Have Gun – Will Travel
Have Gun – Will Travel is an American Western series, produced and broadcast by CBS on both television and radio from 1957 through 1963. The television version of the series was rated number three or number four in the Nielsen ratings every year of its first four seasons, it is one of the few shows in television history to spawn a successful radio version; that radio series debuted November 23, 1958, more than a year after the premiere of its televised counterpart. Have Gun – Will Travel was created by Sam Rolfe and Herb Meadow and produced by Frank Pierson, Don Ingalls, Robert Sparks, Julian Claman. Of the 225 episodes of the television series, 24 were written by Gene Roddenberry. Other major contributors included Bruce Geller, Harry Julian Fink, Don Brinkley, Irving Wallace. Andrew V. McLaglen directed 101 episodes, 28 were directed by series star Richard Boone; this series follows the adventures of a man calling himself "Paladin", taking his name from that of the foremost knight warriors in Charlemagne's court.
He is a gentleman gunfighter who travels around the Old West working as a mercenary for people who hire him to solve their problems. Although Paladin charges steep fees to clients who can afford to hire him $1000 per job, he provides his services for free to poor people who need his help. Like many Westerns, the television show was set during a nebulous period after the Civil War; the radio show explicitly states the year in the opening of every episode. The season 5 television episode, "A Drop of Blood", gives the specific date of July 3, 1879; the title was a variation on a cliche used in personal advertisements in newspapers like The Times, indicating that the advertiser was ready for anything. It was used this way from the early twentieth century. A trope common in theatrical advertising was "Have tux, will travel", CBS claimed this was the inspiration for the writer Herb Meadow; the television show popularized the phrase in the 1960s, many variations were used as titles for other works, but was antedated by Have Space Suit – Will Travel by Robert A. Heinlein.
Paladin prefers to settle without violence the difficulties brought his way by clients when possible, but this never happens. When forced, he excels in fisticuffs. Under his real name, never revealed, he was a dueling champion of some renown. Paladin is a former Union cavalry officer, a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, a veteran of the American Civil War, his permanent place of residence is the Hotel Carlton in San Francisco, where he lives the life of a successful businessman and bon vivant, wearing elegant custom-made suits, consuming fine wine, playing the piano, attending the opera and other cultural events. He is an expert chess player, poker player, swordsman, he is skilled in Chinese martial arts and is seen in several episodes receiving instruction and training with a Kung Fu master in San Francisco. He is educated, able to quote classic literature and case law, speaks several languages, he is president of the San Francisco Stock Exchange Club. While at work on the frontier, Paladin changes into all-black Western-style clothing.
His primary weapon is a custom-made, first-generation.45 caliber Colt Single Action Army Cavalry Model revolver with an unusual rifled barrel, carried in a black leather holster, hanging from a black leather gunbelt. He carries a lever action Marlin rifle strapped to his saddle, a Remington derringer concealed under his belt. Paladin gives out a business card imprinted with "Have Gun Will Travel" and a drawing of a knight chess piece. A closeup of this card is used as a title card between scenes in the program; the one other major semiregular character in the show was the Chinese bellhop at the Carlton Hotel, known as Hey Boy: in the first season in the episode called "Hey Boy's Revenge", the character Hey Boy is sought by Paladin under the name Kim Chan, written on a piece of paper and shown on screen. As the episode continues, Hey Boy is referred to five times as Kim Chan and on the sixth incident Paladin states Hey Boy's name as Kim Chang and thereafter he is referred to as Kim Chang every time.
No explanation is given for the name change). Hey Boy was played by Kam Tong. According to author and historian Martin Grams, Jr. Hey Boy was featured in all but the fourth of the show's six seasons, with the character of Hey Girl, played by Lisa Lu, replacing Hey Boy for season four while Kam Tong worked on the Mr. Garlund television series. Guest stars included Jack Lord, Charles Bronson, Victor McLaglen, Vincent Price, James Coburn, Ben Johnson, George Kennedy, John Carradine, Angie Dickinson, Buddy Ebsen, Denver Pyle, June Lockhart, Harry Morgan, Jack Elam, Dan Blocker, Pernell Roberts, DeForest Kelley, Lon Chaney, Jr. Warren Oates, Martin Balsam, Sydney Pollack, William Conrad, Dyan Cannon, Robert Blake, Suzanne Pleshette, Kathie Browne, Strother Martin, Albert Salmi, Werner Klemperer and Odetta; each show opened with the same 45-second visual. Over a slow four-note-repeat backbeat score, a tight shot of Paladin's chess knight emblem centered in a black background is seen, before the view widens to show the emblem affixed to Paladin's holster, with Paladin in his trademark costume seen from waist level in profile.
As he draws his revolver from the holster, the four-note-repeat backbeat fades to a light harp-like strumming. He cocks the hammer, rotates the gun to point the barrel at the viewer for 10 seconds delivering a line of dialogue from the coming episode, a
Santa Barbara (TV series)
Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera that aired on NBC from July 30, 1984, to January 15, 1993. The show revolves around the eventful lives of the wealthy Capwell family of Santa Barbara, California. Other prominent families featured on the soap were the rival Lockridge family, the more modest Andrade and Perkins families; the serial was produced by Dobson Productions and New World Television, which served as distributor for the show in international markets. Santa Barbara was New World Television's first series. Due to the buyout of New World by the original News Corporation in 1997, the buyout of the old News Corp's successor, 21st Century Fox by Disney in 2019, current rights to the series reside with its syndication arm, Disney-ABC Home Entertainment and Television Distribution. Santa Barbara aired in the United States at 3:00 PM Eastern on NBC in the same time slot as General Hospital on ABC and Guiding Light on CBS and right after Another World. Santa Barbara aired in over 40 countries around the world.
It became the longest-running television series in Russia, being aired there from 1992 to 2002. Santa Barbara was nominated 30 times for the same award; the show won 18 Soap Opera Digest Awards, won various other awards. Santa Barbara is notable for having a central plot around which many of the others revolve: the murder of Channing Capwell, Jr; this killing takes place five years before the series begins, at which point Joe Perkins, jailed for the murder, is paroled and returns to Santa Barbara determined to prove his innocence and renew his relationship with Kelly Capwell, sister of the victim. Over the course of the soap every major character would be accused of the murder of Channing Capwell, Jr. or find his or her life involved in the incident in one way or another: from his illegitimate son to his mysterious, presumed-dead mother. As for whether Santa Barbara is worse than the soaps that are doing well in the ratings, that's a tough call. On the surface it doesn't appear to be inferior to all those other daytime offerings designed for people with too much time to kill.
Santa Barbara began on an uneven footing, with one reviewer deeming the series "the worst program on television... maybe ever." Mark Dawidziak claimed in August 1984 that Santa Barbara was "a serial full of hammy acting, predictable story lines and atrocious dialogue." However and executive producers Bridget and Jerome Dobson tightened the show's cast among a handful of popular characters and proceeded to kill off or write out weaker links and supporting characters via a natural disaster and the "Carnation Killer" serial killer storyline. The original plotline surrounded conflicts between the wealthy Lockridge families. Stage legend and Oscar nominee Dame Judith Anderson received a great deal of publicity for headlining the cast as Lockridge matriarch, but other than a few attempts to give her a major storyline, she was seen; when the Lockridges staged a comeback in the early 1990s, the much younger Broadway and movie veteran Janis Paige assumed the part. The soap showed promise with an early Alexis Carrington-style villainess, Augusta Lockridge, but though critics praised her performance, her storyline was dropped and Sorel left the show.
She would return on a recurring basis and signed a contract when the Lockridges were written back in as regular characters. When a major earthquake hit Santa Barbara, core character Danny Andrade slept through the whole thing. Minx Lockridge was unfazed, saying that the 1984 Santa Barbara earthquake was nothing like the one in 1925, she was locked in an empty sarcophagus. Luckily, her grandchildren were around to let her out and she escaped with a bruised ego. By concentrating on such popular characters as Eden Capwell and Cruz Castillo, C. C. Capwell and his wife Sophia, Mason Capwell and Julia Wainwright Capwell, Gina Blake, Angela Raymond and Warren Lockridge, Augusta and Lionel Lockridge, the program managed to achieve critical acclaim as well as but rising ratings; the show was famous for offbeat writing. For example, in the July 14, 1986, former nun Mary Duvall McCormick was killed by a giant neon letter "C" atop the Capwell Hotel toppling on her while she was standing on the hotel roof during an argument.
Despite an irate letter-writing campaign by the show's fans, Kozak was reported as saying that she had "no desire to return to SB", or in fact, any other daytime soap. Another example from 1989 involved Greg Hughes having a dream while unconscious about Mason and Julia being aliens and being taken to "The Capwell Zone". In 1988, the Dobsons were locked out of NBC studios after repeated attempts to fire the head writer, they sued, were allowed to return to the program, but ratings never recovered as the show won three Daytime Emmys in a row for Outstanding Drama Series. Under new executive producer Jill Farren Phelps' tenure, most of the show revolved around Cruz and Eden. One controversial storyline involved Eden being brutally raped, discovering that her assailant was her gynecologist Zack Kelton, who had examined her after her rape. Leigh McCloskey, the actor who played the role, stated that he was uncomfortable with the storyline as he felt that women had enough concerns about visiting gynecologists.
After Zack's death, McCloskey returned as District Attorney Ethan Asher. Phelps left the series in the early 1990s shortly after being demoted and replaced by John Conboy as executive producer. Paul Rauc
Carver Dana Andrews was an American film actor and a major Hollywood star during the 1940s. He continued acting in less prestigious roles into the 1980s, he is remembered for his roles as a police detective-lieutenant in the film noir Laura and as war veteran Fred Derry in The Best Years of Our Lives, the latter being the role for which he received the most critical praise. Andrews was born on a farmstead near Collins in southern Mississippi in Covington County, the third of 13 children of Charles Forrest Andrews, a Baptist minister, his wife, the former Annis Speed; the family relocated subsequently to Huntsville in Walker County, the birthplace of his younger siblings, including future Hollywood actor Steve Forrest. Andrews attended college at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville and studied business administration in Houston. During 1931, he traveled to California, to pursue opportunities as a singer, he worked such as working at a gas station in the nearby community of Van Nuys. To help Andrews study music at night, "The station owners stepped in... with a deal: $50 a week for full-time study, in exchange for a five-year share of possible earnings."
Andrews signed a contract with Samuel Goldwyn, nine years after arriving in Los Angeles was offered his first movie role in Lucky Cisco Kid at 20th Century Fox. He was in Sailor's Lady, sold to Fox. Andrews was loaned to Edward Small to appear in Kit Carson, before Goldwyn used him for the first time in a Goldwyn production: William Wyler's The Westerner, featuring Gary Cooper. Fox liked Andrews and since Goldwyn did not make films often, he agreed to share his contract with Andrews with that studio. Andrews had support parts in Fox films Tobacco Road, directed by John Ford, his next film for Goldwyn was Ball of Fire, again teaming with Cooper, where Andrews played a gangster. Back at Fox, Andrews was given his first lead, in the B-movie Berlin Correspondent, he was second lead to Tyrone Power in Crash Dive and appeared in the 1943 film adaptation of The Ox-Bow Incident with Henry Fonda, in a role cited as one of his best in which he played a lynching victim. Andrews went back to Goldwyn for The North Star, directed by Lewis Milestone.
He worked on a government propaganda film December 7th: The Movie was used by Goldwyn again in Up in Arms, supporting Danny Kaye. Andrews was reunited with Milestone at Fox for The Purple Heart was in Wing and a Prayer for Henry Hathaway. One of his most famous roles was as an obsessed detective in Laura with Gene Tierney at Fox, directed by Otto Preminger, he co-featured with Jeanne Crain in the movie musical State Fair, a huge hit, was reunited with Preminger for Fallen Angel. Andrews did another war movie with Milestone, A Walk in the Sun was loaned to Walter Wanger for a western, Canyon Passage. Andrews's second film with William Wyler for Goldwyn, was his most successful: The Best Years of Our Lives, both a popular and a critical success and became the role for which Andrews is best known. Andrews appeared in Boomerang!, directed by Elia Kazan. In 1947, he was voted the 23rd most popular actor in the U. S. Andrews starred in the anti-communist The Iron Curtain, reuniting him with Gene Tierney Deep Waters.
He made a comedy for Lewis Milestone at Enterprise Pictures, No Minor Vices went to England for Britannia Mews. Andrews went to Universal for Sword in the Desert Goldwyn called him back for My Foolish Heart with Susan Hayward, he played a brutal police officer in Where the Sidewalk Ends with Tierney and Preminger. Around this time, alcoholism began to damage Andrews's career, on two occasions it nearly cost him his life as he drove a car. Edge of Doom for Goldwyn was a flop, he went to RKO to make Sealed Cargo, the only film he made with his brother, Steve Forrest. At Fox, he was in The Frogmen. Goldwyn cast him in I Want You, an unsuccessful attempt to repeat the success of The Best Years of Our Lives. From 1952 to 1954, Andrews was featured in the radio series, I Was a Communist for the FBI, about the experiences of Matt Cvetic, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Communist Party of the United States of America. Andrews's film career struggled in the 1950s. Assignment: Paris was not seen, he did Elephant Walk in Ceylon, a film better known for Vivien Leigh's nervous breakdown and replacement by Elizabeth Taylor.
Duel in the Jungle was an adventure tale. By the middle 1950s, Andrews was acting exclusively in B-movies. However, his acting in two movies for Fritz Lang during 1956, While The City Sleeps and Beyond A Reasonable Doubt, two for Jacques Tourneur, Night of the Demon and The Fearmakers, is well regarded. Around this time he appeared in Spring Reunion, Zero Hour!, Enchanted Island. In 1952, Andrews toured with his wife, Mary Todd, in The Glass Menagerie, in 1958, he replaced Henry Fonda on Broadway in Two for the Seesaw. Andrews began appearing on television on such shows as Playhouse 90, General Electric Theatre, The Barbara Stanwyck Show, The DuPont Show of the Week
Search for Tomorrow
Search for Tomorrow is an American television soap opera. It began its run on CBS on September 3, 1951, concluded on NBC after 35 years on December 26, 1986. Search for Tomorrow was created by Roy Winsor and was first written by Agnes Nixon for the series' first thirteen weeks and by Irving Vendig; the program was one of several packaged from the 1950s through the 1980s by Procter & Gamble Productions, the broadcasting arm of the famed household products corporation, who were responsible for the likes of Guiding Light, As the World Turns, The Edge of Night, Another World. Search for Tomorrow aired as a fifteen-minute serial from its debut in 1951 until 1968, at 12:30 p.m./11:30 a.m. Central Time. Procter & Gamble used the show to advertise Joy dishwashing liquid and Spic and Span household cleaner; as the show's ratings increased, other sponsors began buying commercial time. Both "Joy" and "Spic and Span" continued to be the primary products Procter & Gamble advertised on the show, well into the 1960s.
The serial discontinued live broadcasts in favor of recorded telecasts in March 1967, began broadcasting in color on September 11, 1967, expanded to a half-hour on September 9, 1968, keeping the 12:30/11:30 slot while its old-15 minute partner, The Guiding Light expanded to 30 minutes, moved to the CBS afternoon lineup at 2:30/1:30. At the time, Search for Tomorrow and The Guiding Light, which had shared the same half-hour for sixteen years, were the last two fifteen-minute soap operas airing on television. Search for Tomorrow would remain the top-rated show at 12:30/11:30 until well into the late 1970s, despite strong competition from shows like NBC's The Who, What, or Where Game and ABC's Split Second and Ryan's Hope. In 1983, both the master copy and the backup of an episode of Search for Tomorrow were lost, on August 4, the cast was forced to do a live show for the first time since the transition sixteen years before. Many soap critics and daytime television insiders speculated that the live episode was most a stunt orchestrated by NBC and Procter & Gamble to boost the show's sagging ratings.
The show aired its final episode on December 1986, after 35 years on the air. At the time of its cancellation, it was the longest-running daytime television program in history, it was replaced the following Monday in its timeslot by the game show Wordplay. From 1987 until summer 1989, reruns aired on cable TV in late night on the USA Network; the network aired episodes from the first three years of the NBC run. In 2006, P&G began making several of its soap operas available, a few episodes at a time, through America Online's AOL Video service, downloadable free of charge. Reruns of Search for Tomorrow episodes began with the October 5, 1984 show and ceased with the January 13, 1986 episode after AOL discontinued the P&G Soaps Channel on December 31, 2008. 1986 "Outstanding Achievement in Music Direction and Composition for a Drama Series" 1978 "Outstanding Individual Achievement in Daytime Programming: Costume Designer" Writers Guild of America Award Search for Tomorrow on IMDb Search for Tomorrow at TV.com Search for Tomorrow Script Collection at Syracuse University Special Collection Research Center – breakdowns and scripts from 550+ episodes, 1971–74 Soap Opera scripts, 1975–89 Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library
General Hospital is an American daytime television medical drama. It is listed in Guinness World Records as the longest-running American soap opera in production and the second longest-running drama in television in American history after Guiding Light. Concurrently, it is the world's third longest-running scripted drama series in production after British serials The Archers and Coronation Street, as well as the world's second-longest-running televised soap opera still in production. General Hospital premiered on the ABC television network on April 1, 1963. Same-day broadcasts as well as classic episodes were aired on SOAPnet from January 20, 2000, to December 31, 2013, following Disney-ABC's decision to discontinue the network. General Hospital is the longest-running serial produced in Hollywood, the longest-running entertainment program in ABC television history, it holds the record for most Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series, with 13 wins. The show was created by husband-and-wife soap writers Frank and Doris Hursley, who set it in a general hospital, in an unnamed fictional city.
In the 1970s, the city was named New York. From its beginning, General Hospital starred John Beradino and Emily McLaughlin, both actors stayed with the show until their deaths in 1996 and 1991 respectively, they were joined a year by Rachel Ames who remains to date the longest serving actress on an ABC soap opera, having been continuously on the show from 1964 to 2007. General Hospital was the second soap to air on ABC. In 1964, a sister soap was created for The Young Marrieds. General Hospital spawned a primetime spinoff with the same name in the United Kingdom from 1972 to 1979, as well as the daytime series Port Charles and the primetime spin-off General Hospital: Night Shift in the United States. Taped at The Prospect Studios, General Hospital aired for a half-hour until July 23, 1976; the series was expanded from 30 minutes to 45 minutes on July 26, 1976, to a full hour on January 16, 1978. Since the late 1970s, most of the storylines have revolved around the Quartermaines and the Spencers.
From 1979 to 1988, General Hospital had more viewers than any other daytime soap opera. It rose to the top of the ratings in the early 1980s in part thanks to the monumentally popular "supercouple" Luke and Laura, whose 1981 wedding brought in 30 million viewers and remains the highest-rated hour in American soap opera history; the soap opera is known for its high-profile celebrity guest stars who have included, among others, Roseanne Barr, James Franco and Elizabeth Taylor. In 2007, the program was listed as one of Time magazine's "100 Best TV Shows of All-TIME." On April 23, 2009, General Hospital began broadcasting in high definition, making it the first ABC soap opera to make such a transition. The serial aired its 14,000th episode on February 23, 2018. General Hospital became the oldest American soap opera on September 17, 2010, following the final broadcast of CBS' As the World Turns. On April 14, 2011, ABC announced the cancellation of both All My Children and One Life to Live, leaving General Hospital as the last remaining soap opera airing on the network after January 13, 2012.
The show celebrated its 50th anniversary on April 1, 2013. General Hospital was created by Frank and Doris Hursley and premiered on April 1, 1963; the first stories were set on the seventh floor of General Hospital, in an unnamed midsize Eastern city. "They had this concept of the show that it was like a big wagon wheel – the spokes would be the characters and the hub would be the hospital," John Beradino reflected to Entertainment Weekly in 1994. Launched in 1963, the first stories were set at General Hospital in an unnamed midsized Eastern city; the name of the city, Port Charles, would not be mentioned until 1976 by headwriters Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock. Storylines revolved around his friend, Nurse Jessie Brewer. Jessie's turbulent marriage to the much-younger Dr. Phil Brewer was the center of many early storylines. In 1964 Audrey March, a flight attendant and sister of Nurse Lucille, came to town, was the woman who won Steve's heart. By the end of the 1970s, General Hospital was facing dire ratings when executive producer Gloria Monty was brought in to turn the show around.
Monty is credited with creation of the first supercouple, Luke Spencer and Laura Webber, played by Anthony Geary and Genie Francis. The end of their hour wedding on November 17, 1981, was the most-watched event in daytime serial history. During the 1980s, the series featured several high-profile action and some science fiction-based storylines. Location shooting at sites including Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. After Gloria Monty first left the series in 1987, General Hospital entered into a transitional phase that lasted until Wendy Riche took the position of executive producer in 1992. Under Riche, the show gained critical acclaim for its sensitive handling of social issues. In 1994, Riche started an annual Nurses' Ball, a fundraiser and AIDS awareness event both on the show and in real life; that year, a heart transplant storyline involves the death of eight-year-old B. J
A soap opera is an ongoing drama serial on television or radio, featuring the lives of many characters and their emotional relationships. The term soap opera originated from radio dramas being sponsored by soap manufacturers. BBC Radio's The Archers, first broadcast in 1950, is the world's longest-running radio soap opera; the first serial considered to be a "soap opera" was Painted Dreams, which debuted on October 20, 1930 on Chicago radio station WGN. Early radio series such as Painted Dreams were broadcast in weekday daytime slots five days a week. Most of the listeners would be housewives. Thus, the shows were consumed by a predominantly female audience; the first nationally broadcast radio soap opera was Clara, Lu, Em, which aired on the NBC Blue Network at 10:30 p.m. Eastern Time on January 27, 1931. A crucial element that defines the soap opera is the open-ended serial nature of the narrative, with stories spanning several episodes. One of the defining features that makes a television program a soap opera, according to Albert Moran, is "that form of television that works with a continuous open narrative.
Each episode ends with a promise that the storyline is to be continued in another episode". In 2012, Los Angeles Times columnist Robert Lloyd wrote of daily dramas, "Although melodramatically eventful, soap operas such as this have a luxury of space that makes them seem more naturalistic. You spend more time with the minor characters. An individual episode of a soap opera will switch between several different concurrent narrative threads that may at times interconnect and affect one another or may run independent to each other; each episode may feature some of the show's current storylines, but not always all of them. In daytime serials and those that are broadcast each weekday, there is some rotation of both storyline and actors so any given storyline or actor will appear in some but not all of a week's worth of episodes. Soap operas bring all the current storylines to a conclusion at the same time; when one storyline ends, there are several other story threads at differing stages of development.
Soap opera episodes end on some sort of cliffhanger, the season finale ends in the same way, only to be resolved when the show returns for the start of a new yearly broadcast. Evening soap operas and those that air at a rate of one episode per week are more to feature the entire cast in each episode, to represent all current storylines in each episode. Evening soap operas and serials that run for only part of the year tend to bring things to a dramatic end-of-season cliffhanger. In 1976, Time magazine described American daytime television as "TV's richest market," noting the loyalty of the soap opera fan base and the expansion of several half-hour series into hour-long broadcasts in order to maximize ad revenues; the article explained that at that time, many prime time series lost money, while daytime serials earned profits several times more than their production costs. The issue's cover notably featured its first daytime soap stars, Bill Hayes and Susan Seaforth Hayes of Days of Our Lives, a married couple whose onscreen and real-life romance was covered by both the soap opera magazines and the mainstream press at large.
The main characteristics that define soap operas are "an emphasis on family life, personal relationships, sexual dramas and moral conflicts. Fitting in with these characteristics, most soap operas follow the lives of a group of characters who live or work in a particular place, or focus on a large extended family; the storylines follow personal relationships of these characters. "Soap narratives, like those of film melodramas, are marked by what Steve Neale has described as'chance happenings, missed meetings, sudden conversions, last-minute rescues and revelations, deus ex machina endings.'" These elements may be found from EastEnders to Dallas. Due to the prominence of English-language television, most soap-operas are English. However, several South African soap operas started incorporating a multi-language format, the most prominent being 7de Laan, which incorporates Afrikaans, English and several other Bantu languages which make up the 11 Official Languages of South Africa. In many soap operas, in particular daytime serials in the US, the characters are attractive, seductive and wealthy.
Soap operas from the United Kingdom and Australia tend to focus on more everyday characters and situations, are set in working class environments. Many of the soaps produced in those two countries explore social realist storylines such as family discord, marriage breakdown or financial problems. Both UK and Australian soap operas feature comedic elements affectionate comic stereotypes such as the gossip or the grumpy old man, presented as a comic foil to the emotional turmoil that surrounds them; this diverges from US soap operas. UK soap operas make a claim to presenting "reality
Bright Promise is an American daytime soap opera that ran on NBC from September 29, 1969 to March 31, 1972. It aired weekdays at 3:30 PM Eastern/2:30 PM Central; the show revolved around students and faculty at the fictional Bancroft College, located in the community of Bancroft, somewhere in the American Midwest. The name of the show reflected the overarching theme of the bright promise that the leaders of tomorrow graduating from Bancroft would ostensibly bring. At first, the main character was College president Thomas Boswell; the focus shifted from the College, to the town of Bancroft at large, focused on the Pierce and Jones families. The main character by this time was Sandra Jones, a student at Bancroft College, married herself into the wealthy Pierce family. Bright Promise was created by the husband-and-wife writing team of Frank and Doris Hursley, who had created General Hospital, was their last project prior to their retirement. Bing Crosby Productions was the packager, with assistance from Cox Broadcasting.
The title and closing sequences were filmed at UCLA. Having replaced the game show You Don't Say!, Bright Promise would give way to another serial, Return to Peyton Place, on the NBC daytime schedule. Actress Gail Kobe, a regular on Bright Promise, would become Return's executive producer. Original cast members included the show's star, Dana Andrews, with Susan Brown, Paul Lukather, Ruth McDevitt, Ivor Francis, Forrest Compton, Richard Eastham, Betsy Jones-Moreland, Coleen Gray, Gary Pillar, Peter Hobbs, Peter Ratray, Pat Woodell, Susannah Darrow, Cheryl Miller, Eric James. Additions included David Lewis, Annette O'Toole, Dabney Coleman, Marion Brash, Anne Seymour, Anthony Geary, Gail Kobe, John Considine, Philip Carey, Anne Jeffreys and Sherry Alberoni. Bright Promise on IMDb Bright Promise at TV.com