'I Married Joan: Classic TV Collection Vol. 4'
(Joan Davis, Jim Backus, Geraldine Carr, Sandra Gould, Hal Smith, et al / 2-DVD / NR / (1952) 2018 / VCI Entertainment - MVD Visual)
Overview: 'I Married Joan' centers on Joan, a scatterbrained housewife, and her husband, Bradley Stevens, who was a staid and settled domestic court judge. Beverly Wills, Joan Davis' real-life daughter, also co-starred on the show playing the part of her sister.
DVD Verdict: In my humble opinion, Joan Davis was, with Lucy, Carole Lombard, and Carol Burnett, one of the GREAT female "comedy clowns" of all time.
She was in many movies, and then, after 'I Love Lucy' was a mega hit, Davis starred in this sitcom of similar format - and of similar title: 'I Married Joan.'
But instead of a Cuban bandleader it was a judge, played by the brilliant Jim Backus, she drove crazy! Sure, as you all know by now anyway, everything always worked out in the end, but getting to that point was always a barrel of laughs!
A pure delight to watch fro start to finish, here on this just-released new DVD from VCI Entertainment / MVD Visual we get 10 complete episodes from the series.
3. 'The Stamp'
5. 'Business Executive'
6. 'First lie'
10. 'Lieutenant General'
One of the fun things to watch are the supporting actors, who moved from set to set. Indeed, you'll find the same actors on 'Lucy,' 'Joan,' 'My Little Margie,' 'Private Secretary,' and 'Burns and Allen.'
I don't believe that Joan Davis was ever (sadly) Emmy-nominated in the Best Actress category for comedy, which to this day is very surprising to me. In fact, it's just as shocking as the fact that Esther Rolle was never nominated for 'Good Times' either, in which she gave some of the finest acting lessons on TV!
Come to think of it, Doris Day was never nominated for 'The Doris Day Show' either, but (if memory serves me) was cited by the Golden Globes.
Anyhoo, 'I Married Joan' is a very funny show that began in 1952 and ended in 1955. Why, well, it was simply because her TV husband, Jim Backus, quit the show.
As aforementioned, as Judge Bradley J. Stevens, he was her exasperated straight man of a husband. He'd get to show his comic flair later on though in 'Gilligan's Island'.
It's also eternally sad to me that Joan Davis was never able to develop another television show to show her talent before she died. A very funny lady, with a very funny show, 'I Married Joan was, for sure, comic genius.
That said, also do yourselves the favor of watching the Abbott and Costello movie "Hold That Ghost" (co-starring Davis) as it's a small sample of her big screen comic genius! These are all Full Screen Presentations (1.33:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.