When a Girl Marries

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When a Girl Marries cast
member Ellen Fenwick
Genre Soap opera
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates CBS
Created by Elaine Sterne Carrington
Written by Elaine Sterne Carrington
Opening theme Serenade by Drigo

When a Girl Marries was an American daytime radio drama which was broadcast on three major radio networks from 1939 to 1957. Created by Elaine Sterne Carrington (who also was responsible for Pepper Young's Family and Rosemary), it was the highest rated soap opera during the mid-1940s.[1]


The series premiered May 29, 1939 on CBS, moving to NBC on September 29, 1941 and then to ABC on July 2, 1951.


Promoted as "the tender, human story of young married life, dedicated to everyone who has ever been in love," the convoluted plot threads followed a married couple, Harry Davis (John Raby, Robert Haag) and Joan Field Davis (Noel Mills, Mary Jane Higby), as they confronted endless problems in the small town of Stanwood. Carrington created numerous conflicts by contrasting Harry's impoverished background with Joan's high society family.[1]

Cast and Crew[edit]

Others in the cast included Michael Fitzmaurice, Marion Barney, Ellen Fenwick and Staats Cotsworth. Announcers included Frank Gallop, Bill Mazer and George Ansbro. Music was by organist Rosa Rio and others.[1]


There was a long-running Australian version broadcast on the Major network.


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio Oxford, 1998. ISBN 0-19-507678-8

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