+ 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:
|03.05.1952||the astronomy exam||
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. The strange case of the student who refused to take an astronomy e...
|03.12.1952||the lame girl and the hypochondriac|
|03.19.1952||the oldest living graduate|
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Eleanor Joyce plans to resign from The Student Judiciary Committee...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Mr. Wellman feels that Professor Grimes of the History Department ...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Two of the professors at Ivy College have gotten married, and tha...
|04.16.1952||the french exchange student|
|04.23.1952||professor waldens son||
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Matthew Walden feels that he's going to fail his course in Renaiss...
|04.30.1952||faculty follies part 1||
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Plans for "The Faculty Follies" proceed apace, despite the objecti...
|05.07.1952||faculty follies part 2|
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Marion Colter, a talented Ivy music student and classical singer, ...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Mr. Wellman's protege, Dr. Spatzen, isn't all he seems to be. In ...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. A simulated mummy has been stolen from the Ivy College museum. Tom...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. One of the Ivy students is about to have a baby...just before fina...
|06.11.1952||the wellmans come to dinner||
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. The Wellmans stop by the Hall residence for dinner, one week befor...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. Professor Upshaw has been named the new head of the Mathematics De...
+ , Voice Of America rebroadcast. The last show of the series. Ivy is closing for the summer, and th...
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