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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 Draper Scott (237 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Deborah Saxon (213 episodes, 1976-1980)
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 Logan Swift (210 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Nicole Cavanaugh (198 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Lee Godart ...
 Eliot Dorn (178 episodes, 1979-1980)
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Forrest Compton ...
 Mike Karr (171 episodes, 1976-1984)
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 Raven Swift / ... (167 episodes, 1978-1984)
Irving Allen Lee ...
 Calvin Stoner (148 episodes, 1979-1984)
Wade Nichols ...
 Derek Mallory (142 episodes, 1979-1984)
Ernie Pysher ...
 Cliff Nelson (136 episodes, 1979-1983)
Lois Kibbee ...
 Geraldine Saxon / ... (134 episodes, 1976-1984)
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 Steve Guthrie (132 episodes, 1978-1980)
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 Emily Gault (115 episodes, 1980)
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 Nola Madison (112 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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2 April 1956 (USA)  »

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Created by Irving Vendig, who had been writing the weekday radio drama Perry Mason for CBS and Proctor and Gamble. The program was originally intended to be a TV version of that radio drama, but the rights were denied by Perry Mason's creator, Erle Stanley Gardner, because the producers did not promise that the characters of Perry Mason and Della Street would remain romantically uninvolved. See more »

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Featured in The Paperboy (2012) See more »

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The Edge Of Night
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Music by Paul Taubman (organist)
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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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