CTVA US Comedy - "December Bride" (Desilu/CBS) Season 1 (1954-55)

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Starring Spring Byington
Season 1 (CBS) (1954-55)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by:
George Orphanidys, Rina Fox, Robert Leszczak, Bob Manfredi, Steve Jensen

references:
TV Guide /   Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive


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CBS Mondays 9:30 pm Eastern

 1.1 December Bride: LILY RUSKIN ARRIVES (pilot) [verified -RL]
Desilu prod. no. 1 (copyright date 25Feb54)
04Oct54 CBS Mon
written by Parke Levy and Phil Sharp
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Guest cast:
Harry Cheshire ....... Gus
Synopsis:
Lily moves in with her daughter and son-in-law. [RF]

1.2 December Bride: LILY IS BORED
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 11Sep54)
11Oct54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Walter Kingsford ..... Rodney
Herbert Heyes ........ Pritchard
Elvia Allman ......... Nora
Synopsis:
A bored Lily looks for an exciting pastime. [RF]

1.3 December Bride: THE CHINESE DINNER
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 21Aug54)
18Oct54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Richard Loo .......... Mr. Wong
Keye Luke ............ Waiter
Synopsis 1:
Ruth and Lily prepare a complete Chinese dinner to honor a visiting
Chinese businessman. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Lily and Ruth prepare an Oriental feast for Matt's Chinese client. [RF]

1.4 December Bride: THE ACCIDENT [verified -RL]
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 7Aug54)
25Oct54 CBS Mon
Written by Parke Levy, Phil Sharp & Bill Freedman
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Guest cast:
Paul Harvey .......... Gordon
Douglas Evans
James Parnell
Norman Levitt
Synopsis 1:
Lily asks Matt to testify for her at a hearing for her auto accident. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Matt's a witness to an accident involving Lily and his boss. [RF]
Synopsis 3:
Matt teaches Lily to drive, but she is a poor student. In fact, the first
time she takes the car out by herself, she has an accident - and hits Matt's
boss'car. When the case goes to court, Matt doesn't know whom to defend. [RL]

1.5 December Bride: THE VETERNARIAN
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 28Aug54)
01Nov54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Raymond Greenleaf .... Harper
Ralph Dumke .......... Nelson
Roy Rowan ............ Wilson
Synopsis:
Lily has two dates for the same evening, thanks to Matt. [RF]

1.6 December Bride: MY SOLDIER
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 4Sep54)
08Nov54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Herb Vigran .......... Eustace
Sally Fraser ......... Betty
Synopsis:
Lily panics when the GI who thinks she's a young blonde shows up. [RF]

1.7 December Bride: GRUNION HUNTING
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 18Sep54)
15Nov54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
James Flavin ......... Mike
Synopsis:
Lily and Hilda hunt for grunion. [RF]

1.8 December Bride: LILY'S MOTHER-IN-LAW
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 25Sep54)
22Nov54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Grandon Rhodes ....... Harvey Adams
Esther Dale .......... Mrs. Adams
Synopsis:
Lily balks at marrying Harvey Adams his mother is too domineering. [RF]

1.9 December Bride: LILY HIRES A MAID [verfied -RL]
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 2Oct54)
29Nov54 CBS Mon
Written by Parke Levy, Lou Derman & Ellis Marcus
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Guest cast:
Nancy Kulp ........... Louella
Lyle Talbot .......... Mr. Butterfield
Frances Mercer ....... Mrs. Butterfield
Synopsis 1:
Lily fills in as the Henshaws' maid. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Lily hires a maid as a thank you to Matt and Ruth, and the maid comes
just in time to be at Matt's business partner's wife's every beck and call.
However, when the maid, Louella feels overworked, she quits abruptly
and Lily takes the job. [RL]

1.10 December Bride: THE GIGOLO
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 23Oct54)
06Dec54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Fortunio Bonanova .... Rinaldo
Synopsis:
Hilda's been footing the bill for her dates with a mambo teacher. [RF]

1.11 December Bride: THE RICH MAN
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 6Nov54)
13Dec54 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Paul Cavanagh ........ Hawkins
Walter Woolf King
Synopsis:
Lily meets a rich man when their cars collide. [RF]

1.12 December Bride: THE CHRISTMAS SHOW
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 30Oct54)
20Dec54 CBS Mon
guest cast:
Chris Olsen .......... Dannie
Will Wright .......... Mr. Jordan
Rolfe Sedan .......... Professor
Synopsis:
Lily orders a truckload of snow so the gang can have a white Christmas. [RF]

1.13 December Bride: THE LUAU
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 13Oct54)
27Dec54 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Lily throws a luau for Ruth and Matt. [RF]

1.14 December Bride: LILY WANTS TO PAY HER WAY
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 20Nov54)
03Jan55 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Lily leaves the Henshaw home when Matt refuses to let her pay rent. [RF]

1.15 December Bride: LILY THE ARTIST
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 27Nov54)
10Jan55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Sig Arno
Synopsis:
Lily dabbles in oil painting. [RF]

1.16 December Bride: THE GRANDFATHER CLOCK
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 4Dec54)
17Jan55 CBS Mon
December Bride  - Grandfather Clock
Guest cast:
Louise Lorimer ....... Kitty
Gail Bonney .......... Virginia
Synopsis:
Lily tries to dispose of her unpredictable grandfather clock. [RF]

1.17 December Bride: THE SENTIMENTALIST
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 11Dec54)
24Jan55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Ludwig Stossel ....... Maurice
Synopsis:
Lily learns that an old boyfriend is coming to Los Angeles and inteds to
pay her a visit. [RF]

1.18 December Bride: THE URANIUM SHOW
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 18Dec54)
31Jan55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Tyler McVey .......... Clinton
Synopsis:
Lily and Hilda go prospecting for uranium. [RF]

1.19 December Bride: THE INSURANCE SHOW
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 23Dec54)
07Feb55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
James Todd ........... Jenkins
Frank Wilcox ......... Emerson
Synopsis 1:
While shopping, Lily bumps her head on a low awning and gets involved with
one of Pete Porter's schemes. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
At Pete's urging, Lily sues the store in which she had an accident. [RF]

1.20 December Bride: SURPRISE PARTY
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 8Jan55)
14Feb55 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Curious Lily peeks at her birthday gift and breaks it. [RF]

1.21 December Bride: JEALOUSY
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 30Dec54)
21Feb55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Regis Toomey ......... Tom Anderson
Joi Lansing .......... Miss Sullivan
Synopsis:
Lily's jealous of Tom's beautiful new secretary. [RF]

1.22 December Bride: WEDDING PREPARATIONS
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 15Jan55)
28Feb55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Regis Toomey ......... Tom Anderson
Synopsis:
Preparations for Lily's marriage to Tom have everyone in a tizzy. [RF]

1.23 December Bride: THE BREAKUP
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 22Jan55)
07Mar55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Regis Toomey ......... Tom Anderson
Jess Baker ........... Wilfred Kettner
Peggy Knudson ........ Mrs. Kettner
Synopsis:
Tom's daughter takes a dim view of her father's impending marriage. [RF]

1.24 December Bride: MEXICO
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 29Jan55)
14Mar55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Nestor Paiva ......... Miguel
Julian Rivero ........ Prado
Synopsis:
Lily and Hilda vacation in Mexico, where they are promptly arrested. [RF]

1.25 December Bride: LILY'S NIECE
Desilu prod. no. ?
21Mar55 CBS Mon (copyright date 5Feb55)
Guest cast:
Sally Fraser ......... Helen
Synopsis:
Lily heads for Hollywood to discourage her niece from acting. [RF]

1.26 December Bride: MATT COOKS [verified -RL]
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 19Feb55)
28Mar55 CBS Mon
Written by Parke Levy, Lou Derman & Ben Starr
Directed by Jerry Thorpe
Synopsis 1:
The odd couple: Matt and Pete, who set up housekeeping after an argument with
their wives. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
When Ruth threatens to leave after Matt doesn't notice her new hairdo, Matt
and Pete take over the household chores and make a mess of things in the
kitchen (with a little help from Lily and Ruth). [RL]

1.27 December Bride: THEATER TICKETS
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 26Feb55)
04Apr55 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Lily promises to buy theater tickets for Ruth's anniversary, but Hilda forgets
to get them. [RF]

1.28 December Bride: PSYCHIATRIST
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 12Mar55)
11Apr55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Grandon Rhodes ....... Doctor
Synopsis:
Lily is convinced that her friend, Hilda is badly in need of psychiatric
treatment and persuades Hilda to see a psychiatrist. [RF]

1.29 December Bride: GOSSIP
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 19Mar55)
18Apr55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Gail Bonney .......... Madeline
Synopsis:
Hilda suggest she move in with Lily when Ruth and Matt announce they
want to spend the weekend at the mountains. The plans go awry when Lily
and Hilda tiff. [RF]

1.30 December Bride: MATT'S MUSTACHE
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 26Mar55)
25Apr55 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Ruth insists that Matt shave off his new mustache and he refuses. When
Lily moves out of their home hoping they will solve the problem, the
children get the mistaken impression Lily intends to elope. [RF]

1.31 December Bride: THE LINE-UP
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 2Apr55)
02May55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Norman Leavitt ....... Joe
Synopsis:
Confusion reigns when Lily secretly has the furniture reupholstered. [RF]

1.32 December Bride: THE OTHER COUPLE
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 9Apr55)
09May55 CBS Mon
Synopsis:
Lily invites a newly wedded couple to the Henshaw home in an attempt to
demonstrate how happily a household can function with the mother-in-law
as a member. [RF]

1.33 December Bride: LILY'S SONG
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 16Apr55)
16May55 CBS Mon
Guest cast:
Frank Ferguson ....... Mr. Schuyler
Hy Averback .......... Mr. Harmon
Synopsis:
Lily and Hilda compose a song for their club's charity bazaar, never
dreaming that the tune will be presented on TV. [RF]

1.34 December Bride: CHICKEN SALAD
Desilu prod. no. ? (copyright date 14Aug54)
23May55 CBS Mon
guest cast:
Herbert Hayes ........ Dr. Pritchard
John Qualen .......... Thompson
Synopsis 1:
The doctor advises the Henshaws that Lily is suffering from boredom and
that they had better liven up her life. [RF]
Synopsis 2:
Lily and Hilda vie for Mr. Thompson's affection. [RF]

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