TV Tuesday: Dear Phoebe 1954

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I’m trying something different. We’ll see how it goes. ~Vic

Sixty-five years ago, today, the sitcom Dear Phoebe debuted on NBC. Created by Alex Gottlieb, it starred Peter Lawford, Marcia Henderson, Charles Lane and Joe Corey. The first episode to air, Bill Gets a Job, included a young Chuck Connors and The Christmas Show episode included Jesse White (Maytag Man). The show’s theme music was composed by George & Ira Gershwin.

From IMDB:

Bill Hastings works for a daily newspaper in a large city. His duties include a lonely hearts column, where he advises everyone on their problems, as “Phoebe”, while trying to deal with his own.

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Peter Lawford with J. Fred Muggs

From Wikipedia:

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.

Trivia Bits:
♦ Peter Lawford’s wife, Patricia Kennedy Lawford (sister of John F. Kennedy), made a cameo appearance in one episode.
♦ This series was sponsored by Campbell Soup Company in its original prime time run.


The Christmas Show

6 thoughts on “TV Tuesday: Dear Phoebe 1954

    badfinger20 said:
    September 12, 2019 at 12:18 AM

    Never heard of this one before…Lawford was the definition of a Lady’s Man…

      The Hinoeuma responded:
      September 12, 2019 at 1:09 AM

      I hadn’t either. It was a nice find. I read another blogger’s post about him (apparently this guy was “in the business”) and called Lawford the “Zeppo of the Rat Pack”. LOL!

        badfinger20 said:
        September 12, 2019 at 1:17 AM

        LOL…. that is a great description. Everytime I saw him he always had a drink

          The Hinoeuma responded:
          September 12, 2019 at 11:48 AM

          That way, he could understand Dean Martin’s slurs.

    JT Twissel said:
    September 13, 2019 at 5:01 PM

    Sounds like a doozy!

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