Another query, this time concerning the definition of "top billing."
I watched the YouTube link to the opening credits of the 1949 "the Aldrich Family," and Robert Casey's credit was saved for the end with "And ROBERT CASEY as Henry Aldrich," a la "And Jerry Mathers as 'The Beaver.'"
Does this mean that Messrs. Casey and Mathers usurped the privilege of being top billed in their respective sitcoms?
"Answer me that, Mister Green Lantern!"
Other final name examples:
The Big Valley: "And Starring Miss Barbara Stanwyck as Victoria Barkley.
My Mother, The Car: kind of but not really because her billing was "and ALSO Starring Miss Ann Sothern as My Mother, the Car."
A tangential query: what other actresses in classic TV were billed to include the honorific "MISS" (a practice harkening back to a venerated stage tradition)?
When "Batman" battled "The Black Widow," the guest villainess was billed as "MISS Tallulah Bankhead."
Then there was "MISS Michael Learned" on the opening credits for "The Waltons" -- but I am led to believe that it wasn't really a "prestige" billing, but because she had a confusable male pre-name, like actresses Christopher Norris and Timothy Blake.
Of course, if Miss MICHAEL Learned married singer Tommy ROE, divorced him and married singer Joey DEE, and in succession, divorced and married South African premier P.W. BOTHA, comic actor Pauly SHORE, TV host Arsenio HALL, baseball player Jesus ALOU, and MGM animator, she'd be (wait for it) ...
... "Michael Roe-Dee-Botha-Shore-Hall-Alou-Lah!"
Speaking of "Learneds," if cosmetics mogul Helena Rubenstein married jurist Judge Learned Hand, and divorced him and married "Uncle Remus" portrayer James Baskette, she'd be ... Helena Hand-Baskette.
That Derek -- and he's all over the place