The Edge of Night (1956–1984)

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In the fictional city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes and intrigue which touch the lives of many citizens. Some such citizens include ... See full summary »

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 April Scott / ... (176 episodes, 1978-1980)
Tony Craig ...
 Draper Scott (170 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Deborah Saxon (167 episodes, 1976-1980)
Jayne Bentzen ...
 Nicole Cavanaugh (153 episodes, 1979-1980)
Joel Crothers ...
 Dr. Miles Cavanaugh (148 episodes, 1978-1983)
Joe Lambie ...
 Logan Swift (144 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Eliot Dorn (139 episodes, 1979-1980)
Denny Albee ...
 Steve Guthrie (132 episodes, 1978-1980)
Forrest Compton ...
 Mike Karr (121 episodes, 1979-1983)
Ann Flood ...
 Nancy Karr / ... (120 episodes, 1962-1983)
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 Nola Madison (112 episodes, 1979-1980)
Irving Allen Lee ...
 Calvin Stoner / ... (105 episodes, 1979-1980)
Sharon Gabet ...
 Raven Swift / ... (101 episodes, 1978-1984)
Wade Nichols ...
 Derek Mallory (96 episodes, 1979-1983)
Lois Kibbee ...
 Geraldine Saxon / ... (94 episodes, 1978-1984)
Ernie Pysher ...
 Cliff Nelson (93 episodes, 1979-1983)
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 Owen Madison (87 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ann Williams ...
 Margo Huntington / ... (84 episodes, 1979-1980)
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In the fictional city of Monticello, attorney Mike Karr and his colleagues are involved in solving crimes and intrigue which touch the lives of many citizens. Some such citizens include dowager Geraldine Whitney, the frequently-married Raven Alexander, attorney Adam Drake and his wife, Nicole, attorney Draper Scott and his wife, April, Police Chief Bill Marceau, night club owner Johnny Dallas, physician Dr. Miles Cavanaugh, young Jody Travis and her many boyfriends, and Mike Karr himself, his wife, Nancy, and their daughter, Lorrie. All the usual soap opera devices, including prolonged amnesia, a woman with a split personality, murderous mobsters, usurped identities, and murders with many suspects, are used quite effectively in this long running serial. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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When he was on the show, Stephen Markle portrayed Ted Loomis, a corrupt cop who eventually became a serial murderer. Loomis killed several other characters, and the fans loved him and wanted him to keep killing even more characters. The producers became alarmed that his evil, psychopathic character was becoming too popular. As a result, it was decided to write out Loomis by killing the character. Fans were shocked and outraged by this decision. See more »

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Referenced in Starsky and Hutch: Starsky and Hutch Are Guilty (1977) See more »

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The Edge Of Night
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Words and Music by Jack Cortner and John Barranco
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More than likely the only soap opera that men would admit watching.
16 January 2005 | by (Atlanta, GA) – See all my reviews

It is more than likely that most soap operas are watched by housewives, even after all these years and changes in the medium. But for most of it's existence, "The Edge of Night" was an exception to that rule. It was always near the top of the ratings for afternoon shows, from 1956 to 1970, when CBS showed it at 4:30 pm. Sadly, when CBS shuffled their daytime lineup, in the 1970 - 71 season, "The Edge of Night" was shown earlier and lost ground. The show was a murder mystery serial and was great at showing the inner workings of both crime organizations as well as showing the inner workings of both the police and the courtroom. It had some really great names going through it's door, as alumni, including Dixie Carter, Larry Hagman and even John Travolta as a delivery man. The show was edgy, just as the name applied, and had a great ability to show whodunits. Actress Talluhah Bankhead was an early fan of the show and not even a call from President Harry Truman could get her away from the show. It even had the balls to kill off a really popular character, Sara Karr very early on.


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