Loretta Young Show

NBC (ended 1961)




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The Loretta Young Show's trademark was the dramatic entrance Miss Young made at the beginning of each episode. She would come sweeping through a doorway with her full-skirted dress swirling around her and move into the center of the room to introduce the evening's play. Equally distinctive was the program's close, when she would return and read a few lines of poetry or a passage from the Bible that amplified or restated the message of the play just telecast. Miss Young starred in over half the plays aired during the series' eight-season run, playing everything from nuns to housewives. The periods and locations varied, the story may have been serious, amusing, or touching, but all were uplifting. When this series premiered it was titled Letter to Loretta. All of the stories were done as responses to letters that she had received. She would read a letter at the beginning of each show and then star in the dramatized answer. Although the title was changed to The Loretta Young Show on February 7, 1954, this format was retained through the first two seasons. At the start of the 1955-1956 season the series became a straight dramatic show and the letter concept was dropped. Miss Young also cut back her starring appearances to roughly half of each year's episodes.moreless