If you have Sirius/XM, you can listen to Greg Bell's Old time radio channel (#82). He has a number of great programs available throughout the month of December on his great show. You can also get a large number of these programs at a variety or resources on the web. One place to find these shows is the 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive. This is a great resources for many of these wonderful radio shows!
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From 1948 through 1957, Eve Arden played the lovelorn English teacher at Madison High, Connie Brooks. This series is one of the very best comedies that we have from Old Time Radio days. Arden leads an all-star cast in this well written series on CBS Radio that actually holds up well, even today. Between never having enough money, job responsibilities that seem to change from week to week, a cat that is a character all to herself and a love interest who is more fixated on frogs than women...Eve Arden's Connie Brooks always maintains her grace and charm. The show also featured Jeff Chandler as Mr. Philip Boynton (Connie's long suffering love interest), Jane Morgan as Mrs. Margaret Davis (Connie's landlord), Gale Gordon as Mr. Osgood Conklin (Madison High School's principal, and Richard Crenna as Walter Denton (a student at Madison High).
The show also was on television starting on October 3rd, 1952. Through TV and Radio, she became one of the most famous teachers of her day! From her obituary in the Los Angeles Times in 1990, they wrote:
But it was as Connie Brooks, the wisecracking English teacher in mid-America's mythical Madison High where she constantly engaged in hilarious battles with her stuffy principal, that she became a Friday night favorite.
She was offered the role of the classroom humanist with the smart mouth and warm heart after being heard as radio's Miss Brooks for four years.
There she had developed a following of hundreds of teachers across American and had even been offered teaching jobs in real schools. Miss Arden (making $200,000 a year at the time) did not accept, but she did begin speaking at PTA meetings.
While the show ran for many years, they had a great tradition of reusing the same script for the Christmas program. The Magic Christmas Tree aired a number of times (1948, 1949, 1950, 1951, 1952 and 1955). Here are the links to the recordings and to the scripts for these Christmas episodes.
Magic Christmas Tree (December 24, 1950) - Connie is planning on spending a quiet Christmas Eve at home, when a knock on the door changed everything. A young boy showed up to sell her a Christmas tree. She had no choice, the boy gave a hard-luck story about his family - and the Christmas tree was Magic. The first reason turned out to not exactly be the case...but the magic part - that's a different story. Members of the Madison High family, including Mr. Boynton show up for a Christmas that she will never forget! I guess it was almost dreamy!
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Here are some links to programs relating to the Our Miss Brooks:
- Our Miss Brooks radio program episodes via the Internet Archive
- Our Miss Brooks radio program article from the Digital Deli
- Our Miss Brooks on Jerry Haendiges Vintage Radio Logs
- Our Miss Brooks Scripts from the Generic Radio Workshop
- Also visit 500 OTR Christmas Shows from the Internet Archive.
- Christmas Scripts at Generic Radio Workshop - no they are not from Abbot and Costello!
25 Days of Old Time Radio Christmas:
- All Entries
- Day 1 - Nick Carter's Christmas Adventure
- Day 2 - The Saint is No Santa Claus
- Day 3 - Stolen Rings at Christmas with Boston Blackie
- Day 4 - Dragnet's Christmas Episodes
- Day 5 - Nero Wolfe & the Slaughtered Santas
- Day 6 - The Plot To Murder Santa Claus (with Frank Sinatra as Rocky Fortune)
- Day 7 - Christmas at Mission San Gabriel with Romance of the Ranchos
- Day 8 - Arch Oboler's Christmas 1918
- Day 9 - The Story of Silent Night (Hallmark Playhouse)
- Day 10 - Juggler of Notre Dame (with Nelson Eddy)
- Day 11 - Candy Matson's Christmas Episodes
- Day 12 - Lionel Barrymore's Mayor of the Town
- Day 13 - More Radio Adaptations of a Christmas Carol
- Day 14 - Tales Of The Texas Rangers (not those Rangers)
- Day 15 - Christmas in Connecticut (with Ronald Reagan)
- Day 16 - Holidays with Connie - Our Miss Brooks