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Sam Franklin
Sam Franklin
Sam Franklin, Alice's boyfriend and bowling team partner, appears in eight episodes of the series.


Neighborhood butcher shop owner

Episodes/Seasons on series

8 episodes over 5 seasons, 1969-74 Season 1: Sorry, Right Number, The Big Sprain Season 2: Alice's September Song Season 3: Big Little Man Season 4: The Show Must Go On?? Season 5: Snow White and the Seven Bradys, The Elopment, Top Seceret

Character played by

Allan Melvin on The Brady Bunch
Lewis Arquette in A Very Brady Christmas movie, 1988


Alice Nelson, also Alice's bowling partner

Sam Franklin, better known to TV viewers as Sam the Butcher, was Alice Nelson's boyfriend. He soon became a good friend of the Bradys. He made frequent trips to the Bradys' when delivering meat.

The part of Sam The Butcher was played by veteran character actor Allan Melvin, who is also well known for his roles on The Phil Silvers Show where he played the part of Cpl. Steve Henshaw, Sgt. Charlie Hacker on Gomer Pyle, USMC, and as Barney Hefner on All In The Family. Lewis Arquette portrayed Sam briefly in A Very Brady Christmas, wearing a Santa Claus beard.

Sam mentioned in episode "Little Big Man" to Bobby, who had a complex over his diminutive size, that he had the same problem as a child - he weighed only four pounds when he was born and his father wanted to send him back, and he even flunked out of kindergarten - he was so short that the teacher always marked him absent.

Sam in Pop Culture

  • He is mentioned by the Beastie Boys in the lyrics to their 1989 song, "Shake Your Rump" ("Like Sam the butcher bringing Alice the meat...")

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