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Duke, The (NBC 1954 with Paul Gilbert and Allen Jenkins)

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USA / NBC / x30 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 July – 3 September 1954 – shown Fridays @ 8.00pm) black and white

Sitcom. “The Duke” London is an old boxing pro turned would be artist who is doing his best to broaden his horizons thanks to the patronage of Harvard grad Rudy Cromwell, however the Dukes old fight promoter is determined to lure him back into the fight game.

Fans of the Big Bang Theory might be interested to see the name of Sheldon Leonard in the cast. Leonard, who become a famed producer in the 1960’s inspired the names of the two lead characters on that show.

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PAUL GILBERT as The Duke London
ALLEN JENKINS as Johnny
CLAUDE STROUD as Rudy Cromwell
SHELDON LEONARD as Sam Marco
PHYLLIS COATES as Gloria

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