A Guide to the

“Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935

SC 0022

Compiled by: Dillon Thomas, November 2016

 

Descriptive Summary

 

Repository: Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University

Title: “Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935

Collection No.: SC 0022
Creator: Unknown

Extent: 1 legal folder, .08 cubic feet

Language: English

Abstract: The “Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935, is a glossy black-and-white promotional still photograph with text overlaid depicting the cast of the radio drama “Peggy’s Doctor” which ran from 1934-1935.

 

Administrative Information

 

Access Restrictions: Collection open to research. Researchers must register and agree to copyright and privacy laws before using this collection. Please contact Research Services staff before visiting the James Madison University Special Collections Library to use this collection.

Use Restrictions: The copyright interests in this collection have been transferred to the James Madison University Special Collections Library. For more information, contact the Special Collections Library Reference Desk (library-special@jmu.edu).

Preferred Citation: [identification of item], [box #, folder #], “Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935, SC 0022, Special Collections, Carrier Library, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, VA.

Acquisition Information: James Madison University Special Collections acquired this item at auction from Cohasco, Inc. in January 2016.

Bio/Historical Note:
During the mid-twentieth century, radio drama was a popular medium of entertainment before the advent of the television. Large industrial companies became eager to sponsor these dramas in order to advertise. “Peggy’s Doctor,” presented by Blue Coal, was one such drama. The show premiered on October 1, 1934 and the final episode aired in March 1935. It aired on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday on NBC Red at 1:15 PM. Each episode was fifteen minutes in length. “Peggy’s Doctor” was a romantic drama that revolved around prominent female radio actress, Rosaline Greene, who played the main character Peggy Dale. In the radio drama, Peggy, the daughter of a destitute horse breeder, is courted by a moneyed physician who is working in her hometown in Kentucky. “Peggy’s Doctor” was created as a response to an increasingly romanticized view of medical professionals after the WWI. “Peggy’s Doctor” also featured African-American actor Ernest Whitman as the character George. The show also cast Wilma Walter, Allyn Joslyn, Ethel Blume, Walter Soderling, Alan Devitt, and James Meighan. 

Scope and Content:

The “Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935, is a promotional still printed on 8 x 10” photograph paper with text overlaid. The glossy black-and-white photograph depicts the cast in full costume of the radio drama “Peggy’s Doctor” which ran from 1934-1935. The names of the actors and their respective characters are overlaid at the bottom of the photograph: Ernest Whitman as George, Wilma Walter as Mr. Dale, Allyn Joslyn as Vance Harris, Ethel Blume as Louis Dale, Walter Soderling as Mr. Harris, Rosaline Greene as Peggy Dale, Alan Devitt as Dr. Temple, and James Meighan as Dr. John McKeever. Researchers should note that the following actors’ names are misspelled on the photograph: Ernest Whitman, Allyn Joslyn, and Alan Devitt.

Arrangement:
The photograph is housed in a one legal folder.

Bibliography:
Cox, Jim. The Great Radio Soap Operas. Jefferson, NC: McFarland & Company, Inc., 1999.

“Peggy’s Doctor.” OTTRpedia: Database of Old Time Radio Programs. Accessed November 10, 2016. http://otrrpedia.net/getprogram.php?item=6240.

Contents:

Folder Title Box : Folder
“Peggy’s Doctor” Cast Photograph, ca. 1934-1935 1:1