Jack Benny's boisterous bandleader and the former queen of the Fox musicals gave radio a sharp kick in its collective clichés with a comedy that took all the conventions of the family sitcom and turned them sideways, getting longer and louder laughs than just about any other contemporaneous program.
Phil Harris a curly-haired, pearly-toothed darling of the swank West Coast nightspots, had just the slightest bit of self-parody in his manner, and just the right edge of charming braggadocio to be funny without being offensive. Wife Alice, and their precocious little girls, could be just as sharp-tongued and sarcastic as Phil himself!
The delightful delinquents that round out the cast are played by Elliot Lewis, Walter Tetley, Jeanine Roose, Anne Whitfield, Robert North, and John Hubbard.
Includes 20 digitally restored and remastered episodes, many of which are available for the first time anywhere - plus, a Program Guide by Elizabeth McLeod.
Episodes Include: Grogan's Sister 06-07-53; Willie's Ice Maker 06-14-53; The Forgotten Father 06-21-53; Vacation Without Elliott 06-28-1953; Courtship of Elliott Lewis 09-25-53; A Day at Santa Anita 10-02-53; Little Alice's First Date 10-09-53; The Barbells of Scotland 10-16-53; How to Repair a Living Room 10-23-53; The Romance of Alice and Phil 10-30-53; From Here to Eternity 11-06-53; A Trip to the Moon 11-13-53; The Birthday Gift 11-20-53; The Traffic Problems in Los Angeles 11-27-53; A Night With Phil Harris 12-04-53; Jessica You're Draggin' Your Neck 12-11-53; The Chaperone 12-18-53; Annual Christmas Show (with Andy Devine) 12-25-53; Phil Gives Up Smoking For the New Year 01-01-54; An English Dinner For a New Car 01-08-54