Life With Elizabeth


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About

From Wikipedia:

Life with Elizabeth was a sitcom which aired from 1953 to 1955. The show starred Betty White and Del Moore; Jack Narz was the on-camera announcer and narrator. The low-budget comedy was produced by a local Los Angeles TV station where White and Moore were on the staff. It ran in first-run syndication.

Life with Elizabeth compares favorably with other 1950s sitcoms such as I Love Lucy and My Little Margie. The once popular show was largely forgotten until VHS and later DVD releases became available after it entered the public domain. Since then, it has gained a small cult following and is currently shown on America One.

The most unusual feature of Life with Elizabeth is that it was divided into three 8 to 10 minute comic shorts — referred to as "incidents". Sometimes an entire incident might just consist of the two main characters talking to each other. Also unusual was the minimal theme music, which was played by a solo harpist who was partially visible on the opening title screen.

Premise:

Elizabeth and Alvin are a married couple who live an ordinary suburban life, but inevitably managed to get into predicaments. At the end of most predicaments, Alvin, in variable degrees of frustration, would say, "I shall leave you now, Elizabeth" and would walk out of sight. The announcer would say, "Elizabeth, aren't you ashamed?" She would slowly nod, but then, with a slightly devilish grin, would vigorously shake her head to indicate she wasn't.

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Highlights
Betty White on her first TV series, Life with Elizabeth
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Who talked about this show

Betty White with Emerson College

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Betty White on how Life with Elizabeth came about and forming her production company with Don Fedderson
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Betty White on the premise of Life with Elizabeth
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Betty White

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Betty White on her first TV series, Life with Elizabeth
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