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Our Miss Brooks: English Test / First Aid Course / Tries to Forget / Wins a Man’s Suit

Our Miss Brooks: English Test / First Aid Course / Tries to Forget / Wins a Man’s Suit

Our Miss Brooks is an American situation comedy starring Eve Arden as a sardonic high school English teacher. It began as a radio show broadcast from 1948 to 1957. When the show was adapted to television (1952–56), it became one of the medium’s earliest hits. In 1956, the sitcom was adapted for big screen in the film of the same name.

Connie (Constance) Brooks (Eve Arden), an English teacher at fictional Madison High School.
Osgood Conklin (Gale Gordon), blustery, gruff, crooked and unsympathetic Madison High principal, a near-constant pain to his faculty and students. (Conklin was played by Joseph Forte in the show’s first episode; Gordon succeeded him for the rest of the series’ run.) Occasionally Conklin would rig competitions at the school–such as that for prom queen–so that his daughter Harriet would win.
Walter Denton (Richard Crenna, billed at the time as Dick Crenna), a Madison High student, well-intentioned and clumsy, with a nasally high, cracking voice, often driving Miss Brooks (his self-professed favorite teacher) to school in a broken-down jalopy. Miss Brooks’ references to her own usually-in-the-shop car became one of the show’s running gags.
Philip Boynton (Jeff Chandler on radio, billed sometimes under his birth name Ira Grossel); Robert Rockwell on both radio and television), Madison High biology teacher, the shy and often clueless object of Miss Brooks’ affections.
Margaret Davis (Jane Morgan), Miss Brooks’ absentminded landlady, whose two trademarks are a cat named Minerva, and a penchant for whipping up exotic and often inedible breakfasts.
Harriet Conklin (Gloria McMillan), Madison High student and daughter of principal Conklin. A sometime love interest for Walter Denton, Harriet was honest and guileless with none of her father’s malevolence and dishonesty.
Stretch (Fabian) Snodgrass (Leonard Smith), dull-witted Madison High athletic star and Walter’s best friend.
Daisy Enright (Mary Jane Croft), Madison High English teacher, and a scheming professional and romantic rival to Miss Brooks.
Jacques Monet (Gerald Mohr), a French teacher.

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, 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. 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 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.


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Italian Xmas Training course in Milan from December, 16th 2013

Italian Xmas Training course in Milan from December, 16th 2013

Would you like to experience Italian Xmas and New Year’s Eve preparations to get into the Xmas spirit? Would you also like to improve your Italian language techniques? Then why not attending an Italian language and Xmas system in Milan?


Italy and specially Milan are gorgeous all through the calendar year, but before Xmas Milan turns into a magical winter wonderland which is genuinely truly worth a remain: festive atmosphere with Xmas fairs, splendidly embellished streets and retailers for a one of a kind procuring experience and an inviting nightlife scene.


Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Milano permits you to study Italian along with going through Xmas traditions thanks to a particular Italian Xmas Training course. This system brings together Italian language lessons with society and functions and hence offers a one of a kind possibility to experience Xmas and get into the Xmas spirit: indulge in the “Dolce Vita” of Italy and Milan, with its language and customs all through the Xmas season.


This system is a great option for the pre-Xmas time period for anyone who would like to live the Xmas society and customs just like an Italian.


Thanks to the central place of Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Milano ideal in the Navigli area of Milan, students can quickly discover the metropolis.


This particular Xmas Training course in Milan lasts 1 week and offers its members with all the things they require to experience a classic Italian Xmas. Whilst celebrating and participating in the language classes they will be equipped to get the job done on their Italian and as a result improve their language techniques.


The system takes area surrounded by a splendidly embellished metropolis in which students can find anything at all their coronary heart could need for Xmas – including Xmas procuring in gorgeous stores as very well as art or craft marketplaces.


In additional detail, this particular Xmas Training course in Milan presented by Scuola Leonardo da Vinci for illustration offers the opportunity to study how to decorate a property in an genuine Italian way and how to get ready the table for Xmas evening meal, enabling students to rejoice their pretty very own Italian “Natale” back again property.


Moreover, guided excursions will be arranged wherever students can for illustration obtain all Xmas decoration that is required or just soak up the magical atmosphere and get some new decorating thoughts. The faculty will also organize visits to foods stores and marketplaces wherever Italians like to acquire their substances for Xmas evening meal.


This particular Xmas Training course in Italy is pretty common and experiences great success each and every calendar year, as a result you can be confident to fulfill and get to know other students from all in excess of the globe and to also trade experience about Xmas practices in their international locations.


Opt for the Exclusive Xmas Training course in Milan if you would like to take part in the great combination of Italian Xmas traditions as very well as language scientific studies. The system will be held in Milan from December, 16th to 20th 2013.


Aside from the system, Scuola Leonardo da Vinci will be delighted to organize a choose-up company from and to the airports and practice stations all over Milan and to find the great lodging for you. Whichever your desire is – from lodges to shared apartments and visitor people – our staff will surely be equipped to find an lodging that satisfies your requirements. The identical applies to the length of your remain as a Dolce Vita Senior Student, the multi-lingual staff of the faculty is generally delighted to assist with any queries. 


Launched in Milan, Italy in 2004, the Italian language faculty Scuola Leonardo da Vinci Milan is centered in the Navigli area – a meeting area for artists – with numerous retailers, bars, cafes and eating places. The faculty is found inside a university student campus and is very well connected to the metropolis centre which can quickly be attained on foot, by subway, tram or bus.  The campus offers a park, bar and canteen even though all lecture rooms in the faculty are outfitted with air conditioning. The faculty is found in via Darwin 20, 20143 Milan (Italy).


Extra detailed details on the Italian language and Xmas Training course in Milan can be discovered on the school’s official internet site.


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