Hennesey is a 19591962 television series starring Jackie Cooper as an onshore Navy doctor and Abby Dalton as a stunning nurse. The series was midway between a comedy and a drama, and featured such guest stars as Charles Bronson, Marty Ingels, Jack Cassidy, Soupy Sales, and Frank Gorshin. The show ran on CBS in half-hour black and white episodes for three seasons.

The series was notable for an extremely catchy theme tune, a jazzy hornpipe played by tuba and piccolo. Hennesey was also innovative for being the first series to employ what has since become a standard device in television: beginning the dialog and action of each episode during the opening credits.

Scriptwriter Richard Baer wrote thirty-eight of Hennesey's episodes beginning in 1960, which earned him an Emmy nomination.


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