|Jerry and Pamela North|
|First appearance||Mr. and Mrs. North (1936)|
|Last appearance||Murder by the Book (1963)|
|Created by||Frances and Richard Lockridge|
Albert Hackett &
Peggy Conklin (stage)|
William Post, Jr. & Gracie Allen (film)
Alice Frost (radio) & Joseph Curtin
Richard Denning & Barbara Britton (radio/TV)
|Gender||Male & Female|
Mr. and Mrs. North are fictional American amateur detectives. Created by Frances and Richard Lockridge, the couple was featured in a series of 26 Mr. and Mrs. North novels, a Broadway play, a motion picture and several radio and television series.
The characters originated in 1930s vignettes written by Richard Lockridge for the New York Sun, and he brought them back for short stories in The New Yorker. These stories were collected in Mr. and Mrs. North (1936). Lockridge increased the readership after he teamed with his wife Frances on a novel, The Norths Meet Murder (1940), launching a series of 26 novels, including Death Takes a Bow, Death on the Aisle and The Dishonest Murderer. Their long-run series continued for over two decades and came to an end in 1963 with the death of Frances Lockridge. The series was unusual in that it was Mrs. North who often solved the cases, while Mr. North was just background much of the time. In his article, "Married Sleuths," Charles L.P. Silet captured the flavor of the novels:
Albert Hackett and Peggy Conklin had the title roles in the Broadway production Mr. and Mrs. North, which ran 163 performances at the Belasco Theatre from January 12, 1941, to May 31, 1941. Alfred De Liagre, Jr. produced and directed the play written by Owen Davis. Supporting actors included Philip Ober and Millard Mitchell.  In that version, the North's apartment is located on Greenwich Place, Manhattan, realized in a scenic design by Jo Mielziner.
The Owen Davis play became a 1942 MGM film ( Mr. and Mrs. North), starring Gracie Allen and William Post, Jr. with Millard Mitchell repeating his role of Detective Mullins from the Broadway production.  Others in the cast were Paul Kelly, Rose Hobart and Keye Luke.
Mr. and Mrs. North was a radio mystery series that aired on NBC and CBS from 1942 to 1954. Alice Frost and Joseph Curtin had the title roles when the series began in 1942. The characters, publisher Jerry North and his wife Pam, lived in Greenwich Village at 24 St. Anne's Flat. They were not professional detectives but simply an ordinary couple who stumbled across a murder or two every week for 12 years. The radio program eventually reached nearly 20 million listeners.
In 1946, Mr. and Mrs. North received the first Best Radio Drama Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America (in a tie with CBS's The Adventures of Ellery Queen).  The program, which was broadcast once in 1941 and continuously from December 1942 through December 1946 on NBC Radio (for Woodbury Soap), and from July 1947 to April 1955 on CBS Radio (for Colgate-Palmolive and, later, Adler sewing machines), featured Carl Eastman (1941), Joseph Curtin (1942–53) and Richard Denning (1953–55) as Jerry North. Pam North was played by Peggy Conklin (1941), Alice Frost (1942–53) and Barbara Britton (1953–55). In his book, Radio Crime Fighters, Jim Cox wrote that the couple:
|Mr. and Mrs. North|
|Theme music composer||John Rarig|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||57 ( list of episodes)|
|Producer||John W. Loveton|
|Running time||30 min|
|Release||October 3, 1952 –|
May 25, 1954
In 1946, producer-director Fred Coe brought the Owen Davis play to television (on New York City's WNBT) with John McQuade and Maxine Stewart in the leads and Don Haggerty, Joan Marlowe and Millard Mitchell repeating their Broadway roles.
Joseph Allen and Mary Lou Taylor played Mr. and Mrs. North from July 1949 in NBC Presents ( 1 Season of 21 Episodes).[ citation needed]
Barbara Britton and Richard Denning starred in the TV adaptation, produced by John W. Loveton, seen on CBS from 1952 to 1953 and on NBC in 1954, sponsored by Revlon cosmetics and Congoleum-Nairn, Inc.  Francis De Sales starred in 25 episodes as police Lieutenant Bill Weigand, only his second screen role. Guest stars included Raymond Burr, Hans Conried, Mara Corday, Lawrence Dobkin, I. Stanford Jolley, Carolyn Jones, Katy Jurado, Jimmy Lydon, Dayton Lummis, Julia Meade, William Schallert, and Gloria Talbott. In his early days at WPTZ TV in Philadelphia, Ernie Kovacs and Edie Adams occasionally spoofed the show in sketches titled Mr. & Mrs. South on Kovacs's' morning comedy show Three To Get Ready.
|Season||Episodes||First aired||Last aired||Network|
|1||39||October 3, 1952||June 26, 1953||CBS|
|2||18||January 26, 1954||May 25, 1954||NBC|