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The Jane Powell Show (1961)

K.C. McCay, an actress-singer impulsively marries Jeffrey Edwards, a math professor and then struggles to fit into his campus life at a small California town.


Rod Amateau


Michael Morris (teleplay), Frank Waldman (story) | 2 more credits »


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Cast overview:
Jane Powell ... K.C. McCay Edwards
Russell Johnson ... Jeffrey Edwards
Elliott Reid ... Lesly
Harriet E. MacGibbon ... Mrs. Grover
Al Checco Al Checco ... Professor Hawley Harrington
Harry Holcombe ... Dean Grover
Herbert Ellis Herbert Ellis ... Professor Jackson (as Herb Ellis)
Justice Watson Justice Watson ... Professor Ernest Wilcox
William Lanteau William Lanteau ... Professor Gerald Dudley
Carol Veazie Carol Veazie ... Ida Mae Fogerty
Michael A. Monahan Michael A. Monahan ... Student (as Mike Monahan)
James Ragan James Ragan ... Student


K.C. McCay is a famous actress-singer. Her impresario unsuccessfully tries to prevent her giving up her career to marry Jeffrey Edwards, a math professor. Jeffrey's roommate Hawley moves out so the couple can settle in their apartment on Campus in a small town of California. During a party at the Dean's house, K.C. is introduced by her husband to all the professors who openly disregard show-business. Jeffrey agrees with them which spurs the couple's first fight. K.C. kills Jeffrey's pet honey bee Agnes. Written by Greg Philip {greg_philip@hotmail.com}

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Release Date:

25 April 2012 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This was a pilot for a proposed 1961 series that was not picked up. It was shelved until it got a DVD release in 2012. See more »

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Could it have worked? Absolutely. Did it? Nope...not even close!!
2 June 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Jane Powell was a huge singing star with MGM in the 1950s. However, when musicals began to lose their appeal, Miss Powell found herself unemployed and looking for work. Unfortunately, one of her attempts at a comeback was this turkey...a very badly written TV pilot that could have worked but didn't .

When the show begins, K.C. (Powell) has just married Professor Edwards (Russell Johnson) after a two-day courtship!! While you know that moving from the life of a famous singer to the Professor's wife might be tough, it's made much tougher because the professors and her husband in particular are all idiots. They insult her and make her welcome very short-lived...and Edwards manages to do the worst possible job of supporting his wife. Can they manage to make this misguided marriage work after all??

So, apparently although college professors are smart, they ALL are socially inept and insulting idiots...or so the show would have you believe. Talk about bad writing. In fact, the only character who I liked and who was written well was played by Harriett MacGibbon...the woman who soon after played Mrs. Drysdale on "The Beverly Hillbillies". Overall, a poorly written show which delivered no laughs...which is a serious problem for a sit-com! I can see exactly why the networks didn't pick up this misguided little show.

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