Our Gal Sunday
Anne Elstner and Vivian Smolner
|Country of origin||United States|
|Created by||Frank and Anne Hummert|
|Written by||Helen Walpole
|Directed by||Stephen Gross
|Produced by||Frank Hummert
|Original release||March 29, 1937– January 2, 1959|
|Opening theme||"Red River Valley"|
Our Gal Sunday was an American soap opera produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, network broadcast via CBS from March 29, 1937, to January 2, 1959, starring Dorothy Lowell and, after Lowell's 1944 death, Vivian Smolen in the title role.
Characters and story
The Hummerts adapted the Broadway play into a long-running melodramatic radio serial about a Colorado orphan who marries a British aristocrat. It began when two grizzled miners, Jackie and Lively, found a child abandoned and left at the door of their mountain cabin. She was given the name Sunday because that was the day she entered their lives. Later, her last name was given as Smithson. As an adult, she was desired by her childhood friend, Bill Jenkins. She fell under the spell of wealthy Englishman Arthur Brinthrope, who came to check his silver mine. Arthur was shot by Jackie, who wanted to prevent him from running away with Sunday. Arthur's brother, Henry, arrived, eventually marrying Sunday. The couple moved to their Black Swan Hall estate in Virginia, where they lived with their adopted son, Lonnie, and their two natural children, Caroline and Little Davy, who was crippled by a hit-and-run driver.
Dorothy Lowell had the title role from 1937 to 1944. When she died in childbirth at age 28, she was replaced by Vivian Smolen, who portrayed Sunday from 1944 to 1959.:152 Leading reference sources claim that Lowell continued to star in the radio program until 1946, but those books and websites are obviously incorrect since Lowell died in 1944.
The show opened with this question:
- Once again, we present Our Gal Sunday, the story of an orphan girl named Sunday from the small mining town in the West, who found true happiness with one of England's, most handsome Lords, Lord Henry Brinthrope.
- Cox, Jim (2008). The Great Radio Soap Operas. McFarland. pp. 145–156. ISBN 9781476604145. Retrieved 30 August 2017.
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- "Dorothy Lowell, The Star of Radio Serial Our Gal Sunday is Dead". The New York Times, July 3, 1944
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