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Lotsa Luck

1 9 7 3 – 1 9 7 4 (USA)
24 x 30 minute episodes

Bachelor Stanley Belmont (Dom DeLuise) was the custodian of the New York City bus company’s lost-and-found department, but it was his home life and not his job that was the source of most of his problems and aggravations.

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Living with him in Brooklyn was his bossy widowed mother, Iris (Kathleen Freeman), his klutzy and near-sighted plain sister Olive (Beverly Sanders), and Olive’s slovenly unemployed husband of seven years, Arthur (Wynn Irwin).

The fact that Arthur was perfectly content to live off Stanley’s earnings and did not seem particularly interested in finding a job and moving out of Stanley’s home did not endear him to his brother-in-law.

The one thing Stanley wanted more than anything was a colour TV set, but his little nest egg to realise that dream was constantly being depleted by broken furnaces and water heaters, as well as his mooching relatives.

One of Stanley’s co-workers, his good friend Bummy (Jack Knight), was the only other regular cast member. Bummy was a ladies man and wore the loudest and most outrageous jackets on his many dates.

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If this entire scenario seems familiar to British readers, that’s because Lotsa Luck was based on the popular UK comedy series, On The Buses, starring Reg Varney (1969 – 1973).

Despite the formidable comic talents of Dom DeLuise, Lotsa Luck failed to attract an audience and the series was cancelled when one full season ended.

Stanley Belmont
Dom DeLuise
Mrs Iris Belmont

Kathleen Freeman
Arthur Swann

Wynn Irwin
Olive Swann

Beverly Sanders
Bummy Fitzer

Jack Knight