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Our Miss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that was eventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film and New York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecracking friend. She often did it better than anyone else, receiving an Oscar nomination for the 1945 film Mildred Pierce. Since her skill with the wicked one-liner was beginning to lead to typecasting, Arden signed on for the lead in radio’s Our Miss Brooks to find a new image.

The series centers on Connie Brooks, a sharp-witted, lovable English teacher at fictional Madison High School. Between gentle wisecracks, Miss Brooks dotes on nerdish student Walter Denton, played by Richard Crenna, and frequently locks horns with crusty, cranky principal Osgood Conklin, played by Gale Gordon. Many plot lines revolve around Miss Brooks’ longing for Philip Boynton, the school’s bashful biology teacher.

The radio series lasted until 1957, having already made a successful jump to television in 1952 where Arden won a Primetime Emmy for Best Female Star in a Regular Series.

Episodes include “Snap Magazine’s Model American Teacher”; “Stretch Snodgrass and the English Exam”; “Peanuts, the Great Dane”; “Arguments, Arguments”; “Christmas in July”; “Mrs. Davis’ Pensacola Popovers”; “Miss Brooks Takes the Blame”; “Chaperone for the Cereal Bowl Game”; “Connie’s Letter to ‘Sandy Clawsss’”; “Babysitting for New Year’s Eve”; “Professorship at State U”; and “Making Dinner for Mr. Boynton.”

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About the Narrators

Eve Arden (1908–1990) was an American actress whose career of nearly sixty years covered stage, radio, film, and television. She had roles on stage in New York in the 1930s and 1940s when a minor role in a comedy sketch attracted notice. She went on to radio, television, and film, playing supporting and leading roles, but she may be best remembered for her role as the sardonic but engaging high school teacher Connie Brooks in Our Miss Brooks. She was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1995.

Gale Gordon (1906–1995) was an American actor of stage, radio, television, and film who was known for playing stuffy characters, from military officers to high school principals. He got his first role in radio on the popular Fibber McGee and Molly show. He appeared The Honeymooners, Our Miss Brooks, the various Lucille Ball sitcoms, and numerous other films and television series. He was at his best when he delivered the “slow burn” take. He was inducted into the Radio Hall of Fame in 1999.