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1952 (USA) See more »
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Cast

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Del Moore ... Alvin (20 episodes, 1953-1955)

Betty White ... Elizabeth (18 episodes, 1953-1955)
Jack Narz ... Announcer (17 episodes, 1953-1955)
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Series Directed by
Duke Goldstone (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Writing credits
George Tibbles (17 episodes, 1953-1954)
Milt Kahn (13 episodes, 1953-1954)

Series Produced by
George Tibbles .... producer (14 episodes, 1953-1954)
Cal Reed .... associate producer / producer (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
Don Fedderson .... producer (12 episodes, 1953-1954)

Betty White .... producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Mack Stengler (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Oberbeck (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Gerald Tamblyn (7 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Makeup Department
Armand Delmar .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Production Management
Jesse Corallo .... production manager (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lester Wm. Berke .... assistant director (1 episode)
Jesse Corallo .... assistant director (1 episode)
 
Series Art Department
Gerald Tamblyn .... settings / set dresser (6 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Blondell .... head electrician / electrician / ... (13 episodes, 1953-1954)
 
Series Other crew
Don Fedderson .... in association with (6 episodes)
 

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30 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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22 out of 24 people found the following review useful.
A comedy of situations . . . and an overlooked gem, 3 August 2003
Author: Paul Dana (bigpurplebear@msn.com) from San Francisco

Elizabeth appeared to be an ordinary, everyday housewife of her time(the early 50s), and so she was . . . er, aside from the fact that an off-camera announcer regularly led forays to check into the goings-on around her house, of course. And then, come to think of it, she wasn't exactly the docile, unassuming "little woman" that husband Alvin always hoped (against all reason) she'd turn out to be, either.

In a word, she was an imp. She delighted in puncturing Alvin's pomposity, always lovingly, but invariably disastrously.

Introduced each week by harp music, which gave a deceptively tranquil lead-in to what was to follow, "Life With Elizabeth" wasn't a 'situation comedy' -- indeed, that concept had barely been formed at the time; instead, it was a comedy of situations, usually two to each show, individual and unrelated, each of them introduced by the off-camera announcer who then just let events unfold. Once chaos had yet again been firmly established as the order of the day, his voice would be again heard, this time presumably as her conscience: "Elizabeth!" (pause) "Aren't you ashamed?"

She usually gave it a moment's thought before shaking her head impishly.

As with the harp music, the show itself was deceptive in its simplicity, the writing, production and, not least of all, the performances of Betty White and Del Moore who were letter-perfect. Produced by a local Los Angeles TV station (at which White and Moore had been staffers), "Life With Elizabeth" seems to have lived its entire life in syndication.

And Elizabeth kept life from ever becoming dull!

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