Collection of scripts for Our Miss Brooks, 1950-1956

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Title: Collection of scripts for Our Miss Brooks
Collection number: PASC 60
Contributing Institution: UCLA Library Special Collections
Language of Material: English
Physical Description: 4.0 linear ft. (9 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1950-1956
Abstract: Our Miss Brooks started on radio in 1948 and was successfully transferred to television beginning in 1952 (it ran on both media, with largely the same cast, for several months in 1952). The series ended in 1956. The program revolved around Connie Brooks, an English teacher at Madison High School. Collection consists of radio and television scripts for the series.
Language of Materials: Materials are in English.
Physical Location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact the UCLA Library Special Collections Reference Desk for paging information.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Collection of scripts for Our Miss Brooks (Collection PASC 60). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

History

Beginning on radio in 1948, Our Miss Brooks was successfully transferred to television beginning in 1952 (it ran on both media, with largely the same cast, for several months in 1952). Between gentle wisecracks, Miss Brooks doted on nerdish student Walter Denton, and frequently locked horns with crusty, cranky principal Mr. Conklin. Many of the program's episodes, however, revolved around Miss Brook's unrequited desire for Philip Boynton, the school's biology teacher.
The program had enjoyed good ratings on radio and only enlarged its audience when it moved to TV. And while some professional educators criticized the series, others celebrated Miss Brooks and Eve Arden's work: she got teaching job offers, fan letters from educators, was made an honorary member of the National Education Association and, in 1952, was given an award from the Alumni Association of the Teachers College of Connecticut for "humanizing the American Teacher." Said Arden of her on-screen alter ego: "I tried to play Miss Brooks as a loving person who cared about the kids and kept trying to keep them out of trouble, but kept getting herself in trouble."
Obviously, Miss Brooks encountered enough trouble to sustain the series for over 150 episodes, but, unlike many other female comics on TV at that time, Miss Brooks' forte was not the wild antics that were the norm of Lucy or the lopsided logic that was the domain of Gracie Allen. Instead, Miss Brooks humor was achieved by her own sharp, observing wit and by her centered presence in the midst of a group of eccentric supporting players--dimwitted, squeaky-voiced student Walter, pompous Conklin, and the others. Miss Brooks was always the source of the jokes, not the butt of them.
In 1955, ratings were beginning to wane, and the series was overhauled. Miss Brooks and Mr. Conklin were moved out of Madison High to Mrs. Nestor's Private Elementary School. For a time there was no Mr. Boynton for whom Miss Brooks would pine, but there was a muscle-bound PE teacher, Mr. Talbot, who longed for Miss Brooks. This was an important turnabout in the overall premise of the show: now Miss Brooks was the pursued rather than the pursuer. (Mr. Boynton did turn up again in early 1956 just in time for the series to be canceled; in a film version of the series released by Warner Brothers in 1956, Miss Brooks and Mr. Boynton finally did tie the knot and presumably lived happily ever after.) (From The Museum of Broadcast Communications Encyclopedia of Television http://www.museum.tv)

Scope and Content

Collection consists of radio and television scripts for the series Our Miss Brooks. Includes radio scripts (April 1950-April 1956, numbers 82-336 with some gaps) and television scripts (February 1952-April 1955, numbers 1-100).

Related Material

Al Lewis scripts (Collection PASC 136).  Available at UCLA Library Special Collections, UCLA.

UCLA Catalog Record ID

UCLA Catalog Record ID: 2470449 

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Radio scripts.
Television scripts.
Television writers--United States--Archival resources.

Container List

Box 1

- ESTIMATING SCRIPT () 6/27/1955

Box 1

- NUMBER A (no date)

Box 1

- NUMBER B (no date)

Box 1

- NUMBER C (no date)

Box 1

- SCRIPT # 1 () 2/2/1952

Box 5

ANGELA'S WEDDING (no date)

Box 6

AUCTION, THE () 1/25/1955

Box 1

AUNT MATTIE BOYNTON () 10/7/1952

Box 5

BAKERY, THE () 2/23/1954

Box 6

BASTED SNOWMAN, THE () 4/19/1955

Box 5

BICYCLE THIEF, THE () 4/6/1954

Box 1

BIG GAME, THE () 10/21/1952

Box 6

BIG LEAP, THE () 4/19/1955

Box 1

BIRTHDAY BAG () 10/24/1952

Box 6

BLIND DATE, THE () 2/28/1955

Box 5

BLOOD, SWEAT AND LAUGHS? () 4/20/1954

Box 1

BLUE GOLDFISH, THE (no date)

Box 4

BOBBSEY TWINS IN STIR, THE () 11/24/1953

Box 3

BONES, SON OF CYRANO () 5/5/1953

Box 4

BROOKS' NEW CAR () 12/8/1953

Box 5

BUDDY () 11/16/1954

Box 2

CAFETERIA STRIKE, THE () 12/23/1952

Box 3

CAPISTRANO'S REVENGE () 4/28/1953

Box 6

CHIEN CHAUD, LE ET LE MOUTON NOIR () 2/15/1955

Box 1

CHRISTMAS SHOW () 11/11/1952

Box 6

CITIZENS' LEAGUE, THE () 11/23/1954

Box 3

CLAY CITY CHAPERONE () 5/26/1953

Box 2

CONKLIN PLAYS DETECTIVE () 3/24/1953

Box 2

CONKLIN'S LOVE NEST () 1/16/1953

Box 2

CURE THAT HABIT () 12/2/1952

Box 3

DAVIS READS TEA LEAVES () 4/7/1953

Box 4

DO IT YOURSELF () 12/1/1953

Box 6

DREAM, THE () 2/1/1955

Box 4

DRY SCALP IS BETTER THAN NONE, A () 1/26/1954

Box 4

EGG, THE () 2/16/1954

Box 1

EMBEZZLED DRESS, THE () 10/17/1952

Box 4

ENGLISH TEST, THE () 1/26/1954

Box 3

FACULTY BAND (no date)

Box 2

FISHER'S PAWN SHOP () 1/30/1953

Box 5

FOUR LEAF CLOVER () 11/9/1954

Box 6

GREAT BASEBALL SLIDE, THE () 3/15/1955

Box 5

HAWKINS TRAVEL AGENCY, THE () 3/9/1954

Box 4

HELLO MR. CHIPS () 1/19/1954

Box 1

HOBBY SHOW, THE () 10/28/1952

Box 4

HOBO JUNGLE, THE () 12/29/1953

Box 2

HONEST BURGLAR, THE () 1/23/1953

Box 4

HOSPITAL CAPER () 11/3/1953

Box 1

HURRICANE, THE () 11/4/1952

Box 5

JEWEL ROBBERY, THE () 3/30/1954

Box 4

JOCKEY, THE () 11/17/1953

Box 3

JUNE BRIDE () 4/21/1953

Box 5

JUST REMEMBER THE RED RIVER VALLEY () 3/16/1954

Box 6

KRITCH CAVE () 2/22/1955

Box 5

LIFE CAN BE BONES () 4/27/1954

Box 3

LITTLE VISITOR, THE () 6/2/1953

Box 1

LIVING STATUES () 11/7/1952

Box 1

LOADED CUSTODIAN, THE () 10/10/1952

Box 2

LULU, THE PIN UP BOAT () 2/6/1953

Box 2

MADAME BROOKS DUBARRY () 2/20/1953

Box 1

MADISON COUNTRY CLUB, THE () 10/31/1952

Box 2

MARINATED HEARING () 2/27/1953

Box 6

MASCOT, THE () 4/5/1955

Box 5

MISERABLE CABALLERO, THE () 3/2/1954

Box 2

MODEL TEACHER, THE () 12/16/1952

Box 2

MONSIEUR LE BLANCHE () 11/25/1952

Box 2

MR. CASEY () 12/20/1952

Box 6

MR. FARGO'S WHISKERS () 3/8/1955

Box 1

MR. WHIPPLE (no date)

Box 6

NOODNICK, DAUGHTER OF MEDIC () 11/30/1954

Box 5

NOVELIST, THE () 11/2/1954

Box 3

OH, 'DEM GOLDEN SLIPPERS. () 10/20/1953

Box 5

OLD AGE PLAN () 3/23/1954

Box 2

OLD MARBLEHEAD () 12/9/1952

Box 4

PARLOR GAME, THE () 1/12/1954

Box 2

PET SHOP, THE () 11/18/1952

Box 3

PHONE BOOK FOLLIES () 9/22/1953

Box 1

PLAY-ACTS MRS. BOYNTON FOR A DAY () 11/14/1952

Box 4

POSTAGE DUE () 11/10/1953

Box 3

PUBLIC PROPERTY ON PARADE (no date)

Box 6

PUBLIC SPEAKER'S NIGHTMARE () 12/21/1954

Box 6

RETURN OF RED SMITH () 2/8/1955

Box 6

SAFARI O'TOOLE () 12/14/1954

Box 4

SECOND HAND FIRST AID () 2/9/1954

Box 2

-SHOW #31 () 3/6/1953

Box 5

SPACE, WHO NEEDS IT? (no date)

Box 3

SPARE THE ROD () 5/12/1953

Box 1

STOLEN AERIAL, THE (no date)

Box 3

STOLEN WARDROBE, THE () 4/14/1953

Box 6

STUFFED GOPHER, THE () 12/7/1954

Box 2

SUSY PRENTISS () 3/13/1953

Box 3

SWAP WEEK () 10/13/1953

Box 3

THANKSGIVING SHOW () 9/29/1953

Box 6

THIS IS YOUR PAST () 3/29/1955

Box 3

TRIAL BY JURY () 5/19/1953

Box 6

TURNABOUT DAY () 3/22/1955

Box 5

TWO-WAY STRETCH SNODGRASS () 5/4/1954

Box 5

VAN GOGH, MAN, GOGH (no date)

Box 3

VITAMIN E-4 () 10/6/1953

Box 2

WAKE-UP PLAN () 1/9/1953

Box 6

WEIGHING MACHINE, THE () 1/11/1955

Box 4

WILD GOOSE, THE () 1/5/1954

Box 2

YODAR KRITCH AWARD THE () 2/13/1953