CTVA US Comedy - "Bonino" (NBC)(1953) starring Ezio Pinza

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Bonino (1953)
 Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Robert Leszczak
references:
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BONINO
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a Fred Coe production
for
NBC (Saturdays 8:00-8:30pm Eastern) (12Sep53-26Dec53)

US Comedy Series 1953 approx 16 episodes x 30 min (live)

Starring:
Ezio Pinza as Babbo Bonino, opera singer
With:
Mary Wickes as Martha (the maid)
David Opatoshu as Walter Rogers (Bonino's manager)
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Conrad Janis as Edward (Bonino's eldest son)
Chet Allen as Terry (or Jerry?) (Bonino's son)
Oliver Andes as Carlo (Bonino's son) / Jonathon Marlow (in #1)
Van Dyke Parks as Andrew (Bonino's son)
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Lenka Peterson as Doris (Bonino's daughter) / Eva Marie Saint (in #1)
Gaye Houston as Francesca (Bonino's daughter)
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Mike Kellin as Rusty

Premise:
Ethnic comedy about an Italian-American Opera singer, a widower who feels that
he has become a stranger to his 6 children and decides give up his career to spend
more time with his family.

Background
This short-lived NBC sitcom was done live at the same theater as "Mr. Peepers", the
Center Theater in New York City.
In fact, the show is also, like "Mr. Peepers", a Fred Coe production. [RL]

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NBC (Saturdays 8:00-8:30pm Eastern) (12Sep53-26Dec53)

1.x [--] Bonino: I BONINO (possibly episode # 1)(verified -RL)
NBC 1953
Produced by Fred Coe
Created by Thomas Phipps and Robert Allen Arthur
Written by Robert Allen Arthur
Directed by Gordon Duff
Cast:
Ezio Pinza as Bonino, opera singer
Mike Kellin as Rusty
Mary Wickes as Martha, the maid
Jonathon Marlow as Carlo (Bonino's son)
Gaye Houston as Francesca (Bonino's daughter)
Peter Turgeon as the "man on the street"
John C. Becher - Newsstand operator
Eva Marie Saint as Doris (Bonino's daughter)
Synopsis:
Ezio Pinza portrays opera singer Bonino, and manages to sing at least one tune in
each episode. In this episode, Bonino regrets that he is gone on tour most of the
time, and doesn't get to spend enough time with family. These regrets are amplified
when Bonino forgets his own grandson's birthday, and then tries to make up for it by
cancelling a photo op to be at the birthday party. [RL]

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