The Halls of Ivy - Single Episodes

(4.7 stars; 19 reviews)


The Halls of Ivy was an NBC radio sitcom that ran from 1949 - 1952. It was created by Fibber McGee and Molly co-creator/writer Don Quinn before being adapted into a CBS television comedy (1954-55) produced by ITC Entertainment and Television Programs of America. British husband-and-wife actors Ronald Colman and Benita Hume starred in both versions of the show. Quinn developed the show after he had decided to leave Fibber McGee and Molly in the hands of his protege Phil Leslie. The Halls of Ivy's audition program featured radio veteran Gale Gordon (then co-starring in Our Miss Brooks) and Edna Best in the roles that ultimately went to the Colmans, who'd shown a flair for radio comedy in recurring roles on The Jack Benny Program in the late 1940s. 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, Elizabeth Patterson and Gloria Gordon as the Halls' maid. The series ran 110 half-hour radio episodes from January 6, 1950 to June 25, 1952, with Quinn, Jerome Lawrence, and Robert Lee writing most of the scripts and giving free if even more sophisticated play to Quinn's knack for language play, inverted cliches and swift puns (including the show's title and lead characters), a knack he'd shown for years writing Fibber McGee and Molly. Jerome Lawrence and Robert Lee continued as a writing team; their best-known play is Inherit the Wind. Cameron Blake, Walter Brown Newman, Robert Sinclair, and Milton and Barbara Merlin became writers for the program as well. But listeners were surprised to discover that the episode of 27 September 1950, "The Leslie Hoff Painting," a story tackling racial prejudice, was written by Colman himself. The sponsors were Schlitz Brewing Company and then Nabisco. Nat Wolff produced and directed, Henry Russell handled the music and radio veteran Ken Carpenter was the announcer.

NOTE: Updated with Version 1.2 MP3s (26-Feb-2011).

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This recording is part of the Old Time Radio collection.



Halls of Ivy 49-06-22 (xxx) Dr Hall's Reappointment 31:03
Halls of Ivy 49-06-23 (xxx) Dr Hall's Reappointment 19:17
Halls of Ivy 50-01-06 (001) Reappointment 29:22
Halls of Ivy 50-01-13 (002) Student Editorial 27:45
Halls of Ivy 50-01-20 (003) The Gangster's Son 29:27
Halls of Ivy 50-01-27 (004) Wellman's Nose - Charter Day Ceremonies 29:33
Halls of Ivy 50-02-03 (005) Dr Bromley, Shakespeare Expert 29:13
Halls of Ivy 50-02-10 (006) The Snowman 27:44
Halls of Ivy 50-02-17 (007) The Chinese Student 29:34
Halls of Ivy 50-02-24 (008) Student Thief 29:22
Halls of Ivy 50-03-03 (009) Merton Savada's Crush 29:25
Halls of Ivy 50-03-10 (010) Victoria's New Review 29:19
Halls of Ivy 50-03-17 (011) Dirty Politics 27:42
Halls of Ivy 50-03-24 (012) Professor Gerhardt's Secret 29:06
Halls of Ivy 50-03-31 (013) The Ivy Chamber Music and Knockwurst Society 28:56
Halls of Ivy 50-04-07 (014) Toddy Plays Hooky 28:44
Halls of Ivy 50-04-14 (015) Mrs Foster's Lost Dog 28:26
Halls of Ivy 50-04-21 (016) Traffic and Cocoanuts 29:11
Halls of Ivy 50-04-28 (017) The Scofield Prize 29:31
Halls of Ivy 50-05-05 (018) Student Actress 29:17
Halls of Ivy 50-05-10 (019) Mrs Whitney's Statue 29:57
Halls of Ivy 50-05-17 (020) Dr Abel 29:16
Halls of Ivy 50-05-24 (021) The Fighting Med Student 29:49
Halls of Ivy 50-05-31 (022) The Sexton Award 29:17
Halls of Ivy 50-06-07 (023) D-Day 28:58
Halls of Ivy 50-06-14 (024) Stolen First Edition 28:55
Halls of Ivy 50-06-21 (025) The Bentheimers and the Census 29:13
Halls of Ivy 50-06-28 (026) Faculty Raffle 29:14
Halls of Ivy 50-07-05 (027) Poetry Reading 29:13
Halls of Ivy 50-07-12 (028) The Education of Annie Belle 29:26
Halls of Ivy 50-09-27 (031) The Leslie Hoff Painting 29:18
Halls of Ivy 50-10-04 (032) The New English Teacher 30:50
Halls of Ivy 50-10-11 (033) Phone Problems 30:14
Halls of Ivy 50-10-18 (034) Scandal 28:53
Halls of Ivy 50-11-22 (039) Jack Benny Visits Ivy 23:41
Halls of Ivy 50-11-29 (040) The Honor Student 28:43
Halls of Ivy 51-01-03 (045) Professor Barrette's Play 28:48
Halls of Ivy 51-01-24 (048) The Goya Bequest 27:30
Halls of Ivy 51-01-31 (049) Professor Warren's Retirement 29:08
Halls of Ivy 51-02-21 (052) Calhoun Gaddy 28:28
Halls of Ivy 51-02-28 (053) The French Scholarship 25:58
Halls of Ivy 51-03-07 (054) Eddie Gray's Wedding 28:16
Halls of Ivy 51-03-14 (055) His Father's Image 29:56
Halls of Ivy 51-04-18 (060) Romiette and Julio 28:58
Halls of Ivy 51-04-25 (061) Note the Quote 28:25
Halls of Ivy 51-05-02 (062) Student Vandalism and the Draft 29:49
Halls of Ivy 51-05-09 (063) Gloria Golightly 28:49
Halls of Ivy 51-05-23 (065) Cook's Night Out 29:30
Halls of Ivy 51-05-30 (066) Finals Day Award 30:27
Halls of Ivy 51-06-13 (068) Finals Season 28:01
Halls of Ivy 51-06-20 (069) Pork Barrel Politics 28:40
Halls of Ivy 51-10-03 (071) Adoption 29:37
Halls of Ivy 51-10-10 (072) Editorial in the Ivy Bull 29:26
Halls of Ivy 51-10-17 (073) Student Council Election 28:59
Halls of Ivy 51-10-24 (074) Mrs Why 28:39
Halls of Ivy 51-10-31 (075) Football Coach 28:53
Halls of Ivy 51-11-07 (076) Halloween 29:27
Halls of Ivy 51-11-14 (077) The Late Student 26:23
Halls of Ivy 51-11-21 (078) The Minister's Son 24:48
Halls of Ivy 51-11-28 (079) Professor Warren's Romantic Folly 26:44
Halls of Ivy 51-12-05 (080) Calhoun Gaddy's Agricultural Development 26:27
Halls of Ivy 51-12-12 (081) Professor Royce Returns 30:33
Halls of Ivy 51-12-26 (083) Sweet Sorrow 27:26
Halls of Ivy 52-01-02 (084) Hell Week 27:04
Halls of Ivy 52-01-09 (085) Nelson Carter's Son 28:18
Halls of Ivy 52-01-16 (086) Art Exhibit 28:16
Halls of Ivy 52-01-23 (087) Medal of Honor 25:53
Halls of Ivy 52-01-30 (088) Track Star 29:16
Halls of Ivy 52-02-06 (089) Glee Club Donation 24:55
Halls of Ivy 52-02-13 (090) Dean Huxley 28:29
Halls of Ivy 52-02-20 (091) Voice of the Ivy Vine 23:57
Halls of Ivy 52-02-27 (092) Budget Problems 27:50
Halls of Ivy 52-03-05 (093) The Astronomy Exam 28:58
Halls of Ivy 52-03-12 (094) The Lame Girl and the Hypochondriac 28:59
Halls of Ivy 52-03-19 (095) The Oldest Living Graduate 25:05
Halls of Ivy 52-03-26 (096) Stolen Money 25:16
Halls of Ivy 52-04-02 (097) Professor Grimes 24:12
Halls of Ivy 52-04-09 (098) Faculty Marriage 25:26
Halls of Ivy 52-04-16 (099) The French Exchange Student 29:29
Halls of Ivy 52-04-23 (100) Professor Walden's Son 25:19
Halls of Ivy 52-04-30 (101) Faculty Follies Part 1 28:27
Halls of Ivy 52-05-07 (102) Faculty Follies Part 2 27:19
Halls of Ivy 52-05-14 (103) Student Singer 24:28
Halls of Ivy 52-05-21 (104) Doctor Spatzen 26:14
Halls of Ivy 52-05-28 (105) Mummynapper 24:51
Halls of Ivy 52-06-04 (106) Pregnant Student 24:55
Halls of Ivy 52-06-11 (107) The Wellmans Come to Dinner 25:55
Halls of Ivy 52-06-18 (108) Math Professor 25:40
Halls of Ivy 52-06-25 (109) Summer Vacation 25:44


Why Aren't There More?

(4 stars)

This is one of the series that - now that I've listened to all the episodes - I will really miss! I wasn't a big listener to radio shows as a child. Since discovering this site, I usually listen to OTR series on my smartphone in the evening to wind down before going to sleep. I've discovered many new and entertaining series along the way, but this light-hearted comedy has to be one of my all-time favorites. Maybe it's the whimsical escape back to simpler times, when character really counted and a pinch of common sense went a long way...? Thanks for bringing my attention to this wonderful series!

It gets better

(5 stars)

A master of wordplay was responsible for the excellent scripts. The Colemans are mustard in their parts. Although in the first episodes you begin to wonder if toddy is suffering from some old folks type mental illness when he drifts off remembering when he first met Victoria. There is a certain charm about this series and it is a notch above most others. Highly recommended and highly praised. Intellectually satisfying- if that is what you are looking for.

(5 stars)

This is one of my favorite radio programs of all time! I have loved old radio shows since I first heard the Lone Ranger on the radio with my grandpa brought to the airwaves by General Mills cereal as a boy of seven years old & am so glad so many are still available to listen to today!

Professor Hall and wife are great

(5 stars)

My favorite old time radio program. Had never heard of it before but once I found it I went thru it in a hurray. Listened to complete collection twice,well worth a listen. 5 stars only because that's all I can give it. It's a 10 star performance by all. Enjoy!

Halls of Ivy

(5 stars)

Thanks this is a awesome program and really.enjoyed the whole.collection.I give it 5 stars because I love the program and its,content along with the Colemans. Thank you for together if you.are a OTR fan you will really enjoy this program

Terrific program

(5 stars)

My only problem with this program is it wasn't on many more years. Just a nice fun enjoyable program. The Colemans are great in this program. It had a great supportng cast also. Thanks LibriVox for giving us this wonderful.program.