The Missing Electric Heater (Aired February 6, 1949)
CBS chairman Bill Paley, who was friendly with Arden, persuaded her to audition for the part. With a slightly rewritten audition script---Osgood Conklin, for example, was originally written as a school board president but was now written as the incoming new Madison principal---Arden agreed to give the newly-revamped show a try. Produced by Larry Berns and written by director Al Lewis, Our Miss Brooks premiered on CBS July 19, 1948. According to radio critic John Crosby, her lines were very "feline" in dialogue scenes with principal Conklin and would-be boyfriend Boynton, with sharp, witty comebacks. The interplay between the cast---blustery Conklin, nebbishy Denton, accommodating Harriet, absentminded Mrs. Davis, clueless Boynton, scheming Miss Enright---also received positive reviews.
February 6, 1949. "Missing Electric Heater"
- CBS network. Sponsored by: Palmolive soap, Lustre-Creme shampoo, Palmolive shaving cream. Mr. Conklin is cracking down...at the same time an electric heater disappears from the storeroom. Eve Arden, Bob Lemond (announcer), Gale Gordon, Frank Nelson, Jane Morgan, Richard Crenna, Verne Smith (commercial spokesman), Jeff Chandler, Gloria McMillan, Larry Berns (producer), Al Lewis (writer, director), Wilbur Hatch (music). 26:47. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.