Life With Elizabeth, Volume 3
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Betty White has been one of America's most beloved radio ("Blondie") and television ("The Mary Tyler Moore Show", "The Golden Girls") personalities for nearly six decades. She displays her considerable charm and comedic flair in this classic 1950s TV series which she co-created, produced and headlined. Her work on "Life with Elizabeth" led to her first Emmy in 1952. In four hilarious episodes consisting of three vignettes each, everyday conflicts arise between Elizabeth and her very adoring, yet frustrated husband, Alvin. Elizabeth's quirky sense of humor, silly antics and crazy schemes send the two of them on a continuous rollicking ride of marital ups and downs.
Episode 1: Elizabeth is having a very bad day and Alvin's attempts to cheer her up fall short... Elizabeth and Alvin recall their first kiss... Alvin is disenchanted when Elizabeth invites an old flame from high school to dinner.
Episode 2: The living room is in trouble when Elizabeth gets hold of a saw and a home remodeling magazine... Alvin and Elizabeth engage in a battle of the minds... Elizabeth gets roped into watching Mr. Fuddy's home movies.
Episode 3: Alvin regrets bringing work home from the office... Elizabeth and Alvin are late for the Mayor's party... Elizabeth and Alvin strike a sour note with a temperamental piano tuner.
Episode 4: Alvin is a bit over-competitive at ping pong... Alvin "saves" $300 by fixing the roof himself... Alvin insists that women are incapable of writing a good mystery story.
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LIFE WITH ELIZABETH originated at the Los Angeles station KLAC-TV in 1952, where both White and Moore were employed at the time. The show started out being aired live with a studio audience as part of a larger, five-hour block of variety entertainment. White won her first Emmy Award for her performance as Elizabeth.
Betty White's charm shines through in every single episode; not to mention her strong chemistry with co-star Del Moore. The humour is very benign; not like the slapstick of "I Married Joan" or the crowdpleasing, laugh-a-minute "I Love Lucy" by any stretch, but still very worthwhile.
1# - Alvin tries to cheer up grumpy Elizabeth on a day when everything goes wrong. A flashback reveals Elizabeth and Alvin's first kiss. Alvin isn't too impressed when Elizabeth invites an old highschool rival to dinner.
2# - Alvin fears the worst when Elizabeth goes on a "home improvement" kick. Elizabeth dabbles in amateur hypnosis, with Alvin as her guinea pig. Tempers run riot during an evening of watching home movies with Alvin's boss Mr. Fuddy (Ray Erlenborn).
3# - Elizabeth and Alvin's individual jobs are constantly interrupted by their chatter. Getting confused by the dates, the couple can't decide whether they are due at an awards banquet or a costume party. Elizabeth gets a visit from an eccentric piano tuner (Frank De Vol).
4# - Alvin is a bit over-competitive at ping-pong, so Elizabeth decides to play a few cunning tricks. Alvin "saves" $395 by fixing the roof himself, and ends up with more holes than he started with. Alvin argues that women are incapable of writing a realistic mystery story, whilst a vacuum cleaner salesman (once again played by Frank De Vol) gets caught in the crossfire.