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|Life with Luigi|
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Irish-American actor J. Carrol Naish became type-cast as an Italian after playing the role of Luigi Basco for several years, first on CBS radio starting in 1948, and for a short period on a live TV series in 1952. Luigi was a newly arrived Italian immigrant who was learning to love his new homeland. He did not always understand what everything meant, and often took things too literally, but his sweet, gentle nature won everyone over. The setting alternated between Luigi's antique shop and his friend Pasquale's restaurant. Pasquale, a fellow immigrant who had been in this country for several years, had paid Luigi's boat fare to America in hoes that he might be able to marry off his fat daughter Rosa to his impressionable countryman. When Life with Luigi returned for a brief second run in the spring of 1953 all three principal parts were being played by different actors.
Despite its popularity on radio, Life with Luigi had only a short career on TV. Its extreme ethnic stereo-tying was found offensive by some, and sponsor troubles provided the coup de grace.
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|Last Airing||Jun 04, 1953|
|Premiere||September 22, 1952|
|Format/Time||Black & White / 30 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
J. Carrol Naish.... Luigi Basco (1952)
Vito Scotti.... Luigi Basco (1953)
Mary Shipp.... Miss Spalding
Ken Peters.... Olson
Thomas Gomez.... Pasquale (1953)
Alan Reed.... Pasquale (1952)
Jody Gilbert.... Rosa (1952)
Muriel Landers.... Rosa (1953)
Sig Ruman.... Schultz (1952)
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