30 episodes later, I am very happy I decided to listen to it again. This second stab at the show makes me realize how totally wrong I was about the first go-round and how right my friend was about the show.
The Halls of Ivy is a show about a husband and wife (William "Toddy" and Victoria "Vickie" Hall.) Toddy is the president of Ivy University, a college somewhere in the United States, while Vickie is a dramatics teacher at the school.
My memory of the show the first time revealed that the show was "heavy" and carried a moral message. I realize now that I misunderstood the show; for though the show can be dead serious about issues such as racism, cheating, stealing, ethics and the usual problems associated with college students at that age (except sex, of course) the show is really about the love of Toddy and Vickie.
After all, Toddy and Vickie were Ronald and Benita Colman in real life and there is a chemistry there that you rarely feel on radio. As a matter of fact, I can't think of another husband-wife couple on radio who come anywhere near it.
School problems are just a buffering peripheral to the message of love, understanding and admiration for husband and wife.
Each episode includes a flashback of Toddy's younger days when he found himself falling hopelessly in love with Vickie while on sabbatical in England and she was a rising English stage star. These are well-acted scenes - as is the show in whole.
While this may sound a bit corny or mushy, I assure you, it's not. This may not be a show for the 20-ish year old single male, I'll grant you, but it is a show most can appreciate for it's well-acted, well written value.
Written by Don Quinn (he was the main writer for Fibber McGee and Molly) you might expect a show full of clever puns and word jokes; instead The Halls of Ivy is warm, intelligent humor - the humor of life.