Mr. Adams and Eve

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Mr. Adams and Eve
Written by Frederick De Cordova
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Richard Kinon
Starring Howard Duff
Ida Lupino
Hayden Rorke
Olive Carey
Alan Reed
Larry Dobkin
Patrick Wayne
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2 (66 episodes)
Executive producer(s) Collier Young
Running time 30 minutes
Original channel CBS
Picture format Black and white
Original run January 4, 1957 – July 8, 1958

Mr. Adams and Eve is a CBS sitcom starring Howard Duff and his then wife, Ida Lupino, as a fictitious acting couple, Howard and Eve Adams (the latter professionally known as Eve Drake), residing in Beverly Hills, California.[1]

Broadcast history[edit]

The program aired on Fridays at 9pm ET, for a total of 66 episodes from January 4, 1957 to July 8, 1958, with rebroadcasts continuing until September 23, 1958.[2] Lupino was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Continuing Role" for both seasons of Mr. Adams and Eve.[3]


Supporting cast members:

Production notes[edit]

Mr. Adams and Eve portrays the private lives of celebrities with considerable reality but with an added dose of comedy. In the story line, the Adamses deal with script problems, manipulative agents, and unreasonable producers, directors, and studio bosses. The series failed to be extended for a third season. Few programs centered about the entertainment industry have succeeded. [1]

Collier Young, Lupino's second husband, was the executive producer of the series.[2] The series, produced by Bridget Productions and Four Star Productions, aired at 9 p.m. Eastern on Fridays between Dick Powell's Zane Grey Theater and the anthology series Schlitz Playhouse of Stars. It succeeded Brian Keith's drama series, Crusader, and ran opposite Lee Marvin's crime drama M Squad on NBC and The Frank Sinatra Show on ABC.[4] Sam Peckinpah was one of the series directors.[5]

Guest stars[edit]

Lupino with guest star Francis X. Bushman (1957)
  • Lee Patrick appeared in several episodes as Lupino's mother, including the April 12, 1957, segment "That Magazine".
  • Barbara Billingsley also guest starred in "That Magazine".
  • Craig Stevens appeared in the June 14, 1957, episode "The Bachelor".
  • David Niven appeared in the September 27 episode "The Taming of the Shrew".
  • Dick Powell appeared in the February 18 segment "Backwash".
  • Ed Sullivan starred as himself in the April 1 episode "Backpage".".[5]
  • Johnny Crawford appeared in the December 13 segment "The Producers".
  • Joan Fontaine, the 2nd wife of Lupino's 2nd husband, Collier Young, played herself in the October 18 episode titled "Joan Fontaine".
  • Herbert Anderson appeared as Harvey Carson in the November 1 episode "The Life Story of Eve Drake and Howard Adams".
  • Cedric Hardwicke appeared as Gerald Fortescue in the November 15 episode "Man with Raven".
  • Virginia Gregg appeared as Judge Banks in the January 24, 1958, episode "Me, the Jury".

The series premiere is entitled "The Young Actress"; the finale, "The Teenage Idol".[5] Collier Young penned the pilot episode for Mr. Adams and Eve, which was produced by Four Star Playhouse.

Preservation status[edit]

According to, much of the original film of Mr. Adams and Eve is believed to have been destroyed or lost in warehouse storage because of legal issues stemming from the cancellation of the series. Few records remain of the actual episodes.[3] However, the Harry Ransom Center's collection contains many episodes which were donated by the Ida Lupino estate.


  • Mr. Adams and Eve Illustrated has been published by BearManor Media.
  • The foreword was written by Ida Lupino and she is a contributor to this book, written by Lupino's personal assistant Mary Ann Anderson.


  1. ^ a b "Ida Lupino and Howard Duff". Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 556-557; "Mr. Adams and Eve". Retrieved March 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mr. Adams and Eve: "Teen-Age Idol"". Retrieved March 19, 2009. 
  4. ^ Total Television, appendix
  5. ^ a b c "Mr. Adams and Eve episode list". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 19, 2009. 

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