Lonely Women

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Lonely Women
Muriel Bremner and Herb Butterfield in Lonely Women (1943)
Genre Soap Opera
Running time 15 minutes
Country United States
Language(s) English
Syndicates NBC
Starring Betty Lou Gerson
Barbara Luddy
Announcer Marvin Miller
Creator(s) Irna Phillips
Writer(s) Irna Phillips
Air dates June 29, 1942 (1942-06-29) to 1943 (1943)
Sponsor(s) General Mills

Lonely Women was a radio soap opera in the United States during World War II. It "told of women separated from their men by war." The 15-minute program, which was sponsored by General Mills, ran one season on NBC, with its first episode broadcast June 29, 1942."[1]


Lonely Women was conceived and written by Irna Phillips,",[2] a prolific producer of radio soap operas. Her entry on the Jewish Women's Archive website notes her contributions to the genre as follows:

Working with a full-time secretary and staff of writers and researchers, Phillips produced five daytime serials during the early 1940s. Among her most popular radio soap operas were The Guiding Light, Woman in White, The Right to Happiness, Lonely Women, and The ‘New’ Today’s Children. Known for her trademark cliff-hangers, the use of organ music to create moods, and the “crossover” (when characters from one show appeared on another), she was among the first scriptwriters to utilize the amnesia victim and the murder trial. Shunning sensationalism, Phillips preferred to focus on real-life families as they coped with such socially significant issues as juvenile delinquency during World War II, the adjustments of returning war veterans, adultery, adoption, and divorce. In contrast with other radio soap operas, which typically endorsed traditional visions of domesticity and femininity, Phillips’s serials frequently conveyed the complexities of modern women’s choices.[3]


The show's main characters were Fifth Avenue model Marilyn Larimore (played by Betty Lou Gerson) and lovesick secretary Judith Clark (played by Barbara Luddy). Although the cast was originally all-female, men were added later."[1] Additional characters and the actor or actress who played the part were as follows:[4]

Character Actor/Actress
Mrs. Schultz Virginia Payne
Nora Nanette Sargent
Judith Evans Eileen Palmer
Helen Florence Brower
Peggy Harriette Widmer
Mr. Schultz Murray Forbes
Bertha Schultz Patricia Dunlap
George Bartlett Reese Taylor
Jack Crandall Les Tremayne
Edith Crandall Muriel Bremner
Laura Richardson Kay Campbell
Henry Cliff Soubier
Virginia Marshall Eunice Topper
Mr. Conway John Barclay
Judge Carter Colby Herb Butterfield
Mrs. Carter Colby Muriel Bremner
John Murray Willard Waterman
Announcer Marvin Miller

See also


  1. 1.0 1.1 Dunning, John (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2, Pp. 371-372.
  2. Dunning, John (1976). Tune in Yesterday: The Ultimate Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. 1925-1976. Prentice-Hall, Inc. ISBN 0-13-932616-2, P. 371.
  3. "Irna Phillips". Jewish Women: A Comprehensive Historical Encyclopedia. Retrieved 1 March 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Buxton, Frank and Owen, Bill (1972). The Big Broadcast: 1920-1950. The Viking Press. SBN 670-16240-x. Pp. 144-145.

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