The O'Neills

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The O'Neills is a radio and TV serial drama. The radio iteration of the show aired on Mutual, CBS and NBC from 1934 to 1943. Created by actress-writer Jane West, the series was sponsored at various times by Gold Dust, Ivory Snow, and Standard Brands. It was telecast on the DuMont Television Network in 1949 and 1950.

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Characters and story

The O'Neills in January 1941 Seated from left: Janice Gilbert (Janice), Kate McComb (Mother O'Neill), Claire Neisen (Peggy). Standing from left: Jimmy Donnelly (Eddie) and James Tansey (Danny) The O'Neill family January 1941.jpg
The O'Neills in January 1941 Seated from left: Janice Gilbert (Janice), Kate McComb (Mother O'Neill), Claire Neisen (Peggy). Standing from left: Jimmy Donnelly (Eddie) and James Tansey (Danny)

In the midwestern town of Royalton, widow Mother O'Neill (Kate McComb) raises her children, Danny (Jimmy Tansey) and Peggy (Joan Banks, [1] Betty Caine, Violet Dunn, Claire Niesen, Betty Winkler). Living upstairs in the O'Neill's two-family house was Mother O'Neill's friend, the meddling Trudy Bailey (Jane West). After their father's death, teenager Janice Collins (Janice Gilbert) and her brother Eddie Collins (Jimmy Donnelly) move into the O'Neill house. [2] Helen Shields played Eileen Turner. [1] In 1941, Claudia Morgan joined the cast in the role of Laura Penway. [3]

Organist William Meeder supplied the music. The announcers were Ed Herlihy and Howard Petrie.

Television

The O'Neills
StarringJanice Gilbert
Vera Allen
Michael Lawson
Ian Martin
Celia Budkin
Benjamin Fishbein
Theme music composerWilliam Meeder
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s) English
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original network DuMont
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original releaseSeptember 6, 1949 
January 10, 1950

Janice Gilbert remained with the series when it was telecast on DuMont Tuesdays at 9pm ET from September 6, 1949, until January 10, 1950. [4]

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References

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  2. Dunning, John. The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press, 1998.
  3. "Joins "O'Neills"". Harrisburg Telegraph. December 6, 1941. p. 28. Retrieved July 26, 2015 via Newspapers.com. Open Access logo PLoS transparent.svg
  4. Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 166–167. ISBN   0-345-35344-7.