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The Brighter Day (1954–1962)

TV Series | 25 min | Drama

"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this poignant daytime serial, which was set in the small ...See more"Our years are as the falling leaves. We live, we love, we dream, and then we go. But somehow, we keep hoping that our dreams come true on that brighter day." These words opened this poignant daytime serial, which was set in the small Midwestern burg of New Hope. The sprawling Dennis family, headed by patriarch Rev. Richard Dennis, took center stage as stories developed around Richard's aspiring actress daughter Althea and Althea's dipsomaniacal brother Grayling. Written by Mark Faulkner See less
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Irna Phillips (head writer)
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Updated May 15, 1955

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39 cast members
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Blair Davies
Rev. Richard Dennis Rev. Richard Dennis   See fewer
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Walter Brooke
Donald Harrick Donald Harrick   See fewer
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Mona Bruns
Aunt Emily Potter Aunt Emily Potter   See fewer
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Murial Williams
Lydia Harrick Lydia Harrick   See fewer
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Hal Holbrook
Grayling Dennis #1 (1954-1959) Grayling Dennis #1 (1954-1959)   See fewer
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Lilia Skala
Mrs. Dunbar (1955) Mrs. Dunbar (1955)   See fewer
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Lori March
Lenore Bradley (1956-1958) Lenore Bradley (1956-1958)   See fewer
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Diane Gentner
Sandra Talbot Dennis #1 (1956) Sandra Talbot Dennis #1 (1956)   See fewer
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Jayne Heller
Althea Dennis (1956) Althea Dennis (1956)   See fewer
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Gloria Hoye
Sandra Talbot Dennis #2 (1957-1959) Sandra Talbot Dennis #2 (1957-1959)   See fewer
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Patty Duke
Ellen Williams Dennis #1 (1958-1959) Ellen Williams Dennis #1 (1958-1959)   See fewer
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Peter Donat
Steven Markley (1958) Steven Markley (1958)   See fewer
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Nancy Malone
Babby Dennis (1959-1960) Babby Dennis (1959-1960)   See fewer
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James Noble
Grayling Dennis #2 (1959-1960) Grayling Dennis #2 (1959-1960)   See fewer
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Joseph Sirola
Peter Nino (1959-1960) Peter Nino (1959-1960)   See fewer
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Charles Taylor
Bud Clark (1959) Bud Clark (1959)   See fewer
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Larry Weber
Eliot Clark #1 (1959) Eliot Clark #1 (1959)   See fewer
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Mike Barton
Chris Hamiliton (1960-1961) Chris Hamiliton (1960-1961)   See fewer
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Dean Harens
Dr. Charles Fuller (1960-1961) Dr. Charles Fuller (1960-1961)   See fewer
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Anne Meacham
Althea Dennis (1960-1961) Althea Dennis (1960-1961)   See fewer
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Lanna Saunders
Ellen Dennis Williams #2 (1960-1961) Ellen Dennis Williams #2 (1960-1961)   See fewer
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Mary K. Wells
Sandra Talbot Dennis #3 (1960-1961) Sandra Talbot Dennis #3 (1960-1961)   See fewer
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Ernest Graves
Eliot Clark #2 (1960) Eliot Clark #2 (1960)   See fewer
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Maggie O'Neill
Althea Dennis (1960) Althea Dennis (1960)   See fewer
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Forrest Compton
Grayling Dennis #3 (1961-1962) Grayling Dennis #3 (1961-1962)   See fewer
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June Dayton
Patsy Dennis #2 (1961-1962) Patsy Dennis #2 (1961-1962)   See fewer
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Nancy Rennick
Sandra Talbot Dennis #4 (1961-1962) Sandra Talbot Dennis #4 (1961-1962)   See fewer
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Bennye Gatteys
Judith Potter (1962) Judith Potter (1962)   See fewer
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Rex Ingram
Unknown (1962) Unknown (1962)   See fewer
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Paul Langton
Walter Dennis (1962) Walter Dennis (1962)   See fewer
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Geoffrey Lumb
Mitchell Dru (1962) Mitchell Dru (1962)   See fewer
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Don Penny
Toby Ballard (1962) Toby Ballard (1962)   See fewer
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Benny Rubin
Mort Barrows (1962) Mort Barrows (1962)   See fewer
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Mary Linn Beller
Babby Dennis (1954-1959) (original television cast) Babby Dennis (1954-1959) (original television cast)   See fewer
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Brook Byron
Althea Dennis (1954-1955) (original television cast) Althea Dennis (1954-1955) (original television cast)   See fewer
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Lois Nettleton
Patsy Dennis (1954-1957)(original television cast) Patsy Dennis (1954-1957)(original television cast)   See fewer
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Larry Ward
Dr. Randy Hamiliton (1954-1957)(original television cast) Dr. Randy Hamiliton (1954-1957)(original television cast)   See fewer
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Herbert Nelson
Max Canfield (uncredited) Max Canfield (uncredited)   See fewer
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7.7 / 10 | 17 votes