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The late Cindy Carol ? All sources I have checked says she is still alive and was/is a school teacher going by the name Carol Connelly. Her real name was Carol Sydes and she acted under that name till 1963 when Columbia gave her the stage name Cindy Carol for Gidget Goes To Rome. I found the 1963 newspaper article about it online.

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Nov 12 1965

Jo-Jo becomes excited when Marilyn offers to go to Alfie's party with him. Vince attempts to make amends with Chet, who responds with distaste towards the medical student who stole his girlfriend. 

Susan talks to Alfie about his feelings for Barbara. At the party, Marilyn kisses Alfie in front of Barbara and then returns happily to Jo-Jo. Susan suggests that Barbara marry Alfie in order to prevent any more unpleasant scenes. 

Bobby asks Chet to go steady with him, but he is too busy watching Joy to discuss the idea. Joy becomes bored with Vince and eventually winds up back in Chet's arms. Finally, Bobby vows to get Chet back from Joy.

 

Nov 16 1965

 Barbara speaks to Alfy at the High Dive, rejecting his offer to run away with him. She says she can’t do such a thing unless they were to be married. However, Alfy says he won’t marry her because it would force him back into show business, which he despises. They argue about their situation, but are interrupted when Mel Carter arrives to rehearse for his performance at the High Dive that night. During his rehearsal, Alfy slips out. Tad talks to Barbara in the High Dive, where she tells him that she won’t run away with Alfy despite the fact that she loves him. Tad says he loves Barbara and has for some time; he is furious at Alfy for what he sees as a despicable act and leaves to find him. Tad talks to Susan and Jo Jo about Alfy. He reveals to Jo Jo what Alfy did, but Susan insists he had good reasons for it. Tad isn’t convinced and leaves to find Alfy; Susan and Jo Jo are unable to stop him. Susan insists to Jo Jo that Alfy did what he did because he had no choice. Barbara arrives asking where Tad went and gets into an argument with Susan about her relationships. Jo Jo and Susan leave to find Alfy before Tad does. They lure him over to Barbara’s place, hoping to keep him out of trouble long enough for Tad to calm down. Jo Jo asks Alfy to explain himself but he cannot. Tad enters and confronts Alfy. Alfy refuses to fight him even after he punches him in the head. Disappointed, Tad leaves.

 

April 4 1966

Bert wants to continue his relationship with Joy, but she thinks it's inappropriate. He starts getting rough with her, so she bludgeons him over the head with a statuette, leaving him unconscious. Joy runs away in a panic, arriving at Alfy's High Dive. However, a mysterious man sees her and blocks her path. She hides as the man saunters away. Joy enters the High Dive looking for Alfy, but the place appears to be empty. When she tries to leave, the doorknob comes off in her hand, trapping her in the High Dive.

Desperately trying to escape, Joy scours the High Dive for change so she can use the phone; soon she becomes hysterical with fear. She calls her house, hoping for an answer, but Bert is still unconscious. Afterwards she uses her last dime to call the Landis residence, but in her panic she dials the wrong number. She tries to get the party on the other end to help her, but they mistake it for a prank call and hang up. Joy realizes she's stuck and tries to distract herself but she is overcome by fear. Finally Alfy returns to the High Dive, startled and confused by Joy's hysterics.

 

June 24 1966 Final episode

Barbara feels sorry for Alfy despite her marriage to Tad. Susan and Barbara’s father comments on how much growing up they’ve done in the past few months, and his thoughts about Alfy’s situation. Susan and Tim talk with each other; Susan wants to wait to get married and Tim agrees. Jo Jo talks to Tad on the beach about his impending fatherhood. Alfy joins them, and Freddy Cannon arrives as per Alfy’s request to sing a song. Chet arrives in his Air Force uniform; he tells Alfy he has decided to join the service and then return to school to get a degree in engineering.

Jo Jo manages to work up the courage to ask a girl out on a date, and to his surprise he succeeds. Rhoda and Frank discus their upcoming marriage and the effect the various beachgoers have had on Joy’s life. Frank remarks that they are “never too young for life.” The episode ends as Barbara reconciles with Alfy; he remarks that as long as all his friends are happy, he too is happy.

 

 

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NEVER TOO YOUNG

SEPTEMBER 27,1965-JUNE 24, 1966 ABC

MALIBU BEACH

 

 

Lynell Ray Bass...Lynell Ray Bass

Chet Brandon...Tony Dow GH, Leave It to Beaver

Freddie Cannon...Freddie Cannon

Mel Carter...Mel Carter

The Castaways...The Castaways]

Chubby Checker   Chubby Checker

Marvin Gaye...Marvin Gaye

Barbara Landis (Walker?)...Pat Connolly + Alfie

Frank Landis...John Lupton DOOL             + Rhoda

Susan Landis...Cindy Carol (Sydes)

JoJo Porter...Tommy Rettig Lassie

Mrs. Porter...Jan Clayton

Alfie Prentiss      David Watson    (discotheque owner) 

Johnny Rivers...Johnny Rivers

"Aunt" Alice Taylor..      Mary Foskett

                                    .Merry Anders

Joy Taylor...Robin Grace

...Jaclyn Carmichael

Rhoda Taylor...Patrice Wymore

The Ramsey Lewis Trio...The Ramsey Lewis Trio

The Sunrays...The Sunrays

Bobbi Wainwright     Catherine Ferrar   

Mrs. Walker       Joan Granville

Mr. Walker        John Crawford  

Tad Walker...Mike Blodgett

 

 

Bert  + Joy(roughed her up)  ....Frank James

Marilyn...girlfriend, Chet...Joy Harmon

Tim ...            + Susan       Dack Rambo AMC, AW, Dallas

 

Announcer...Roger Christian

??????>??...Madge Cleveland          DHSJ

????????...Norman Palmer

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On 4/5/2020 at 6:22 AM, DRW50 said:

 

 

I watched these about a month or two ago, and I really enjoyed them. I mean, it really was a brilliant idea to jump on the "beach party" trend and do a teen soap in that vein. It might've been smarter to model it more after Peyton Place, with an evening timeslot where teens could actually tune in. ABC did have Gidget that same season, though, so maybe they didn't want to have thematically similar shows on in primetime? Honestly, NTY probably lasted about as long as it needed to. I'm holding out hope that the entire series is out there and will become available to us at some point.

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NEVER TOO YOUNG

SEPTEMBER 27,1965-JUNE 24, 1966 ABC

MALIBU BEACH

 

Chet Brandon...Tony Dow

Barbara Landis (Walker?)...Pat Connolly + Alfie

Frank Landis...John Lupton DOOL             + Rhoda

Susan Landis...Cindy Carol (Sydes)

JoJo Porter...Tommy Rettig 

Mrs. Porter...Jan Clayton

Mr. Porter       ????

Alfie Prentiss      David Watson    (discotheque owner) 

"Aunt" Alice Taylor..      Mary Foskett

                                    .Merry Anders

Joy Taylor...Robin Grace

...Jaclyn Carmichael

Rhoda Taylor...Patrice Wymore

Bobbi Wainwright     Catherine Ferrar      +Chet

Mrs. Walker       Joan Granville

Mr. Walker        John Crawford  

Tad Walker...Mike Blodgett

 

 

Bert  + Joy(roughed her up)  ....Frank James

Marilyn...girlfriend, Chet.; kissed Alfie ..Joy Harmon

Principal   ?????

Tim ...            + Susan       Dack Rambo 

Vince    ?????   med student

 

Announcer...Roger Christian

 

????????

Madge Cleveland         

Norman Palmer

 

 

 

MUSICAL GUESTS

 

Lynell Ray Bass

Brooke Benton

Freddie Cannon

Mel Carter

The Castaways

Chubby Checker   

Mike Clifford

The Bobby Fuller Four

Marvin Gaye

Bobby Goldsboro

Leslie Gore

Bobby Kuban and the In Men

The Ramsey Lewis Trio

The Miracles

The Motley Crew featuring Peter Ford

Johnny Rivers

Jimmie Rodgers

 

Bobby Sherman

The Sunrays

The Yardbirds

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On 2/5/2017 at 4:46 AM, Paul Raven said:

Nov 12 1965

Jo-Jo becomes excited when Marilyn offers to go to Alfie's party with him. Vince attempts to make amends with Chet, who responds with distaste towards the medical student who stole his girlfriend. 

Susan talks to Alfie about his feelings for Barbara. At the party, Marilyn kisses Alfie in front of Barbara and then returns happily to Jo-Jo. Susan suggests that Barbara marry Alfie in order to prevent any more unpleasant scenes. 

Bobby asks Chet to go steady with him, but he is too busy watching Joy to discuss the idea. Joy becomes bored with Vince and eventually winds up back in Chet's arms. Finally, Bobby vows to get Chet back from Joy.

 

Nov 16 1965

 Barbara speaks to Alfy at the High Dive, rejecting his offer to run away with him. She says she can’t do such a thing unless they were to be married. However, Alfy says he won’t marry her because it would force him back into show business, which he despises. They argue about their situation, but are interrupted when Mel Carter arrives to rehearse for his performance at the High Dive that night. During his rehearsal, Alfy slips out. Tad talks to Barbara in the High Dive, where she tells him that she won’t run away with Alfy despite the fact that she loves him. Tad says he loves Barbara and has for some time; he is furious at Alfy for what he sees as a despicable act and leaves to find him. Tad talks to Susan and Jo Jo about Alfy. He reveals to Jo Jo what Alfy did, but Susan insists he had good reasons for it. Tad isn’t convinced and leaves to find Alfy; Susan and Jo Jo are unable to stop him. Susan insists to Jo Jo that Alfy did what he did because he had no choice. Barbara arrives asking where Tad went and gets into an argument with Susan about her relationships. Jo Jo and Susan leave to find Alfy before Tad does. They lure him over to Barbara’s place, hoping to keep him out of trouble long enough for Tad to calm down. Jo Jo asks Alfy to explain himself but he cannot. Tad enters and confronts Alfy. Alfy refuses to fight him even after he punches him in the head. Disappointed, Tad leaves.

 

April 4 1966

Bert wants to continue his relationship with Joy, but she thinks it's inappropriate. He starts getting rough with her, so she bludgeons him over the head with a statuette, leaving him unconscious. Joy runs away in a panic, arriving at Alfy's High Dive. However, a mysterious man sees her and blocks her path. She hides as the man saunters away. Joy enters the High Dive looking for Alfy, but the place appears to be empty. When she tries to leave, the doorknob comes off in her hand, trapping her in the High Dive.

Desperately trying to escape, Joy scours the High Dive for change so she can use the phone; soon she becomes hysterical with fear. She calls her house, hoping for an answer, but Bert is still unconscious. Afterwards she uses her last dime to call the Landis residence, but in her panic she dials the wrong number. She tries to get the party on the other end to help her, but they mistake it for a prank call and hang up. Joy realizes she's stuck and tries to distract herself but she is overcome by fear. Finally Alfy returns to the High Dive, startled and confused by Joy's hysterics.


These are the three that were uploaded today. The dates are different - the November episodes are labeled as October 8-9, and the April is labeled as being from the 18th. October 9, 1965, is a Saturday, so I’m assuming your dates are correct.

 

Watching the April episode now, and this is a spectacular piece of creepy horror/suspense TV that I never would have expected from this show and definitely unlike anything else in daytime at the time. Might this have been soap opera’s first “one-hander” episode? I would love to even just know what happened before and after this if the actual episodes never turn up.

 

Do we know anything about when the Joy character was recast? The first Joy seems a lot younger, perkier, and less fitting for the dramatic stories they’d end giving the character. I can’t see her carrying an entire episode by herself like Joy #2 did.

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