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 / ... (222 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Draper Scott (219 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Deborah Saxon (199 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Logan Swift (192 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Nicole Cavanaugh (188 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Dr. Miles Cavanaugh (184 episodes, 1978-1983)
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 Eliot Dorn (169 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Nancy Karr / ... (153 episodes, 1962-1983)
Forrest Compton ...
 Mike Karr (153 episodes, 1976-1983)
Sharon Gabet ...
 Raven Swift / ... (145 episodes, 1978-1984)
Irving Allen Lee ...
 Calvin Stoner (135 episodes, 1979-1980)
Denny Albee ...
 Steve Guthrie (132 episodes, 1978-1980)
Wade Nichols ...
 Derek Mallory (126 episodes, 1979-1983)
Lois Kibbee ...
 Geraldine Saxon / ... (121 episodes, 1976-1984)
Ernie Pysher ...
 Cliff Nelson (117 episodes, 1979-1983)
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 Nola Madison (112 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Emily Gault (104 episodes, 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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The Edge of Night
13 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was fortunate enough to get a double serving of EON during summer break. When EON moved to ABC, the Baltimore affiliate aired the show at 4:00p.m. directly following GH. However, my hometown of Washington, DC would broadcast the same episode the next morning at 10:30 a.m. The quality of the Baltimore channel was clear when it was cloudy but otherwise snowy at best.

Murder mysteries were EON's forte and the one effect they did better than any other daytime drama was the quick fade to black. There was no slow resolve to black. The music would swell, then suddenly the screen goes black. I loved it!!!!!!

The character names were straight out of period pieces

Just to name a few: Adam Drake, Nicole Travis (Drake), April Cavanaugh, Preacher Emerson, Miles Cavanaugh, Margo Huntington Dorn, Elliot Dorn, and two of my favorites villains Molly Sherwood and Winter Austin.

My favorite Friday cliffhanger occurred at the WMON studios. Winter had reached wits end and decided to confront Nicole in the news studio. The mad chase lead to the catwalk and the overhead in the studio. They both wore a white button-up blouse and blue jeans. There hair were a similar honey hue. When the railing broke, one of the two flipped over the railing and fell face first onto the floor below.

It was awesome, but the kicker was, they waited until Tuesday to pick up the story. They sure don't make'em like they used to.


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