The Cuckoo Clock (Aired January 13, 1951)
My Favorite Husband began as a radio sitcom on CBS Radio. The show starred Lucille Ball and Richard Denning as Liz and George Cooper (Liz and George Cugat in early episodes). The couple lived at 321 Bundy Drive in the ficticious city of Sheridan Falls, and were billed as "two people who live together and like it." The main sponsor was Jell-O, and an average of 3 "plugs" for Jell-O were made in each episode. The program ran from 1948 through 1951, throughout which 124 episodes were aired. The program initially portrayed the couple as being a well-to-do banker and his socially prominent wife. Shortly into the show's run, three new writers, Bob Carroll, Jr., Madelyn Pugh, and Jess Oppenheimer took over the scripting tasks, and the characterization of the couple was altered somewhat. Along with the change of the couple's last name to Cooper, the couple was also portrayed as being more middle-class, and thus more accessible to the average listener.
January 13, 1951. "The Cuckoo Clock"
- CBS network. Sponsored by: Jello, Sanka. The case of the stolen cuckoo clock. It's a long, long story. Bob Lemond misreads Hans Conried's credit at the end of the program. Bea Benaderet, Bob Carroll Jr. (writer), Bob Lemond (announcer), Hans Conried, Isabel Scott Rorick (creator), Jess Oppenheimer (writer, producer, director), Ken Christy, Lucille Ball, Madelyn Pugh (writer), Marlin Skiles (composer), Richard Denning, Ruth Perrott, Wilbur Hatch (music). 28:23. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.