The Barbells Of Scotland (Aired October 16, 1953)
A couple of actors well known on other shows were Gale Gordon and Walter Tetley. Gale Gordon (Principal Conklin on Our Miss Brooks) was Mr. Scott, the long-suffering Rexall representative, doing stealth commercials for Rexall, again like the The Jack Benny Show and Fibber McGee and Molly had done. Walter Tetley (Leroy on The Great Gildersleeve) played the delivery boy Julius Abbruzio. Nice guy? No. Other characters included Alice's deadbeat brother Willie, ably played by Robert North, and announcer Bill Forman. The show was produced and directed by Paul Phillips.
October 16, 1953. NBC network. Sponsored by: RCA Victor. "The Barbells Of Scotland, or "Who Put The Muscle In Mr. Harris' Bussle?"
The first commercial was added live. A set of weights and a derrick to lift them, play havoc with the Harris household. This is a network, sponsored version. Alice sings, "Hi Lili, Hi Lo," Phil sings, "Pease Puddin' Hot." Unedited tape, recorded October 2, 1953. The program is preceded by an audience warm-up by Bill Forman (briefly) and Phil, who tells the audience several jokes. The warm-up sounds as if it was recorded off the P. A. or somewhat off-mike. Alan Reed, Alice Faye, Anne Whitfield, Bill Forman (announcer), Edward James (writer), Elliott Lewis, Jeanine Roos, John Hubbard, Lou Derman (writer), Phil Harris, Walter Scharf and His Orchestra, Walter Tetley, Alvino Rey (member of the orchestra), Red Nichols (member of the orchestra), The Sportsmen. 30:41. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.