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Release Date:
15 October 1952 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The adventures of the scatterbrained wife of a respected city judge.
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Cast

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Joan Davis ... Joan Stevens (98 episodes, 1952-1955)

Jim Backus ... Judge Bradley Stevens (98 episodes, 1952-1955)
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Series Directed by
Ezra Stone (25 episodes, 1952-1955)
John Rich (8 episodes, 1953-1954)
Marc Daniels (6 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Writing credits
Phil Sharp (10 episodes, 1952-1955)
Jesse Goldstein (10 episodes, 1953-1955)
Arthur Stander (7 episodes, 1952-1953)
Sherwood Schwartz (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Howard Snyder (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (5 episodes, 1954-1955)
Ben Starr (2 episodes, 1953)
Frank Tarloff (2 episodes, 1953)

Series Produced by
Joan Davis .... executive producer / producer (40 episodes, 1952-1955)
P.J. Wolfson .... producer / associate producer (33 episodes, 1952-1955)
James Bank .... executive producer (32 episodes, 1952-1953)
Al Simon .... associate producer (7 episodes, 1952-1953)
Dick Mack .... producer (2 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Original Music by
Roger Wagner Chorale (14 episodes, 1952-1955)
 
Series Cinematography by
James Van Trees (23 episodes, 1952-1955)
Hal Mohr (7 episodes, 1953-1954)
Clyde De Vinna (3 episodes, 1953)
Philip Tannura (2 episodes, 1952)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Stafford (19 episodes, 1952-1955)
Ernie Leadlay (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Art Direction by
Al Goodman (20 episodes, 1952-1955)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Jack Mills (20 episodes, 1952-1955)
Tony Montenaro Sr. (2 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Production Management
Dewey Starkey .... production supervisor / production manager (22 episodes, 1952-1955)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tom Connors Jr. .... assistant director (19 episodes, 1953-1955)
Joseph Depew .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1953)
 
Series Sound Department
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound (21 episodes, 1952-1955)
 
Series Editorial Department
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor / editorial supervisor / ... (21 episodes, 1952-1955)
Stanley Frazen .... supervising editor (6 episodes, 1952-1953)
 
Series Music Department
Roger Wagner .... musical director / composer: theme music (98 episodes, 1952-1955)
Roger Wagner Chorale .... music by (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
 
Series Other crew
Herbert W. Browar .... production (1 episode, 1952)
 

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Runtime:
30 min (98 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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4 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Funny - but Lucy outdid her..., 13 August 2007
Author: nycruise-1 from United States

I remember watching this show and totally enjoying it.

But - upon looking back and comparing it to "I Love Lucy" - it is trumped by all the story/ character devices and comedy techniques employed by the Lucy/Desi effort.

Where do I start?

- Lucy and Desi were a real-life couple - so of course TV audiences of the 50s found that compelling

- Lucy and Ricky Ricardo always had possible allies/enemies in the Mertzes, so story lines had more possibilities

- Lucy ripped off her comedic technique from the Marx Brothers - so she always kept things "physical" in a way that had been proved by other classic comedians

- Ricky Ricardo's "fame" was offset by his Cuban heritage/bandleader ID; Joan's husband Brad the Judge just seemed "too intelligent" to up with Joan's wackiness (we could accept that a non-English-speaking musician would marry wacky Lucy; but why would a degreed, accomplished legal professional ever have the patience to put up with - and ultimately marry - someone like Joan - unless he himself was somewhat "off" - in which case - how could Brad ever have made it through law school???)

- The show seemed too deliberate in its invocation of "I Love Lucy": "I Married Joan" - save for the middle past participle, copies the Lucy's show title in form; the announcer states that Joan is the "queen of comedy" - but why state that unless you're trying to wrest the crown from someone previously so-designated?

- Ultimately, Joan was not the beauty that Lucy was - nor did Joan ever go to the lengths that Lucy did to achieve "comedic effect" (that, of course, was a much the result of Lucy's writers as well as Lucy herself: there were no "Hollywood" or "Europe" sojourns - nor were there any "baby/Little Ricky" plot lines).

I don't mean to diss Joan Davis - I think she put herself out and played some very funny roles during her career.

I just don't think her star - and this show - ever rose to heights of Lucille Ball and "I Love Lucy" - and for good reason.

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