The Radio: Service Soap Opera

The War Department, of all people, put on a soap opera last week. Aimed at the countless devotees of radio's endless "strip shows," it was unusual only in its subject matter and its freedom from the verbal lather of commercials. Its name: Chaplain Jim-U.S.A.

Five mornings a week (over the Blue Network) for the duration, Chaplain Jim is scheduled to bring the everyday problems of Army men home to their mothers, wives and sweethearts. A 15-minute sustaining show, it is being written and produced by Blackett-Sample-Hummert, Inc., who run the biggest soap-opera factory in the world.

Chaplain Jim's initial episode was tried &...

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