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Our Miss Brooks (1956)

Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher ... See full summary »

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Al Lewis

Writers:

Al Lewis (screen play by), Joseph Quillan (screen play by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Eve Arden ... Connie Brooks
Gale Gordon ... Osgood Conklin
Don Porter ... Lawrence Nolan
Robert Rockwell ... Phil Boynton
Jane Morgan ... Mrs. Margaret Davis
Richard Crenna ... Walter Denton
Nick Adams ... Gary Nolan
Leonard Smith Leonard Smith ... Stretch Snodgrass
Gloria McMillan Gloria McMillan ... Harriet Conklin (as Gloria MacMillan)
Joseph Kearns ... Mr. Stone (as Joe Kearns)
William Newell William Newell ... Dr. Henley
Philip Van Zandt ... Mr. Webster
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Miss Brooks teaches English at Madison High, rents a room from Mrs. Davis, gets rides to school with student Walter, fights with Principal Conklin, and tries to snag shy biology teacher Boynton. Written by TV

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 April 1956 (USA) See more »

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Lute Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The only film made by Lute Productions, which was jointly owned by Eve Arden and writer-director Al Lewis. See more »

Goofs

When Connie first runs into Stretch outside the high school, the sidewalks are alternatively wet and dry between shots. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Madonna: Truth or Dare (1991) See more »

Soundtracks

It's Magic
(uncredited)
Music by Jule Styne
Lyrics by Sammy Cahn
Performed by Richard Crenna
[Walter sings the song while he plays the ukelele]
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Generally Underrated
12 July 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

The movie manages to blend more serious points with a light-hearted humor worthy of the OMB franchise. As expected, Brooks (Arden) gets a lot of good snappy lines. In fact, the script individualizes each of the characters in distinctive fashion, from bumbling Boyton to squeaky Denton to smug Conklin. Of course, Brooks being a respected English teacher can't be spoofed, but as a single middle-age woman, she gets her share.

But please, oh please, don't let Denton squeak out another tune. He may have ruined music forever. And get a load of June Blair as the knock-out blonde who parades through the newspaper office like a candy doll in a boy's gym class. There's also a number of nice touches, like Brooks nudging open a dreamy bridal door, or the stuffy Conklin stepping onto a broken ladder and into the sea, or the helpful location shots of mid-50's suburbia.

The plot has several threads—untangling Brooks' romantic life, reforming a delinquent Gary Nolan (Nick Adams), getting Conklin elected to School Board, among others. Note the one straight role is Adams' wayward teen. This was a time when juvenile delinquency was a major social concern. So the script goes to some length showing how the boy is reformed by honest work.

Overall, the canny script manages to interweave the many threads in entertaining fashion. Nonetheless, it's the impeccable Arden who carries the show with her compelling presence. All in all, I think it's a rather underrated 90-minutes of smoothly done chuckles, and a fitting final curtain for the memorable OMB.

(In passing-- I suspect one reason the movie has been generally overlooked is because of the familiarity of the format, namely the long-running TV and radio versions, that eclipsed the overall quality of this production.)


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