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)
 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)
 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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Gloria Monte produced, cast, and directed "Bright Promise" from inception with Dick Dunn as her co-Producer. Gloria Monte's CBS day time drama series history, producing day-drama shows for CBS-TV, established her New York credentials. NBC - New York replaced another West Coast series with Gloria Monte in charge of developing the new "Bright Promise" series. Meeting with her Art Director, Hub Braden, they conferred on the "look" for the scenarios location (Mid-West a.k.a. Ohio), architectural style for the Georgian College Campus setting (Miami of Ohio), and each of the various character's home environment. Dana Andrews had signed a two year contract with NBC. Dana Andrews' College President role was the key pivot for each story line's development. Gloria made an issue with the College corridors and offices paint hue and value, testing on camera the variety of rose-beige, rose-tan, rose-cream paint samples with regards to lighting reflection-enhancement for the senior starring Dana Andrews. Preparing set plan and designs, Gloria approved a plan that the sets could be set up as entire interiors, or reduced to minimum segments of rooms for the daily scene actions. Studio 9 at the Burbank NBC TV Facility was shared with a current production "Days Of Our Lives". "Bright Promise" was scheduled for the afternoon shift while "Days" would occupy the morning shift. The shows schedules balanced and worked well in the studio. An attempt to exchange sets between the two shows proved unworkable. At the end of the taping schedule, the stage-hands struck and reset load in scenery, and then lite the acting area. When this crew departed, the "Days" crew transitioned their strikes and load in, and lighting prior to the director and cast arrival. The studio schedule was an around the clock adventure. After the first year, NBC fired Dana Andrews (contract settled with payoff) and Dick Dunn was fired. Jerry Layton was brought from New York as Producer working with Gloria Monte. After two years, in 1971, the show was cancelled. The time slot was used for "Return To Peyton Place". Hub Braden transitioned with the new production company as Art Director. See more »


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

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