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Saturday, August 22, 2009

Ethel and Albert

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Ethel and Albert (aka The Private Lives of Ethel and Albert) was a radio and television comedy series about a married couple, Ethel and Albert Arbuckle, living in the small town of Sandy Harbor was created by Peg. She scripted and portrayed Ethel, the series first aired on Minnesota radio on April 17, 1944 as a 15-minute daily show. It continued as such until 1949 when it was expanded to a half hour. The show moved to television in 1950 as a 10-minute segment on the Kate Smith Hour, and in April 1953, Ethel and Albert became a half hour program on the NBC network.

NBC canceled the show in December 1954, but it found new life when it was picked up by CBS as a 1955 summer replacement show. In the fall of 1955, the show shifted networks yet again, this time to ABC where it stayed until May 1956.

Yet, the show did not die, it continued on CBS Radio in 1957, with the title changed to The Couple Next Door. Peg and Alan Bunce were still in the title roles and Peg was still the show's writer. The Couple Next Door lasted for 3 years as a 15-minute program, ending in 1960.

Ethel and Albert was back in 1963-1964 on NBC's "Monitor" and on National Public Radio's Earplay in 1973.





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