Run, Buddy, Run

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Jack Sheldon as Buddy Overstreet in Run, Buddy, Run
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Bruce Gordon played the mobster, "Mr. D".

Run, Buddy, Run is an American situation comedy, long forgotten, starring Jack Sheldon (1931-2019), which aired thirteen episodes on CBS from September 12 to December 5, 1966. Ted Knight (1923-1986) was the program narrator.


Sheldon, a jazz trumpet player and singer in real life, portrayed Buddy Overstreet, an "ordinary guy," an accountant, on the run from a group of comical gangsters. As the plot unfolds, while he is taking a steam bath, Buddy overhears mobster "Mr. Devere" or "Mr. D," played by Bruce Gordon (1916-2011), plotting the death of a "Chicken Little."[1][2] Jim Connell (born 1945) played Gordon's bumbling son, "Junior." Gregg Palmer appeared in the recurring role of Harry, a gunman in Chicago, Illinois.[3]

In a typical episode, Buddy enters a new town to establish employment, and Mr. D arrives and forces Buddy into a narrow exit. In the ninth episode, Buddy is working as a welder in a factory when he tells a coworker Devere Enterprises has put a price on his head. The colleague double-crosses Buddy, and phones Mr. D's office long-distance.[4]

Among guests on the series were Jack Albertson (1907-1981), Sid Melton, Burt Mustin, J. Pat O'Malley, Julie Sommars, and Vaughn Taylor.[3]

In his production of the short-lived Run, Buddy, Run, Leonard B. Stern (1922-2011), the series creator, used many of the same technical persons behind his Get Smart series on NBC. The program aired on Monday nights at 8 p.m. Eastern, sandwiched between the last season of Gilligan's Island starring Bob Denver and The Lucy Show with Lucille Ball. It failed to garner sufficient ratings and was dropped at midseason after sixteen episodes were produced.[3] Its competition was I Dream of Jeannie on NBC and the second half of The Iron Horse, an ABC Western about the railroad.[5]

Episode list

Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Steam Bath and Chicken Little" September 12, 1966 While in a steam room, Buddy Overstreet overhears a group of mobsters plot a murder, forcing him to go on the run.
1-2 "Wild, Wild Wake" September 19, 1966 Devere poses as a corpse at a faux wake in order to lure Buddy into his grasp.
1-3 "Win, Place and Die" September 26, 1966 Buddy hitches a ride with a temperamental race horse, then is recruited to serve as its jockey in a big race.
1-4 "Down on the Farm" October 3, 1966 Buddy is hired as a harvest hand, and then goes to a square dance with a milkmaid who saves him from Devere's men.
1-5 "Grand Mexican Hotel" October 10, 1966 Buddy stages a fiesta for a struggling Mexican hotel and ends up attracting some unwanted customers.
1-6 "The Death of Buddy Overstreet" October 17, 1966 While riding in a boxcar in Florida, Buddy's fellow passenger devises a plan to film his death to convince Devere that Buddy is dead,
1-7 "Bank Holdup" October 24, 1966 After leaving a Connecticut diner, Buddy unknowingly hitches a ride in bank robber's getaway car.
1-8 "I Want a Piece of That Boy" October 31, 1966 Buddy takes a job as a boxer's sparring partner, then competes in a match in which Devere is wagering on him.
1-9 "Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me" November 7, 1966 While working in a factory as a welder, Buddy makes the mistake of telling a co-worker of his plight.
1-10 "Mr. D's Revenge" November 14, 1966 Devere sets up a plan to trap Buddy, but a mix-up with identities causes Wendell (Nicholas Georgiade) inadvertently to become the target.
1-11 "Goodbye, Wendell" November 21, 1966 After Wendell seems to disappear, one of the people that ends up looking for him is Buddy.
1-12 "The Sky is Falling" November 28, 1966 Buddy makes the mistake of once again over-hearing the second part of Devere's plan for murder.
1-13 "Buddy Overstreet, Please Come Home" December 5, 1966 When tax auditors put their focus on Devere Enterprises, Devere gives up looking for Buddy.

Some of the episodes can be accessed on-line.


  1. Run, Buddy Run episodes. Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved on May 8, 2021.
  2. Run, Buddy, Run -
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Run Buddy Run / Jack Sheldon
  4. Buddy Overstreet, Forgive Me. Retrieved on May 8, 2021.
  5. 1966-1967 United States network television schedule.