Faraway Hill

Faraway Hill

Title card
Genre Soap opera
Starring Flora Campbell
Mel Brandt
Eve McVeagh
Julie Christy
Barry Doig
Munroe Gabler
Jack Halloran
Vivian King
Ben Low
Frederic Meyer
Lorene Scott
Ann Stell
Hal Studer
Jacqueline Waite
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) David P. Lewis
Original network DuMont Television Network
Picture format Black-and-white
Audio format Monaural
Original release October 2 (1946-10-02) – December 18, 1946 (1946-12-18)

Faraway Hill was the first soap opera broadcast on an American television network, airing on the DuMont Television Network on Wednesday nights at 9 pm[1] between October 2 and December 18, 1946.


A widowed New York City resident, Karen St. John (played by Flora Campbell), moved to a small town to be near relatives. There she met a man who had been adopted by her family, and with whom she fell in love. However, he was already engaged to another woman. In addition, the sophisticated St. John clashed with her rural relatives.[2]

Broadcast history

The series ran from October 2, 1946, to December 18, 1946. David P. Lewis, the writer and director, had a budget of around $300 an episode.[2]

Other actors included Mel Brandt, Eve McVeagh, and Julie Christy (not to be confused with actress Julie Christie).[2]

The half-hour show was broadcast live, although filmed excerpts were interspersed, and slides of scenes from previous shows were included in later episodes to bring viewers up to date with regard to plot elements which had previously transpired. A narrator gave Karen's thoughts as bridges between scenes.[2]

Episode status

No footage from the series has survived (methods to record television, such as kinescopes, did not exist until 1947). The original scripts are owned by the Lewis family.

See also


  1. "TV Listings: Past & Present: October 2, 1946". TV Tango. Retrieved 23 June 2015.
  2. 1 2 3 4 Brooks, Tim & Marsh, Earle (1964). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network TV Shows (3rd ed.). New York: Ballantine. ISBN 0-345-31864-1


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