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The sitcom ran from January 1957-September 1958 on CBS and amazingly had 66 episodes.
Movie Stars Howard Duff and Ida Lupino were married to each other in real life at the time they played husband- and- wife film stars in this series. Happenings at the studio, fights with studio boss J.B. Hafter(Alan Reed ), negotiations and dealings with their agent Steve ( Hayden Rourke), and the good and troublesome sides of their home life were all shown on Mr. Adams And Eve. Though exagerated for comic effect, many of the stories were based on actual situations that had happened to Duff and Lupino. The show is not seen in syndication today as many of the shows have been lost.
Here's an article on director Ida Lupino from Time Magazine. It takes place after Mr. Adams and Eve had been canceled.
Friday, Feb. 08, 1963 Article
Big Augie sits in the meat cooler. Augie is so suety that on a warm day the cooler is the only place he can keep his body heat down. In comes one of his hoods to report a botched heist. Augie pulls a wicked knife, slams the hood against a meathook, and threatens to make him look like a slab of Grade A Prime. A woman in pink slacks, straw hat and cowboy boots interrupts. "Peter, darling," she husks, "hold the knife this way. And make sure we see that sweet meathook."
This well-chilled slab of sadism occurs in a forthcoming scene in The Untouchables. The Lucrezia Borgia in boots is familiar to middle-aging movie fans as the tough-kitten, been-around blonde (sometimes brunette) of several dozen B films and several A's. To the cast of The Untouchables, she is an A-plus director. Her name? Ida Lupino.
Now 46, Actress Lupino became Director Lupino in motion pictures more than a dozen years ago (among her credits are RKO's Hard, Fast and Beautiful and The Hitch-Hiker). She got into television in 1956 when Producer Joseph Gotten asked her to direct The Trial of Mary Surratt for NBC's On Trial series. Since then she has directed more than 50 television shows'everything from Have Gun, Will Travel to Alfred Hitchcock Presents, where she developed such a cool hand with terror that she is now known in the trade as "the female Hitch." She is one of the three regular directors on NBC's Sam Benedict series, and will do at least four Untouchables episodes this season.
The Untouchables' Bob Stack (Eliot Ness) attributes her success to the fact that as an actress "she knows when some thing would feel uncomfortable on a performer." She is also famed for her "glue," her ability to link scenes smoothly, as when the distorted image of a gangster in a funhouse mirror gives way in an eyeblink to a beautiful girl looking in a mirror at a new fur wrap. She rules more by sex appeal than by fiat. "Can we try it this way, darling," she will murmur, "or would you hate me for that, sweetheart?" Or, as she adjusts the plastic welder's mask designed to protect her from flying chips and plaster: "Darling, could you hold the gun this way and shoot down the alley? Try it, sweetheart, and see if it works." The actors affectionately call her "Mother."
Born in cockney London, the daughter of an acting family whose traceable history on the stage goes back to medieval Italy, Ida Lupino is referred to by her husband, Actor Howard Duff, as "the ex-Limey broad." They have been married eleven years, and she adores him so much that there have been four reconciliations. Six years ago, when they began acting as a husband-wife team in their own productions of Mr. Adams and Eve for CBS. some Madison Avenue oracle told them that it would be unsuccessful because they "would not be identified with the next-door neighbors." The Duffs looked the adman over and told him, in effect, that it was all right, since they would not particularly care to be identified with their next-door neighbors.
"We call ourselves the Guttersnipes." says Ida in her dulcet croak, "as opposed to the Rat Pack. We don't wear Italian shoes and we don't drive foreign cars. We rarely talk about show business. I'm sure there's something much more interesting in this world."
Here is Howard Duff's Obituary from The New York Times
Howard Duff, 76, Hard-Boiled Actor In Movies and TV
Published: July 10, 1990
Howard Duff, a character actor who played the tough private detective Sam Spade on radio in the 1940's and a colorful Southern sheriff, Titus Semple, on the television series ''Flamingo Road'' in the 1980's, died Sunday at his home. He was 76 years old.
Mr. Duff's wife, Judy, said authorities believe her husband suffered a heart attack.
Mr. Duff had taken part in a telethon Saturday night to raise money for victims of the fire in Santa Barbara last month, which left hundreds homeless.
Mr. Duff was born in Bremerton, Wash., on Aug. 24, 1913. He joined the Seattle Repertory Theater after his graduation from high school and appeared in a wide range of productions, including ''Private Lives,'' ''Waiting for Lefty'' and ''Volpone.'' He was attached to the Armed Forces Radio Service branch during World War II. After the war, he joined the Actor's Laboratory in Los Angeles.
Crime Films at Start
He made his movie debut in 1947 in ''Brute Force,'' directed by Jules Dassin and produced by Mark Hellinger. The following year he appeared in another Dassin-Hellinger film, ''The Naked City,'' a crime story set in New York City.
He was a regular on such hit television series of the 1950's and 60's as ''Mr. Adams and Eve,'' ''Dante'' and ''Felony Squad.'' Among his later films were ''Kramer vs. Kramer,'' ''The Late Show'' and ''The Wedding.''
In recent years, he was a guest on such shows as ''The Golden Girls,'' ''Midnight Caller,'' ''Knot's Landing'' and ''Murder, She Wrote.''
In 1951 Mr. Duff married the actress Ida Lupino, with whom he had a daughter, Bridget. The marriage ended in divorce in 1973.
In addition to his wife and daughter, he is survived by a brother, Doug.
Here is Ida Lupino's Obituary from The New York Times
Ida Lupino, Film Actress and Director, Is Dead at 77
By PETER B. FLINT
Published: August 5, 1995
Ida Lupino, an earthy, intelligent movie actress who created a luminous gallery of worldly wise villainesses, gangster's molls and hand-wringing neurotics, died on Thursday night at her home in Burbank, Calif. She was 77 years old.
Miss Lupino had cancer and had recently suffered a stroke, Mary Ann Anderson, her former secretary, said yesterday.
The actress was also celebrated for directing eight provocative and socially relevant feature films and scores of episodes of many long-running television series, including "The Untouchables," "Have Gun, Will Travel" and "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."
In the course of more than 50 films, Miss Lupino was a spiteful Cockney in "The Light That Failed" (1939), a crazed wife in "They Drive by Night" (1940), a loyal girlfriend in "High Sierra" (1941), an escaped convict in "The Sea Wolf" (1941) and a steely murderer in "Ladies in Retirement" (1941).
In later roles, she was a depraved warden in "Women's Prison" (1955), a sob-sister columnist in "While the City Sleeps" (1956) and the world-weary mother of a rodeo star in "Junior Bonner" (1972). Vincent Canby of The New York Times called "Junior Bonner" "a superior family comedy" made to order for both Steve McQueen and Robert Preston, but wrote "the loveliest performance is that of Miss Lupino."
In the early 1950's, she directed and helped write successful low-budget movies on such sensitive issues as illegitimacy ("Not Wanted"), rape ("Outrage") and pathological murder ("The Hitch-Hiker").
On television, she regularly starred in a dramatic anthology, Four Star Playhouse, from 1952 to 1956. In 1957 and 1958 she produced "Mr. Adams and Eve," a situation comedy about married film stars, in which her co-star was Howard Duff, her third husband. Many of the episodes dealt comically with their real-life experiences.
Ida Lupino was born in London on Feb. 4, 1918, during a German zeppelin bombing. Her paternal forebears were traveling players and puppeteers in Renaissance Italy. Later generations migrated to England in the 17th century. Her father, Stanley Lupino, was a noted comedian, and her mother, Connie Emerald, was an actress who was also descended from a theatrical family. A cousin, Lupino Lane, was an internationally popular song-and-dance man.
As a child, she improvised and acted scenes with her younger sister, Rita, in a small theater their father had built for them in their London garden. Her roles included Juliet, Camille and even Hamlet. At the age of 13, she entered the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. At 15, she made her film debut in a Lolita-like role in "Her First Affaire." She made five more movies in Britain in 1933, then signed a contract with Paramount Pictures in Hollywood and played a dozen more sugary ingenues over the next five years.
The turning point came with "The Light That Failed," in which she forcefully played a vengeful prostitute who betrays an artist going blind (Ronald Colman). That performance and her next one, as a demented murderer in "They Drive by Night," won her a long-term contract at Warner Brothers.
Over the next decade, critics increasingly hailed Miss Lupino as one of the great film actresses. Her favorite role was in "Ladies in Retirement," as a stolid housekeeper who kills her overbearing employer so she can use the house as a sanctuary for her two insane sisters. The New York film critics honored her as the best actress of 1943 for her portrayal in "The Hard Way" of a ruthless woman who propels her younger sister to stardom and destroys everyone in her way.
Miss Lupino gracefully disguised the intense effort she put into shaping her roles, displaying an economy of motion and an ease in using precisely on-target gestures and intonation. She insisted she was not a born actress, saying: "I study and work hard. I take a script and mull over it and underline the bits I want to emphasize. When I go on the set, I know exactly what I want to do and how I want to do it."
In 1949, Miss Lupino and Collier Young, a movie executive and producer who was then her husband, founded Filmakers, an independent production company, for which she directed candid films with feminist themes. One of the most popular was "The Bigamist" (1953).
The energetic Miss Lupino called directing the most demanding work in films, requiring tactful but firm handling of many temperaments and giving clear instructions to a usually all-male, often skeptical crew. Though she spent many hours at what was then a man's calling, she was unstintingly feminine in bearing and manner, observing, "I'm not the kind of woman who can bark orders."
Miss Lupino was petite, standing only 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighing 112 pounds. She had auburn hair and violet eyes framed by half-inch-long lashes. Her leisure pursuits included skin diving, writing short stories and children's books, and composing music. One work, "Aladdin Suite," was performed by the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra.
She was married to (and divorced from) the actor Louis Hayward (1938 to 1945) as well as Mr. Young (1948 to 1951). She and Howard Duff were married in 1951 and divorced in 1983. He died in 1990.
Miss Lupino is survived by a daughter, Bridget Duff, and a sister, Rita Lupino.
To watch episodes of Mr. Adams and Eve go to https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=mr.+adams+and+eve+tv+series
To go to Tim's TV Showcase go to https://web.archive.org/web/20130406183927/http://www.timstvshowcase.com/adamseve.html
For an episode guide go to http://ctva.biz/US/Comedy/MrAdamsAndEve.htm
For a biography of Ida Lupino go to https://web.archive.org/web/20090724073437/http://www.museum.tv/archives/etv/L/htmlL/lupinoida/lupinoida.htm
For a biography of Howard Duff go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Howard_Duff
For a page dedicated to Howard Duff go to http://www.radiospirits.info/2016/11/24/happy-birthday-howard-duff/
For some Mr. Adams and Eve -related interview videos at the Archive of American Television go to https://interviews.televisionacademy.com/shows/mr-adams-and-eve
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OA2mXuN62ik
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