CTVA US Comedy - "Date with the Angels" (Don Fedderson/ABC)(1957-58)  Betty White

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Date with the Angels (1957-58)
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Episode Guide  compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
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[DD]
 Don Fedderson production
for
ABC (Fridays 9:30 pm EST 1957/ Wednesdays early 1958)
Executive Producer
Don Fedderson
Produced by
Fred Henry

US Comedy series 1957-58   33 episodes x 30 min color
10May57-29Jan58
Starring
Betty White as Vicki Angel (wife)
Bill Williams as Gus Angel (husband/Insurance Salesman)
*
Natalie Masters as Wilma Clemson (neighbors)
Roy Engle as George Clemson (neighbors)
*
Maudie Prickett as Mrs. Cassie Murphy
Richard Reeves as Mr. Murphy "Murph"
*
Lillian Bronson as Mrs. Drake
Gage Clark as Dr. Gordon
*
Burt Mustin as Mr. Finley
Richard Deacon as Roger Finley
*
Jimmy Boyd as Wheeler Angel
*
Russell Hicks as Adam Henshaw
Isobel Elsom as Mary Henshaw
*
Karl Koening as George Neise
Joan Banks as Dottie Neise

Premise:
Domestic sitcom centered around young Los Angeles newlyweds Gus Angel
(Bill Williams) and Vicki Angel (Betty White, The Mary Tyler Moore Show,
Golden Girls, etc.)  Richard Deacon plays neighbor Roger Finley.

Writers Included:
George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay (William R. Kelsay)

Betty White - Archive Interview Part 1 of 5
Betty White - Archive Interview Part 2 of 5 
Betty White - Archive Interview Part 3 of 5
Betty White - Archive Interview Part 4 of 5
Betty White - Archive Interview Part 5 of 5
 

############ Date with the Angels ############
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ABC Fridays 9:30 pm Eastern (1957)

     [01] Date with the Angels: VICKIE GOES TO A PARTY
a.k.a. THE RANDELL DINNER PARTY (Series pilot-premiere)
10May57 ABC Fri
Synopsis 1:
Vicki Angel is not happy when Gus informs her they're invited
to a very social dinner party at the Randells. Once there,
Vicki finds herself making all the faux pas she knew she would. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Gus comes down with a fever and disrupts Vickie’s baby shower. [JB]

[02] Date with the Angels: MOTHER BY PROXY [UCLA]
17May57 ABC Fri
Don Fedderson production
executive producer, Fred Henry
producer, Don Fedderson
director, James V. Kern ;
writers, George Tibbles, Bill Kelsey, Fran Van Hartesveldt.
Editor, John Rich; photography, Nick Musuraca.
Cast/perfomers:
Betty White (Vicki Angel);
Bill Williams (Gus Angel);
Natalie Masters (Wilma Clemson);
Roy Engle (George Clemson);
Richard Reeves (Mr. Murphy (Murph));
Lillian Bronson (Mrs. Drake);
Gage Clark (Dr. Gordon);
Hope Summers.
Synopsis:
When Vickie goes with a friend to visit the office of an obstetrician,
Gus mistakenly thinks the Angels are due for a visit from the stork.

[03] Date with the Angels: HIGH FEVER
Don Fedderson Prod. no. 456-7.
24May57 ABC Fri

[04] Date with the Angels: THE WHEEL
31May57 ABC Fri (local delayed broadcast or postponed to 07Jun57)

Date with the Angels with Jimmy Boyd (1 of 3)

Date with the Angels with Jimmy Boyd (2 of 3)

Date with the Angels with Jimmy Boyd (3 of 3)

Synopsis:
A visit from Vickie's teenage nephew sets the Angel household
awhirl. When it appears that young Wheeler has no use for a sweet young
thing sent over to meet him, vickie and Gus take sides. Vickie sides
with wheeler. and Gus, of course sides with the girl. [TA/JB]

[05] Date with the Angels: THE TREE IN THE DRIVEWAY
07Jun57 ABC Fri (rerun 9Aug57 )
Synopsis 1:
The city plans to remove a stunted oak tree from the front of the Angels'
home. Vicki decides to start a petition to save it.
Synopsis 2:
Vickie and Gus get involved in city politics when a stunted tree in
their parkway is to be removed. Neighbor Carl talks the Angels into
filing a petition to the mayor to let the tree stand. [JB]

[06] Date with the Angels: THE FEUD  (verified -SC)
Don Fedderson Prod. no. 456-8
14Jun57 ABC Fri

Date with the Angels w Richard Deacon (1 of 3)

Date with the Angels w Richard Deacon (2 of 3)

Date with the Angels with Richard Deacon (3 of 3)


DIRECTED BY JAMES V. KERN.
WRITTEN BY GEORGE TIBBLES, FRAN VAN HARTESVELDT, BILL KELSAY.
GUEST CAST:
RUSSELL HICKS, RIHARD DEACON, BURT MUSTIN, RICHARD REEVES,
MAUDIE PRICKETT.
Synopsis 1:
NEWLYWEDS VICKI AND GUS ANGEL BECOME INVOLVED WITH TWO OF THEIR
NEIGHBORS WHO ARE CONSTANTLY FEUDING. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Just before an expected visit from Gus’s boss, Vickie and Gus are
involved in a dispute with Mr. Finley, who drove his car over their
neighbor’s front lawn. [JB]

[07] Date with the Angels: SHALL WE DANCE?
21Jun57 ABC Fri
Synopsis:
Vickie and Gus are unable to get out of helping friend Finley plan
a show for the local boys Club. What started out to be the
demonstration of splitting an atom, somehow ends up a musical. [JB]

[08] Date with the Angels: LITTLE WHITE LIES (aka "White Lies")
Don Fedderson Prod. no. 456-6.
28Jun57 ABC Fri
Synopsis:
In an attempt to avoid joining another couple on a trip to Palm Springs,
Vickie makes up a story about an appointment Gus has in Santa Barbara.
One thing leads to another, and they find it difficult to keep all
their stories straight. [JB]

[--] 5Jul57 ABC Fri - rerun of "Mother by Proxy" (first aired 17May57)

[09] Date with the Angels: THE BLUE TIE
12Jul57 ABC Fri
Synopsis:
Vickie Angel goes to buy Gus a gift in a department store. While there
she’s asked to take a job as a salesgirl for one day and accepts. There
are complications when Gus finds her working-he made it clear previously
that he does not want his wife working. [JB]

[10] Date with the Angels: HEARTBURN
19Jul57 ABC Fri
Synopsis:
Vickie Angel and her friend Wilma Clemson decide to marry off Gus’s
secretary to bachelor Dr. Gordon. When their husbands hear of this
romantic plotting they decide to call a halt to the proceedings. [JB]

[11] Date with the Angels: S'PRISE (a.k.a "The Surprise")
26Jul57 ABC Fri
Written by George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt & Bill Kelsay [RL]
Synopsis 1:
Bill plans a surprise birthday party for Vicki, but she is led to
believe that he is going to run away with her neighbor.
Synopsis 2:
Both Gus and Vickie are in for a surprise. Gus had planned to surprise
Vickie with a trip to San Francisco for her birthday. But she loaned
their luggage to a neighbor and agreed to “dog sit” for the entire weekend. [JB]

[12] Date with the Angels: PIKE'S PIQUE  (verified -SC)
2Aug57 ABC Fri

A Date with the Angels with Betty White "Pike's Pique" (1 of  3)

A Date with the Angels with Betty White "Pike's Pique" (2 of  3)

A Date with the Angels with Betty White "Pike's Pique" (3 of 3)

DIRECTED BY JAMES V. KERN.
WRITTEN BY GEORGE TIBBLES AND BILL KELSAY.
GUEST CAST:
RICHARD REEVES, MAUDIE PRICKETT, TED DE CORSIA, DAVE WILLOCK,
WALLY BROWN, MAXINE SEMON, SID MELTON, BILL SYNDER.
Synopsis 1:
VICKI AND GUS ANGEL MUST DEAL WITH A ZANY GROUP OF EVENTS INVOLVING
A MISSING TRAINED DOG, A NUTTY FORTUNE TELLER, AND AN ATMOSPHERIC
OCEANFRONT CARNIVAL. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Vickie and Gus go to a carnival and are proud of all the prizes they’ve won.
But when they meet up with their neighbors, the Murphys, and Gus’s loot
looks mighty puny beside the other couple’s. [JB]

-------------
Summer Reruns
-------------
[--] 09Aug57 Tree in the Parkway (Repeat of 07Jun57)
Note: the program was pre-empted in most time zones for Football-College All-Stars vs. NFL Giants.
[--] 16Aug57 The Wheel (Repeat of 31May57)
[--] 23Aug57 Shall We Dance? (Repeat of 21Jun57)
[--] 30Aug57 The Blue Tie (Repeat of 12Jul57)

############ Date with the Angels ############
############# season 2 1957-58 ###############
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ABC Fridays 9:30 pm Eastern (1957)
ABC Wednesdays 9:30 pm Eastern (1958)

2.01 [13] Date with the Angels; RETURN OF THE WHEEL
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0014 (copyright/ prod. date 13Jun57)
6Sep57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Wheeler, Vickie’s teenage nephew, is sent to California to forget a girl.
Vickie plans to pair him with a neighborhood girl, but the he’s trying
to forget shows up at the Angel’s residence. [JB]

2.02 [14] Date with the Angels: THE GORILLA
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0015 (copyright/prod. date 20Jun57)
13Sep57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
A stuffed gorilla greets the Angels in their living room when they return
from their vacation. Gus decides to turn the tables on a gang of practical
jokers by hiring a famed gorilla impersonator. [JB]

2.03 [15] Date with the Angels: EVERYBODY'S BABY  (verified -SC)
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0016 (copyright/ prod. date: 28May57)
20Sep57 ABC Fri
DIRECTED BY JAMES V. KERN.
WRITTEN BY GEORGE TIBBLES, BILL KELSAY AND FRAN HARTESVELDT.
Synopsis 1:
A GIRLFRIEND OF VICKI ANGEL IS ABOUT TO HAVE A BABY AND HER HUSBAND IS
OUT OF TOWN. VICKI STEPS IN AND RUSHES HER FRIEND TO THE HOSPITAL. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
Vickie’s neighbor, Wilma Clemson, is expecting a baby. Gus arranges to have
the nervous father-to-be, George, sent out of town for a rest. But Wilma’s
baby arrives early. [JB]

2.04 [16] Date with the Angels: CATERED PARTY
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0018 (Copyright/Prod. date: 18Jul57)
27Sep57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
********No information available *********

Note: “Nobody’s Father” episode scheduled for this week, postponed until 08Nov57.

2.05 [17] Date with the Angels: THE CONVENTION
4Oct57 ABC Fri
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0020 (copyright/prod. date: 01Aug57)
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Vickie, who is supposed to join Gus at a convention, arrives early and
embarrasses Gus. [JB]

2.06 [18] Date with the Angels: NIGHT SCHOOL
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0023 (copyright/prod. date 05Sep57)
11Oct57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Vickie and Gus enroll in a psychology lass and Vickie determines to use her
newfound knowledge to help a girl friend of hers find a husband. [JB]

[--] 18Oct57 Pre-empted for the one hour premiere of "The Frank Sinatra Show"

2.07 [19] Date with the Angels: STAR STRUCK
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0026 (copyright/ prod. date: 03Oct57)
25Oct57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Starring: Betty White (Vickie Angel), Bill Williams (Gus Angel)
With: Natalie Masters as Wilma Clemson (neighbors)
Guest Stars:
Dennis Day, Hugh O'Brian (as themselves)
Synopsis 1:
Vickie boasts to her neighbors that singer Dennis Day has dropped in to
ask her opinion of a new song. She's dismayed to find that no one believes
her story. [TA]
Synopsis 2:
Vicki spots Liberace dining at the Brown Derby while the Angels are
there, but Bill doesn't believe her. Then Dennis Day shows up at their
house to make matters worse.

2.08 [20] Date with the Angels: DIANE
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0017 (copyright/prod date 11Jul57)
01Nov57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Assuming Vickie will be glad to meet one of his old acquaintances, Gus
brings home Diane, an ex-girlfriend. But when Gus and Diane revive old
memories, Vickie feels left out. [JB]

2.09 [21] Date with the Angels: NOBODY'S FATHER
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0019 (copyright/prod. date: 25Jul57)
08Nov57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Vickie tries to convince one of her husband’s prospective insurance
clients that it would be more enjoyable to invest in a vacation than
in an insurance policy. As a result Gus almost loses his client. [JB]
(Note: postponed from 27Sep57)

2.10 [22] Date with the Angels: NO-RISK POLICY
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0021 (copyright/ prod. date 15Aug57)
15Nov57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Guest cast:
George Neise
Gavin Gordon
Synopsis:
Vickie claims to have witnessed a bus accident involving her erratic
neighbor, Mr. Finley. Gus is more than interested in the case because
 his insurance firm represents the bus company. [JB/RF]

2.11 [23] Date with the Angels: THE BURGLAR
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0024 (copyright/prod. date: 12Sep57)
22Nov57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Vickie is unable to convince anyone that a burglar has been in the
house during a night when Gus was out of town on business. [JB]

2.12 [24] Date with the Angels: THE CHATEAU
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0025 (copyright/ prod. date: 19Sep57)
29Nov57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
When is a hideout not a hideout? Vickie and Gus Angel find out
when they and two other families buy a cabin in the mountains. [JB]

2.13 [25] Date with the Angels: CHIP OFF THE OLD BLOCK
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0028 (copyright/ prod. date: 17Oct57)
6Dec57 ABC Fri

A Date with the Angels "Chip Off the Old Block"(1 of  3)

A Date with the Angels "Chip Off the Old Block"(2 of 3)

A Date with the Angels "Chip Off the Old Block"(3 of 3)

Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
The Angels’ neighbors the Murphys have a son in the Navy. Murphy has
always spoken of his son as a he-man sailor. But home on leave, the
son reveals that his Navy work is as a musician in a band. [JB]

2.14 [26] Date with the Angels: THE CHRISTMAS SHOW : SANTA'S HELPER
13Dec57 ABC Fri
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0022 (copyright/prod. Date: 23Aug57)
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis 1:
The elderly Santa hired by the department store thinks he can give away
all the toys! By this escapade, the "Scrooge" department store manager
(Richard Deacon) discovers the real meaning of Christmas. Look for the
American Flyer train layout. Erector sets, and other Gilbert toys in
the store!
Synopsis 2:
Vicki gets her neighbor Mr. Finlay (Bert Mustin) a job as a department
store Santa. Trouble begins when Finlay keeps his promise to the kids
by giving them what they want from the store's inventory!

2.15 [27] Date with the Angels: COUSIN HERBIE
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0030 (copyright/ prod Date: 31Oct57)
20Dec57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Guest Star:
Jack Carson ............. Herbie
Synopsis:
A distant cousin of Gus’s moves in on the Angels and quickly relieves
them of their food and money. Herbie, a songwriter, seems to want
to stay permanently. [JB]

2.16 [28] Date with the Angels: DAY AT THE TRACK
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0027 (copyright/prod. date 10Oct57)
27Dec57 ABC Fri
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
In an attempt to lose an insurance deal, Gus finds it necessary to
spend time at a race track. His efforts nearly ruin the deal when
he and Vickie are tempted to try out a sure-fire betting system. [JB]

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"Date with The Angels" moves from Fridays to Wednesdays
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 2.17 [29] Date with the Angels: WHEELER AT THE CABIN (verified on film - Dave Deneui)
Don Fedderson Prod # 0456-0031
01Jan58 ABC Fri
Directed by BY James V. Kern [DD]
Written by George Tibbles, Bill Kelsay, Fran Van Hartesveldt [DD]
Guest Cast: [DD]
Jimmy Boyd ........... Wheeler (recurring)
Beverly Wills,
Irving Bacon,
Gloria Castillo,
Madge Blake.
Synopsis:
Vickie and Gus find themselves nearly ousted from their new mountain
cabin when teenaged Wheeler pays them a return visit. Wheeler’s
ability to say the wrong thing at the wrong time gets the Angels
into trouble with their neighbors. [JB]
Sponsors Commercial:
Plymouth commercial is included which says, "Happy New Year" confirming
1st of January is the accurate airdate. [DD]


2.18 [30] Date with the Angels: THE TRAIN  (verified -SC)
8Jan58 ABC Wed
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0032 (copyright/prod. date 14Nov57)
DIRECTED BY JAMES V. KERN.
WRITTEN BY GEORGE TIBBLES AND PAUL DAVID.
GUEST CAST:
GEORGE NEISE, JOAN BANKS, JOAN VOHS, GEORGE GIVOT, SALLY BLISS. [SC]
Synopsis 1:
The Angels go on a train trip with their neighbors. There are
problems when the wives find the boys are a little "too helpful"
toward the tall brunettes and pretty girls in the Pullman car!
Synopsis 2:
It's the men against the women when a casual remark sparks a fight on
a cross-country train ride between the Angels and the Clemsons.

2.19 [31] Date with the Angels: DOUBLE TROUBLE (verified -SC)
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0033 (copyright/prod. date 12/5/57)
15Jan58 ABC Wednesday
Directed by James V. Kern [SC]
Written by George Tibbles, Bill Kelsay, Fran Van Hartesveldt. [SC]
Guest cast: [RF]
Chuck Connors .... Stacey L. Stacey
Reta Shaw ........ Mrs. Lyons
Roland Winters ... Corey
Willard Waterman.. Slike
Synopsis 1:
Vicki Angel is mistaken for a resort hotel lounge singer who is her exact double. [SC]
Synopsis 2:
While on vacation, the Angels stay at a hotel where a a lounge singer
that looks and sounds exactly like Vicki has a fight with her gangster
-type boyfriend.
Synopsis 3:
Vickie learns that she has a double when she and Gus pay a visit to a resort.
What's more, the other girl has a jealous boyfriend who doesn't like it at all
when he sees Gus and Vickie together. [RF]
*Note: Betty White plays both Vickie and Honey.


2.20 [32] Date with the Angels: FRANCIS GOES TO SCHOOL
Don Fedderson Prod# 0456-0029 (copyright/prod. date: 24Oct57)
22Jan58 ABC Wed
Writers: George Tibbles, Fran Van Hartesveldt, Bill Kelsay
Synopsis:
Mr. Finley, the Angels’ next-door neighbor, comes to stay with them
when his son begins conducting experiments in dog psychology on a
stray canine. Then the Angels learn that their other neighbors,
the Murphys, are searching for their missing dog. [JB]

2.21 [33] [--] Date with the Angels: WHAT AN OPPORTUNITY
29Jan58 ABC Wed
An invitation to dinner at the home of Gus's boss turns out to be a thinly
disguised personnel interview. It seems Gus is under consideration for
a promotion. [TA]
 
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