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Doors & Doorbells

Ding! Dong!Doorbells - Many doorbells have been rung on the thousands of TV shows aired over the years, but only a few doorbell sounds have been unique.

The home doorbell of Jennifer Marlowe (Loni Anderson), the classy and curvaceous radio station receptionist on WKRP IN CINCINNATI/CBS/1978-82 rang out the romantic melody "Fly me to the Moon."

The chimes of "Big Ben" could be heard on the apartment doorbell of Jackie Rush (Deborah Van Valkenburgh) and Sarah Rush (Lydia Cornell) on the sitcom TOO CLOSE FOR COMFORT/ABC/SYN/1980-86.

The explosive groan from a "Foghorn" greeted visitors to the gothic mansion of Gomez Addams (John Astin) on the bizarre sitcom THE ADDAMS FAMILY/ABC/1964-66.

The droll undertaker character Digby O'Dell on the sitcom THE LIFE OF RILEY/NBC/1949-58 owned a doorbell that chimed the lively tune "Happy Days Are Here Again."

On the sitcom THE BICKERSONS/SYN/1951 the doorbell to the home of gambler Barney Gallop (Sam Lee) played the trumpet melody heard at the start of a horse race.

The doorbell of the Petrie family on the sitcom THE DICK VAN DYKE SHOW/CBS/1961-66 rings in the keys of E and G-flat minor.

A variation on the doorbell appeared on the sitcom I'M DICKENS...HE'S FENSTER/ABC/1962-63 when carpenter Archie Fenster banged his familiar "Shave and a Haircut, Two Bits" rhythm (Bum-dee-dee-Bum-Bum, Bum-Bum) as he entered the home of his friend Harry Dickens (John Astin).

TRIVIA NOTE: The science fiction series STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION features a musical melody when ever anyone tries to access a crew's quarters. Listen

American author Rex Stout wrote a mystery novel entitled "The Doorbell Rang", first published by Viking Press in October 1965,  It featured the adventures of Nero Wolfe, an overweight detective with a fondness for food and orchids.

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