Bill Hastings (Peter Lawford) gets some advice when J. Fred Muggs visits the set, 1954.
|Created by||Alex Gottlieb|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||32|
|Running time||24–25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Chrislaw Productions|
|Original release||September 10, 1954– April 15, 1955|
Lawford stars as Bill Hastings, a former college professor who becomes the writer of the advice-to-the-lovelorn column at the fictitious Los Angeles Daily Star. Hastings writes under the pseudonym "Miss Phoebe Goodheart". Marcia Henderson portrayed Mickey Riley, the female sportswriter at the newspaper and Hastings's own romantic interest. Charles Lane, who later portrayed J. Homer Bedloe in the CBS series Petticoat Junction, played newspaper boss Mr. Fosdick. Joe Corey played Humphrey Humpsteader, a copy boy trying to become a reporter.
The series was produced by Chrislaw Productions. It aired at 9:30pm ET/PT Fridays on NBC between September 10, 1954, and April 15, 1955, opposite Eve Arden’s sitcom Our Miss Brooks on CBS. Afternoon reruns aired from June 24 to August 9, 1957, and from December 19, 1957, to February 4, 1958. This series was sponsored by Campbell's soups in original prime time first-runs.
- TV.com refers to the paper as the Daily Star, but The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present and Classic TV archives lists it as the Los Angeles Daily Blade.
- Tim Brooks and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows, 1946-Present, New York: Ballantine Press, 1992, p. 216
- "Episode List of Dear Phoebe". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved September 25, 2009.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, appendix
- "Comedy Time". tvparty.com. Retrieved September 25, 2009.