Hawkins Falls, Population 6200 - 1950-1955

Hawkins Falls, A Television Novel

In 1950 Hawkins Falls was a one hour prime time dramatic comedy that aired on the NBC network, and was produced and sponsored by the new, blue detergent, "Surf." After four months in prime time, the show was taken off of the air. The next spring it returned as a
daytime 'soap opera' that ran fifteen minutes every week day, broadcast live from Chicago. At the time, Hawkins Falls became the longest running daytime show, running for four years, until July of 1955. Hawkins Falls was patterned after the real town of Woodstock, Illinois.

Long time Today Show host Hugh Downs was an announcer on the show, and he told the story of one of the first confrontations between actor and studio when in 1951 lead actor Frank Dane felt that he was so popular and such a powerful part of the story that he walked off of the set one day and demanded more money and fewer lines. In true soap opera fasion, the writers acommodated his wish for fewer lines by writing him out of the script by killing him off, and replacing him with a new, young, hungry actor. There are only 15 episodes known to exist in the world, and I have so far found only the ones below.

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October 21, 1953 - Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel
Starring Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Art Van Harvey and Hugh Downs

March 31, 1955 - Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel
Starring Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Jim Bannon and Ros Twohey

April 1, 1955 - Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel
Starring Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Art Van Harvey and Ros Twohey

April 4, 1955 - Hawkins Falls: A Television Novel
Starring Bernardine Flynn, Maurice Copeland, Art Van Harvey and Ros Twohey