- The Halls of Ivy
"The Halls of Ivy" was an
NBCradio sitcom that ran from 1949-1952. It was created by " Fibber McGee & Molly" co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBStelevision comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainmentand Television Programs of America. British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colmanand Benita Hume 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" [http://www.archive.org/download/hallsofivyOTRKIBm/49-06-22e000DrHallsReappointment.mp3 audition program] featured radio veteran
Gale Gordon(then co-starring in " Our Miss Brooks") and Edna Bestin the roles that ultimately went to the Colmans, who'd shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on " The Jack Benny Program" in the late 1940s.
"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, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid.
The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from
January 6, 1950to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most 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. But listeners were surprised to discover that [http://www.archive.org/download/hallsofivyOTRKIBm/50-09-27LesliehoffPainting.mp3 the episode of 27 September 1950] , "The Leslie Hoff Painting," a story tackling racial prejudice, was written by Colman himself.
The sponsors were
SchlitzBrewing Company and then Nabisco. Nat Wolff produced and directed, Henry Russell handled the music and radio veteran Ken Carpenter was the announcer.
For the television series, the Colmans and Butterfield repeated their radio roles with
Mary Wickesportraying Alice and Ray Collins. The TV version premiered 19 October 1954and ran for 38 half-hour black-and-white episodes. Many TV episodes are missing, to the degree that some credits and episode titles are unknown.
* [http://www.classicmoviefavorites.com/colman/ivy.html Radio station WIVY]
*Ohmart, Ben. "It's That Time Again." (2002) (Albany: BearManor Media) ISBN 0-9714570-2-6
* [http://www.archive.org/details/hallsofivyOTRKIBm InternetArchive.org: "The Halls of Ivy"]
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* [http://www.tv.com/the-halls-of-ivy/show/5615/summary.html TV.com]
* [http://www.retrogalaxy.com/radio/halls-of-ivy.asp Retro Galaxy: 1951 script excerpt]
* [http://www.classicmoviefavorites.com/colman/ivy.html Halls of Ivy at Ronald Colman site]
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