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December Bride (radio program)

December Bride is an American old-time radio situation comedy. It was broadcast on CBS from June 8, 1952, to September 6, 1953.[1] CBS television broadcast a version of the program 1954-1959.[2]

December Bride
Spring Byington in Meet John Doe trailer.jpg
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
TV adaptations December Bride
Starring Spring Byington
Doris Singleton
Hal March
Hans Conried
Alan Reed
Announcer Johnny Jacobs
Created by Parke Levy
Written by Parke Levy
Directed by Parke Levy
Original release June 8, 1952 (1952-06-08) – September 6, 1953 (1953-09-06)



in On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio, John Dunning described Lily Ruskin, the program's main character, as "the precise opposite of the stereotypical mother-in-law. A widow, Lily was a dear lady in every aspect."[1] Other main characters in the program were Ruth Henshaw, Lily's daughter; Matt Henshaw, Ruth's husband; and their next-door neighbor, Pete Porter.[1]

Lily wrote an advice column for a newspaper, and Matt was an architect.[3]

In August 1952, December Bride was one of four sustaining CBS radio programs (along with the Steve Allen Show, Gunsmoke, and Horatio Hornblower) carried over into the fall "to test further their commercial potential.[4]


The cast of December Bride is shown in the table below.

Character Actor
Lily Ruskin Spring Byington
Ruth Henshaw Doris Singleton
Matt Henshaw Hal March
Pete Porter Hans Conried
Alan Reed[5]

Source: On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio[1] (except as noted)

Johnny Jacobs was the announcer, and Wilbur Hatch provided the music.[3] The program was created and directed by Parke Levy.[6]


In December 1952, December Bride held a letter-writing contest with the topic "Why I like my Mother-in-law". The prize was a week's vacation for two to Palm Springs, including being the guests of Spring Byington while there.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio (Revised ed.). New York, NY: Oxford University Press. p. 196. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2011). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010 (2nd ed.). Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. p. 247. ISBN 978-0-7864-6477-7.
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  4. ^ "4 of 5 CBS AM Sustainers Get Fall Rides" (PDF). Billboard. August 30, 1952. p. 6. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Delmar to Return to Radio; Jergens To TV Net, Grass Nixes 'Noodle'". Billboard. March 7, 1953. p. 8. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  6. ^ "(untitled brief)" (PDF). Broadcasting. September 15, 1952. p. 75. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Mother-in-law contest" (PDF). wpbc. December 22, 1952. p. 86. Retrieved 25 July 2017.

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