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December Bride


December Bride Cast

Series Description

The December Bride TV show was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a woman who lived with her daughter and son-in-law in Westwood, California. Many of the storylines revolved around the "kids" trying to set "Mom" up with a never-ending list of proper distinquished gentlemen.

December Bride Cast

Spring Byington .......... Lily Ruskin
Harry Morgan ............. Pete Porter
Verna Felton ............. Hilda Crocker
Dean Miller .............. Matt Henshaw
Frances Rafferty ......... Ruth Henshaw

December Bride Trivia

    

December Bride inspired a "spin-off" series titled, "Pete and Gladys" which starred Harry Morgan as Pete Porter and Cara Williams as his wife Gladys.

The reason that there's no Gladys Porter character listed above is that she never appeared on December Bride. She was often referred to by Pete who lived right next door to the main characters, but she never actually appeared. She was a main character on the spin-off though.

December Bride was produced at Desilu Studios which was owned by Lucille Ball and her husband Desi Arnaz of "I Love Lucy" fame!

Verna Felton has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! She did the voices for many popular Disney characters including "Gossipy Elephant" in "Dumbo", "Fairy Godmother" in "Cinderella", "Queen of Hearts" in "Alice in Wonderland", "Aunt Sarah" in "Lady and the Tramp", "Flora" in "Sleeping Beauty", and "Winifred" in "The Jungle Book". Ironically, she died on December 14, 1966 from a stroke and Walt Disney died from a heart attack (following lung surgery) on the vert next day!

CBS aired reruns of December Bride during the 1960/1961 season. In addition to the popularity of the five season series, that was probably also done to promote Pete and Gladys which premiered that season.

Besides "December Bride" and "Pete and Gladys", Harry Morgan had several other great roles including "Senator Clements" on "The Richard Boone Show", "Officer Bill Gannon" on both "Dragnet (1951)" and "Dragnet (1967)", "Colonel Sherman T. Potter" on "M*A*S*H*", and "Doctor Sherman Potter" on "AfterMASH".

Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The First Season

  1. Lily Ruskin Arrives (10/4/1954)
  2. Lily is Bored (10/11/1954)
  3. The Chinese Dinner (10/18/1954)
  4. The Accident (10/25/1954)
  5. The Veterinarian (11/1/1954)
  6. My Soldier (11/8/1954)
  7. Grunion Hunting (11/15/1954)
  8. Lily's Mother-in-Law (11/22/1954)
  9. Lily Hires a Maid (11/29/1954)
  10. The Gigolo (12/6/1954)
  11. The Rich Man (12/13/1954)
  12. The Christmas Show (12/20/1954)
  13. The Luau (12/27/1954)
  14. Lily Wants to Pay Her Way (1/3/1955)
  15. Lily the Artist (1/10/1955)
  16. The Grandfather Clock (1/17/1955)
  17. The Sentimentalist (1/24/1955)
  18. The Uranium Show (1/31/1955)
  19. The Insurance Show (2/7/1955)
  20. Surprise Party (2/14/1955)
  21. Jealousy (2/21/1955)
  22. Wedding Preparations (2/28/1955)
  23. The Breakup (3/7/1955)
  24. Mexico (3/14/1955)
  25. Lily's Niece (3/21/1955)
  26. Matt Cooks (3/28/1955)
  27. Theater Tickets (4/4/1955)
  28. Psychiatrist (4/11/1955)
  29. Gossip (4/18/1955)
  30. Matt's Mustache (4/25/1955)
  31. The Line-Up (5/2/1955)
  32. The Other Couple (5/9/1955)
  33. Lily's Song (5/16/1955)
  34. Chicken Salad (5/23/1955)

The Second Season

  1. The Boxing Show (10/3/1955)
  2. The Pizza Show (10/10/1955)
  3. Lily and the Wolf (10/17/1955)
  4. Ruth Neglects Matt (10/24/1955)
  5. The Shoplifter (10/31/1955)
  6. Let Yourself Go (11/7/1955)
  7. The Laundromat Show (11/14/1955)
  8. Skidrow (11/21/1955)
  9. Big Game Hunter (11/28/1955)
  10. Family Quarrel (12/5/1955)
  11. High Sierras (12/12/1955)
  12. Rate Your Mate (12/26/1955)
  13. Operation: Coleslaw (1/2/1956)
  14. The Trailer Show (1/9/1956)
  15. Matt's Movie Career (1/16/1956)
  16. The Rudy Vallee Show (1/23/1956)
  17. The Texas Show - Part 1 (1/30/1956)
  18. The Texas Show - Part 2 (2/6/1956)
  19. The Texas Show - Part 3 (2/13/1956)
  20. Sunken Den (2/20/1956)
  21. The Wrestler (2/27/1956)
  22. Ruth Gets a Job (3/12/1956)
  23. Handcuffs (3/19/1956)
  24. Pete's Brother-in-Law (3/26/1956)
  25. Lily in a Gas Station (4/2/1956)
  26. Ruth's Haircut (4/9/1956)
  27. Jaywalker (4/16/1956)
  28. Beauty Pageant (4/23/1956)
  29. Lily and the Sailor (4/30/1956)
  30. Lily, the Matchmaker (5/7/1956)
  31. Swimming Pool (5/14/1956)

The Third Season

  1. The Rory Calhoun Show (10/8/1956)
  2. The Marjorie Main Show (10/15/1956)
  3. House on Blocks (10/29/1956)
  4. The Prize Fighter (11/5/1956)
  5. Ritzy Neighborhood (11/12/1956)
  6. Lily and the Prowler (11/19/1956)
  7. The Jockey (11/26/1956)
  8. The Decorating Show (12/3/1956)
  9. The Indian Show (12/10/1956)
  10. Man Town (12/17/1956)
  11. Football Hero (12/24/1956)
  12. New Year's Party (12/31/1956)
  13. Royalty (1/7/1957)
  14. Chicken Farm (1/14/1957)
  15. The Homecoming Show (1/21/1957)
  16. The Budget Show (1/28/1957)
  17. Study Group (2/4/1957)
  18. Mother-in-Law Group (2/11/1957)
  19. The Piano Show (2/18/1957)
  20. Duck Hunting (2/25/1957)
  21. The Engagement Show (3/4/1957)
  22. Masquerade Party (3/11/1957)
  23. Kissing Booth (3/18/1957)
  24. The Hobo Show (3/25/1957)
  25. The Englishman (4/1/1957)
  26. Do It Yourself (4/8/1957)
  27. The Old Man (4/15/1957)
  28. Song Plugging (4/22/1957)
  29. Mountain Climbing (4/29/1957)
  30. Lily-Hilda Fight (5/6/1957)

The Fourth Season

  1. Vallee's Protege (10/7/1957)
  2. Mean Grandfather (10/14/1957)
  3. The Golf Lesson (10/21/1957)
  4. The Photography Show (11/4/1957)
  5. Sports Car (11/11/1957)
  6. The Microphone Show (11/18/1957)
  7. Matt's Gray Hair (12/2/1957)
  8. The Other Woman (12/9/1957)
  9. The Butler Show (12/16/1957)
  10. Ruth Goes Home to Mother (12/23/1957)
  11. Hot Meal (12/30/1957)
  12. The Airplane Show (1/6/1958)
  13. The Parrot Show (1/13/1958)
  14. The Antique Show (1/20/1958)
  15. Housemother (1/27/1958)
  16. The Muscleman Show (2/3/1958)
  17. Contour Chair (2/10/1958)
  18. The Fred MacMurray Show (2/17/1958)
  19. Baby Rehearsal (2/24/1958)
  20. Army Buddy (3/3/1958)
  21. The Ed Wynn Show (3/10/1958)
  22. The Bouncer Show (3/17/1958)
  23. Sleep Teaching (3/24/1958)
  24. The Gilbert Roland Show (3/31/1958)
  25. Aunt Emily (4/7/1958)
  26. The Mickey Rooney Show (4/14/1958)
  27. Lily's Birthday Dress (4/21/1958)
  28. Wedding Float (4/28/1958)
  29. The Capistrano Show (5/5/1958)
  30. Lily on Boat (5/12/1958)
  31. Matt-Pete Fight (5/19/1958)

The Fifth Season

  1. The Edgar Bergen Show (10/2/1958)
  2. The Alaska Show (10/9/1958)
  3. Fenwick Arms (10/16/1958)
  4. Bride's Father-in-Law (10/23/1958)
  5. The Chimp Show (10/30/1958)
  6. Hilda Gets Engaged (11/6/1958)
  7. The Zsa Zsa Gabor Show (11/13/1958)
  8. Horse Phobia (11/20/1958)
  9. Tough Mother-in-Law (11/27/1958)
  10. Power Saw (12/4/1958)
  11. The Post Office Show (12/11/1958)
  12. Car for Christmas (12/18/1958)
  13. Child of Nature (12/25/1958)
  14. The Beatnik Show (1/1/1959)
  15. The Nurse Show (1/8/1959)
  16. Pete Has a Baby (1/15/1959)
  17. Nurse is Fired (1/22/1959)
  18. Lily's Blind Date (1/29/1959)
  19. Lily's Advice Column (2/5/1959)
  20. The Hi-Fi Show (2/12/1959)
  21. The Scotch Show (2/19/1959)
  22. The Martian Show (2/26/1959)
  23. Lily Babysits (3/5/1959)
  24. Ruth the Brain (3/12/1959)
  25. Stan Loses His Nerve (3/19/1959)
  26. The Texan, Rory Calhoun (3/26/1959)
  27. Linda on TV (4/2/1959)
  28. Lily Goes Fishing (4/9/1959)
  29. Lily Helps Twilly (4/16/1959)
  30. Lily, the Example (4/30/1959)
  31. Bald Baby (5/7/1959)

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