Here's what "film comment"
magazine had to say about it, including a bit about Pam's role.
The Brady Bunch (TV 1972) "A Birthday for Jan"
Charlie Brown Special (TV 1972) "Charlie Brown Goes To Camp"
The Roman Holidays (TV cartoon, 1973-, still seen on The Cartoon Network) (Voice)
Sealab 2020 (TV 1972-73) Hanna-Barbera animated series. "Sallie", niece of
Captain Murphy. (Summary)
- Pam once said regarding her voice work for Hanna-Barbera, "Joe Barbera ... was and
still is a gracious, creative visionary. He is a legend, and it's always an honor for me
to sit and talk with him surrounded by his awards and all the classic cartoon characters
he developed i.e., the Flintstones, Sylvester, the Jetsons, Huckleberry Hound, etc., etc.
Doing animation was always one of my most favorite things to do, so if I could do some
more of it that would be great, especially if the character I play could teach kids about
compassion and respect for animals."
- Here's a link to a great list and description of all the
Hanna-Barbera cartoons maintained
by Cassie Chamberlain-Veselovsky.
Banana Splits in Hocus Pocus Park (TV 1972) ABC Saturday Superstar Movie "Susie"
- "The Banana Splits transform into
cartoon characters as they team up with a magician in an attempt to save
Susie, a young visitor to Hocus Pocus Park, from the clutches of an evil
witch in this ABC Saturday Superstar Movie." This aired November
Marcus Welby, M.D. (TV 1973) "The Tall Tree"
The Paul Lynde Show (TV 1973-74) "Sally Simms" (Summary)
- There's a "Paul Lynde Show" site on the
- Many of the writers and production team for this show
came from the then-recently cancelled "Bewitched." See www.tvparty.com for an overview of
Lynde's career, including a RealAudio clip of the opener of the show. All of
tvparty.com is very well done, too.
Doctor Kildaire (TV 1973) Appeared with Cloris Leachman.
Charlotte's Web (Movie Voice) (1973) "Fern Arable" (Summary)
Apple's Way (TV 1974) "The
Shazam! (TV 1974) "Thou Shall Not
||"A horse named Beckett that was set to be put to sleep according to the will of a favorite aunt after her death. Pamelyn Ferdin's
character, Lynn, had bonded with the horse and was upset and tried to encourage her
father, a sheriff, to rescind the execution. Meanwhile, the aunt's horse handler who was injured by Beckett which resulted in him having "a bum leg" would do anything to kill the horse.
| The father/sheriff was caught in the
middle, wanting to follow the law and please his daughter. After Lynn tried to help the horse to
escape, it was trapped under a fallen tree pushed over by the evil horse handler with his jeep. Just when they were about to shoot the horse because they couldn't release him Captain Marvel shows up and lifts off the tree and then flies to the Judge 500 miles away to get a court order to rescind the execution."
Description thanks to Shazam fan Wendolyn Johnson.
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (TV Movie 1974)
These Are The Days (TV 1974-76) (Web
Lassie (TV 1971-73) "Lucy Baker" (Summary)
||Pamelyn at the time of "Lassie"
Night Gallery (TV 1975) episode "Brenda", as "Frances Anne"
Love American Style (TV 1975) "Love + The Instant Father"
CHiPs (TV 1975) A fan said, "One of the guys saves her life, and she gets a crush on
Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, (TV 1975?)
Miles to Go Before I Sleep (TV 1975) (Summary)
"The Dating Game" appearance with Lassie (TV
Sigmund and the Sea Monsters (TV 1976) Episode 2,
"Puppy Love", as girl next door "Peggy" (Summary)
(Fan page) (Episode guide) (Links broken as of
Whitaker, who played "Jody" on Family
Affair and "Johnny Stuart" on Sigmund, found this web page and sent a note in
February 1999, hoping to contact Pamelyn. "I do go by John or Johnny now," he
said. "Thanks for an interesting site." There's a great background piece on
Whitaker from Collecting Online at popculture.com.
Onion discusses Kroft-related Lidsville and Sigmund recurring
"The Streets of San Francisco" episode, (TV 1977) "Runaways"
as "Chris Cavanaugh" (German summary)
- In German: Die fünfzehnjährige Chris Cavanaugh fährt eines Tages heimlich nach San
Francisco, um ihren Vater zu suchen, den sie lange nicht mehr gesehen hat. Als sie jedoch
vor seinem Appartement steht, hört sie plötzlich einen Schuss fallen. Als Chris in die
Wohnung tritt, liegt ein Toter am Boden - sie glaubt, es sei ihr Vater. Nachdem Lieutenant
Stone und Inspector Heller ihr erklären, dass der Tote nicht ihr Vater ist,
"vergisst" sie plötzlich, wie der Mann aussah, den sie aus dem Appartement
- In English: "Fifteen-year-old Chris Cavanaugh was driving home to San Francisco to
find her father, who she hadn't seen in a long time. When she was finally standing in from
of her father's appartment, she heard a gunshot. When Chris went into the apartment, she
saw a body on the floor - she thought it was his father. Afterwards, she explained to
Lieutenant Stone and Inspector Heller that it wasn't his father, and "forgot"
that she saw someone leave the apartment." (Translation courtesy Steve Pietrowitz.)
Baretta (TV 1977) "The Runaway"
Space Academy (TV series 1977-79) (Summary)
||Photos of "Space Academy" television screen taken in the 70s by
zealous teen fan (not me.)
- She played a telepathic twin named "Laura". It
also starred Jonathan Harris (Dr. Smith from "Lost In Space") as Commander
Gampu, the 300-year old professor, as well as Peepo the robot, and Loki, the teleporting
orphan boy, and super-strong boy Tee Gar. It lasted a single season, and was followed the
next year by sequel "Jason of Star Command," using the same sets, models and
props. On this, James Doohan (Star Trek's "Scotty") played Commander
- There's a Space Academy web
The Toolbox Murders (Movie 1978) "Laurie" (Summary) (Summary)
- By all accounts from those who have any positive memories of Pam, this was a dreadful
movie. I haven't seen it yet. It's a horror flick involving a ski-mask-wearing voyeuristic
but wacko actor Cameron
Mitchell) in an apartment building who wreaks moralistic vengeance with power tools.
Vegas (TV 1978) 'Serve Volley And Kill', episode 12, appearance
as kidnapped sister of a tennis player, "Katie" (Source)
Project UFO (TV 1978) "Sighting" (Summary)
- A classic paranoia series, with Jack Webb as executive
producer, and Col. William T. Coleman, the former head of the USAF's "Project Blue
Book." Now what would Fox and Scully have to say about that?
- This series had a guest appearance by Radames Pera in
1977, who played young Caine in "Kung Fu", and who also made an appearance on
"Lassie" in 1974.
240-Robert (TV 1979) Appearance as "Nikki". (Summary)
- In German: Trap (John Bennett Perry), Thib (Mark Harmon) und Morgan (Joanna Cassidy)
sind ein Rettungs-Team bei 240-Robert Search and Rescue. Allerdings hat Trap
mit der neuen Pilotin Morgan einige Probleme - für ihn ist sie zu jung und zu hübsch, um
wirklich top zu sein. Bald aber werden die drei in lebensgefährliche Einsätze
verwickelt, bei denen der Macho Trap erkennen muß: Morgan ist erstklassig! Als er ihr bei
einem Helikopter-Flug seine Gefühle offenbart, ahnt er nicht, daß die ganze
240-Robert-Base über Funk das Gespräch mithört.
- In English: "Trap (John Bennett Perry), Thib (Mark Harmon) and Morgan (Joanna
Cassidy) are a rescue team with ' 240-Robert search and Rescue '. However Trap with the
new female pilot Morgan has some problems - for him she is too young and too pretty, in
order to be real top. Soon however the three are entangled into lethal applications, with
which the Macho Trap must detect: Morgan is first-class! When it reveals it with a
helicopter flight its feelings, it does not suspect that the whole ' 240-Robert-Base '
monitors the discussion over radio." (Translation courtesy Babelfish.)
Heidi's Song (Movie 1982?) (Voice) (Summary)
A visitor to this page remembers a "Lassie" television reunion that may have taken place in 1985.
Pine Sol and Avis commercials.
Detention! (TV 1999) Shelly Kelly (Voice)