Faraway Hill

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Faraway Hill
Genre Soap opera
Starring Flora Campbell
Mel Brandt
Eve McVeagh
Julie Christy
Barry Doig
Munroe Gabler
Jack Halloran
Vivian King
Ben Low
Frederic Meyer
Lorene Scott
Ann Stell
Hal Studer
Jacqueline Waite
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Production
Producer(s) David P. Lewis
Broadcast
Original channel DuMont Television Network
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original run October 2, 1946 (1946-10-02) – December 18, 1946 (1946-12-18)

Faraway Hill was the first soap opera broadcast on an American television network, running on the DuMont Television Network.

Synopsis[edit]

A widowed New York City resident, Karen St. John (played by Flora Campbell), moved to a small town to be near relatives. There she met a man who had been adopted by her family, and with whom she fell in love. However, he was already engaged to another woman. In addition, the sophisticated St. John clashed with her rural relatives.[1]

Broadcast history[edit]

The series ran from October 2, 1946 to December 18, 1946. David P. Lewis, the writer and director, had a budget of around $300 an episode.[1]

Other actors included Mel Brandt, Eve McVeagh, and Julie Christy (not to be confused with actress Julie Christie).[1]

The half-hour show was broadcast live, although filmed excerpts were interspersed, and slides of scenes from previous shows were included in later episodes to bring viewers up to date with regard to plot elements which had previously transpired. A narrator gave Karen's thoughts as bridges between scenes.[1]

Episode status[edit]

No footage from the series has survived (methods to record television such as kinescopes did not exist until 1947). The original script is owned by the Lewis family.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1

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