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The Carters of Elm Street

The Carters of Elm Street is an American old-time radio soap opera. It was broadcast on NBC from February 13, 1939 to January 19, 1940 and on Mutual from January 22, 1940 to July 19, 1940.[1]

The Carters of Elm Street
GenreSoap opera
Running time15 minutes
Country of originUnited States
StarringVic Smith
Virginia Payne
AnnouncerPierre Andre
Written byMona Kent
Produced byFrank Hummert
Anne Hummert
Original releaseFebruary 13, 1939 (1939-02-13) – July 19, 1940 (1940-07-19)
Other themesMy Heart at Thy Sweet Voice
Sponsored byOvaltine


The program's daily opening summarized the show's premise: "the story of a second wife and her fight for happiness".[2] The story focused on the Carter family, who lived on Elm Street, as reflected in the show's title.[2] Mara Carter was the new wife who struggled for acceptance in the family.[3] In addition to her husband, Jeff, the Carter family included son Jess, daughters Mildred and Bunny, and Mildred's husband, Sidney Randolph. The family also had a housekeeper, Mattie Belle.[2]

The Carters of Elm Street was one of several radio soap operas (such as The Second Mrs. Burton and The Romance of Helen Trent) that used "the difficult role of stepmother ... for emphasizing the 'real-life' experiences of displacement within the family."[4] Radio historian John Dunning described the program as "an attempt to capitalize on the success of such family-oriented soaps as The O'Neills and Pepper Young's Family".[1]


Character Actor Ref.
Jeff Carter Vic Smith [2]
Mara Carter Virginia Payne [2]
Mildred Carter Randolph Virginia "Ginger" Jones [2]
Bunny Carter Ann Russell [2]
Jess Carter William Rose [2]
Sidney Randolph Herbert Nelson [2]
Mattie Belle Harriette Widmer [2]

Pierre Andre was the announcer, and Mona Kent was the writer.[1] Frank and Anne Hummert were the producers.[2]


  1. ^ a b c Dunning, John (1998). On the Air: The Encyclopedia of Old-Time Radio. Oxford University Press. pp. 139–140. ISBN 978-0-19-507678-3.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k Terrace, Vincent (1999). Radio Programs, 1924-1984: A Catalog of More Than 1800 Shows. McFarland & Company. p. 66. ISBN 978-0-7864-4513-4.
  3. ^ Cox, Jim (2003). Frank and Anne Hummert's Radio Factory: The Programs and Personalities of Broadcasting's Most Prolific Producers. McFarland. p. 160. ISBN 9780786416318. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  4. ^ Loviglio, Jason (2005). Radio's Intimate Public: Network Broadcasting and Mass-mediated Democracy. U of Minnesota Press. p. 78. ISBN 9780816642342. Retrieved 9 February 2017.