Mr. Adams and Eve
|Mr. Adams and Eve|
Lupino as Eve Drake with guest star Francis X. Bushman, 1957.
|Written by||Frederick De Cordova|
|Directed by||Sam Peckinpah
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Executive producer(s)||Collier Young|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Picture format||Black and white|
|Original run||January 4, 1957 – September 23, 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, residing in Beverly Hills, California. In the television series, Lupino is known professionally as Eve Drake. The program aired sixty-six episodes from January 4, 1957, to July 8, 1958, with rebroadcasts continuing until September 23, 1958. Lupino was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Continuing Role" for both seasons of Mr. Adams and Eve.
Supporting cast members:
- Hayden Rorke appeared as Steve, the Adamses' agent.
- Olive Carey portrayed Elsie, the Adamses' housekeeper
- Alan Reed played J.B. Hafter, the studio head
- Larry Dobkin as the Adamses' principal director.
- Patrick Wayne played Walter, the neighborhood teen-ager.
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. The subsequent 1969-1970 NBC series Bracken's World also failed to attract audiences.
Collier Young, Lupino's second husband, was the executive producer of the series. The series 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.Sam Peckinpah was one of the series directors.
- 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".
- Joan Fontaine, the second wife of Lupino's second husband, Collier Young, appeared as herself in the October 18 episode entitled "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".
- Johnny Crawford appeared in the December 13 segment "The Producers".
- Virginia Gregg appeared as Judge Banks in the January 24, 1958, episode "Me, the Jury".
- Dick Powell appeared in the February 18 segment "Backwash".
- Ed Sullivan starred as himself in the April 1 episode "Backpage".".
The series premiere is entitled "The Young Actress"; the finale, "The Teenage Idol".
Collier Young penned the pilot episode for Mr. Adams and Eve, which was produced by Four Star Playhouse. According to TV.com, much of the original film of Mr. Adams and Eve was 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. However, the Harry Ransom Archives contains many episodes which were donated by the 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 Mary Ann Anderson.
- "Ida Lupino and Howard Duff". TVparty.com. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
- Alex McNeil, Total Television, New York: Penguin Books, 1996, 4th ed., pp. 556-557; "Mr. Adams and Eve". TVparty.com. Retrieved March 21, 2009.
- "Mr. Adams and Eve: "Teen-Age Idol"". TV.com. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
- Total Television, appendix
- "Mr. Adams and Eve episode list". Internet Movie Data Base. Retrieved March 19, 2009.