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The Halls of Ivy (situation comedy, starring Ronald Coleman and Benita Hume)

     [based upon the radio series of the same name created by
      Don Quinn, which aired first on NBC radio from 1949 - 52; 
      about the life and times of a college president named William
      Todhunter Hall and his wife, a former British star of stage
      and screen living in the college town of "Ivy"; it was a
      cozy warm sitcom written with sensitivity and intelligence,
      which lasted on radio for three seasons;

      It only lasted a single season in first-run television,
      but was seen in re-runs for a few years after that;

      In his book "The Great American Broadcast", Leonard Maltin 
      writes that originally the lead roles were to be played by
      Gale Gordon and Edna Best, but CBS rejected Gordon since
      he was co-starring with Eve Arden in "Our Miss Brooks";

      So the lead roles were played by the real-life husband 
      and wife team of Ronald Coleman and Benita Hume who had
      originally played them on radio; in retrospect it's hard 
      to imagine any other actors who could have played these 
      roles with more resonance; and amazing to think this 
      fortuitous casting was an "afterthought" at the time...]

     (CBS Primetime, 1954 - 1955;
      Network re-runs)


Theme: "The Halls of Ivy"

    [same theme used on radio and TV]
     
     Composers: Henry Russell (ASCAP) and
                Vick Knight (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher: Ivy Music Corp. (ASCAP)
     1997 Publisher:   Ivy Music Corp. (ASCAP)
                         c/o Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., and
                         Round Table Music (ASCAP)

     Copyright Date: 1950, on Piano/Vocal sheet music

     Recordings:
          45rpm single Capitol F1505 (1951)
               The Voices of Walter Schuman


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