When a Girl Marries

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When a Girl Marries cast
member Ellen Fenwick
GenreSoap opera
Country of originUnited States
Created byElaine Sterne Carrington
Written byElaine Sterne Carrington
Opening themeSerenade 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 Broadcasting Network. Prior to World War II, transcription discs of many U.S. programs were imported into Australia, but after America entered the war, this became impossible, but scripts were still able to be imported, and the Australian version was based on the U.S. program. A download of the first Australian episode is available on YouTube.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John. On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio Oxford, 1998. ISBN 0-19-507678-8
  2. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ix-GWaXK2VU

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