The Leslie Hoff Painting (Aired September 27, 1950)
The Halls of Ivy featured Colman as William Todhunter Hall, the president of small, Midwestern Ivy College, and his wife, Victoria, a former British musical comedy star who sometimes felt the tug of her former profession, and followed their interactions with students, friends and college trustees. Others in the cast included Herbert Butterfield as testy board chairman Clarence Wellman; Willard Waterman (then starring as Harold Peary's successor as The Great Gildersleeve) as board member John Merriweather; and, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950 to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years writing Fibber McGee and Molly. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee continued as a writing team; their best-known play is Inherit the Wind.Cameron Blake, Walter Brown Newman, Robert Sinclair, and Milton and Barbara Merlin became writers for the program as well. THIS EPISODE: September 27, 1950. "The Leslie Hoff Painting" - NBC network. Sponsored by: Schlitz (middle commercial deleted). Leslie Hoff, an Ivy student, has won a prize for one of her paintings. At the same time, Mrs. Marshall is about to endow Ivy College with a gift of $500,000. There's a significant string attached. A well-written program. Henry Russell (composer, conductor), Lois Corbett, Jerry Hausner, Cameron Blake (writer), Herb Butterfield, Ronald Colman, Benita Hume, Ken Carpenter (announcer), James Edwards, Nat Wolff (director), Don Quinn (creator, writer). 28:12. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.