Drawing of Ruth Russell by actor-singer Norman Sweetser (1894-1980)
|Genre||Daytime serial drama|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Syndicates||Blue Network, CBS|
|Starring|| Joy Hathaway |
|Announcer|| Frank Gallop |
|Created by||Frank and Anne Hummert|
|Written by||Anne Hummert|
|Directed by||Arnold Michaelis|
|Original release||February 5, 1940 – April 26, 1946|
|Opening theme||"Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair"|
Phillips Milk of Magnesia
Mulsified Cocoanut Oil Shampoo
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