Trials, tribulations, affairs & heartbreaks of students, faculty & administration of fictitious Bancroft College.


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Credited cast:
 Thomas Boswell (1969-1970)
 Clara Ryan (1969-1970)
 Dr. Brian Walsh (1971-1972)
Peter Hobbs ...
 Albert Porter (1969)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sherry Alberoni ...
 Jody Harper (1971-1972)
Tod Andrews ...
 Henry Pierce #1 (1969)
 Nurse Radford (1972)
Marion Brash ...
 Marian Connally (1970-1971)
 Mr. Gibson (1972)
 Martha Ferguson (1969-1971)
 Bob Corcoran (1972)
Gary Clarke ...
 Dr. Crosley (1969)
 Dr. Tracy Graham (1971-1972)
Forrest Compton ...
 Vince Adams (1969)
Susannah Darrow ...
 Sandra Jones #1 (1969-1972)


Set in the town of Bancroft, "Bright Promise" dealt with the lives of the students and faculty at Bancroft College, in the town of Bancroft. Resembling many other soap operas, the main storyline dealt with cheating wives and murder. Written by KR <>

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29 September 1969 (USA)  »

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(605 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Mid Summer 1969, the 1950s-1960s American movie star Dana Andrews was contracted as the featured male lead in a new NBC TV daytime "soap" drama titled "Bright Promise". Doris and Frank Hursley created the project, writing, producing the series in conjunction with Bing Crosby - Paramount Films Productions. The Hursley husband and wife team involved their former "Secret Storm" CBS-NYC TV associate Gloria Monte, who would function as their NBC-Burbank producer and series director. With Hollywood movie star Dana Andrews as a drawing, NBC Programming counted on Dana Andrews' name power to draw in a ratings coup of female viewers. Dana Andrews, 60 years old, was featured in the dramatic role as the "Bright Promise" series' Bancroft University President Thomas Boswell. Andrews's character role was the central core for the other cast members to spin their web about college and community players. Andrews', as the university president, with a supporting permanent cast of actors and guest performers in roles as instructors, town citizens, doctors and nurses, judges, crazed sex goddess', all spinning off a web of relationships, gossip, scandalous intrigue, affairs, with young college students sprinkled into the mixture! Sharing the Burbank Studio 9 facility with "Days of Our Lives" (DOOL), the show's rehearsal and taping schedule followed after DOOL's completion of their daily schedule. BP began their script reading, stage blocking, camera rehearsal and taping schedule at 12:00 p.m noon. The BP show usually wrapped their day by eight (8:00pm). Dana Andrews weekly participation usually required a three day week schedule, dependent upon the story development, sometimes for a complete week of appearances. During the 1969 December-Christmas season, the cast and Dana Andrews were featured singing Christmas carols during the shows' daily holiday story-line. Probably the only time in Dana Andrews professional career that Dana Andrews sang "live", performing musical sequences specifically composed for his talents. A year later, after the series had established a viewing based audience, early winter 1970, Dana Andrews learned, from a Los Angeles Times Entertainment Calendar - Monday - news item, that he was fired. That Monday noon at Studio 9's rehearsal script-read through, cast members after reading the LA Times article, were also the first to learn of Dana Andrews' fate! Producers Gloria Monte and Dick Dunn expressing their condolences to Dana Andrews in front of Dana Andrews' cast mates, the day's director, stage and camera crew. Andrews' character was written out two weeks later, replaced with musical stage and film actress Anne Jefferies (Sylvia Bancroft). The normal cycle for a television series marketable test is two years. After the series premiere on September 29, 1969, one year later 1970, the network also fired producer Richard "Dick" Dunn replacing him with Jerry Layton, brought into production to supervise casting, tighten production's overages, scheduling expenses, and engineering over-time. In early winter 1972, newly appointed NBC Daytime Program (1972-1978) Vice President-Director Lin Bolen axed "Bright Promise" scheduling a replacement series that she wanted as her legacy. In conjunction with 20th Century Fox Television, the popular NBC TV night time series "Peyton Place" (September 13, 1964-June 2, 1969), was scheduled in the same 3:30 daily NBC daytime programming schedule, premiering April 3, 1972, retitled - "Return to Peyton Place". See more »


Referenced in All in the Family: Archie in the Lock-Up (1971) See more »

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