The Edge of Night (1956–1984)
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The murder of fan favorite Adam Drake in 1977, was perhaps the show's biggest shocker.
The radio show ran from 1943 to 1955, five days a week, on the CBS radio network.
It was part soap opera and part detective story.
When the radio show moved, with most of the cast and the production staff, to TV, it was renamed Edge of Night.
The cast members were given new character names.
The Perry Mason character was dropped. On September 21, 1957, CBS aired a new show, Perry Mason, starring Raymond Burr.
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.