299. “She’s like a manly Eve Arden.”

The episode:The Deadly Mantis,” ep. 804

The riff: Noted by Mike as the film’s sole female character (who I actually think is rather pretty) chats with the male lead.

The explanation: Eve Arden was an American actress who successfully made the leap from radio to television at the beginning of the TV age. On the radio, she was the star of the program “Our Miss Brooks,” where she played a witty high school English teacher. The show was then moved to TV in 1952, where it became a hit as well, spawning a feature film. Years later, Arden would play the principal of Rydell High in the movie “Grease.”

Novelty factor: Although I vaguely remember her in “Grease,” I’d never heard of Arden of “Our Miss Brooks” before.


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