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Meet Mr McNutley/Ray Milland Show, The

1 9 5 3 – 1 9 5 5 (USA)
78 x 30 minute episodes

Originally Ray McNutley (Ray Milland) was a professor of English literature at Lynn Haven College for Women in New England where every female swooned for him. Luckily his pretty blonde wife Peggy (Phyllis Avery) was very understanding. Ray and Peggy lived in a white frame suburban house at 187 Maple Terrace.

Their neighbours at #185 were real estate salesman Pete Thompson (Gordon Jones) and his wife, Ruth (Jacqueline deWit). Pete called Ray, “Ray Boy”. Ray called him “Petey”.

The college dean was Josephine Bradley (Minerva Urecal), a stuffy older woman and a 30-year veteran of the school, who in turn reported to Dr Peabody, chair of the Board of Trustees.

By the second year, Ray was now a drama teacher at the co-ed Comstock University in California – headed by Dean Dodsworth (Lloyd Corrigan) – and his surname had changed to McNulty. The series was now known as The Ray Milland Show.

Second-season episodes provided slightly more adult storylines than had been the norm under the show’s initial regime.

Professor Ray McNutley/McNulty
Ray Milland
Peggy McNutley/McNulty
Phyllis Avery
Pete Thompson
Gordon Jones
Dean Josephine Bradley
Minerva Urecal
Ruth Thompson
Jacqueline deWit
Gwen Harrison
Dee J. Thompson
Dean Dodsworth
Lloyd Corrigan
Mrs Dodsworth
Madge Blake