Ben Jerrod

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Ben Jerrod
GenreSoap opera
Created byRoy Winsor
Written byWilliam Kendall Clark
Directed byFred Carney
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
Producer(s)Joseph Hardy
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time25 mins.
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseApril 1 (1963-04-01) –
June 28, 1963 (1963-06-28)

Ben Jerrod is an American serial which ran from April 1, 1963 to June 28, 1963. The series is most notable for being the first daytime drama to be regularly televised in color.[1] The show debuted April 1, 1963, the same day as General Hospital and The Doctors. Actor Michael M. Ryan played the show's title character. The cast also included Addison Richards, Lyle Talbot, Gerald Gordon and Isabel Randolph.

Following the cancellation of this show, Mr. Ryan created the role of attorney John Randolph on Another World.

The show was created by Roy Winsor. The show was produced by Joseph Hardy. The two had collaborated earlier in New York on Love of Life and The Secret Storm. William Kendall Clark was the writer, and Fred Carney was the director.

The show's musical bridges were provided by a guitar and percussion instruments.


The series follows two Rhode Island lawyers defending a socialite accused of murdering her husband.


  • Michael M. Ryan as Ben Jerrod
  • Addison Richards as John Abbott
  • Jeanne Baird as Agnes Abbott
  • Lyle Talbot as Lt. Choates
  • Regina Gleason as Janet Donnelli
  • Ken Scott as Jim O'Hara
  • Peter Hansen as Peter Morrison
  • Martine Bartlett as Lil Morrison
  • Gerald Gordon as Sam Richardson
  • Denise Alexander as Emily Sanders
  • William Phipps Santa as Coroner Engle
  • John Napier as D.A. Joplin
  • Don Collier as Abel Forsythe
  • Adele Pike as Jo Helton
  • Charlotte Stewart as Ingénue
  • Isabel Randolph
  • Paul Geary


  1. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 60. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.

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