Life with Elizabeth

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Life with Elizabeth
Title card to the 1950's sitcom Life with Elizabeth.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by George Tibbles
Written by Milt Kahn
George Tibbles
Directed by Duke Goldstone
Starring Betty White
Del Moore
Jack Narz
Narrated by Jack Narz
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65
Production
Producer(s) Betty White
Don Fedderson
Cal Reed
George Tibbles
Editor(s) Robert Oberbeck
Cinematography Mack Stengler
Running time 23–25 minutes
Production company(s) Bandy Productions
Don Fedderson
Distributor Guild Films
Broadcast
Original channel Syndication
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 7, 1953 (1953-10-07)  – September 1, 1955 (1955-09-01)

Life with Elizabeth is an American sitcom that aired in syndication from October 7, 1953 to September 1, 1955. It stars Betty White as Elizabeth and Del Moore as her husband Alvin; Jack Narz is the on-camera announcer and narrator.

The low-budget comedy was produced by and filmed at a local Los Angeles TV station where White and Moore were on the staff (the series was originally a live production on KLAC-TV in 1951).[1] Betty White received her first Primetime Emmy Award for her work on this series.[2]

Premise[edit]

Elizabeth and Alvin are an ordinary suburban couple, but inevitably get into predicaments. In the end, Alvin, in variable degrees of frustration, would say, "I shall leave you at this point, Elizabeth" and would walk out of sight. The announcer would say, "Elizabeth, aren't you ashamed?" She would slowly nod, but then, with a slightly devilish grin, would vigorously shake her head to indicate she wasn't.

The series was divided into three eight to ten minute comic shorts — referred to as "incidents". Sometimes an entire incident might just consist of the two main characters talking to each other. The minimal theme music was played by a solo harpist who was partially visible on the opening title screen.

Production notes[edit]

The series was created by George Tibbles who also served as a writer. The series was produced by Bandy Productions, a production company formed by Betty White and George Tibbles, in association with executive producer Don Fedderson.[3]

Cancellation[edit]

After 65 episodes, the series' production company, Guild Films, chose to cancel the series. While the series was still popular with audiences, Guild Films decided that too many new episodes of Life with Elizabeth would over saturate secondary markets thus making the series less profitable in second-run syndication.[4]

Syndication and DVD release[edit]

The series was exported to Australia during the late-1950s.[5]

Since the series entered the public domain, it has been released in volumes of budget DVD releases.

Life with Elizabeth aired in syndication on America One and aired on the HOT (History of Television) network in New York (WKOB 42.4) and Dallas (K31GL 31.3).

It currently is broadcast on Cozi TV.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle F. (2010). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Random House Digital, Inc. p. 684. ISBN 0-345-49773-2. 
  2. ^ Newcomb, Horace, ed. (2001). Encyclopedia of television: A-C, Volume 1 (2 ed.). CRC Press. p. 2533. ISBN 1-579-58411-X. 
  3. ^ White, Betty (2010). Here We Go Again: My Life In Television. Simon and Schuster. pp. 73–74. ISBN 1-451-61426-8. 
  4. ^ Tucker, David C. (2007). The Women Who Made Television Funny: Ten Stars of 1950s Sitcoms. McFarland. p. 164. ISBN 0-786-48732-1. 
  5. ^ "Monday Television". The Age. December 5, 1957. p. 9. Retrieved June 18, 2013. 

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