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Joe De Santis, Margaret Draper, sounds familiar. Did he do any of the early soaps? Maybe I just remember him from Madame X.

The "Big Sister" story was interesting. I think Neddie was Ruth's brother, but I don't see that mentioned in the article. The original story was Ruth raising Ned with her other sister, played by another big name radio actress (I want to say it was the actress who played Carson Vickers on RoL and Constance Wakefield on RTH). I think the new doctor that was alluded to in this article was Reed Bannister, who was another love interest for Ruth. Maybe Reed arrived earlier in the story.

Thanks again for these.

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Thanks for reading. I'm going to try to put up some more soon. Big Sister seems to be one of those shows that went on and went off, etc. depending on sponsor availability. I guess a lot of radio soaps did that.

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August 1957 TV Radio Mirror. This was similar to a Ma Perkins ad in this era, I guess a last ditch attempt to modernize these shows for listeners. TVRM857006_zps4bd1d302.jpg

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Seymour was the lead in "Mary Marlin" as well. She did some later soap roles ("AW" and "GH").

The YDM ad is neat. It's definitely in the vein of the "Ma Perkins" ad, but I suspect this one is a bit more appropriate. I don't think YDM had the comical elements "Perkins" did.

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I will say that Nora Drake story doesn't sound as hokey as some of the others. I wonder if Julian Funt or David Lesan wrote this series at this time? In the book I was reading on radio soaps, there was some discussion about their work and their focus on psychological issues. This also sounds similar in tone to some of the other late runs of the remaining radio soaps, "Road of Life" and "Wendy Warren and the News" where the men were suffering from mental issues that prevented them from achieving happiness.

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It sounds like something you don't see very often, especially with a male character. I guess these shows had run long enough to where the women were being put in the roles of finding/rescuing/helping the men in their lives, to show a woman's eternal strength, etc. etc. I know on one of the radio soaps, a woman had to find her husband after he was wandering the globe as an amnesiac.

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Episode of Right to Happiness. I'm sure the episode has been around but I'd never heard it. I had no idea the show was so sinister. The voiceover reminds me of the intro of Tales from the Darkside.

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This is from Carolyn's trial for murdering Bill Walker, right? It was a lengthy trial. There are two or three episodes from this storyline online. I believe it went from at least January until May. It was also used to introduce Dr. Dick Campbell, a member of the jury who became Carolyn's "husband" until it was revealed husband #2 Dwight Kramer wasn't dead.

Here's some additional information. In June 1946, Gary Merrill was playing Miles Nelson, the prosecuting district attorney. At this time, they decided to introduce his family. Art Kohn played Mr. Nelson, Miles’ father. Anne Sargent played Deborah Nelson, Miles’ sister. Debbie Nelson was around for a while. It was at her wedding that Carolyn met husband #4 Lee MacDonald.

In August 1947, Don McLaughlin is temporarily replacing Gary Merrill. Merrill to return in September 1947. Also around this time, Barry Thomson and Helene Dumas were playing Mr. and Mrs. Jordan.

At the same time, the papers were reporting this about "The Road of Life"

Three weeks ago last Friday, Matt Crowley whom thousands know as “Dr. Jim Brent” on the NBC serial Road of Life, deserted the mike for a pre-arranged two week’s vacation. AS a contractor actor on the series, his character does not appear in every script, and so during the last few days of his rest in the country, Matt called the agency several times for the following week. Nobody knew anything. Finally, Crowley got wind of a scheduled audition but he was told that it was for another part. It wasn’t though, and upon his return to New York on Friday, he was informed that another actor has been assigned to the part of “Dr. Brent” for the following Monday. His successor is Don McLaughlin.

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So he got fired while on vacation? Poor guy.

I've heard a few episodes from around the time of the shooting, when her mother and her mother's husband were talking about her being in the holding cell and how scared her mother was for her.

How long was her mother around?

I heard one or two episodes where Carolyn was finally learning to accept Skip's girlfriend, only for the girlfriend to say she wasn't ready for marriage. How long did this take place after the trial?

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I don't understand Matt Crowley's departure. I guess they wanted to keep Don McLaughlin in their stable of actors so they gave him the role of Dr. Brent.

I don't know how long Carolyn's mother, Doris Cameron, was around. She was there from the start and was around for a couple years. The books on radio rarely list years that actors appeared in the role.

Off the top of my head, the trial was in 1942. The episode with Skip and his girlfriend is the show's final episode from November, 1960. So there is quite a gap.

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Oh that was the last episode? Wow. I had no idea. I didn't even hear a goodbye (was there a goodbye?). I guess it's not a bad way to go out - themes of family, patience, etc.

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Carolyn gives a speech about 'the right to happiness' and the conflicts all concluded (the Braden boy was going to jail and Skip and Grace had Carolyn's permission to marry). Or maybe you've listened to the second to last episode, which I've also seen listed online but I don't think I've heard that one.

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