OLD TIME RADIO - 12 AUDIO CD - 24 Shows
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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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50-08-15 Luigi Has a Fire in the Store
50-08-22 Business Trip to Buffalo
50-09-05 Luigi Sells Ice Cream
50-09-12 Luigi Is Lonely
50-09-19 Crusade for Freedom Speech
50-09-26 Trolley Transfer
50-10-03 Luigi Gives Blood
50-10-10 A Day In New York With Frank Sinatra
50-10-17 Pasquale Hires A Tutor
50-10-24 Antique Dealers of America Association
50-10-31 Right To Vote Taken Away
50-11-07 Luigi Opens His Barber Shop
50-11-14 Headaches or Heartaches
50-11-24 Moonlighting At The Daisy Pie Factory
50-11-28 Not Counted In The Census
50-12-05 Lost In Chicago
50-12-12 Luigi Joins The Record Collector's Club
50-12-19 A Christmas Present For Pasquale
50-12-26 A Visit From The Immigration Service
51-01-02 Ice Skating At The Lake
51-01-09 Queen Sheba's Iceberg
51-01-16 Luigi Deposits A California Check
51-01-23 (114) Luigi Refuses To Talk To Pasquale
51-01-30 (115) Graduating From 1A To 1B