Our Gal Sunday

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Our Gal Sunday
Anne Elstner and Vivian Smolen
Genre Soap opera
Country of originUnited States
StarringDorothy Lowell
Vivian Smolen
Karl Swenson
Alistair Duncan
Created by Frank and Anne Hummert
Written byHelen Walpole
Jean Carroll
Directed byStephen Gross
Arthur Hanna
Frank Hummert
Anne Hummert
Produced byFrank Hummert
Anne Hummert
Original releaseMarch 29, 1937 (1937-03-29) – January 2, 1959 (1959-01-02)
Opening theme"Red River Valley"

Our Gal Sunday is an American soap opera produced by Frank and Anne Hummert, network broadcast via CBS from March 29, 1937, to January 2, 1959, [1] starring Dorothy Lowell and, after Lowell's 1944 death, Vivian Smolen in the title role.

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The origin of this radio series was a 1904 Broadway production, Sunday, which starred Ethel Barrymore. This play was the source of the catchphrase, "That's all there is, there isn't any more."

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Thats all there is, there isnt any more

"That's all there is, there isn't any more" was a phrase Ethel Barrymore used to rebuff curtain calls. The line entered the national consciousness of the United States in the 1920s and 1930s and has often been referenced and parodied.

Characters and story

The Hummerts adapted the Broadway play into a long-running melodramatic radio serial about a Colorado orphan who marries a British aristocrat. It began when two grizzled miners, Jackie and Lively, found a child abandoned and left at the door of their mountain cabin. She was given the name Sunday because that was the day she entered their lives. Later, her last name was given as Smithson. As an adult, she was desired by her childhood friend, Bill Jenkins. She fell under the spell of wealthy Englishman Arthur Brinthrope, who came to check his silver mine. Arthur was shot by Jackie, who wanted to prevent him from running away with Sunday. Arthur's brother, Henry, arrived, eventually marrying Sunday. The couple moved to their Black Swan Hall estate in Virginia, where they lived with their adopted son, Lonnie, and their two natural children, Caroline and Little Davy, who was crippled by a hit-and-run driver. [2]

Dorothy Lowell had the title role from 1937 to 1944. When she died in childbirth at age 28, she was replaced by Vivian Smolen, who portrayed Sunday from 1944 to 1959. [1] :152 Leading reference sources claim that Lowell continued to star in the radio program until 1946, but those books and websites are obviously incorrect since Lowell died in 1944. [3]

The show opened with this question:

Once again, we present Our Gal Sunday, the story of an orphan girl named Sunday from the small mining town in the West, who found true happiness with one of England's, most handsome Lords, Lord Henry Brinthrope.

"Red River Valley" was the series' theme music. [4] The announcers were Ed Fleming, John Reed King, Art Millett, Bert Parks, Charles Stark, Warren Sweeney and John A. Wolfe.

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  3. "Dorothy Lowell, The Star of Radio Serial Our Gal Sunday is Dead". The New York Times, July 3, 1944
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