A Woman to Remember

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A Woman to Remember
Genre Soap opera
Created by John Haggart
Written by John Haggart
Directed by Bob Steele
Starring Patricia Wheel
Joan Catlin
John Raby
Ruth McDevitt
Frankie Thomas
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) Bob Steele
Running time 15 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont
Original run February 21, 1949 – July 15, 1949

A Woman to Remember is a soap opera which ran on the DuMont Television Network from February 21, 1949 to July 15, 1949. The show began on February 21 as a daytime series at 3pm ET. However, starting May 2, the show aired Monday through Friday from 7:30 to 7:45 pm ET.

John Haggart served as creator and writer, and Bob Steele was producer and director. The 7:30pm version of the show followed Captain Video and His Video Rangers and had no sponsor.

Synopsis[edit]

The concept of the soap opera was novel: the idea was that viewers would get two soap operas in one. The radio soap opera contained within the TV continuity had its own story-line and characters, and in addition the actors and actresses had a separate story-line involving their own conflicts.

Cast and characters[edit]

The main focus of A Woman to Remember was the backstage drama of a radio serial. Radio soap opera star Christine Baker (Patricia Wheel) was the central heroine who had to spend much of her time dealing with malicious Carol Winstead (Joan Catlin), who fought against her both at work and in Christine's relationship with Steve Hammond (John Raby). Other characters included Christine's actress pal Bessie Thatcher (Ruth McDevitt) and sound man Charley Anderson (Frankie Thomas). Thomas would later star in popular series Tom Corbett, Space Cadet. His mother, Mona Bruns (who appeared on many soaps), had a small part on the show and described the backstage atmosphere as very hectic.

Production[edit]

The show was broadcast live from a tiny radio studio in Wanamaker's Department Store, with a budget of $1,750 a week, a three-hour rehearsal period, and, at most, two TV cameras. The studio bathroom was used as the dressing room, there was little ventilation, the sets were cheap and the actors were barely paid. One day, the air conditioning broke down and five technicians fainted from heat exhaustion. Bruns had to say, "I've just had a tooth pulled," but was so delirious, she said (live on air), "I've just had a pooth tulled." The actors struggled not to laugh, which kept them from fainting from the heat. Leading man Raby once had a scene with an actress who panicked once the broadcast began. She tried to flee the set, but he pushed her into a chair and kept her there. He blurted out, "I can guess what you came to tell me," and proceeded to recite all of her dialogue, along with his own lines. After the scene ended he went to the bathroom and threw up.

For many years, A Woman to Remember was considered the first television soap opera, due to some magazine articles which erroneously claimed the series debuted in 1947. However, DuMont's Faraway Hill, which ran for several months in 1946, is now considered the first soap opera on television.

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