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EDGE TITLE SEQUENCES





OPENING CREDITS


1964 opening title"The Edge of Night's" original opening and closing titles consisted of an outdated, nearly unrecognizable black-and-white photograph of the Cincinnati skyline. This filmed sequence utilized a photographic effect to simulate the conversion from day to night, as a large, diagonal band of darkness moved across the screen from right to left. The opening title was immediately followed by the first act, which then dissolved into a freeze-frame of the title and the announcer introducing the sponsor for that day's episode. The original title ran from Monday, April 2, 1956, through Monday, September 4, 1967.

Mid-break sponsored by French's MustardFor most of its run on CBS, each episode of Edge contained a two-minute break following Act Three: a one minute network commercial, followed by a minute for local station identification and commercials. The black-and-white midbreak sequence opened with a nighttime still of the Cincinnati skyline. The show's title appeared behind the skyline in small print and moved quickly into the foreground, filling most of the screen. The color midbreak was a shortened version of the opening title. Edge eliminated its midbreak sequence in the early 1970's, probably around 1973.

color openingTuesday, September 5, 1967, ushered in a new era as Edge aired its first color telecast. The new opening, midbreak, and closing credit sequences all featured a color film clip of a contemporary Cincinnati skyline. The sequence opened with a panoramic view of the Cincinnati area, including the interstate and bridge. The camera slowly zoomed in on the city itself, until the skyline filled the screen. A "time-delay" photo effect was then used to show the daytime skyline segueing into night. The darkened skyline was hued in shades of blue. Edge's logo appeared in small print in the middle of the screen and quickly zoomed to a larger font, colored in yellow. This title sequence remained for the rest of Edge's CBS run and through the first year on ABC.

1978 opening titleIn early 1977, Edge introduced its third credit sequence. This logo featured a still of shot of Cincinnati (similar to the one used for the previous closing credits) and utilized a special photographic effect, not unlike a film negative, to simulate a darkening skyline. The words "The Edge" descended from the top of the screen, while the words "of Night" ascended from the bottom. The two sets met in the middle of the screen and moved to the foreground, forming the complete logo. Beginning with this sequence, Edge's opening credits now followed an opening "teaser," a brief scene setting up that day's action.

1981 opening titleOn Monday, June 16, 1980, Edge introduced its fourth title sequence. Since fictional Monticello had obviously mushroomed from an "average-sized city" to a bustling metropolis, the producers eliminated the trusty Cincinnati skyline, replacing it with an up-to-date shot of Los Angeles. The opening title began with an upwardly moving shot of skyscrapers then dissolved into an extended series of original still-shots of the cast. The final castmember still-shot then segued into the LA skyline, the show's logo moved to the top of the screen from behind the city, and the skyline darkened to night.

1983 opening titleIn the Fall of 1983, Edge's producers decided to break completely with tradition, retiring the show's signature skyline title and officially eliminating the word "the" from the show's title. This final title sequence debuted on Monday, September 13, 1983. The opening began with a maze of colored bars which opened and closed, while clips from actual episodes played inside the moving frames. Eventually, the entire screen opened in a wipe to reveal the "EDGE" logo, which filled the entire screen. Various scenes continued to play inside the logo, as it reduced to a slightly smaller size, against a background of orange, yellow, and blue hues. With the final video clip, the logo itself darkened into a rusty hue, and the words "Of Night" appeared under the logo in a blaze of yellow light. This opening stayed with show for the remainder of its run.



CLOSING CREDITS


1958 credit crawlIn the early days of The Edge of Night, two types of closing credits were used. Four days out of a week, the show simply replayed the opening billboard film, and if time permitted, a card crediting the wardrobe supplier was inserted. In the show's first year, it became common practice to run the cast and production credits only once a week-- generally on Thursday or Friday depending upon the playing-time of each episode. This sequence was superimposed over the nighttime still of Cincinnati (used in the mid-break sequence). On rare occasions, the credits scrolled over an empty set featured in that day's telecast.

Unlike most serials of the 1950's, Edge actually had a credit "crawl", a process in which the titles scrolled up (and off) the tv screen from the bottom. During the years 1956-71, the actor playing Mike Karr was always given top billing in the cast credits; however, after the departure of Laurence Hugo, producer Erwin Nicholson gave Ann Flood (as Nancy Karr) top-billing, which she retained to the end of the series. [See Cast Hierarchy below for a more detailed explanation of cast credits].

CBS color closing credit titleWhen "The Edge of Night" went to color telecasts in 1967, the credits scrolled over a still video shot of Cincinnati at dusk. The shot was at eye-level, with the Ohio River in the foreground. This sequence was used through the first 90 minute telecast on ABC-TV.

1976 closing credit titleBeginning with the first regular half-hour episode on ABC, December 2, 1975, Edge's credits rolled over a still shot of the opening title sequence. By the 1970's, Edge credited several different groups of people, with each dictated by the running time of the episode. As in the past, the cast credits ran only once a week, while other closing sequences credited the production staff, the writers and directors, the wardrobe suppliers, and on particularly long episodes... no one at all.

1978 closing credits Also, around the early 1970's, Donald May became the first actor on Edge (and one of the few on daytime tv) to receive special billing-- "And Donald May as Adam Drake". After May's departure in 1977, other actors such as: Kim Hunter (Nola Madison), Cynthia Gregory (Herself), Irwin Corey (The Hobo), Frank Gorshin (Smiley Wilson), Alfred Drake (Dwight Endicott), Dick Cavett (Moe Eberhardt), Eva Gabor (Herself), and Amanda Blake (Dr. Juliana Stanhower) were also given a special nod in the cast credits.

1980 closing credit titleThe 1980's brought three significant changes to Edge's closing credits. First of all, it was the first time in the show's history that the title remained stationery on the screen during the credits. Prior to June 1980, the title had always faded on-and-off the screen rather than remaining a fixed entity. Secondly, Edge had never used an on-air copyright for the material. All P&G serials instituted a copyright procedure beginning with episodes produced on June 2, 1980. The first Edge episode to telecast a copyright notice aired on Tuesday, June 10, 1980.

Finally, the 1980's saw the first time in Edge history that the show's opening and closing titles were completely different.Edge's short-lived 1983 end title

When Edge changed its credit sequences in 1983, the two sequences intially matched, but after two weeks, the closing credits were revised with a "sunset beach" visual, rather than the "logo against a colored backdrop" seen in the opening.1983 closing title



In addition to the usual closing credits, The Edge of Night sometimes featured PSA's (public service announcements) during its closing credits sequence. These usually followed the cast credits, with the theme music and credits fading to the PSA, then back to the theme and production credits after the PSA ended. Various PSAs included: American Heart Association, United Way, March of Dimes, Easter Seals, mental health awareness, drug abuse, and forest fire prevention.PSA's began on Edge in the 1950's but were discontinued shortly before the series ended its run on CBS.



ANNOUNCERS

During its 28 year run, The Edge of Night had three contract announcers who spoke narration over the title sequences and sponsor plugs:

Whenever Edge's regular announcer was absent, a network announcer usually substituted. Substitutes included, but were not limited to: Herbert Duncan and Bill Prince (Prince later appeared on The Edge of Night in 1969 as the original Ben Travis).

Hal Simms filled in for vacationing Harry Kramer as early as 1966 before becoming Edge's permanent announcer in 1972.

At the beginning of each episode, the announcer narrated the following words:

Various closing narrations:

**The announcer credited Irving Vendig as creator of "The Edge of Night" in every episode. After Vendig disassociated himself with the series in 1965, the "created by" announcement was dropped from credit sequences.



Mid-break bumper narration:

Immediately following the next to last act, the announcer stated, "Our story will continue after this message." When Edge moved to ABC, the narration was changed to, "Our story will continue...in a moment." Edge dropped this narration in mid-1977.

In addition to the regular closing narration, the announcers sometimes plugged the network programming immediately following The Edge of Night. These included: