On the Air: Oct. 27, 1947-Nov. 18, 1949, NBC, 11 a.m. ET; 1948-June 29, 1956, CBS, 2:30 p.m.; July 2, 1956-Jan. 2, 1959, CBS, 1 p.m.
Nora Drake: Charlotte Holland (1947-49), Joan Tompkins (1949-57), Mary Jane Higby (1957-59) ... Ken Martinson: Alan Hewitt ... Peggy Martinson: Joan Alexander, Mercedes McCambridge, Lesley Woods ... Arthur Drake: Ralph Bell, Everett Sloane ... Charles Dobbs: Grant Richards
Announcers: Bill Cullen, Ken Roberts
Theme Song: original melody
Epigraph: "A modern story, seen through the window of a woman's heart."
Premise: There never seemed to be enough unattached men to go around in soap operas. The heroines who were single, virginal and looking for a mate seemed incessantly drawn to experienced suitors who had been married at least once. Some of those gentlemen still were attached. If that situation didn't prevail at the inception of a serial, in due time it frequently occurred. Such was the case of Nora Drake, a career-oriented professional who could have had her pick of many eligible bachelors. She had the misfortune to fall in love with Dr. Ken Martinson, who -- in a moment of haste -- put her aside to marry nurse Peggy King. Peggy turned his life into misery maximized. Nora pined for Ken to obtain the divorce that Peggy told him he'd get over her dead body, setting in motion a waiting game; fans were sure the outcome would one day arrive. On the way there, the serial gave new meaning to the old adage: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned. Peggy Martinson acted as did so many other serial troublemakers faced with similar prospects, believing her lot on earth was to dish out as much agony for "the other woman" as she could. Her target would seldom have a moment's rest. Only when nurse Nora went after some other men did Peggy let up. When those pursuits didn't pan out, the pressure resumed. In the end Peggy got hers, falling victim to an assassin's intent. Though it took five years, it was only a question of time. Getting there was what made it all so compelling.
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