December Bride

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December Bride
Mickey Rooney Spring Byington December Bride.JPG
Lily (Spring Byington) helps guest star Mickey Rooney with a crap game set up as a trap for those who robbed his home.
Genre Sitcom
Created by Parke Levy
Written by Bill Davenport
Lou Derman
Arthur Julian
Parke Levy
Bob Schiller
Directed by William Asher
Frederick de Cordova
Jerry Thorpe
Starring Spring Byington
Frances Rafferty
Dean Miller
Verna Felton
Harry Morgan
Theme music composer Elliot Daniel
Composer(s) Wilbur Hatch
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 5
No. of episodes 156
Production
Producer(s) Frederick de Cordova
Parke Levy
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Desilu Productions, for CBS
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run October 4, 1954 – May 7, 1959
Chronology
Related shows Pete and Gladys

December Bride is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS television network from 1954 to 1959, adapted from the original CBS radio network series that aired from June 1952 through September 1953.

Overview[edit]

December Bride centered around the adventures of Lily Ruskin, a spry widow played by Spring Byington, who was not, in fact, a "December" (rather old) bride but very much desired to become one if the right man would come along. Aiding Lily in her search for this prospective suitor were her daughter Ruth Henshaw (Frances Rafferty) and son-in-law Matt Henshaw (Dean Miller), and her close friend Hilda Crocker (character-actress Verna Felton). A next-door neighbor, insurance agent Pete Porter (Harry Morgan), was frequently seen. Married miserably himself, according to his constant complaints about his unseen wife Gladys, he also envied Matt's positive relationship with Lily, as he despised his own mother-in-law. The pilot episode premiered on October 4, 1954 and involved Lily Ruskin moving in with her daughter and son-in-law. December Bride was unusual in that all five stars appeared in all 111 episodes of the sitcom. Most of the scenes filmed for the series took place in the Henshaws' living room.

First-run episodes of December Bride aired for 5 seasons (1954-1959), sponsored by General Foods' Instant Maxwell House Coffee. During the first four seasons, the program was not shown in the summer, supplanted by "summer replacement" series (such as Ethel and Albert) but in its final year, repeat episodes were run in its timeslot during the summer months. On March 26, 1959, as the program wound down, Rory Calhoun, star of CBS's western series, The Texan, appeared as himself in the episode "Rory Calhoun, The Texan".

December Bride was sufficiently popular that even after its production had ceased, CBS used repeat episodes to fill slots in its primetime programming. In July 1960, December Bride repeats were used to fill in for the second half of the Friday 9 pm Eastern timeslot vacated by Westinghouse Desilu Playhouse, running until the beginning of the fall 1960 schedule, and again as a temporary replacement on Thursday nights in April 1961. Additionally, repeats were shown on CBS as a daytime program from October 1959 until March 1961. The Pete Porter character became so popular that he and Gladys were spun off into their own series, Pete and Gladys, shortly after the last broadcast of first-run episodes of December Bride.

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Crew[edit]

Script Supervisor was DaLonne Cooper[1]


Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Fred Sica Says He Was Defending Self in Row. (January 31, 1957). Los Angeles Times, p. 4.

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