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Release Date:
4 October 1954 (USA) See more »
Charming and wise Lily Ruskin lives with her daughter and son-in- law who, along with her close friend Hilda Crocker... See more »
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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 67)

Spring Byington ... Lily Ruskin (157 episodes, 1954-1959)

Frances Rafferty ... Ruth Henshaw (156 episodes, 1954-1959)
Dean Miller ... Matt Henshaw (156 episodes, 1954-1959)

Harry Morgan ... Pete Porter (156 episodes, 1954-1959)

Verna Felton ... Hilda Crocker (156 episodes, 1954-1959)

Series Directed by
Jerry Thorpe (29 episodes, 1954-1957)
Frederick De Cordova (18 episodes, 1957-1959)

William Asher (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Lou Derman (44 episodes, 1954-1959)
Parke Levy (28 episodes, 1954-1959)
Bill Davenport (22 episodes, 1955-1959)
Arthur Julian (17 episodes, 1957-1959)
Ben Gershman (3 episodes, 1955)
Bill Freedman (2 episodes, 1954)
Phil Sharp (2 episodes, 1954)
Ben Starr (2 episodes, 1955)
Bill Derman (2 episodes, 1956-1957)

Bob Schiller (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Parke Levy .... producer / executive producer (17 episodes, 1956-1959)
Frederick De Cordova .... producer / executive producer (13 episodes, 1954-1959)
Samuel Marx .... producer / executive producer (9 episodes, 1955-1956)
Mary Feldman .... associate producer (6 episodes, 1956-1959)
Series Original Music by
Eliot Daniel (7 episodes, 1954-1957)
Wilbur Hatch (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Cinematography by
Karl Freund (9 episodes, 1954-1955)
Sidney Hickox (9 episodes, 1956-1959)
Nicholas Musuraca (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Film Editing by
Douglas Hines (19 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Art Direction by
Claudio Guzmán (18 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (10 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Makeup Department
Otis Malcolm .... makeup artist (6 episodes, 1956-1959)
Lorraine Roberson .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Eva Kryger .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Production Management
Argyle Nelson .... production manager / production supervisor (15 episodes, 1954-1959)
James Paisley .... production manager (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (13 episodes, 1954-1957)
Ted Schilz .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Art Department
Donald P. Desmond .... set constructor (65 episodes, 1954-1956)
Ted Offenbecker .... set dresser (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Frank Kramer .... set dresser (2 episodes, 1955-1956)
Sandy Grace .... property master (2 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Sound Department
Robert Reeve .... re-recording editor (15 episodes, 1954-1959)
Glen Glenn .... sound (7 episodes, 1954-1959)
Cam McCulloch .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Elden Ruberg .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Maury Thompson .... camera coordinator (6 episodes, 1956-1959)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Helen Scovil Roup .... wardrobe (18 episodes, 1957-1959)
Series Editorial Department
Dann Cahn .... editorial supervisor / supervising editor (16 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Music Department
Eliot Daniel .... composer: theme music (112 episodes, 1954-1959)
Wilbur Hatch .... conductor (11 episodes, 1954-1957)
Series Other crew
Jack Baker .... choreographer (1 episode, 1956)

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

This long-running half-hour CBS sitcom debuted on 4 October 1954 and was last broadcast on 20 April 61. Mostly remembered today for featuring neighbor 'Harry Morgan' as Pete Porter, who complained constantly about his unseen wife, Gladys. They'd eventually get their own show as a spin-off in the fall of 1960.See more »


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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Overlooked 50s show was pretty good, 14 May 2013
Author: earlytalkie from United States

Next to I Love Lucy, December Bride was Desilu's most successful series in the 1950s. Running on Monday nights, following Lucy, it couldn't miss in the ratings. Spring Byington brought a sweet, lovable quality to Lily Ruskin, an older woman from Philadelphia who came to live with her daughter Ruth and son-in-law Matt. Far from being the stereotypical mother-in-law, Lily was an attractive older woman who would be a logical marriage choice for some handsome widower. Hence the title. After the first few shows, Lily was given a side-kick in the person of Hilda Crocker, memorably played by Verna Felton. The next-door neighbor was played by Harry Morgan as Pete Porter. The character of Pete was so popular that he was spun off with his heretofore unseen wife Gladys in Pete And Gladys after December Bride ended. I was surprised to learn that Pete And Gladys was not filmed at Desilu, but at Paramount (before Desilu merged with them). December Bride is not shown these days, but it was a quality sitcom with all the ingredients of a hit. The films languish in a vault, but perhaps someday it and Pete And Gladys will resurface for a new generation of viewers to discover.

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