Leave It to Larry
|Leave It to Larry|
|Written by||J.E. McKillop|
Ed Begley, Sr.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||Unknown|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Picture format||Black and white|
|Original run||October 14, 1952 – 1953|
Leave It to Larry is a 1952-1953 CBS sitcom starring Eddie Albert (1906–2005) as Larry Tucker, a shoe salesman who lives with his own family in the residence of his employer and father-in-law, Mr. Koppel, played by Ed Begley, Sr. (1901–1970). (Begley was cast as the father-in-law despite being only five years older than Albert.)
Joining Albert and Begley on the short-lived series were Betty Kean (1915–1986) as wife Amy Tucker; Glenn Walken (born 1945) as 7-year-old Stevie Tucker; and Lydia Schaffer in her only acting role, as daughter Harriet Tucker.
The program aired five years before Jerry Mathers starred in the similarly titled Leave It to Beaver, originally on CBS and later ABC. Leave It to Beaver also had a character named “Larry" – Larry Mondello, played by Rusty Stevens, the son of Margaret Mondello, played by character actress Madge Blake.
Leave It to Larry aired on Tuesday at 8 p.m. before The Red Buttons Show on CBS and opposite Milton Berle’s Texaco Star Theater on NBC. In the 1953-1954 season, The Gene Autry Show replaced Leave it to Larry on the CBS schedule, and Red Buttons yielded to the long-running The Red Skelton Show.