Home Television Comedy Dear Phoebe

Dear Phoebe

1 9 5 4 – 1 9 5 6 (USA)
32 x 30 minute episodes

Former UCLA professor Bill Hastings (Peter Lawford, a member of the famous Rat Pack) works for a Los Angeles newspaper called the Daily Star. His duties include a lonely hearts column, where he advises everyone on their problems – posing as an elderly woman called ” Phoebe Goodheart” – while trying to deal with his own.

His girlfriend, Michelle (“Mickey”) Riley works at the same newspaper as the sportswriter.

Clyde Fosdick (Charles Lane) is the cranky old penny-pinching managing editor of the paper. Humphrey Winston Humpsteader (Joe Corey) is the copyboy who hangs out at Ye Olde Malt Shoppe (“Teenage Spoken Here”).

Humphrey is tough (he can rip phone books in half) and constantly gets into fights. Fortunately, he has a glass jaw and is easily put out of action by a slight slap on the face.

Bill lives in an apartment at 165 La Paloma Drive. Mickey resides at 34 West Sunset.

This NBC series debuted on 10 September 1954 and ran until 11 September 1956.

Bill Hastings
Peter Lawford
Michelle ‘Mickey’ Riley
Marcia Henderson
Clyde Fosdick
Charles Lane
Humphrey Winston Humpsteader
Joe Corey