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The Key To Madison High (Aired June 5, 1949)
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. Jeff Chandler played Boynton and stayed with the role for five years, even after becoming a movie star. He ultimately resigned because it was too exhausting to juggle a regular radio role with his film commitments. Others in the cast included Anne Whitfield as Conklin's daughter, Harriet. 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. THIS EPISODE: June 5, 1949. CBS network. "The Key To Madison High". Sponsored by: Palmolive Soap, Lustre-Creme Shampoo, Palmolive Shave Cream. Mrs. Davis leaves with the key to Madison High, and no one can get into school! Eve Arden, Jane Morgan, Jeff Chandler, Gale Gordon, Richard Crenna, Gloria McMillan, Hal March, Frank Nelson, Wilbur Hatch (music), Bob Lemond (announcer), Verne Smith (announcer), Al Lewis (writer, director), Larry Berns (producer). 29:58. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.