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Welcome to Retroville! It's 1951!
Heartwarming comedy was just the ticket in 1951 and no show did it better than Life With Luigi. The show was actually the acting out of a letter home to mama back in Italy that Luigi would dutifully write every week. The show opened with the opening of the letter and each show closed with Luigi sending mama his love from America.

Main Characters:

  • Luigi Basco played by J. Carroll Naish
  • Schultz, a German friend, played by Hans Conreid
  • Pasquale, Luigi's friend and sponsor, played by Alan Reed
  • Rosa, Pasquale's daughter, played by Jody Gilbert
  • Miss Spalding, the citizenship teacher, played by Mary Shipp
  • Horowitz, a fellow student, played by Joe Forte
  • Olsen, a fellow student, played by Ken Peters
  • Jimmy, Luigi's partner in the antique shop, played by Gil Stratton

Show Concept:

  • The story of Luigi, an Italian immigrant in Chicago studying to be an American citizen. Each episode involved Luigi and his sponsor, Pasquale; Pasquale's chubby daughter Rosa; and Luigi's citizenship classes. Luigi was making a go of things running an antique store and modeling himself after his successful friend, Pasquale, who had achieved citizenship and had become a restauranteur. Of course, Pasquale's attempts to get Luigi interested in his daughter Rosa added to the comedy.

Hosts or Guests:

  • unknown

Writers or Producers:

  • Created by Cy Howard who also created My Friend Irma


  • unknown

Networks or stations:

  • CBS (1948-1953)

Total shows or length of production:

  • Premiered on February 20, 1948
  • Final episode on January 9, 1953
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