Set in Washington, D.C. in 1942, Goodtime Girls told the story of four women who found themselves having to share a small attic apartment at the Coolidge Boarding House, due to a regional apartment shortage, which occurred as a result of women striking out on their own and supporting themselves during wartime. In the beginning, three of the girls - Edith Bedelmeyer, Sioux City native Betty Crandall, and Loretta Smoot - had agreed to share space together in the attic at Coolidge. However, just when they thought things couldn't get more cramped, Camille Rittenhouse, a snobbish reporter who was covering a newspaper story on the apartment shortage, wound up being their fourth roommate when she herself lost her apartment and was in need of a new place. This didn't immediately sit well with the other women, not only because of the tight quarters barely accommodating four, but since Camille's holier-than-thou personality clashed with the others, especially with Edith, who became the unofficial leader of the group. The gang did learn to get along, as they grew closer in a time when a lot of emotional and moral support was needed for each other, with America working on "getting Uncle Sam out of a jam".
The ladies also had a lot of fun things to look forward to; despite the shortage of consumer goods, cars, and men, many soldiers and sailors on military leave passed through to romance them. Edith and Betty, who were younger and single, were most frequently sought after by these bachelors. Loretta was the middle-aged war bride, who was holding out hope for her husband's safe return. Then there were two resident single men in the building, macho hustler cabbie Frankie Millardo, who lived downstairs with his buddy Benny Loman, a street performer whose pantomime, juggling and unicycle acts were part of the regular physical comedy and pratfalls seen in every episode. Frankie, who had been the one who drove Betty, Edith and Loretta to the boarding house, wants to prove himself by joining the military but is turned down because he has flat feet. Frankie and Benny often joined in the girls' escapades, escorting them around town and engaging in periodic jitterbug and big band dance sessions. With play came work: Edith was employed at the Office of Price Admissions, as mentioned, Camille was a newspaper reporter, Betty worked for the U.S. Secretary of War, and Loretta, at The Pentagon for bureaucrat General Culpepper (seen in guest appearances by Richard Stahl).
The boarding house was run by its namesakes, George and Irma Coolidge, a married couple who controlled their units very strictly. Also seen around was Skeeter, a young boy who spent a lot of time with the Coolidges.
|Annie Potts||Edith Bedelmeyer||1|
|Lorna Patterson||Betty Crandall||1|
|Georgia Engel||Loretta Smoot||1|
|Francine Tacker||Camille Rittenhouse||1|
|Marcia Lewis||Irma Coolidge||1|
|Merwin Goldsmith||George Coolidge||1|
|Peter Scolari||Benny Lohman||1|
|Adrian Zmed||Frankie Molardo||1|
|Season One||January 22, 1980||August 29, 1980||13|
- At a Glance: Additional information about the series
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