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The Halls of Ivy - Listen and Download

Hi Everybody,
I'm not sure if this is dieselpunk or not but I'll risk it to tell you about one of my favorite radio shows "The Halls of Ivy". "The Halls of Ivy" ran from 1950-1952 and stared Ronald Colman and his wife Benita Hume. It was created by Don Quinn, one of the co-cretors/writers of Fibber McGee & Molly. What separated this show from most radio comedies of the day was that it was a "smart" program. Don't get me wrong I like the sound of stuff falling out the closet on Fibber as much as the next guy, but "The Halls of Ivy" dealt with issues like racism, the draft, politics, and other topics of the period in a intellectual, and hart felt way. I can't do it justice describing it here so I've pasted in an excerpt from wikipedia below. Along with download and audio links.

Hope you enjoy,

Full wikipedia article.

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 Bea Benadaret, Elizabeth Patterson, and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maids. Alan Reed (television's Fred Flintstone) appeared periodically as the stuffy English teacher, Professor Heaslip.

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Comment by Piper Williams on September 13, 2010 at 5:38pm
A show that frequents my OTR playlist. Thanks for sharing.
Comment by Tome Wilson on September 13, 2010 at 8:58am
Thank you for including this, Scott. I hadn't heard of it before, but it's certainly something I'll be listening to.

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