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Meet Millie ran on CBS from October 1952 until March 1956.
[Announcer] "A gay new comedy about the life and loves of a secretary in Manhattan. It's time to MEET MILLIE."
Opening of Meet Millie
Millie Bronson ( Elena Verdugo) was a young, attractive, middle-class secretary working in Manhattan. She lived in a brownstone apartment with her mother ( Florence Halop), who was always promoting Millie to eligible men as a potential spouse. Millie's boyfriend through most of the series was Johnny Boone Jr( Ross Ford), the son of her boss(Earl Ross and later Roland Winters). A close friend of the Bronson's, who managed to get involved in most everything was Alfred Prinzmetal (Marvin Kaplan, years before he was known as Henry on Alice). Alfred was an aspiring author-poet-composer. Meet Millie had originated on CBS radio in July 1951 with Audrey Totter in the starring role. When her movie studio refused to let her do the tv version, Elena Verdugo took it over and eventually replaced Miss Totter in the radio edition before it expired in 1954. Earl Ross, as her boss, made the transition from radio to tv but he left the series in June 1953.Though Meet Millie was set in New York, it was one of the first series broadcast from CBS Television City Facility In Hollywood.
An Article From Time Magazine on TV's Working Girls
The Working Girls
Monday, Feb. 08, 1954 Article
Of all the TV networks, CBS is unquestionably the outstanding friend of the working girl. CBS has four shows devoted exclusively to the trials and tribulations of three secretaries and a schoolteacher. But, in refreshing contrast to real life, the girls are seldom asked to do much work. On Private Secretary, blonde Cinemactress Ann Sothern occasionally pecks at a typewriter, but mostly she is shown trading wisecracks with her boss (Don Porter), getting mink and sable coats from the firm's clients or having her superior business acumen vindicated (dumb as the girls are, they are all far brighter than the men who employ them).
Meet Millie's Elena Verdugo once in a great while carries a piece of paper from her desk to a filing cabinet, but, with that chore over, she takes it easy by necking with the boss's son (Ross Ford). My Friend Irma's Marie Wilson is portrayed as a bosomy sub-cretin who spends her office hours listening ecstatically while the recorded voice of a telephone operator recites the time of day.
As the schoolteacher in Our Miss Brooks, Eve Arden is the intellectual superior of her rivals, as evidenced by the fact that she always gets a pained expression when one of her students says "ain't," which they do with dismaying regularity. But not even Eve is often seen in the classroom. Usually she cruises the high-school corridors on the heels of Bob Rockwell, a biology instructor who is impervious to the most blatant advances from Teacher Brooks. In fact, much of Miss Brooks's humor derives from remarks made innocently by Rockwell and turned into leering double entendres by Actress Arden (e.g., "Miss Brooks, haven't you got something for me?" Miss B.: "Of course, you just haven't noticed").
The shows try to maintain vague ties to reality. Two of the girls have glasses and sometimes wear them; none of them lives in the marble-bath mansions that Hollywood ordinarily assigns to its movie working girls, and Eve Arden's rooming house is pictured as a place where the plumbing seldom works and the phone bill is often unpaid. All the girls are surrounded by hordes of admiring friends, most of them of such astonishing eccentricity as to make televised life in the U.S. resemble visiting day at London's 17th century Bedlam. Outstanding are Meet Millie's Marvin Kaplin as a frustrated poet-author-composer, Private Secretary's Marcel Dalio as a continental singer with a compulsive giveaway urge. Irma's Donald MacBride as a terrible-tempered Mr. Bang, and Our Miss Brooks's complete gallery of juvenile and adult delinquents.
Here is Elena Verdugo's Obituary from the Hollywood Reporter
Elena Verdugo, Emmy-Nominated Actress on 'Marcus Welby, M.D.,' Dies at 92
May 23. 2017
Elena Verdugo, who portrayed the devoted office assistant and nurse Consuelo Lopez opposite Robert Young on the 1970s ABC drama Marcus Welby, M.D., has died. She was 92.
Verdugo died Tuesday in Los Angeles, a representative for actress Sharon Gless told The Hollywood Reporter. Early in her career, Gless had a recurring role as hospital worker Kathleen Faverty on Marcus Welby, M.D., and she and Verdugo had been extremely close ever since.
On Facebook, Gless called Verdugo "my dearest, longest-time friend a wonderful actress, funniest woman I ever knew. She was mischief till the end. It is not just the end of an era. It is the end of an epoch. The world is a less interesting place."
Verdugo replaced Audrey Totter as the star of the CBS Radio comedy Meet Millie and continued to play the wisecracking Brooklyn secretary Millie Bronson on the CBS television version , one of the first shows to be broadcast live from Hollywood that ran for four seasons, from 1952 through 1956.
On the big screen, Verdugo appeared opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1945 Universal horror films House of Frankenstein (as the sympathetic gypsy girl Ilonka) and The Frozen Ghost and in the adventure tale Thief of Damascus (1952).
Verdugo also was a singer and dancer. She performed in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and handled the vocals on his hit "Tico Tico," which was used in the finale of the 1945 Sonja Henie film It's a Pleasure!.
The 5-foot-2 Verdugo received supporting actress Emmy nominations in 1971 and 1972 for playing the warmhearted Consuelo, whom many consider to be the first working-professional Latina woman to be portrayed on series television. Marcus Welby aired for seven seasons, from 1969-76.
Early in the medical drama's run, Consuelo would pour Dr. Welby a cup of coffee when he arrived at the office, but Verdugo said that changed after working women wrote in to complain.
"[They said,] 'You stop getting him coffee in the morning, we are sick of it, now all doctors want us to get a cup of coffee for them in the morning,'" she once recalled. "And I said, 'I got it, I got it! I will cut it down.'"
A native of Los Angeles, Verdugo was a descendant of Jose Maria Verdugo, a Spanish army officer who in 1784 was granted grazing rights to a 36,000-acre area that included much of what is now Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock and La Crescenta.
Verdugo finished high school on the Fox studio lot and appeared as a dancer in the Don Ameche-Betty Grable studio musical Down Argentine Way (1940).
Her film resume also included Rainbow Island (1944), starring Dorothy Lamour; Song of Scheherazade (1947), with Yvonne De Carlo; Gene Autry's The Big Sombrero (1949); the Charlie Chan mystery The Sky Dragon (1949); and Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), starring Jose Ferrer.
Before running Dr. Welby's office, Verdugo had recurring roles on the short-lived TV series Redigo, The New Phil Silvers Show, Many Happy Returns and the Juliet Prowse starrer Mona McCluskey.
While filming the Abbott & Costello comedy Little Giant (1946), she met screenwriter Charles R. Marion, who also wrote for the comedy team's radio show, and they married. After a divorce, she wed Charles Rosewall, a doctor, in 1972, and they were together until his death in 2012.
Verdugo's son, actor Richard Marion (Pharmacist's Mate Williams on TV's Operation Petticoat), died at age 50 of an apparent heart attack in 1999.
For an article on Meet Millie go to http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=yolaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=9UkDAAAAIBAJ&pg=6726%2C4010704
To go to Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20100114103016/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/millie.html
For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/MeetMillie.htm
For more on Elena Verdugo go to https://web.archive.org/web/20080907062855/http://universalqueens.com/verdago.aspx
For an article on Meet Millie go to http://www.tvobscurities.com/articles/meet_millie.php
For more on Meet Millie go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meet_Millie
To listen to radio episodes of Meet Millie go to https://archive.org/details/MeetMilliePaintingTheTownRed
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LRrpWeQQEXg
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