My Favorite Husband was a radio sitcom that starred Richard Denning and Lucille Ball as Mr. and Mrs. Cugat (in the early part of the series). With Jell-O as the show's main sponsor, at least three "plugs" for such product were made every episode, one from Ball's introductory line "Jell-O everybody!" From its debut in 1948 on CBS Radio, to its last episode in 1951, the show was able to produce a total of 124 episodes.
In My Favorite Husband, initially, Mr. Cugat was characterized as a rich banker, and his wife Mrs. Cugat was socially prominent figure. In the latter part of the series, when new writers were employed in the show, the Cugats were made into a middle class couple, thinking listeners could better relate to them.
Lucille stars with Richard Denning in this pre-I Love Lucy radio comedy. They are Liz and George Cooper, "two people who live together and like it," based on the popular novel "Mr. and Mrs. Cugat," by Isabel Scott Rorick. The couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the pretend city of Sheridan Falls. Lucille Ball plays Liz as the oddball wife and Richard Denning plays George is the typical straight-laced husband.
Also featured in this show is Gale Gordon, the "slow burn" specialist, who plays the overbearing boss, Mr. Atterbury. He is well known to fans of old time radio as principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks, a show that served as one of the models for this one.
Part of the appeal of the show is to hear Lucy, the magnificent comedy talent doing another show besides "I Love Lucy." We can study Lucy's timing and inflection delivering wacky lines prior to working with Desi Arnaz. Desi was lucky to be the big lug that this nutty lady attached herself to, a Cuban conga player singing Babaloo got to the "favorite husband" after all.Click here to read more about My Favorite Husband
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Please enjoy these 111 old time radio episodes:
|N/A||the kissing booth||
+ Liz Cooper had had a busy morning making a cake for the bazaar for the old peoples home but when i...
+ Ten years ago the town’s most eligible bachelor George Cougat married socially prominent Elizabe...
+ The comfortable front bedroom in the comfortable suburban home of the Cougat’s doesn’t look ve...
|07.23.1948||literary clubs speaker comes to dinner||
+ Possibly the first show of the series. Liz invites a famous big game hunter home to dinner to me...
|08.06.1948||the portrait painter||
+ It’s early morning and husband George is at the breakfast table and Liz is upstairs in the bedro...
|08.20.1948||liz teaches samba||
+ As we look in on the Coopers this morning they’re just ready to have breakfast and Liz in a happ...
|09.03.1948||my favorite husband (007) liz's mother has second thoughts||
+ The comfortable front bedroom of the comfortable suburban home of the Cugat’s doesn’t look ver...
|09.10.1948||liz has her fortune told|
+ As we look in on the Cougats this morning the scene is familiar. Liz and George are seated in thei...
|09.24.1948||my favorite husband (010) knitting baby booties||
+ It is morning at the Cougat’s house and Katy the maid has gone out to the mailbox to see if the ...
|10.02.1948||my favorite husband (11) young matron league tryouts|
|10.03.1948||georges old flame||
+ As we look in on the Cooper household it’s a bright sunshiny morning and outside the birds are s...
|10.09.1948||my favorite husband (013) young matrons league play|
|10.16.1948||my favorite husband (014) liz sells dresses|
|10.23.1948||my favorite husband (015) the quiz show||
+ In the Cooper's household today, it's morning, and George Cooper is seated at the breakfast table,...
|11.06.1948||my favorite husband (017) katy and roscoe||
+ Liz’s maid Katie had been corresponding with Roscoe for sometime now and had told him that she t...
|11.13.1948||my favorite husband (018) learning to drive||
+ CBS net origination, AFN rebroadcast. Mrs. Cugat changes identities with her maid Katie so Katie c...
|11.20.1948||my favorite husband (019) george attends a teenage dance||
+ Poor little giggling Sally Hopkins was at Liz’s house this morning explaining that she couldn’...
|11.27.1948||my favorite husband (020) is there a baby in the house||
+ CBS net origination, AFN rebroadcast. Adolescent Sally Hopkins can't get a date for the party, so ...
|12.04.1948||my favorite husband (021) be your husband's best friend|
|12.18.1948||my favorite husband (023) liz's new dress|
|01.01.1949||young matrons league tryouts|
|01.07.1949||my favorite husband (026) over budget beans||
+ Liz has made a New Year’s resolution not to go over her budget and it’s only the 7th of Januar...
|01.14.1949||my favorite husband (027) piano and violin lessons||
+ CBS net origination, AFN Europe rebroadcast. Liz takes piano lessons again from her old teacher. G...
|01.21.1949||my favorite husband (028) marriage license error||
+ CBS net origination, AFN Europe rebroadcast. Liz discovers that George's name was spelled incorrec...