OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 24 Shows
Total Playtime: 12:16:08
Life With Luigi was a radio comedy-drama series which began September 21, 1948 on CBS Radio, with the final episode broadcast on March 3, 1953.
The story concerned Italian immigrant Luigi Basco, and his experiences as an immigrant in Chicago. Many of the shows take place at the English classes that Luigi attends with other immigrants from different countries, as well as trying to fend off the repeated advances of the morbidly-obese daughter of his landlord/sponsor. Luigi was played by J. Carrol Naish, an Irish-American actor.
Beginning on September 22, 1952, Naish continued the role on the short-lived CBS Television version and was later replaced by Vito Scotti when the series was briefly revived in the spring of 1953. With a working title of The Little Immigrant, the TV version of Life with Luigi was created by Cy Howard, who earlier had created the hit radio comedy, My Friend Irma. Other characters on the radio show included Pasquale (Alan Reed), another Italian-American who was always trying to set Luigi up with his daughter Rosa, and Shultz (Hans Conreid), a German immigrant and fellow student in Luigi's citizenship class.
The show was sometimes regarded as the Italian counterpart to the radio show The Goldbergs, which chronicled the experience of Jewish immigrants in New York City.
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49-11-29 Money for the Kids
49-12-06 Post Office Breaks Luigi's Gift
49-12-20 Pasquale Takes Luigi's Christmas Money
49-12-27 New Year's Phone Call
50-01-03 Pietro Needs an Overcoat
50-01-10 Luigi's First Citizenship Papers
50-01-24 Using Television to Increase Business
50-01-31 Flunking The Final Exam On Purpose
50-02-07 The Abraham Lincoln Letter
50-02-14 Movie Date
50-02-21 Washington Radio Contest
50-02-28 Mrs Spaulding's Party
50-03-07 Income Tax Season
50-03-14 Big Brothers of America
50-03-21 Luigi Enlists In The Marines
50-03-28 Luigi Finds a Wallet
50-04-04 Traffic Light
50-04-11 Bosco is A Good Name
50-04-25 Donation for Gym Equipment
50-05-02 Sootho's Cough Syrup Guarantee
50-05-16 Future American, 1953
50-05-23 Taking A Picture Of Rosa
50-05-30 Luigi's Antiques Are Auctioned Off
50-06-06 Party Line Troubles