These Are My Children (NBC 1949 with Alma Platts and George Kluge)

USA / NBC / x15 minute episodes / Broadcast 31 January – 25 February 1949. Made in black and white

Creator: Irna Phillips

Very early (and short lived) soap opera These Are My Children told stories of the Hehehan family in post war Chicago, the family owned a boarding house, ruled over by Mrs Henehan. Other characters included son John and his wife Jean as well as one of the chief boarders Katherine.

Broadcast live from Chicago and running only four weeks this was the first networked daytime soap and was apparently cancelled because AT&T could no longer supply the cable required to transmit the show!

The picture shows a rare behind the scenes glimpse of the show, it’s pretty much one of the only remaining images of the production.

ALMA PLATTS as Mrs Henehan
GEORGE KLUGE as John Henehan
JOAN ARLT as Jean Henehan
JANE BROOKSMITH as Patricia Henehan
MARTHA McCLAIN as Penny Henehan
MARGARET HENEGHAN as Aunt Kitty Henehan
ELOISE KUMMER as Katherine Carter

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