CTVA US Comedy - "The Ruggles" (ABC) Season 2 (1950-51)

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Starring Charlie Ruggles
Season 2 (ABC) (1950-51)
Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Robert Leszczak, Tom Alger
[Updated July 2019]
references:
TV Guide / Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov)
Internet Movie Database (https://us.imdb.com)
UCLA Film and Television Archive
https://www.tvguide.com/tvshows/the-ruggles/episodes/204959/
TV listings from the Long Beach CA Independent & Press Telegram newspapers
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ABC Thursdays 7pm (Los Angeles)

Sponsors:
According to the January 6, 1951 issue of Television Digest, Kraft Food sponsored The Ruggles on KECA-TV, Los Angeles.
Lewis Food Co. (dog & cat foods) sponsored the series on stations KGO-TV, San Francisco; KING-TV, Seattle; KFMB-TV, San Diego; and KPHO-TV, Phoenix.

2.01 [49] The Ruggles: THE MUMPS [synd. title]
21Sep1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
25Oct1950 (kine) Dallas, TX, WFAA-8 Wed. 7pm
04Sep1952 (Repeat) Los Angeles KECA-7
Synopsis 1:
Charlie Ruggles admits his fear of the mumps. [21Sep50 San Diego Union]
Synopsis 2:
Charlie Ruggles has fear of the mumps when his youngsters come home from school fleeing an epidemic. [04Sep52 Long Beach Press Telegram]
Synopsis 3:
The twins come home from school fleeing an epidemic of mumps, but Ruggles is left hold the ice bag. [Detroit Times]
(Synd. repeat: 05Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)
Synopsis 4:
Donald has the mumps.
Synopsis 5:
Charles Ruggles has nothing to fear but feat--of mumps. But the youthful Ruggles will come up against a stone wall of parental indifference when they seek haven from the epidemic at home. [Dallas Morning News]
(Synd. repeat: 02May1956 WMAL-7 Wash., D.C. Wed. 2pm)

2.02 [50] The Ruggles
28Sep1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.03 [51] The Ruggles
05Oct1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis:
There's a menace in the family's life.
The menace turns out to be Matthew Van Markham, a collegian with a flair for stupidity.
Van Markham, who's loaded with cash, comes to visit poppa and momma, and in order to get in good with them, tries to buy them off. How Charlie reacts to this type of bribery remains to be enacted. [5Oct1950 San Diego Union]

2.04 [52] The Ruggles
12Oct1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.05 [53] The Ruggles
19Oct1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.06 [54] The Ruggles
26Oct1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 54 (UCLA)
no details

2.07 [55] The Ruggles
02Nov1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.08 [56] The Ruggles
09Nov1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.09 [57] The Ruggles
16Nov1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

[--] The Ruggles: A QUIET EVENING AT HOME [synd. title]
Los Angeles air-date circa Nov-Dec 1950
24Dec1950 (kine) Dallas, TX, WFAA-8 Sun. 5:30pm
Synopsis 1:
The house is in an uproar! Charlie won a $1000 jackpot.
Synopsis 2:
Bedlam breaks loose when Ruggles wins a mysterious thousand dollar jackpot. [Detroit Times]
Synopsis 3:
Charlie Ruggles wins a thousand-dollar jackpot during the course of "The Ruggles" and the hullabaloo around the household is terrific. [Dallas Morning News]
(Synd. repeat: 06Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)

2.10 [58] The Ruggles
23Nov1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 58 (UCLA)
Synopsis:
RUGGLES gets in some art trouble on his show over KECA (7) in a comedy of errors at 7 p. m. [Long Beach Independent]

2.11 [59] The Ruggles
30Nov1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.12 [60] The Ruggles
07Dec1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 60 (UCLA)
no details

2.13 [61] The Ruggles
14Dec1950 Thurs.
Newspaper item:
The Starmakers, local choral group, is scheduled to be heard and maybe seen on The Ruggles. If the studio arrangements permit, the choral group will appear in the scene, but if not, then you'll hear only their excellent voices and arrangements. [Long Beach Independent]

[--] The Ruggles: CHUCK'S FIRST DATE [synd. title]
Los Angeles air-date circa Nov-Dec 1950.
07Jan1951 (kine) Dallas, TX, WFAA-8 Sun. 5:30pm
Synopsis 1:
It's Chuck's first date and Charlie's a wreck---because Chuck wants to borrow his car.
Synopsis 2:
Ruggles acquires a paternal headache as his son Chuck braves his first date. [Detroit Times]
Synopsis 3:
Chuck wants to borrow the family car for a date, but he's too shy to ask dad for the car. Mr. Ruggles soon gives in and Chuck gets the car. (UCLA)
Synopsis 4:
Charlie Ruggles' son, Chuck, has his first date and the funny father thinks that's o.k., but when son asks for the car, that's when Charlie really gets discouraged. [Dallas Morning News]
(Synd. repeat: 11Apr1956 WMAL-7 Wash D.C. Wed. 2pm)
(Synd. repeat: 07Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Fri. 12:30pm)
--same episode?
Chuck invites first date to junior prom.
(Synd. repeat: 17Mar1956 WPIX-11 NYC Sun. 12pm)

2.14 [62] The Ruggles
21Dec1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 62 (UCLA)
no details

2.15 [63] The Ruggles: A FRATERNITY BROTHER VISITS [synd. title]
28Dec1950 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 63 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard, Irving Phillips and Gene Elder
Synopsis 1:
Charlie goes to the rescue of an old fraternity brother. [Detroit Free Press]
Synopsis 2:
The Stones visit the Ruggles. Mr. Stone and Mr. Ruggles are old fraternity brothers, but the Stones impose upon the Ruggles with their snobbish ways. (UCLA)
(Synd. repeat: 11Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Tues. 12:30pm)
--same episode? (also listed as 11Sep56 Detroit):
[--] The Ruggles: (unknown title)
Synopsis 1:
Charlie attempts to re-Americanize a boy and his mother after the lad has been studying at Eton.
Synopsis 2:
Charlie tries to re-Americanize two persons who have been abroad. [Detroit Times]
(Synd. repeat: 13Apr1956 WMAL-7 Wash D.C. Fri. 2pm)
(Synd. repeat: 11Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Tues. 12:30pm)

2.16 [64] The Ruggles
04Jan1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 64 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Synopsis:
Mr. Ruggles disapproves of a raffle that the whole family is for because he considers it gambling. He vetoes all of the family's "gambling" activities such as marbles, jacks, bridge, etc.
--matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: GAMBLING DOESN'T PAY [synd. title]
Synopsis:
Charlie is leading a vigorous campaign against gambling.
(Synd. repeat: 18Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)

2.17 [65] The Ruggles: SHARON'S GI ROMANCE [synd. title]
11Jan1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 65 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Guest cast:
Robin Hughes
Synopsis 1:
The Ruggles eldest daughter Sharon falls in love with a soldier she has never met, but with whom she has corresponded by letter. One evening a soldier appears at the door and after much confusion is discovered to be the soldier to whom Sharon has been writing.
Synopsis 2:
Sharon gets an unexpected visitor---a GI she doesn't know.
Synopsis 3:
A pen pal club produces headaches for Ruggles as Sharon has a "by-mail" romance with a soldier. [Detroit Times]
(Synd. repeat: 16Apr1956 WMAL-7 Wash D.C. Mon. 2pm)
(Synd. repeat: 12Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)


2.18 [66] The Ruggles
18Jan1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.19 [67] The Ruggles
25Jan1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC Thurs.
Synopsis:
Mrs. Ruggles goes to a convention and leaves Charley Ruggles as commander-in-chief of the apron brigade, and what happens may best be seen on KECA (7) at 7 p. m. [Long Beach Independent]

2.20 [68] The Ruggles
01Feb1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details

2.21 [69] The Ruggles
08Feb1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 69 (UCLA)
no details

2.22 [70] The Ruggles: CHUCK GROWS A MOUSTACHE [synd. title]
15Feb1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 70 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard, Irving Phillips and Janet Clark
Guest cast:
Beverly Long ... Mary Ann (recurring)
Eddie Firestone Jr.
Synopsis 1:
Trying to impress his girl friend, Chuck grows a mustache.
Synopsis 2:
Chuck, thinking that his girlfriend is seeing an older man, tries to grow a mustache to impress her. The older man, it turns out, is her cousin. (UCLA)
(Synd. repeat: 04May1956 WMAL-7 Wash D.C. Fri. 2pm)
(Synd. repeat: 25Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)

[--] San Diego Union (Feb. 15, 1951):
Beverly Long, young protege of the San Diego Little Theater league, gets her biggest video chance to date when she appears on Channel 7's "The Ruggles" tonight at 7. She will enact the role of "Mary Ann."

2.23 [71] The Ruggles: THE TWINS RAISE RABBITS [synd. title]
22Feb1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 71 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard, Irving Phillips and Robert Neville
Guest cast:
Lonnie Burr
Synopsis 1:
Charlie's troubles multiply when the twins start raising rabbits.
(Synd. repeat: 30Aug1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)
Synopsis 2:
The twins get some rabbits. Guesting is future Mouseketerr Lonnie Burr. Following the program, Richard Atkinson of the Southern California Association for Better Radio and Television gives Charlie Ruggles an award (for the second year in a row) for the "Most Dramatic Program on Television Originating In Hollywood" and the "Best All-Around Television Program Originating in Hollywood." TV Time magazine awards the show for being the "Most Outstanding Local, Live, Dramatic, Family TV Show."

2.24 [72] The Ruggles
01Mar1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 72 (UCLA)
no details

2.25 [73] The Ruggles
08Mar1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
28Mar1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
no details
-BILLBOARD magazine review (April 7, 1951 issue):
[--] The Ruggles
28Mar1951 ABC Wed. 8pm (probably a delayed New York City broadcast)
The Ruggles
ABC-TV, Wednesday (28), 8-8:30 p.m.
The problems that do beset our TV families! Take the Charlie Ruggles clan. This week's episode had young Chuck, the chief werewolf of the Grey Wolves, set upon by his fellow teen-age club members, on charges of absconding with $35 of the club's funds. Of course, they had a right to be suspicious, for Chuck was sporting a brand new $21 wristwatch. When everything was at its gloomiest, Charlie came to the rescue only to have suspicion cast on him, since he had the only key to the empty desk.
Of course, things worked out perfectly, by accident. The money was found between the pages of a telephone book as Charlie reconstructed the events of the disappearance, and so he became a hero where a few seconds before he had been a near-villain. Of such adventures are TV shows made.
Like Milk
As a rather typical episode of this series, it indicated the pattern being followed: Dramatizations of "wholesome" and "typical" American family life. It might be added, also, that the family is a bit too idealized and cloying, the plot material on the dull side. Charlie, as the real showbiz vet, is expected to carry the ball, but he has an unfortunate tendency to be a shade too hearty, and he frequently stumbles around his lines.
The line's quality is poor. New York TV execs should spend more time watching kine stanzas such as this. They'd have a better idea of why the non-interconnected station people still are screaming. (reviewed by Sam Chase)
-same as above?
[--] The Ruggles: CHUCK AND THE BOYS' CLUB [synd. title]
Synopsis 1:
Chuck is accused of misappropriating the boys' club funds.
Synopsis 2:
Charlie stands by his son when Chuck is accused of misappropriating funds from the Boys' Club treasury. [Detroit Times] (Synd. repeat: 13Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)

2.26 [74] The Ruggles
15Mar1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
04Apr1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
Synopsis:
Charlie Ruggles gets mixed up with a bottle of fleas which leads to a funny situation. [Long Beach Independent]
-matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: A FLEA CIRCUS [synd. title]
Synopsis:
The Ruggles go into show business---by staging a flea circus.

2.27 [75] The Ruggles
22Mar1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
11Apr1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
no details

[--] The Ruggles: THE PTA PROGRAM [synd. title]
Los Angeles air-date possibly 22Mar1951
30Apr1951 (kine) Dallas, TX, WFAA-8 Mon. 7:30pm
Repeat: 25June1953 KECA-7 Los Angeles
Synopsis 1:
Charles Ruggles turns into a peculiar version of the March Hare from "Alice in Wonderland" as he helps out at a PTA benefit during The Ruggles Family on KECA (7) at 7 p.m. [25June53 Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Charlie makes his stage debut---as the March Hare in "Alice in Wonderland." [TVGuide.com]
Synopsis 3:
Charlie is a riot as "The March Hare" in an entertainment program for the P.T.A. [Detroit Times]
Synopsis 4:
On The Ruggles, the family will dramatize "Alice in Wonderland" for a school benefit. [Dallas Morning News]
(Synd. repeat: 17Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Mon. 12:30pm)

2.28 [76] The Ruggles
29Mar1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
18Apr1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
no details

2.29 [77] The Ruggles: THE BICYCLE THIEF [synd. title]
05Apr1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
25Apr1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
Synopsis 1:
A bicycle thief gives The Ruggles a bit of trouble. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Twin Donald's bike is stolen, and Charlie plays sleuth. [Detroit Times]
(Synd. repeat: 19Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)

2.30 [78] The Ruggles: CHUCK'S BIRTHDAY [synd. title]
aka CHUCK'S 18th BIRTHDAY [verified -RL]
12Apr1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
02May1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
Show no. 78 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Guest cast:
Beverly Long (recurring)
Synopsis 1:
The entire Ruggles family is very evasive about the special event, Chuck's 18th birthday, but they take the joke way too far. Chuck takes it personally, and thinks the family has forgotten his birthday. When he seeks solace at his girlfriend, Maryann's house, she is in on the joke, too. At this point, Chuck is so distraught, he decides to run away and join the military. [RL]
Synopsis 2:
Chuck is upset: it seems the family forgot his birthday.
(Syndicated repeat: 12Aug1954 WTRI-35 Albany, NY)
Synopsis 3:
Chuck is disgruntled when the family, and his girl, ignore his birthday. [Detroit Times] (Synd. repeat: 20Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)
Synopsis 4:
"The Ruggles' eldest son Chuck turns 18, but the rest of the family pretends to forget. Hurt by that, Chuck runs away to the soda shop after enlisting but changes his mind after the family throws a surprise party for him. (UCLA)

2.31 [79] The Ruggles
19Apr1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
09May1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
no details

2.32 [80] The Ruggles
26Apr1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
16May1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
16Apr1953 (Repeat) Los Angeles KECA-7
Synopsis 1:
Erin O'Brien-Moore (Mrs. Ruggles) is bundled off to Palm Springs for a rest and Charlie Ruggles and the family go to visit her as a surprise but find a surprise for themselves. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Charles Farrell, idol of the silent screen, will be on the "Ruggles" show tonight.
He will portray himself, the mayor of Palm Strings when Mrs. Ruggles visits the desert resort over the week end. [26Apr51 San Diego Union]
Synopsis 3:
DILEMMA- There is complete agreement in the Ruggles household that Mrs. Ruggles is badly in need of a rest, so she is bundled off to Palm Springs and Charlie and the children take over the household chores on KECA (7) at 7 p.m. [16Apr1953 Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 4:
The Ruggles family decides mother should have a rest and they pack her off to Palm Springs. When the family takes over running the household, the truth about a
woman's work comes out. [Albany NY Times Union] (Synd. repeat: 02Sep1954 WTRI-35 Albany, NY, Fri. 10pm)
-same episode?
[--] The Ruggles: MOTHER'S VACATION [synd. title]
Synopsis:
Margaret's on vacation---and guess who's stuck with the housework?
(Synd. repeat: 24Aug1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Mon. 12:30pm)

2.33 [81] The Ruggles
03May1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
23May1951 (kine) New York City WJZ-7 Wed. 8pm
12Mar1953 (Repeat) Los Angeles KECA-7
Synopsis 1:
The Ruggles find a runaway boy and take him in during their half-hour on KECA (7) at 7 p. m. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
A runaway boy who balks at being shuttled off to boarding school exposes himself to the influence of "The Ruggles." [Long Beach Independent]
--BILLBOARD magazine review:
[--] The Ruggles
23May1951 WJZ-TV New York City
WJZ -TV, Wednesday (23)
If the scripting and production values on this situation comedy series were as pleasant as the Ruggles family itself, this West Coast show might be a winner. Unfortunately, tho, such is not the case.
Last Wednesday's (23) dialog and plot line, as viewed thru a dim kine, had the same off-the-cuff script quality as some of the early movies, and without the benefit of a pace-wise cutter. The format, as usual, centered about the Ruggles brood, Mr. and Mrs., a teen-age son and daughter, and a ditto combination of pre-teeners.
The latter two set the stage for a mild flurry of action by running away with a small boy chum. Said chum, a freckled-faced, appealing youngster, plotted the run-away when his, father decided to send him away to school.
The kids, wearing fancy Western outfits, kept busy climbing in and out of trucks. The adults, tho had little to do, but cluck-cluck around the phone, waiting for word on their straying chicks. Vet movie actor Charlie Ruggles clucked very well, however, and his relaxed paternal charm was certainly the show's best asset.
The climax of the drama was particularly weak. The sound effects department produced a completely impersonal thump-thump sound, and Ruggles immediately deducted the children's whereabouts in a locked truck, remarking brightly, "That sounds the the kids now." (reviewed by June Bundy)
-same episode as above?
[--] The Ruggles: BLINKY RUNS AWAY [synd. title]
Charlie's problem: the twins have run away.
--matching episode?
17Sep1954 (Repeat) Los Angeles KECA-7
The Ruggles twins join an itinerant youngster in a search for "freedom" and this gives Charlie Ruggles a bad time. [Long Beach Independent]

2.34 [82] The Ruggles: CHARLIE AND CHUCK GO FISHING [synd. title]
10May1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
When Charlie Ruggles and his son, Chuck, go fishing they catch something more than they bargained for. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Charlie Ruggles and his son, Chuck, go on a fishing excursion, and what they manage to catch is neither fish nor fowl. Their adventure unfolds as they reach the fishing lodge owned by Charley's boss, and find that the place already has occupants. [San Diego Union]
Synopsis 3:
Charlie's fishing trip is interrupted by uninvited guests.

2.35 [83] The Ruggles: THE KIDS RUN THE HOUSEHOLD [synd. title]
17May1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC Thurs. 7pm
Show no. 83 (UCLA)
Producer: Bob Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Synopsis 1:
The Ruggles children take over the household budget for a week with resultant difficulty on KECA (7). [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
As a lesson in budget-minding Charlie Ruggles puts the children in charge of running the household. [Albany NY Times Union]
Synopsis 3:
Charlie learns a lesson in money management---from the children. [Capital Journal, Salem, Oregon]
Synopsis 4:
The kids are all broke and want allowance raises. So their parents decide to let them run the household for a week on the same amount of money that mother uses. They are to maintain the same living standard to which they are accustomed, and if any money is left over, that will be the basis for an allowance increase. (UCLA)
(Synd. repeat: 17Sep1954 WTRI-35 Albany, NY, Fri.)
(Synd. repeat: 26Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)
(Synd. repeat: 28Mar1956 KLOR-12 Portland, Oregon, Wed. 3:30pm)
(listed again for 16Mar1956 KLOR-12 Portland, Oregon, Mon. 3:30pm)

2.36 [84] The Ruggles
24May1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis:
Charlie Ruggles has romance trouble on his KECA (7) show at 7 tonight. An old girl friend visits his home and this causes no end of trouble and complications. [Long Beach Independent]
-matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: THE SOUTHERN BELLE [synd. title]
Chuck thinks Charlie's rekindling an old flame.
(Synd. repeat: 27Sep1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)

2.37 [85] The Ruggles
31May1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details [Long Beach Press Telegram or Long Beach Independent]

2.38 [86] The Ruggles
07June1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
Charles Ruggles, a "good father," takes over the writing of a history theme for his son Chuck who is graduating. What then takes place can best be seen on KECA (7) at 7 p.m. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Charlie's son Chuck graduates from high school. [Long Beach Press Telegram]
-matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: CHUCK'S HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATION [synd. title]
It's the night before Chuck's graduation---and he's sick in bed.

2.39 [87] The Ruggles
14June1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 87 (UCLA)
no details

2.40 [88] The Ruggles
21June1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 88 (UCLA)
no details

2.41 [89] The Ruggles: THE RUGGLES HOLD A PICNIC [synd. title]
28June1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 89 (UCLA)
Producers: Bob and June Raisbeck
Director: George M. Cahan
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Guest cast:
Alan Harris
Synopsis 1:
An irate customer casts some clouds over the company picnic.
Synopsis 2:
At the company picnic, one of the firm's biggest clients barges in and demands that the event be postponed so that his order can be filled quicker. Ruggles refuses and after spending time at the picnic, the client realizes that the company's wonderful spirit is worth the extra time. (UCLA)
Synopsis 3:
ALL OUTDOORS-What is believed to be the first all-outdoor live telecast of a dramatic show will take place on KECA (7) at 7 p. m. when a half-block area at ABC Television Center is employed as a picnic site for the annual outing of Charlie Ruggles' company. Charlie is scheduled to make the principal address, but never quite gets around to it. Food, games and prizes will be the real thing, as the show's producer has invited KECA employees and their families to be present for authentic atmosphere. [Long Beach Independent]
(Synd. repeat: 03Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)

2.42 [90] The Ruggles
05July1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
no details
-matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: THE FOUNDLING, Part 1 [synd. title]
Charlie finds a package on his doorstep---with a baby in it.
(Synd. repeat: 04Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Thurs. 12:30pm)
(postponed? 15Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Mon. 12:30pm)

2.43 [91] The Ruggles: THE FOUNDLING, Part 2 [synd. title]
12July1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
TROUBLES GALORE-A welfare worker calls on Charles Ruggles to see if his home is fit for the foundling baby he found on the doorstep. Of course the family is ready to make a good impression, but around the Ruggles' household nothing goes according to plan. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
The Ruggles must prove they're fit parents for the foundling.

2.44 [92] The Ruggles: THE FOUNDLING, Part 3 [synd. title]
19July1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
MOTHER FOUND-The mother of the baby that was left on the doorstep of The Ruggles home is found during the episode on KECA (7) at 7 p. m. Charlie decides to help the mother keep the baby and this leads to complications in the Ruggles manner and manor. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
Charlie is determined to find the foundling's mother.
(Synd. repeat: 17Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Wed. 12:30pm)

2.45 [93] The Ruggles
26July1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis:
RUGGLES GAMBLES-Charlie Ruggles becomes involved in a gambling ring while trying to get his son uninvolved. Chuck is innocently connected with the ring
on "The Ruggles" over KECA (7) at 7 p. m. [Long Beach Independent]
--matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: CHUCK AND THE BOOKIE [synd. title]
original LA air-date unknown
Synopsis:
Chuck gets a job in a toy shop that fronts for bookies.
(Synd. repeat: Oct1956 WWJ-4 Detroit MI, Mon. 12:30pm)

2.46 [94] The Ruggles: SHARON BECOMES A POETESS [synd. title]
02Aug1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
24Aug1951 (kine) San Antonio, Texas, KEYL-5
Synopsis 1:
Charlie's daughter Sharon turns poetess on "The Ruggles" tonight, and there's no holding her after she sells one poem to a magazine. [Long Beach Press Telegram]
Synopsis 2:
Watch out world! Artistic Sharon is becoming temperamental.
--same episode?
Gal's convinced she's a great artist. [Jersey Journal]
(Synd. repeat: 11Feb1956 WPIX-11 NYC Sat. 8:30pm)

2.47 [95] The Ruggles: THE TWINS HOLD A PET SHOW [synd. title]
09Aug1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
31Aug1951 (kine) San Antonio, Texas, KEYL-5
Synopsis 1:
DOG COMPACTION - When the twins try to enter their hybrid dog Rover in an exclusive dog show, they find out that the beast just isn't good enough. So Charles Ruggles decides to hold a dog show of his own and invites about 20 youngsters and their pooches. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
The twins have a hard time entering their mongrel in an exclusive dog show.

2.48 [96] The Ruggles
16Aug1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
TOO MUCH MAID-Charlie Ruggles wants to help his wife so he hires a housekeeper. Latter decides to run the house, the family and practically everything. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
When the kids go off on a vacation, Charlie Ruggles hires a housekeeper and troubles start. [Long Beach Press Telegram]
--matching episode?
[--] The Ruggles: THE RUGGLES HIRE A HOUSEKEEPER [synd. title]
Synopsis:
Charlie hires a housekeeper who's more interested in meddling than mopping.

2.49 [97] The Ruggles
23Aug1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Show no. 97 (UCLA)
Producers: Bob and June Raisbeck
Director: Robert S. Finkel
Written by Fred Howard and Irving Phillips
Guest cast:
Beverly Long
James Dobson
Synopsis 1:
Chuck, the young son, has girl trouble and Charlie Ruggles decides to play cupid. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
There's a romance problem on the show tonight when Charlie has to act as romance counsellor. [Wilmington Daily Press Journal, California]
Synopsis 3:
Chuck tries to date a girl and fails miserably until he gets some advice from Charlie. (UCLA)
-Note:
The 13Sep1951 episode also featured Charlie playing Cupid.

[--] Variety magazine item:
Hollywood--George Cahan, producer-director of "The Ruggles" departed these climes for Chicago to become exec producer for Don McNeill Enterprises. (Variety, Aug. 29, 1951)

2.50 [98] The Ruggles: CHUCK IS MAN OF THE HOUSE [synd. title]
30Aug1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis 1:
Where's Charlie? Well, to tell the truth he is on vacation. His first vacation in 98 consecutive weeks of televising "The Ruggles" on KECA (7). He has never missed a performance of the show since it started.
Charlie not only has gone through the usual rigors of rehearsals and memorizing new lines each week, but his contract calls for script approval--adding revisions and editing to his duties.
This week, he'll be written out of the script, allegedly attending a convention in Chicago. This promotes his son, Chuck, to the post of "head of the house" and he manages to get things as confused in the house as did his father. [Long Beach Independent]
Synopsis 2:
With Charlie away, Chuck takes over as head of the house.

2.51 [99] The Ruggles
06Sep1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis:
NO DIVORCE - Charles Ruggles halts a friend's divorce with the aid of his wife during The Ruggles Show. The Milligans, next door neighbors, plan to break up their home and The Ruggles ride to the rescue, nearly wrecking their own home in so doing. [Long Beach Independent]

2.52 [100] The Ruggles
13Sep1951 (live) Los Angeles KECA-7 ABC
Synopsis:
CUPID CHARLIE - Charlie Ruggles decides to play cupid and this leads to some trouble in a humorous vein. Charlie finally gets things put to rights, but it takes some tall talking. [Long Beach Independent]

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