CTVA US Comedy - "Life with Luigi" (CBS )(1952-53) J. Carrol Naish, Vito Scotti

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Life with Luigi (1952)
aka - The New Life with Luigi  (season 2 title -1953)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Robert Leszczak
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
Writers Guild of America (wga)

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LIFE WITH LUIGI (season 1 title 1952)
THE NEW LIFE WITH LUIGI (season 2 title 1953)
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Production Company not known for
CBS (Mondays 9:30pm ET)(season 1 - 1952)
CBS (Thursdays - time slot not known)(season 2 - 1953)
Produced by Mac Benoff, Cy Howard, Calvin Kuhl, Norman Tokar
Directed by Mac Benoff
Based on the radio series of the same name

US Comedy series 1952; 1953   ? eps x 30 min
22Sep52-29Dec52; 9Apr53-4Jun53

Starring: (1952)
J. Carrol Naish as Luigi Basco #1 (1952)
Alan Reed as Pasquale #1 (1952)
Jody Gilbert as Rosa #1 (1952)

Starring: (1953)
Vito Scotti as Luigi Basco #2 (1953)
Thomas Gomez as Pasquale #2 (1953)
Muriel Landers as Rosa #2 (1953)

Supporting Cast:
Mary Shipp as Miss Spalding (1952-1953)
Sig Ruman as Schultz (1952-1953)
Ken Peters as Olson (1952-1953)
Joe Forte as Horwitz (1952-1953)

Premise:
Problems of an Italian antique dealer in Chicago.

############### Life with Luigi ##############
################ season 1 1952 ###############
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CBS (Mondays 9:30pm ET)(22Sep52-29Dec52)
Starring: (1952)
J. Carrol Naish as Luigi Basco #1 (1952)
Alan Reed as Pasquale #1 (1952)
Jody Gilbert as Rosa #1 (1952)
Note:
Every episode of the J. Carrol Naish version begins and ends with Luigi writing a
letter to his mama in Italy. [RL]

1.x [--] Life with Luigi: THE PHONE BOOTH (temporary title) [verified -RL]
1952 CBS (airdate not known)
Sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee
Show's announcer is John Milton Kennedy
Starring:
J. Carrol Naish as Luigi Basco #1
Synopsis:
To increase business and traffic in his antiques shop, Luigi Basco puts in a pay
phone booth. He also shares his shop with a plastic salesman named Joe Price, who
earns the friendship of Pasquale when he whistles at Pasquale's obese daughter,
Rosa - and almost takes over the entire store. [RL]

1.x [--] Life with Luigi: CITIZENSHIP (temporary title) [verified -RL]
1952 CBS (airdate not known)
Produced by Mac Benoff
Directed by Ralph Levy
Written by Lou Derman and Mac Benoff
Starring:
J. Carrol Naish as Luigi Basco #1
Guest cast
Joe Forte ......... Horowitz
Ken Peters ........ Olson
Porter Hall
Pierre Watkins
Hal March
Kay Wiley
Jan Arvan
Synopsis:
Luigi is about to take his citizenship test, but Pasquale thinks Luigi may need
a bit of help, so he mails a bribe in Luigi's name to the judge. His attempt to
help backfires, and Luigi is almost deported. [RL]

Note:
Even though the show had great ratings, and was one of CBS' top shows of the year,
the show was pulled because of pressure and complaints from Italian-Americans
over their portrayal on the show. The show was re-worked, but never had the same
charm and the NEW, more ethnic-friendly version failed. [RL]
 
########### The New Life with Luigi ##########
############### season 2 1953 ################
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CBS (Thursdays - time slot not known)(9Apr53-4Jun53)
Starring: (1953)
Vito Scotti as Luigi Basco #2 (1953)
Thomas Gomez as Pasquale #2 (1953)
Muriel Landers as Rosa #2 (1953)

[--] The New Life with Luigi: pilot??? filmed? THE DANCE (temporary title) [verified -RL]
1953 CBS (airdate not known)
Written by Lou Derman
Directed by John Claar
Starring:
Vito Scotti as Luigi Basco #2
with:
Muriel Landers ........ Rosa #2 (recurring)
Thomas Gomez .......... Pasquale #2 (recurring)
Mary Shipp ............ Miss Spaulding (recurring)
Guest Cast:
Frank Cady
Herb Vigran
Eve McVay
Synopsis:
The entire cast is different, but the characters remain the same. Luigi is
invited to a dance, and he wants to go so that he'll get to dance with his
teacher, Miss Spaulding (Mary Shipp) on whom he has a crush. However,
Pasquale's obese daughter, Rosa wants Luigi to ask HER to the dance.
Either way, Luigi has a problem. He needs a new suit for the dance, but has
no money to pay for it and he totally refuses to open a credit account
(something his mama would frown upon). [RL]

########### The New Life with Luigi ##########
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