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Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks. The examples and perspective in this article or section may not represent a worldwide view. ... 1948 (MCMXLVIII) was a leap year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1948 calendar). ... 1952 (MCMLII) was a Leap year starting on Tuesday (link will take you to calendar). ... The Golden Age of Television is a reference to the period from approximately 1949 to 1960 when prime time television drama was predominated by original and classic productions from such writers as Paddy Chayefsky, Reginald Rose and Rod Serling. ... Arden with Armed Forces Radio Service in the 1940s Eve Arden (April 30, 1908 - November 12, 1990) was an Oscar-nominated American actress whose career lay squarely on the border between leading lady and character actor. ...


The show hooked around Connie's daily relationships with Madison High School students, colleagues, and pompous principal Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), not to mention favourite student Walter Denton (future television and Rambo co-star Richard Crenna, who fashioned a higher-pitched voice to play the role) and biology teacher Philip Boynton ( Jeff Chandler), the latter implied as Connie's all-but-unrequited love interest, who saw science everywhere and little else anywhere. Gale Gordon at his home in Borrego Springs, California (he was honourary mayor of the town) Gale Gordon (b. ... Richard Donald Crenna (November 30, 1926 - January 17, 2003) was an American actor. ... Jeff Chandler (December 15, 1918–June 17, 1961) was a popular American film actor in the 1950s. ...


Arden's earlier career in hard-boiled film roles informed half her Connie Brooks character, but she wedded it neatly to a gentility that rounded both character and actress memorably. Miss Brooks also lived with her absentminded landlady, Mrs. Davis, whose cat Minerva was one of classic radio's few regular animal characters, with a repertoire of meows timed perfectly to various Brooks comments.


Jeff Chandler's move to films prompted Robert Rockwell to be cast as Philip Boynton for the television version of the show, but the rest of the radio cast made the transition. Connie Brooks and Osgood Conklin graduated from public high school to exclusive private school for the television version's final season, with future Bat Masterson star Gene Barry joining the cast as physical education teacher Gene Talbot. He also introduced a new romantic twist into Connie Brooks's life: he pursued Connie, previously the persuer of Mr. Boynton. Bat Masterson in 1879. ... Gene Barry (born June 14, 1921) is an American actor. ...


Our Miss Brooks ran for 154 episodes before the television version was cancelled in 1956. A feature film version of the show was also released, and the original radio show has become a favourite among old-time radio collectors. A decade after Our Miss Brooks finished, Arden became a television star again, teaming with Kaye Ballard in the title roles of the late-1960s series, The Mothers-In-Law. Kaye Ballard, born Catherine Gloria Balotta on November 20, 1926, in Cleveland, Ohio to an Italian immigrant father, is an actress who has appeared on Broadway and on television. ... The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... The Mothers-In-Law was produced by Desi Arnaz after the dissolution of both his marriage to Lucille Ball and Desilu Productions, which may explain why Ball made some catty remarks about Arden. ...


There were 154 episodes before the television show was cancelled in 1956. One feature film was also released.


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Our Miss Brooks (640 words)
Obviously, Miss Brooks encountered enough trouble to sustain the series for over 150 episodes, but, unlike many other female comics on TV at that time, Miss Brooks' forte was not the wild antics that were the norm of Lucy or the lopsided logic that was the domain of Gracie Allen.
Instead, Miss Brooks humor was achieved by her own sharp, observing wit and by her centered presence in the midst of a group of eccentric supporting players--dimwitted, squeaky-voiced student Walter, pompous Conklin, and the others.
And despite Miss Brooks desire to become "Mrs." Something--and despite the fact that she was never promoted to school principal--Our Miss Brooks legacy in TV history is that it dared to depict a woman, funny, attractive, wise, competent and working--outside the home, marriage, and children.
Our Miss Brooks - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (320 words)
Our Miss Brooks, an American situation comedy, began as a radio hit in 1948 and migrated to television in 1952, becoming one of the earlier hits of the so-called Golden Age of Television, and making a star out of Eve Arden as comely, wisecracking, but humane high school English teacher Connie Brooks.
Miss Brooks also lived with her absentminded landlady, Mrs.
A decade after Our Miss Brooks finished, Arden became a television star again, teaming with Kaye Ballard in the title roles of the late-1960s series, The Mothers-In-Law.
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