Our Miss Brooks - 190 Episodes


(4.4 stars; 11 reviews)

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, at the time CBS's 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.[1] Lucille Ball was believed to be the next choice, but she was already committed to My Favorite Husband and didn't audition. Then CBS 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.[2] 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. Arden won a radio listeners' poll by Radio Mirror magazine as the top ranking comedienne of 1948-1949, 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 (award) 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.

This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.

Chapters

49-01-09 Our Miss Brooks Lack of Coal at Madison High 52:01
460702 An American Tragedy.mp3 17:42
Our Miss Brooks 480409 000 Audition Shirley Booth 30:28
480508 Mothers Day.mp3 33:03
Our Miss Brooks 480623 000 Audition Eve Arden 30:09
Our Miss Brooks 480719 001 First Day 29:52
Our Miss Brooks 480919 007 Weekend At Crystal Lake 23:40
Surprise Party 29:14
Clay City Football Game 28:56
Connie the Workhorse 30:20
Our Miss Brooks 481114 015 Babysitting for Three 29:30
Our Miss Brooks 481121 016 Model School Teacher 29:47
Our Miss Brooks 481128 017 Sunnydale Finishing School 28:23
Our Miss Brooks 481205 018 Weighing Machine 29:21
Magic Christmas Tree 28:23
Old Clothes for Party 30:24
Lack of Coal at Madison 26:00
Student Goverment Day 26:09
Head of English Department 31:07
Student Banking 29:27
Missing Electric Heater (no sponsor) 26:48
Stretch the Basketball Star 29:56
The Frog 28:41
Stretch Has A Problem 29:46
The Hair Do 28:52
Cafeteria Boycott 29:59
Poetry Mix-Up 29:10
Clay City English Teacher 29:25
April Fool's Day 28:51
Easter Outfit (disk damage) 29:16
Our Miss Brooks 490424 038 Dress Code 29:29
Walter vs Stretch Grudge Match 28:58
Our Miss Brooks 490508 040 Mister Boynton s Parents 29:27
Our Miss Brooks 490515 041 Friday the 13th 29:30
Peanuts, the Great Dane 28:33
Why Is Everybody Arguing ? 28:23
Missing Keys 30:04
Wishing Well Dance 29:10
Our Miss Brooks 490619 046 Taxidermist 29:28
Our Miss Brooks 490703 048 July 4th Trip to Eagle Springs 29:30
Telegram For Mrs. Davis 29:38
Our Miss Brooks 490717 050 Carelessness Code 30:38
Pensacola Popovers 30:06
Our Miss Brooks 490731 052 Connie s New Job Offer 29:30
Heat Wave 29:32
The English Test 26:50
Weekend at Crystal Lake 25:10
Head of the Board 29:27
Faculty Cheer Leader 30:03
Taking the Rap for Mr. Boynton 29:07
Our Miss Brooks 491002 060 Rival Football 28:52
Our Miss Brooks 491009 061 Mr Leblanche needs 50 Dollars 29:30
School Safety Advisor 29:49
Exchanging Gifts 29:15
Halloween Party 26:27
School Mascot 29:07
The Party Line 29:27
Our Miss Brooks 491127 068 Thanksgiving Weekend 28:55
Weighing Machine 29:47
Game at Clay City 30:00
Department Store Contest 28:51
Magic Christmas Tree 30:22
Our Miss Brooks 500101 073 Babysitting on New Year s Eve 29:32
Board Of Education Day 29:37
Our Miss Brooks 500115 075 Cure That Habit 29:54
Our Miss Brooks 500122 076 Professorship at State U 29:30
School On Saturday 29:32
Our Miss Brooks 500205 078 Miss Enright s Dinner 29:30
Valentine's Day Date 28:44
Stretch is in Love 28:35
Board of Education Letter 28:24
The Burglar 29:35
The Auction 29:37
Baseball Uniforms 30:44
Our Miss Brooks 500402 086 Free TV from Sherry s 29:32
Easter Egg Dye 29:53
Our Miss Brooks 500423 089 Tape Recorder 29:32
School Band 30:33
Boynton's Barbecue 30:19
Boynton's Parents 30:04
Our Miss Brooks 500521 093 Rare Black Orchid 29:31
Our Miss Brooks 500528 094 Reckless Driving 30:31
Our Miss Brooks 500910 096 Rumors 30:33
Elopement With Walter 29:04
Bronco Dismissed 29:33
Measles 29:37
Walter's Wonderful Radio 29:45
Our Miss Brooks 501015 101 The Bookie 29:37
Our Miss Brooks 501022 102 Stretch Is in Love Again 28:38
The Dancer 30:00
Our Miss Brooks 501105 104 Indian Burial Ground 29:32
Our Miss Brooks 501112 105 Teachers Convention 29:30
Our Miss Brooks 501119 106 Thanksgiving Turkey 30:37
Woman Driver 28:40
Our Miss Brooks 501203 108 Music Festival 31:00
Our Miss Brooks 501217 110 A Suit For Charity 29:47
Our Miss Brooks 501224 111 Magic Christmas Tree 29:31
Our Miss Brooks 501231 112 Christmas Gift Returns 29:29
Our Miss Brooks 510204 117 Puppy Love and Mr Barlow 29:32
Our Miss Brooks 510211 118 Business Course 29:29
Skis in the Classroom 29:21
Our Miss Brooks 510304 121 Overseas Job 29:30
Tex Barton, Basketball Star 29:42
Our Miss Brooks 510318 123 Miss Enright s Birthday Party 28:06
1951-03-25 Boynton's Land Deal 23:48
Our Miss Brooks 510401 125 Another Day Another Dress 29:30
Mr. Conklin's Induction Notice (incomplete) 13:19
Our Miss Brooks 510422 128 New School TV Set 29:37
Bargain Hats For Mother's Day 30:44
Our Miss Brooks 510527 133 The English Test 26:57
Our Miss Brooks 510603 134 The First Aid Course JC 30:49
Connie Tries To Forget Boynton 25:01
Our Miss Brooks 511125 146 Connie Wins a Man s Suit JC 24:41
Our Miss Brooks 520127 155 New School Bus JC 25:46
Our Miss Brooks 520309 161 Minerva s Kittens JC 26:11
Our Miss Brooks 530531 212 Cosmopolitan Magazine 29:38
Our Miss Brooks 531004 217 Poison Ivy 26:57
Our Miss Brooks 531011 218 Plaque for Mr Conklin 26:01
Our Miss Brooks 531018 219 Mr Boynton s Barbecue 28:09
Our Miss Brooks 531025 220 Boynton the Gigolo 25:39
Our Miss Brooks 531101 221 Mr Conklin s Car Pool 25:46
Our Miss Brooks 531108 222 Convict 27:20
Our Miss Brooks 531115 223 The Moving Van 25:41
Our Miss Brooks 531122 224 The Butcher 25:34
Our Miss Brooks 531129 225 Former Student Visits 25:42
Our Miss Brooks 531213 227 Conklin the Bachelor 20:05
Our Miss Brooks 531220 228 Christmas Gift Mix-up 25:35
Our Miss Brooks 531227 229 Miss Brooks Writes about a Hobo 25:54
Our Miss Brooks 540110 231 Hobbies 23:53
Our Miss Brooks 540117 232 Selling the House Next Door 25:33
Our Miss Brooks 540124 233 Foreign Teachers 25:38
Our Miss Brooks 540131 234 Four Fiances 24:47
Our Miss Brooks 540207 235 Foreign Teachers 25:43
540424 Cow In The Closet.mp3 18:26
Our Miss Brooks 540926 256 Mr Lathrop Returns to School 26:21
Our Miss Brooks 541003 257 Conklin Threatens to Abolish Football 26:01
Our Miss Brooks 541010 258 Bartering with Chief Thundercloud 24:46
Our Miss Brooks 541017 259 Photo Feud 19:32
Our Miss Brooks 541024 260 Stretch is in Love Again 24:40
Our Miss Brooks 541107 262 The Switchboard Operator 25:23
Our Miss Brooks 541114 263 Movies at School 24:17
Our Miss Brooks 55-04-24 286 Take Him or Leave Him 29:17
Our Miss Brooks 55-05-01 287 Miss Brooks Takes over Spring Garden 23:16
Cat Burglars - 55-08-07 29:12
Our Miss Brooks 550116 272 Male Superiority 24:29
Our Miss Brooks 550123 273 Pen Pal Project 25:39
Our Miss Brooks 550130 274 Mr Travis 3 Acre Lot 25:33
Our Miss Brooks 550306 279 Project X 22:49
Our Miss Brooks 550313 280 The School Board s Psycholoogist 23:45
Our Miss Brooks 550327 282 Mr Boynton s Moustache 24:33
Our Miss Brooks 550403 283 An American Tragedy 25:21
Our Miss Brooks 550410 284 Tears For Mister Boynton 29:19
Our Miss Brooks 550417 285 Magazine Articles 29:28
Our Miss Brooks 550424 286 Cow in the Closet 29:08
Our Miss Brooks 550501 287 Miss Brooks Takes Over Spring Garden 23:16
Our Miss Brooks 550508 288 Orphan Twins 29:40
Our Miss Brooks 550522 290 Stretch is Accused of Professionalism 25:18
Our Miss Brooks 550529 291 Spring Garden 23:57
Our Miss Brooks 550619 294 Taxi Fare 29:36
Our Miss Brooks 550626 295 Marriage By Proxy 26:03
Our Miss Brooks 550703 296 Deacon Jones 29:20
Bye Bye Boynton 25:01
Our Miss Brooks 550717 298 Planning a Trip to Europe 29:28
Our Miss Brooks 550724 299 Non Fraternization Policy 29:26
Our Miss Brooks 550731 300 Marriage Madness 29:19
Cat Burglars - 55-08-07 29:12
Our Miss Brooks 550814 302 Sneaky Peekers 29:15
Our Miss Brooks 550821 303 Teacher s Convention 29:27
The Audio Visual Experiment 25:00
Summer Vacation 28:45
Rumors 29:11
OMB 550918 House Trailer/NoAds 25:29
Our Miss Brooks 551009 310 Friendship 19:28
Our Miss Brooks 551030 313 French Sadie Hawkins Day 20:27
Our Miss Brooks 551113 315 Outpost Road incomplete 17:52
Our Miss Brooks 551204 318 Saving the School Newspaper 19:44
Our Miss Brooks 551218 320 Christmas Clothing Drive 18:59
Magic Christmas Tree 24:55
Mr. Conklin Loses His Hearing 22:44
Our Miss Brooks 560108 323 School on Saturday 24:38
Our Miss Brooks 560205 327 The Auction 24:44
Our Miss Brooks 560212 328 Mr Conklin s Statue 24:40
Our Miss Brooks 560318 333 Mash Notes to Harriet 18:27
Our Miss Brooks 560506 340 New Girl in Town 19:45
Our Miss Brooks 560603 344 The Dinner Party 19:26
Our Miss Brooks 570113 351 repeat of 25 Head of the English Dept 29:11
Our Miss Brooks 570224 357 repeat of 30 Stretch Has a Problem 28:07

Reviews

Eve Arden is Perfect as "Our Miss Brooks"

(5 stars)

Eve Arden was "perfect" as high school teacher Connie Brooks in this delightful program. The supporting cast was distinct in their characterizations and delivery. The plots had a similar theme, that is, Miss Brooks' romantic interest in Mr. Boynton (played first by Jeff Chandler and then Robert Rockwell) and her interactions with the principal, played by Gale Gordon. I was fortunate in listening to this program when it first started on radio until it ended some nine years later. The television version to me never captured the charm of the radio version. This program still maintains its' excellence after over half a century.

Gentle, smart humor

(5 stars)

. If you are weary of these modern, cynical, hard-edged times listen to this show for a little relief. Eve Arden is so perfect in this role. She is smart and witty but also vulnerable and very likable. I really enjoy how her character is able to step out of her situation and see the humor in it. She makes the listener feel like they are in a smart and witty club. And the jokes are funny! This was recorded before the era of laugh-tracks (I assume) and the audience can barely control themselves.

Our Miss Brooks

(5 stars)

I discovered OMB in the 1980s and still enjoy listening to them. The writing is classic and still relatable & funny. You need to listen to more that one episode so you can learn the traits of the different characters. Not every episode is great, but some are fantastic! If only some more episodes had been saved. Maybe someday someone will find a stack of forgotten transcription discs in some warehouse or attic.

Our Miss Brooks

(5 stars)

Have Heard A Few Episodes Of This Very Funny Show ! Look Forward To Hearing More ! "MAY-31-2017" Update ! About 6 Months Later Have Found Our Miss Brooks So Funny ! That I Am Downloading Again ! So As To Install In My Sisters Phone ! Told Her About All The Characters ! Must Admit Eve Arden Keeps Me Laughing !

Wonderful actors

(4 stars)

This is such a delightful show -- the actors are uniformly terrific, the writing is clever, and the characters are so well drawn. I'm pretty sure they do use a laugh track, and it can verge on overwhelming at points, but that doesn't detract from the fun of listening.

Two duplicates:

(0 stars)

Two duplicates: - "Our_Miss_Brooks_480919_007_Weekend_At_Crystal_Lake.mp3" is the same episode, but a much BETTER QUALITY, of "460702 An American Tragedy.mp3" - "Our_Miss_Brooks_490109_023_Boken_Furnace.mp3" is the same episode as "49-01-09_Our_Miss_Brooks_Lack_of_Coal_at_Madison_High.mp3"

one dud

(0 stars)

As in the other large set here, Our_Miss_Brooks_531108_222_Convict is not worth a download as you simply can't hear the alleged episode.

Where's Miss Brooks???

(5 stars)

I would like to know if all of The Our Miss Brooks shows are available on archive.org? Thank You!!! Roy