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NBC launched the 30-minute five-day-a-week daytime serial Our Five Daughters on 2 January 1962 – ousting the long-running From These Roots – and the trouble and suffering began immediately.
To the swelling tones of the organ, trouble engulfed all five daughters plus their mother and father (he was hurt in an accident) as well as a son-in-law and an uncle. And all this on the occasion of the wedding anniversary of the mother and father . . .
Former silent movie star Esther Ralston played the mother, Helen Lee, with competency. Michael Keen was the father, Jim (pictured below left).
The titular daughters were Mary (27), married and expecting a baby; Barbara (25), the “steady one”; Jane (23), just finished law school and hunting for a job and love; Marjorie (18), a boy-mad flirt; and Ann (16), a high school student worried about exams, grades and boys (pictured below right).
Mary Lee Weldon
Robert W. Stewart