Mr. Adams and Eve
|Mr. Adams and Eve|
Ida Lupino, Morris Miller and Howard Duff in a 1957 episode
|Created by||Collier Young|
|Written by||Louella MacFarlane|
|Directed by||Frederick de Cordova|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Executive producer(s)||Collier Young|
|Producer(s)||Frederick de Cordova|
Warner Toub, Jr.
Warner Toub, Jr.
|Running time||25 mins.|
|Production company(s)||Bridget Productions|
Four Star Productions
|Original release||January 4, 1957– July 8, 1958|
Mr. Adams and Eve is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January 1957 to July 1958. The series stars Howard Duff and his then wife, Ida Lupino. Mr. Adams and Eve was created and executive produced by Lupino's second husband, Collier Young.
Duff stars as actor Howard Adams while Lupino stars as his wife, actress Eve Adams (the latter professionally known as Eve Drake). 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. Sol Saks, who wrote many of the episodes, based many of the incidents on Duff and Lupino's real lives and marriage. Lupino later said that Saks' scripts were "at least 60 percent true."
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
- Lee Patrick, as Eve Adams' mother
- Patrick Wayne played Walter, the neighborhood teen-ager
As the series centered around the lives of an acting couple living in Los Angeles, several episodes included guest appearances from well known celebrities and actors. These include:
- Joan Fontaine (the second wife of Lupino's second husband, creator and executive producer Collier Young) played herself in the October 18 episode titled "Joan Fontaine"
- 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"
Other guest stars include:
The series, produced by Bridget Productions (Duff and Lupino's production company) 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. The program aired for a total of 66 episodes from January 4, 1957 to July 8, 1958, with rebroadcasts continuing until September 23, 1958.
Ratings for the first season were solid and Ida Lupino was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Best Actress in a Continuing Role". Ratings for the second season fell and CBS canceled the series in 1958.
In popular culture
Mr. Adams and Eve Illustrated, a book detailing behind the scene information about the series, was published by BearManor Media in 2010. It was written by Ida Lupino's personal assistant Mary Ann Anderson and features a foreword written by Lupino.
- "Ida Lupino and Howard Duff". TVparty.com. Retrieved March 19, 2009.
- Bubbeo, Daniel (2001). The Women of Warner Brothers: The Lives and Careers of 15 Leading Ladies, with Filmographies for Each. McFarland. p. 169. ISBN 0-786-41137-6.
- McNeil, Alex (1996). Total Television: The Comprehensive Guide to Programming from 1948 to the Present (4 ed.). Penguin Books. pp. 556–557. ISBN 0-140-24916-8.