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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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December Bride Was a 12 Month Affair ***1/2 See more (6 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 66)

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)
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 (12 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
Sidney Hickox (9 episodes, 1956-1959)
Karl Freund (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Nicholas Musuraca (2 episodes, 1958)
Series Film Editing by
Douglas Hines (16 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Art Direction by
Claudio Guzmán (14 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Set Decoration by
Ted Offenbecker (7 episodes, 1956-1959)
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 (12 episodes, 1954-1959)
James Paisley .... production manager (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Marvin Stuart .... assistant director (9 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 (12 episodes, 1954-1959)
Cam McCulloch .... sound recordist (3 episodes, 1956-1957)
Glen Glenn .... sound (3 episodes, 1958-1959)
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 (13 episodes, 1954-1959)
Series Music Department
Eliot Daniel .... composer: theme music (112 episodes, 1954-1959)
Wilbur Hatch .... conductor (7 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 »
Movie Connections:
Spin off "Pete and Gladys" (1960)See more »


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14 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
December Bride Was a 12 Month Affair ***1/2, 28 November 2007
Author: edwagreen from United States

Hilarious comedy where Spring Byington played a doting parent (Lili Ruskin) living with her married daughter and son-in-law. Along the way, she makes friends with Hilda Crocker, memorably portrayed by Verna Felton. Miss Felton was so adept at comedy; yet, I remember her for her magnificent performance as the neighbor in the 1955 film classic "Picnic," based on the William Inge play.

Both Hilda and Lili cook up ideal schemes in the way of Ethel Mertz and Lucy Ricardo.

Remember the fabulous opening music? It just told you what you'd be in for the next half hour.

Harry Morgan was truly great as a wacky next door neighbor who chronically complained about Gladys, his long suffering wife. When December Bride went off the air, "Pete and Gladys" went on with Morgan and Cara Williams in the lead roles. Those were certainly the days of spin-offs at their best.

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