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8 September 1st, 2015 VIDEO: 50 Years Of DAYS: The Hortons and The Bradys!


This week as the celebration ramps up, has released a 2-minute clip package featuring Tom and Alice – the iconic MacDonald Carey and Frances Reid – and Caroline and Shawn played by Peggy McCay and Frank Parker.

Featured in the retrospective to honor the legacy of the longest-running scripted show in NBC history are moments from: the first scenes between Tom and Alice discussing the Horton children all having left the family nest, and one of the great hankie moments of all-time when Alice walks-in and hears Tom recite his poetry under his pen name and alias Norm de Pleume, and is so touched to learn that his poetry reading is all about his love for her.

Meanwhile, Caroline and Shawn are seen lovingly in a moment where Caroline sings to her now deceased husband as the show honors the matriarchs are of both long-enduring families who have meant so much to the series, and to its fans.

Watch the Hortons and the Bradys clip after the jump!  Let us know what was your favorite moment from it! And tell us your favorite Tom and Alice or Caroline and Shawn moments through the years!

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  1. Jimh(leave it to beaver) says:

    I remember the first episodes and other families who lived in Salem: the Andersons, Grants, and Peters…i could go on for DAYS…lol…the show was at its best during the Bill Bell era but i still enjoyed it afterwards too…there are too many great moments to list here and im looking forward to new ones!!!


  2. Gmbenet says:

    Nice video. No favorites. All good. Days really knows how to celebrate a 50 year Anniversary! Keep it up!


  3. Sharon says:

    Wow – that takes me way back to my teens! Loved Tom & Alice so much – it’s like seeing my grandparents again. My fav was Tom’s poem to Alice – somehow I missed that one the first time around. Thanks.


  4. 4ever DAYS says:

    Thanks for bringing this to us, Michael Fairman! And thanks for the DAYS coverage of late!!! You’ve been very fair, Mr. FAIRman!!!!!

    For those who may not know and would care to:

    The group scene in this video wiith Macdonald Carey (Tom Horton) and Frances Reid (Alice Horton) featured John Clarke (Mickey Horton), Maree Cheatham (Marie Horton) and Richard Colla (Tony Merritt).

    Mickey and Marie are brother and sister and two of Tom and Alice’s five children. Tony Merritt was engaged to Marie.

    Actor Richard Colla is the real life husband of Device Alexander who played Dr. Lesley Webber on GH after she played Susan Hunter Martin on DAYS!!!!!

    So nice to see the scenes, including Calliope Jones Bradford played by Arleen Sorkin!

    I’ll always miss Tom and Alice!

    The Brady family is special too!!! Frank Parker (Shawn Brady) and Peggy McCay (Caroline Brady) were magic together!


    4ever DAYS replied

    *Denise Alexander.


    Jimh(leave it to beaver) replied

    Tony Merrit was also later played by Don Brisco who later played Chris Jennings the werewolf on Dark Shadows!!!

  5. TRAIVS THOMAS says:

    I know so many people love 80′s Days, but Bill Bell wrote so many amazing Stories during his era. SL’s that are still being played out today. Kinda crazy that we will never have HW’s like Agnes, Douglas, Pat Falken Smith, Sherri Anderson, Harding Lemay, Sam Hall/Gordon Russell, and Bill Bell. These writers were more like playwrights than just TV writers.

    I guess it should be noted these writers never had to deal with all the Network mandated crap. But it saddens me that in an era where Daytime could actually be breaking more ground like it did in the 60′s and 70′s, most soaps have been playing it safe when it comes to Storytelling, basically repeating the things that worked in the past, as opposed to trying push towards the future. But Im very excited about Days 50.


    Lew S. replied

    Travis, I totally agree with you. Give me the DAYS from the Bell era! The storytelling and the acting were so compelling, which you don’t see on the soaps these days. I remember every writer that you mentioned and they were creative and didn’t need to be cartoonist and my favorite word CAMPY. So many viewers today take that as a sign of a great writer. Think about this; back in the 60s and 70s, networks combined, there were about 16 to 17 soaps on the air. Now, we down to four. Not that hard to understand why. I wish DAYS much success, because they are working hard to turn the show around.


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