1 9 5 4 (USA)
345 x 15 minute episodes
The daily series from NBC featured the lighthearted misadventures of Cicero P. Sweeney (Charles Ruggles), a general store owner in the town of Mapleton who involved himself in – and attempted to solve – the problems of others.
Marge Franklin (Helen Wagner) was Cicero’s daughter. Kippie Franklin (Glenn Walken) was Marge’s son and Henrietta (Janet Fox) her best friend.
Tom Millikan (Harry Gersham) was Cicero’s friend and Abigail (Betty Garde) was Tom’s wife.
Other regular characters included Molly the town spinster (Jane Cleveland) and Little Eva (Lydia Reed), a refugee girl.
The series, which produced 345 episodes, aired from 30 June 1954 to 30 December 1955.
The Mr Sweeney concept originally began in 1953 as a weekly segment on The Kate Smith Hour.
Cicero P. Sweeney