+ The Halls of Ivy is an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1950-1952. It was created by Fibber McGee & Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman (1891-1958) and Benita Hume (1906-1967) starred in both versions of the show. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee & Molly in the hands of his protege Phil Leslie. The Halls of Ivy's audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon (then co-starring in Our Miss Brooks) and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to the Colmans, who demonstrated a flair for radio comedy during their late 1940s recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program. The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends, and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and Bea Benaderet, Elizabeth Patterson, and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maids. Alan Reed (television's Fred Flintstone) appeared periodically as the stuffy English teacher, Professor Heaslip. The series ran 109 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950, to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee writing many of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years writing Fibber McGee & Molly. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee continued as a writing team; their best-known play is Inherit the Wind. Cameron Blake, Walter Brown Newman, Robert Sinclair, and Milton and Barbara Merlin became writers for the program as well.-WikiPedia
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Please enjoy these 89 old time radio episodes:
|06.14.1950||stolen first edition||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz ( ). Dr. Hall receives a first edition of a book by John Donne. A stolen fir...
|06.21.1950||bentheimers and the census||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. The . The strange Mr. Benthimer and his equally strange family have ...
+ The Ivy Prom is about to be held. The car of a faculty member is going to be auctioned. Dr. Warre...
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Dr. Hall's scheduled poetry reading is preceded by a visit from, "The ...
|07.12.1950||education of annie belle||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Annie Bell wants to attend Ivy College, but Annie's father wants to ke...
|09.13.1950||halls of ivy (029) ivy vs the united nations|
|09.27.1950||the leslie hoff painting||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz (middle commercial deleted). Leslie Hoff, an Ivy student, has won a prize fo...
|10.04.1950||the new english teacher||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Mr. Bentley Brook has come to at Ivy College. He's quite good looking,...
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz (commercial deleted). A strange man from the telephone company comes to call...
|11.22.1950||jack benny visits ivy||
+Program #18. , AFRS rebroadcast. Guest Jack Benny is to appear for a benefit at Ivy College. + Wel...
|11.29.1950||the honor student|
|01.03.1951||professor barrettes play||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Professor Barrett has taken 7 years to write a terrible play. How to t...
|01.24.1951||the goya bequest||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. The wife of a wealthy alumnus bequeaths a painting by Goya to Ivy. It...
|01.31.1951||professor warrens retirement||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. Professor Warren announces his retirement from Ivy College, his secret...
+ Welcome again to Ivy, Ivy College that is in the town of Ivy USA. Second perhaps on the list of we...
|02.28.1951||the french scholarship|
|03.07.1951||eddie grays wedding||
+ Welcome again to Ivy, Ivy College that is in the town of Ivy USA. The lull between Christmas and E...
|03.14.1951||his fathers image|
|04.18.1951||romiette and julio||
+ Sponsored by: Schlitz Beer. What are the dramatic plans of the Athenaeum Club? It's Romiette and J...
|04.25.1951||note the quote|
|05.02.1951||student vandalism and the draft|
|05.23.1951||cooks night out|
|05.30.1951||finals day award|
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