The Second Mrs. Burton

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The Second Mrs. Burton
GenreDaytime daily serial
Running time15 minutes
Country of originUnited States
Syndicates CBS Radio
Starring Sharon Douglas (1941–43)
Claire Niesen (1946–47)
Patsy Campbell (1947–55)
Jan Miner (1955–57)
Teri Keane (1957–60)
Dwight Weist (1946–60)
AnnouncerHugh James
Harry Clark
Warren Sweeney
Written byJohn M. Young (1946–47)
Martha Alexander (1947)
Priscilla Kent (1948–52)
Hector Chevigny(1952–60)
Johanna Johnston(1960) [1]
Original releaseJanuary 7, 1946 (1946-01-07) – November 25, 1960 (1960-11-25)
No. of episodes3823 [2]
Sponsored by General Foods [3]
Armour and Company [4]

The Second Mrs. Burton is an American radio soap opera, broadcast daily five days a week on CBS Radio from January 7, 1946, to March 23, 1960. It was the final serial broadcast on a national radio network, after The Right to Happiness, Ma Perkins , and Young Doctor Malone . [5]



The three main characters of the show were the wealthy Stan Burton, his mother, and his wife Terry (the second Mrs. Burton of the show's title). The action was driven by the Burtons' interactions with their extended family, neighbors, and church. It was one of the first radio shows to openly address the topic of divorce and remarriage.



The Second Mrs. Burton originally aired between 1941 and 1943 on CBS West Coast stations (airing as early as 7 February 1941), [7] written by John M. Young, and featuring Sharon Douglas, Gale Gordon, and Ann Stone. [8] The series premiered nationally in 1946, again written by John M. Young, [1] and starring Claire Niesen and Gary Merrill. [9] In March 1946, Dwight Weist replaced Merrill as the voice of Stan Burton, and would continue in the role until the end of the series. [6] Patsy Campbell joined the series as Stan's sister "Louisa" in late January 1946, [10] eventually taking over the leading role of Terry Burton from Niesen in October 1947 "due to a change in characterization" by new writer, Martha Alexander [11] [12]

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