Marge and Jeff
|Marge and Jeff|
|Created by||Marge Greene|
|Directed by||Leonard Valenta|
|Presented by||Ernest Walling|
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of episodes||260 (approx.)|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Original release||September 21, 1953 – September 24, 1954|
The main claim to fame of this series is the fact that, unlike many other American sitcoms of the 1950s, it appeared every weekday at 7:15 pm ET, after Captain Video and His Video Rangers during its original run. The show starred and was written by Marge Greene. Each episode was 15 minutes long.
The series was largely set in the living room and kitchen of characters Marge and Jeff, who were often accompanied by their dog Paisley. Costing just $5,000 a week to produce and aired on 40 stations, the series used a mix of rehearsed and ad-lib dialogue, based on a scenario written by Marge Greene. It was originally a local Philadelphia-aired series titled Marge and Fred.
At least 27 episodes exist at the UCLA Film and Television Archive, and four at the Paley Center for Media. UCLA records show that the show probably never had a commercial sponsor and instead featured public service announcements.
Some of the existing episodes survived because it directly followed Captain Video which was regularly kinescoped, with Marge and Jeff apparently preserved on the same 30-minute reel of film.
UCLA records indicate that several episodes were repeated in July 1954. For example, the September 28, 1953 episode was repeated on July 20, 1954. This indicates that DuMont was retaining at least some of the episodes after broadcast. This is noteworthy because DuMont's archive was destroyed by a successor company after the network ceased broadcasting, and there has been speculation as to which shows DuMont had considered worth keeping.
- List of programs broadcast by the DuMont Television Network
- List of surviving DuMont Television Network broadcasts
- 1953-54 United States network television schedule
- Mack & Myer for Hire (another "daily" sitcom)
- The Trouble with Tracy (another "daily" sitcom)
- I Married Joan (similar 1950s sitcom)
- David Weinstein, The Forgotten Network: DuMont and the Birth of American Television (Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 2004) ISBN 1-59213-245-6
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, Fourth edition (New York: Penguin Books, 1980) ISBN 0-14-024916-8
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, Third edition (New York: Ballantine Books, 1964) ISBN 0-345-31864-1
- Marge and Jeff at the Internet Movie Database
- Marge and Jeff at CTVA
- List of surviving Marge and Jeff episodes
- DuMont historical website
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