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:
|03.24.1951||my favorite husband (124) iris and liz's easter||
+ Sponsored by: Jello. Will the girls be able to lose weight and get a new Easter outfit? + Tonight...
|03.10.1951||my favorite husband (122) the surprise party|
|03.03.1951||my favorite husband (121) the passports||
+ There’s a banker’s convention coming up soon and Liz and Iris decide that they are not going t...
|02.24.1951||my favorite husband (120) the two mothers in law||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. George's mother has moved in and Liz is moving out! Enough...
|02.10.1951||my favorite husband (118) the misunderstanding of the black eye|
|02.03.1951||my favorite husband (117) liz develops inferiority complex||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz is depressed with an inferiority complex, so everyone ...
|01.27.1951||my favorite husband (116) george is drafted liz's baby|
|01.20.1951||my favorite husband (115) liz stretches the truth||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz has an irresistible urge to exaggerate, so she starts ...
|01.13.1951||my favorite husband (114) the cuckoo clock||
+ Sponsored by: Jello, Sanka. The case of the stolen cuckoo clock. It's a long, long story. Bob Lem...
|01.06.1951||my favorite husband (113) liz substitutes at a club play||
+ CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. Liz is the understudy for the woman's club play, and plans ...
|12.30.1950||my favorite husband (112) liz has the flimjabs||
+ It's evening at the Cooper home, and Liz and George are sitting in the living room, admiring their...
|12.23.1950||my favorite husband (111) the christmas stag||
+ Mr Atturbury and George Cooper have their Jolly Rovers annual Christmas Stag part every year on th...
|12.16.1950||my favorite husband (110) christmas card pictures||
+ Liz decides that this is the night they have to pick out their Christmas cards. It should be easy ...
|12.09.1950||my favorite husband (109) trying to cash the prize check||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz is a contestant on a quiz show and wins $500...if she ...
|12.02.1950||my favorite husband (108) trying to marry off peggy martin||
+ CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A comedy about match-making. The girls try to marry off a g...
|11.25.1950||my favorite husband (107) liz's birthday||
+ CBS net origination, AFRS rebroadcast. A situation comedy about a banker and his zany wife. A mix-...
|11.18.1950||my favorite husband (106) liz goes to night school||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz's arithmetic is so bad, she goes to night school and w...
|11.04.1950||my favorite husband (104) the two mrs. coopers||
+ Its Liz's birthday and she's at an age when she wants to forget about it but she doesn't want Geor...
|10.28.1950||my favorite husband (103) the football game||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz becomes a "football" expert after reading a book about...
|10.21.1950||my favorite husband (102) safety drive||
+ Sponsored by: Jello, Sanka. It's safe driving week but not a car is safe with Liz behind the whee...
|10.14.1950||my favorite husband (101) liz cooks dinner for twelve||
+ In a little white two-storey house located on 321 Bundy Drive, in the bustling little suburb of Sh...
|10.07.1950||my favorite husband (100) liz becomes a sculptress||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz takes up sculpture and hires a model. As we look in on...
|09.09.1950||my favorite husband (096) gossip||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz's gossiping leads to head full of dyed black hair. The...
|09.02.1950||my favorite husband (095) old clothes sold to the junkman||
+ CBS net origination, AFRTS rebroadcast. Liz throws out all of George's old clothes...but not very ...
|06.25.1950||my favorite husband (094) dancing lessons||
+ Liz has conned George in to taking her to a night club by telling him it is to celebrate their ann...
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