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December Bride

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December Bride

December Bride
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
Producer(s) Frederick de Cordova
Parke Levy
Running time 30 mins.
Production company(s) Desilu Productions, for CBS
Original channel CBS
Original release October 4, 1954 – May 7, 1959
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 1
  • Cast 2
    • Guest stars 2.1
  • Crew 3
  • Notes 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Spring Byington, Harry Morgan and Frances Rafferty

December Bride centered around the adventures of Lily Ruskin, a spry 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."

Thanks in part because it followed I Love Lucy, December Bride had high ratings its first four seasons - #10 in 1954-1955, #6 in 1955-1956, #5 in 1956-1957 and #9 in 1957-1958. When CBS moved it to Thursdays in the fall of 1958, ratings fell dramatically and the series went off in 1959.[1]

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.


Guest stars


Script Supervisor was DaLonne Cooper[2]


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


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