Make Room for Betty: Stand Alone

Transcript of Television Broadcast

Season 1: Episode 1, “Stand Alone”
Date: First aired June 1955


The cast:
Betty, age 3….Angela Cartwright
Kenny, age 4, (Betty’s brother)….Jay North
Geneva Ojala (Betty’s mother)….Dinah Shore
Verne Ojala (Betty’s father)….Herbert Anderson

About the cast:
Angela Cartwright played “Linda” in “The Danny Thomas Show.”
Jay North played “Dennis” in “Dennis the Menace.”
Dinah Shore starred in “The Dinah Shore Chevy Show.”
Herbert Anderson played “Henry Mitchell” in “Dennis the Menace.”

Scene 1:

[Betty, age three, enters the living room from the hallway of her home in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is dressed in play clothes for a summer trip to the park, but she is shuffling clumsily because she is wearing her mother’s high-heel shoes. Her mother, Geneva, enters the room carrying a pair of child’s sandals.]

Geneva: There you are! And you’re wearing my new shoes again.

Betty: They’re so pretty, Mommy.

Geneva: I know you love ladies’ high-heel shoes, baby-doll, but …

[Betty’s father, Verne, and her brother, Kenny, enter the room.]

Verne: Are you ready to go to the park, Betty?

Kenny: Look at her shoes, Daddy. She’s not ready. Let’s go without her.

Betty: No!

Geneva: Don’t worry, baby, you can go to the park. But you have to wear your own shoes.

[Geneva attempts to put the sandals on Betty, but Betty resists.]

Betty: Not those shoes, Mommy. I want the pretty ones.

Geneva: You mean your new church shoes? But you’re going to the park, and…

Betty: I want my pretty shoes!

[Geneva and Verne give each other a look. Geneva sighs.]

Geneva: All right, let’s go find your pretty shoes.

Scene 2:

[Betty and her mother, Geneva, are in their living room. Geneva is sitting at the piano. Betty climbs up on a chair next to her.]

Geneva: All right, sweetie, let’s do it again. I’ll play a little bit, then you sing.

[Geneva starts playing the child’s hymn, “The B-I-B-L-E.”]

Betty [singing loudly, confidently]:
The B-I-B-L-E
Yes, that’s the book for me
I stand alone on the word of God
The B-I-B-L-E

Geneva: Very good! Will you sing it just like that in church?

Betty [clapping happily]: Yes!

Geneva: You’ll stand alone in front of the people, and sing all by yourself?

Betty: I’ll sing all by myself!

Geneva: What a big girl you are!

[Geneva reaches over to help Betty down from the chair, but Betty won’t let her, and climbs down on her own.]

Betty: I’m a big girl, Mommy. I can do it myself.

Scene 3:

[Betty is sitting at the back of the church with her family. The church is full of people. Four men, the pastor and three deacons, are seated on the high platform at the front. When it is announced that there will be a presentation of special music, Geneva and Betty walk down the middle aisle toward the front of the church. Betty walks very slowly, because she is looking down and admiring her own pretty shoes.]

Geneva [whispering, gesturing]: Come on, sweetie, let’s walk a little faster.

[When they reach the front of the church and turn toward the piano and stairs, Betty sees the high-heel shoes of the ladies sitting in the front row and is captivated by them. She stops to stare.]

Geneva [whispering]: Okay, sweetie, time to get up on the platform and sing.

[Betty makes no move to go up the steps to the platform. She is transfixed by the ladies’ shoes.]

[Geneva, embarrassed, finally picks Betty up and stands her on the platform, then quickly seats herself at the piano and starts to play “The B-I-B-L-E.”]

[Betty, clearly upset at having been lifted onto the platform, does not sing.]

Geneva: Let’s sing now, Betty!

[Betty folds her arms, sets her mouth, and glares out at the congregation.]

Betty: I won’t sing.

[Geneva, even more embarrassed, plays the piano again, hoping Betty will give in and sing. Betty does not sing, so finally Geneva stops playing the piano.]

[Betty looks over to where the pastor and deacons are seated, and notices that each is holding a Bible.]

Betty [loudly]: I want a Bible!

[All four men lurch forward, in unison, with outstretched hands offering their Bibles to Betty.]

[Betty takes the pastor’s Bible, holds it tightly to her chest, and turns back toward the congregation, smiling triumphantly.]

[Geneva starts playing “The B-I-B-L-E” again, hopefully, but soon sees that Betty is never going to sing. So she turns to the congregation and mouths, “Sorry!” Then she comes to the bottom of the platform stairs.]

Geneva: All right, sweetheart, it’s time for us to go back to our seats now.

[Geneva waits patiently as Betty slowly climbs down the stairs, by herself. Betty walks side by side with Geneva, back up the center aisle to the back of the church, still holding the pastor’s Bible to her chest and her head held high.]

Scene 4:

[Geneva is at the piano in the living room of their home. Betty is standing on the chair by the piano. Geneva starts playing the child’s song, “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.”]

Betty [singing]:
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are
Up above the world so high
Like a diamond in the sky
Twinkle, twinkle, little star
How I wonder what you are

Betty: I know, Mommy! I can sing that song by myself, at church!


Kenny and Betty (in her “pretty shoes”).

(c) 1/10/2015, Bette Ojala

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