Saturday, September 21, 2013

September 21, 1948: 'Life with Luigi' began on CBS

 
September 21, 1948: The comedy series Life With Luigi aired for the first time on CBS. J. Carroll Naish appeared in the lead role. He also starred as Luigi Basko in the TV form of the show in 1952.

Life with Luigi was a radio sitcom that aired on CBS for four and half years, beginning in September of 1948 and ending in March 1953. It featured the story of Luigi Basco, an immigrant from Italy who became a newly-naturalized citizen of the United States. Irish-American actor J Carroll Naish was given the lead role.

Other characters on the show included the German Shultz (played by Hans Conreid), an immigrant and Luigi's classmate in his English class, and Pasquale (played by Allan Reed), an Italian-American who had a daughter named Rosa, whom he always set up with Luigi.

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