Vivian Fridell portrayed Mary Noble on Backstage Wife in the 1930s and early 1940s
|Other names||Mary Noble, Backstage Wife|
|Genre||Daytime serial drama|
|Running time||15 minutes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|Syndicates|| MBS |
|Starring||Vivian Fridell |
|Created by||Frank and Anne Hummert|
|Original release||August 5, 1935 – January 2, 1959|
|Opening theme||"Stay As Sweet As You Are"|
|Sponsored by||Double Danderine|
Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder
Mulsified Cocoanut Oil Shampoo
Procter & Gamble
Backstage Wife is an American soap opera radio program that details the travails of Mary Noble, a girl from a small town in Iowa who came to New York seeking her future.
Vivian Fridell had the title role from 1935 until the early 1940s. It was then taken over by Claire Niesen, who played Mary Noble for 14 years, until the end of the series.Mary's husband, Larry Noble, was portrayed by Ken Griffin, then James Meighan, and finally, Guy Sorel. The music was supplied by organist Chet Kingsbury.
Each episode opened with the announcer (Pierre Andre, Roger Krupp, Stuart V. Dawson) explaining:
In 1946, when the program was in its 12th year, a newspaper article summarized the plot's status as follows:
The show was created by Frank and Anne Hummert, who produced many radio daytime drama series, including Amanda of Honeymoon Hill , Front Page Farrell , John's Other Wife , Little Orphan Annie , Ma Perkins , Mr. Chameleon, Mr. Keen, Tracer of Lost Persons and Our Gal Sunday .
Backstage Wife debuted August 5, 1935, on the Mutual Broadcasting System, continued on NBC Radio and concluded on January 2, 1959 on CBS Radio. The sponsors included Dr. Lyons Tooth Powder and Procter & Gamble.
The program was parodied by Bob and Ray as their continuing satirical soap opera, Mary Backstayge, Noble Wife, serialized for such a long period of time that it became better known to many listeners than the show it lampooned. Ray Goulding played Mary Backstayge, playwright Gregg Marlowe and other characters, while Bob Elliott portrayed Harry Backstayge and stage doorman Pop Beloved.
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