I was watching “Father Knows Best” a few days ago and Bud asks his friend over to dinner, he clinches the deal by saying “My mother is fixing roast beef,” which seems to impress his friend, a girl.
Today I noticed on “Leave It To Beaver,” Wally did a similar thing when he asked a girl to supper. He emphasized “We’re having roast beef?”
I also seem to recall Lucy of “I Love Lucy,” also got Ethel to stay to dinner by saying something along the lines of not letting herself being did out of a roast beef dinner.
So my question is, how big of a deal was it to serve roast beef in the 50s?
Or was it just something that was easy for the sake of the plot?