Our Miss Brooks

Our Miss Brooks

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Our Miss Brooks was a hit on radio from the outset; within eight months of its launch as a regular series, the show landed several honors, including four for Eve Arden, who won polls in four individual publications of the time. Arden had actually been the third choice to play the title role. Harry Ackerman, at the time CBS's West Coast director of programming, wanted Shirley Booth for the part, but as he told historian Gerald Nachman many years later, he realized Booth was too focused on the underpaid downside of public school teaching at the time to have fun with the role.

Lucille Ball was believed to have been the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Then CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script—Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal—Arden agreed to give the newly revamped show a try.

Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast—blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright—also received positive reviews.

Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top-ranking comedienne of 1948-49, receiving her award at the end of an Our Miss Brooks broadcast that March. "I'm certainly going to try in the coming months to merit the honor you've bestowed upon me, because I understand that if I win this two years in a row, I get to keep Mr. Boynton," she joked. But she was also a hit with the critics; a winter 1949 poll of newspaper and magazine radio editors taken by Motion Picture Daily named her the year's best radio comedienne.

For its entire radio life, the show was sponsored by Colgate-Palmolive-Peet, promoting Palmolive soap, Lustre Creme shampoo, and Toni hair care products. The radio series continued until 1957, a year after its television life ended.Episode List

Episode List

A Suit For Charity
An American Tragedy
An American Tragedy
Another Day Another Dress
April Fool's Day
The Auction
The Audio Visual Experiment
Audition Eve Arden
Audition Shirley Booth
Babysitting for Three
Babysitting on New Year s Eve
Bargain Hats For Mother's Day
Bartering with Chief Thunderclou
Baseball Uniforms
Board Of Education Day
Board of Education Letter
Boynton the Gigolo
Boynton's Barbecue
Boynton's Land Deal
Boynton's Parents
Bronco Dismissed
The Burglar
Business Course
Bye Bye Boynton
Cafeteria Boycott
Carelessness Code
Cat Burglars
Christmas Clothing Drive
Christmas Gift Mix-up
Christmas Gift Returns
Clay City English Teacher
Clay City Football Game
Conklin the Bachelor
Conklin Threatens to Abolish Foo
Connie Tries To Forget Boynton
Connie Has the Measles
Connie s New Job Offer
Connie the Work Horse
Connie Wins a Man s Suit JC
Cosmopolitan Magazine
Cow In The Closet
Cure That Habit
The Dancer
Deacon Jones
Department Store Contest
Dress Code
Easter Egg Dye
Easter Outfit (disk damage)
Elopement With Walter
The English Test
Exchanging Gifts
Faculty Cheer Leader
First Day
Foreign Teachers
Former Student Visits
Four Fiances
Free TV from Sherry s
French Sadie Hawkins Day
Friday the 13th
The Frog
Game at Clay City
The Hair Do
Halloween Party
Head of English Department
Head of the Board
Heat Wave
House Trailer/NoAds
Indian Burial Ground
July 4th Trip to Eagle Springs
Lack of Coal at Madison
Lack of Coal at Madison High
Magazine Articles
Magic Christmas Tree
Male Superiority
Marriage By Proxy
Marriage Madness
Mash Notes to Harriet
Minerva s Kittens JC
Miss Brooks Takes over Spring
Miss Brooks Takes Over Spring Ga
Miss Brooks Writes about a Hobo
Miss Enright s Birthday Party
Miss Enright s Dinner
Missing Electric Heater (no sponsor)
Missing Keys
Mister Boynton s Parents
Model School Teacher
Mothers Day.mp3
Movies at School
Mr. Conklin Loses His Hearing
Mr. Conklin's Induction Notice (incomplete)
Mr Boynton s Barbecue
Mr Boynton s Moustache
Mr Conklin s Car Pool
Mr Conklin s Statue
Mr Lathrop Returns to School
Mr Leblanche needs 50 Dollars
Mr Travis 3 Acre Lot
Music Festival
New Girl in Town
New School Bus JC
New School TV Set
Non Fraternization Policy
Old Clothes for Party
Orphan Twins
Outpost Road incomplete
Overseas Job
The Party Line
Peanuts, the Great Dane
Pen Pal Project
Pensacola Popovers
Photo Feud
Planning a Trip to Europe
Plaque for Mr Conklin
Poetry Mix-Up
Poison Ivy
Professorship at State U
Project X
Puppy Love and Mr Barlow
Rare Black Orchid
Reckless Driving
Rival Football
Saving the School Newspaper
School Band
School Mascot
School On Saturday
School Safety Advisor
School on Saturday
Selling the House Next Door
Skis in the Classroom
Sneaky Peekers
Spring Garden
Stretch Has A Problem
Stretch is in Love
Stretch the Basketball Star
Stretch is Accused of Profession
Stretch Is in Love Again
Stretch is in Love Again
Student Banking
Student Goverment Day
Summer Vacation
Sunnydale Finishing School
Surprise Party
Take Him or Leave Him
Taking the Rap for Mr. Boynton
Tape Recorder
Taxi Fare
Teacher s Convention
Teachers Convention
Tears For Mister Boynton
Telegram For Mrs. Davis
Tex Barton, Basketball Star
Thanksgiving Turkey
Thanksgiving Weekend
The Auction
The Bookie
The Butcher
The Dinner Party
The English Test
The First Aid Course JC
The Moving Van
The School Board s Psycholoogist
The Switchboard Operator
Valentine's Day
Walter vs Stretch Grudge Match
Walter's Wonderful Radio
Weekend at Crystal Lake
Weekend At Crystal Lake
Weighing Machine
Weighing Machine
Why Is Everybody Arguing ?
Wishing Well Dance
Woman Driver