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Happy 56th Anniversary To General Hospital

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April 1st marks the 56th anniversary of ABC’s General Hospital.  The daytime drama series is currently the longest running soap opera still on the air.  It debuted back on April 1st, 1963.

The series plans to air a very special episode tomorrow on the Tuesday, April 2nd episode to pay homage to the milestone and the late Susan Brown and her character of Gail Baldwin.

On Monday, several GH cast members past and present commented on this retro video posted by Silver Age TV (see below) which harkens back to the very beginning of GH.

Chloe Lanier (Nelle Benson) shared: “Four years ago, I had the privilege of playing daughter on GH. (Pre Carly/Nelle of course)  And 56 years ago, premiered and is still going strong. Happy Anniversary GH!”

Laura Wright (Carly) shared: “The Best !!!! Soo grateful

Steve Burton (Jason) added: “Honored and blessed to be a part of it! Thank you to all of the GH and Daytime veterans for paving the way for all of us. Thank you. 56 more!

Maurice Benard (Sonny) added: “Happy anniversary General Hospital how many TV shows in history can say 56 years, I was a fan before I came on, and I will always be a fan.”

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Kimberly McCullough (Robin) posted: “So proud to be a part of history. I love my TV family so much. So may years of innovation and hard work. Can’t wait to to watch!”

Now,  check out John Beradino (Dr, Steve Hardy) Roy Thinnes (Phil Brewer) and Emily McLaughlin (Nurse Jessie Brewer) in the clips below from Silver Age TV.

Then share your Happy 56 anniversary well-wishes to the cast and crew of GH via the comment section below.  And if GH is your favorite soap of all, tell us why it means so much to you and has kept you watching for years.

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Llanviewer717
Llanviewer717

I watched the debut episode and was instantly hooked. I have such fond memories of salt of the earth Jessie Brewer, kind and wise Dr. Steve Hardy, no good Phil Brewer and stern but lovable Lucille March. May Emily McLaughlin, John Beradino and Lucille Wall rest in peace. Roy Thinnes is very much alive. I hope he’s happy and healthy.

Though I stopped watching in 2005, sincere congratulations of the very hard working cast and crew on their 56th anniversary.

Harry
Harry

Oh how I love this picture. I feel like every time I come in here to post a comment, it’s a negative comment! So, I need to stress the fact that I adore this picture of the old beloved vets.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Harry, your feelings on the photo as well as your habit of posting “negative” comments on GH mirror those of mine. For me, this picture is terrific, not only because it showcases beloved veterans, but also because it excludes the actor and actress who play mob boss and his moll. Absolutely satisfying!

Violet Lemm
Violet Lemm

Can’t believe I’ve spent more than half of my life watching GH. Stopped for a few years,when I went back to work, until the old VCR’s arrival. How I loved Dr.Tom Hardy, Jessie, her husbands, Audrey, the Baldwins, Webbers, etc. It was truely about GH, not just a place they go to these days for G.S wounds, etc. The SL’s were about GH people, and not about gangsters and politicians running the city, as they do now. I know we have to evolve, go with the flow, as times change, but I do so miss the old GH days.

James R. Poissant
James R. Poissant

My God. If this show ended, my heart would shatter. I have been watching since 1982. I hate how the genre has fallen apart but grateful that GH still marches on.

Laverne
Laverne

I’ve been watching GH I was 16 so about 47 years. almost from the beginning. I have always loved the show. I started watching it when my children were small to keep my sanity. lol

aria
aria

GH is my fave soap of all times, when I was younger I watched other soaps but GH was always #1, I started watching during the summer when Luke and Laura exploded and went on the run, and I’ve been hooked ever since thanks to Frisco and Felicia, holly and Robert and Anna Devane, the cool spy who could kick ass, the quatormaines, cassadines, Tiffany, Sean, and crazy Lucy. thanks to todays technology I don’t worry about missing an episode and I’m so happy its still going strong at 56. love todays cast, miss a few who have left recently like Griffin, and Nate and I was hoping the news of Michele Stafford leaving was a bad April fools joke, so that one I’m not a happy camper about but otherwise still watch every day and will till I’m gone or GH is gone.

Rodd
Rodd

I really enjoyed the clip. Don’t think I’ve ever seen this one.

Happy Anniversary to GH! Here’s to 56 more!

I have watched soaps (DOOL) since I was in kindergarten, believe it or not. All but one of my shows have been taken off the air. After “Another World” was cancelled, I took up with “As the World Turns” and continued watching “Guiding Light”. When they were cancelled, I switched over to “One Live to Live” and “General Hospital”. Now, it’s just “Days of Our Lives” and “General Hospital”.

I am thrilled to still be able to get my soap fix. Long may those soaps that remain live!!!

Ruth Claessens
Ruth Claessens

What was the name of the song they played at the end of today’s 56th anniversary show?

Patrick
Patrick

Dr. Steve Hardy : Born Giovanni Berardino May 1, 1917

This Man, bar none left an indelible mark… just exemplary , on what any Man would ascribe

I did not know… he was a former MLB ( Major League Baseball ) player 1939 – 1952.. having WON… WON .. a world series championship with the Cleveland Indians AND went on to serve his country in the midst of his professional baseball career ( 1942-1945 ) astonishingly, after serving his country he goes back to MLB AND WINS a world series, 1948. WOW and Mr. WOAH ( I love love love watching this game ) knowing he was in the big league just added that extra heart beat

this startling information is courtesy of WIKI.. I am loving this –

it would be another 12 years till he debuted on General Hospital. so it is my understanding that from 1952 to 1964.. his “resume” reads sparse.. I take from this he had some savings from his MLB Career. from 1964, he debuted as Dr. Steve Hardy, garnering 3 lead acting emmy nominations, till his untimely death , due to pancreatic cancer took him in 1996.

out of the gate : ^^^ having watched the ORIGINAL credit… took my breath… just wanted to post what an exceptional looking Man

Salute

you can cry with the original concept AND heart grab how strong the veteran pull IS
hence…I feel this way about the pic above…HUGE: Big Mac, Kevin, Laura, Felicia, Monica

su000
su000

Hi Patrick,
I, and friends were in total-
”who?” ”what?” ”huh?”
We did not know of anyone they were talking about.
The entire episode was a big zero to us.
Not everyone has watched GH since day one and the episode was for the ol’ timers,only.

That woman in the black dress, walking around talking to people, hadn’t a clue as to she was not until much later on when Laura called her mother.

Amber mentioned; well, we don’t know those characters actors because we probably weren’t yet born or were toddlers or kids..
Nawww that couldn’t be right, could it? LOL
anyways, we were blank haa!

I see you had a great time watching that episode, as others, and that is a good happy thing for you.
glad it took you back 🙂

Patrick
Patrick

I’m easily, adding; Lucy and Scotty … easy PLAY

hurry

rose
rose

Patrick…So glad you added Lucy and Scotty. Down deep both have good hearts, so glad to see they are still adding their sometimes mischievous, disruptive, and even endearing personalities without killing anyone to an otherwise fairly boring Port Charles (at least for me). Love what Lucy has done for the Nurses Ball. Wish tptb would give her a bigger budget to bring in a couple of past stars…like Ricky Martin. And did like her apology to Monica the the day.

rose
rose

P.S…And Lucy could also invite Michael Fairman as an entertainer at the Nurses Ball. Or emcee on the “Red Carpet.”

Sue
Sue

Does anyone know the name of the song that played at the end of this episode 4/2/2019

Timmm
Timmm

THAT was the WORST anniversary show EVER!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

So, I thought the episode itself was excellent, despite the presence of mob boss and moll…

There was otherwise so much to enjoy: Lesley; Monica; Lesley calling Monica a slut (some things never change); the always radiant Laura; the always mischievous Bobbie; Scotty unveiling the picture of Gail next to the picture of Lucille — although I would like to see that entire wall!

What I found very entertaining was that, in the span of 1 hour, Scotty pulled off a “hat trick” of wistfully reminiscing with 3 former love interests: Laura, Bobbie, and Lucy. Now if Heather and Dominique had made an appearance, we would have had enough players for a starting basketball lineup.

Shay
Shay

Hello again, James!!! I must concur with much of what you have said in regard to the 56th anniversary episode. (Particularly the latter portion of the first sentence! Lol..) Whilst I wouldn’t go quite so far as to term the end result as “excellent,” it did provide some pleasant emotional touchstones that are generally missing on a daily basis in the show’s current incarnation. Due to that fact, a greater variety of video flashbacks accompanying the dialogue would have been desirable, because seeing is always more satisfying than simply reminiscing about any given event…even if we were fortunate to have originally witnessed it. On a more picayune note, I have to ask, why is it considered permissible to repeatedly make slut-shaming remarks about Monica’s former carnal activities when there have been many a Port Charles minx far more prodigious in amassing lovers than she ever was known to be??? (Bobbie, Lucy and Alexis immediately come to mind…and there are plenty of others, too!) This seems to be a prevailing theme whenever Lesley rolls in to town, and I recall Fluke having quite a go at Monica with a similar remark, or two….sure, it always ellcits laughs, but if we’re going to “call a spade a spade,” then by all means, let’s be equitable here! As for Scott’s “lineup” of women, I have to say that I still consider the fair Laura to be his only true “love.” All the other femmes on his lengthy list of conquests only served as his consolation-prize bedwarmers during her long-lamented absence! Laura will always be his “one that got away”…TWICE over!

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

I’m so elated to read your response, Shay! I appreciate all upon which we agree!

As for those few perky areas of possible disagreement, let me try to present a meeting of the minds…

For me, the episode was “excellent” because of the overriding presence of the beloved veterans and the many touching moments therein. Sure, as others have suggested, it would have been nice to have some flashbacks of Gail, rather than just her photo.

It boggles my mind the way the writers/producers continue their never-ending quest to prop up Sonny. Having the saintly (in comparison) Laura tell Sonny, in a chapel of all places, that she has always known he is a good person was cringe-worthy to the nth degree and almost made me barf!

As for Scotty, I must agree with you that Laura was his true love. Yet as we know in the soap world, years upon years are spent creating new alliances, and characters with longevity go from one paramour to the next. Part of what makes the viewer tune in is to hopefully see their favorites reunite. (That was what kept me glued to the set for my faves Diana [Valerie Starrett] and Peter Taylor [Craig Huebing] in the 1970s.) But, yeah, for Scotty, Laura is one that got away…

And I appreciate your bringing up the “slut shaming.” Your diatribe is most convincing and well-founded. It’s clear that Monica and Lesley have made peace with each other, so in that sense, the remark seems unusual. My thought is that, with this “flashback” episode sans actual flashbacks, the writers are just reminding the audience of the storied history of Monica and Lesley in a wink wink, goofy kind of way, not meant as an insult to womankind. To me, it’s similar to the constant refrain of Monica’s that she owned the Quartermaine mansion and Alan’s constant reply that he gave it to her. It’s almost reflexive, at this point, for Lesley to call Monica a “slut.” (Have I made things worse, dear Shay?)

Anyway, Shay, I had to tune in for this episode when I read about what was planned. For 1 day, anyway, this once decades-long viewer, got to enjoy 1 episode of his once favorite show… Best to you, Friend!

Shay
Shay

@Gentleman James..Thank you! What a true delight your likewise response was! I do agree with you that relative to the present-day array of GH characters, the majority of those featured on the 56th anniversary episode constituted a most welcome and refreshing change of pace. I suppose it was my desire for more legacy players from the show’s glory days to be revisited—and the lack thereof—-which left me feeling somewhat letdown and dissatisfied. (For example, since Felicia was present, would it have killed the writers to have included a kind word for her ex-hubby Frisco when Bobbie and she discussed Tony? He was a huge part both of the ‘80’s GH soap experience and the Jones family, after all! The same could be said for the near-total avoidance of Luke….love him or loathe him, he was Port Chuck personified for nearly 40 years, and central to the Scotty and Laura marital breakup which turned Baldwin into the sad, sometimes still bitter, man he is today. And so on and so forth!) As for our mutual thoughts on Sonny—-and spouse—-the less said, the better. It seems that no matter how many objections are voiced from viewers who are profoundly offended by the ardent campaign for him to be declared for sainthood, that’s the story and the show is sticking with it! (More’s the pity…) Lastly, in terms of Monica and her “sordid reputation?” I have absolutely no objection to calling it as one sees it for any of the GH gals when it comes to their boudoir exploits…However, I’m more interested in factual than political correctness, James! What I’m aiming for is accuracy! I simply cannot fathom why Monica has been portrayed as practically having had an endless parade of men meeting her in the showers for quickies back in the day! As far as I can remember, she basically had two main love interests for eons, that being Rick and Alan. Yes, she was involved in an on-and-off adulterous affair with Dr. Webber—-much to Lesley’s chagrin—but it was based upon their history dating years before they came to Port Charles. As I understand it, at one point, Rick was supposedly dead, so Monica moved on with his brother Jeff and they were a married couple working at GH when Rick returned in the flesh. Although the two former lovers tried to fight their mutual attraction and rekindling of their romance for Jeff’s sake, that didn’t happen, and eventually, Monica and Jeff divorced after he discovered she had cheated with Rick. Alan came on the scene around the same time and complicated matters, leading to a near-deadly triangle for those characters. Lesley also became part of the messy equation along the way, and married Rick whilst Monica wed Alan, yet the Rick/Monica physical yen for each other remained strong and was repeatedly acted upon. That situation was the basis of numerous storylines for years on end, and its fallout lasted even longer….hence Lesley’s eternally tart-tongued reminders of such indiscretions. Subsequently, Monica did… Read more »

Shay
Shay

P.S. That should read “people past!”

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hello there, Shay! Thank you for your immersive, engaging reply! Quite enjoyable! All of what you’ve written makes perfect sense. My thoughts on some of your expert, analytical points follow:

I agree that certain characters should have been mentioned. At some point, Laura and/or Bobbie should have mentioned Luke. At some point, Felicia should have mentioned Frisco. At some point, Bobbie should have mentioned Tony. Considering that Luke was (for TPTB) the franchise for decades, to omit him seems unseemly. Granted, I am not such a fan of the actor, given what later emerged about his relationship with Genie vis-a-vis the GH brass, etc. But, geez, throw a bone to the man who, according to the writers, saved Port Charles from a deep freeze!!!

Second, I have to admire you for your impassioned, reasoned defense of Monica. I am a huge fan myself. And the fact that she is still featured (on occasion) is an incredible gift to the viewer: longtime and otherwise. I read somewhere, “Let he who is without sin….” Her tally of partners won’t get her in the Guinness Book of World Records, compared with others. As we know, Lesley just can’t help herself…

Lastly, thank you for alerting me to that GH In Memoriam video. I think I found it (close to 24 minutes, I think). It was mesmerizing but stupefying, as I also found countless actors et al I don’t ever remember seeing on screen. I think that the roles for some were very short-term. I did, of course, recognize others. And these are just the ones known to have passed. God bless them all…

Thanks again, Shay, and take care!

Shay
Shay

It was my pleasure, James! Whilst I’m not sure that the intention of my posts was necessarily to provide a rousing defense of GH’s Monica Q., as much as to suitably express how purely perplexed I was that she has been pegged as the eternal “hospital harlot” despite so many other truly deserving candidates for that dubious title! Lol…I thought that perhaps I had missed something along the way, considering that I was not present for the entire duration of Monica’s apparent “activities” which earned her so much damning “acclaim!” By the time I was a regular GH viewer, Leslie Charleson was cozily ensconced in that role and simultaneously romancing Rick and Alan, although I had read up on her character’s history in soap publications, and understood that there had been another actress prior to the one we’ve both known and loved as Monica for decades on end! Given that you are a self-professed longtime (albeit now former) GH viewer, I figured you might be able to shed some light on this matter, yet, you seem to indicate I have not gotten the wrong end of the stick where her tallysheet of tawdry tales are concerned. Hence I suppose my question of why Monica has been singled out for her bad girl behavior over others more worthy of such scorn shall remain a mystery! Like yourself, I’m just thrilled she’s still around to be treasured as the soap icon she is! (Oh, by the way, I meant to add my applause to your appreciation for that old chestnut of a refrain about Alan leaving Monica his house! In fact, I think it would have been perfectly applied when a contrite(?) and generous(?) Lucy offered up Alan’s monogrammed handkerchief to his widow the other day….I would have much preferred if Monica had told Ms. Coe to keep it as momento of her former husband since Alan had already provided her so much by which to remember him, including the Quartermaine Mansion! That would have been a magnificent comeuppance/retort and so typically Monica! Hah!) But enough now for Dr. Q. …I think we have comfortably exhausted that subject! As have our mutual thoughts on both the Luke and Frisco, et al, characters. Even though I was one of those who more than willingly slated Anthony Geary for his often surly attitudes regarding Genie/Laura, GH and its loyal fans, I still cannot deny that he helped make that soap the daytime institution it became, and therefore, should have garnered some mention on the occasion of its 56th anniversary. I suppose we can live in hope that next year’s show will address its much-missed past characters with greater parity! Lastly, I’m so glad you found a loving video salute to GH’s dearly departed, but yours sounded even more extensive than the one I watched….I know mine lasted almost fifteen minutes in duration, and that alone was quite inclusive of former cast members. I must look again to see if I can locate the lengthier… Read more »

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Thanks for your kind words, Shay! Just a quick note. Your memory is quite good, particularly with soap history! And you remembered my basic GH tenure, so to speak. I did see the original Monica, Patsy Rahn, when she first arrived on GH, along with Jeff Weber (Richard Dean Anderson) as part of the new husband/wife intern program. You didn’t miss anything from Monica’s early history that would forever brand her the way Lesley forever brands her! Your idea for how Monica should have treated Lucy when presented with Alan’s handkerchief is brilliant!

With regard to anniversary episodes in general, there have been countless times I have been disappointed, mainly for reasons we’ve been discussing: none or not enough clips, omissions of certain characters, inclusion of certain characters, etc. And fan response varies, as we see here. Best to you!

Harry
Harry

I will never forget the first time I saw GH–I was a latch key kid and it was an early release day. I turned on ABC and there was jubilant Monica taunting jittery Leslie. Monica grinned manically as she said to Leslie,”Do you know Rick and I laugh at you while we are in bed? Yes, we laugh at you in bed! Bah ha ha ha ha!!!” I was hooked even though I didn’t understand the “in bed” part. I just thought that Monica and Rick had a sleep over and didn’t invite Leslie.

Shay
Shay

@Harry…I cannot express to you how much your personal anecdotes add to this website! No matter the subject matter, your first person accounts always leave the reader with a wonderful sense of “being there!” To say that you are an immensely gifted raconteur is indeed an understatement! Thank you for sharing “HarryWorld” with us!

rose
rose

Harry…”Oh,” to be so naive again, especially when looking at what kids are being exposed to now. And don’t forget Monica and Ned even had a time with each other. At least no one asks her for martial advice.

rose
rose

jamesj75 & others…Can’t believe I missed this episode. Question…Did they also bring in in some of the “notable” GH nemesis like the Cassadin’s, Lila and Edward?

rose
rose

Don’t mean that Edward and Lila were nemesis characters.

Jamesj75
Jamesj75

Hi Rose! And thanks for your inquiry. No mention of the Cassadines or other nemeses. No mention of Luke… If I recall correctly, there was a glimpse of Lila’s picture on this infamous wall of past GH luminaries. I’m sure you can still see the episode. And, not to interject in another conversation, but with your comments to Harry about “to be so naive again” and “what kids are being exposed to now”: it’s shocking what kids are exposed to, and involved in, at earlier and earlier ages. They should be able to enjoy simply being children for as long as they can… Best to you!

rose
rose

Jamesj75…I really wonder how well we have protected what we say is our most valuable thing…our kids. I will point to several things…”making sure their lives were equal to or better than ours” without the work involved on their part, way too many guns of all kinds, school not being a safe place of learning anymore, drugs, “playing” computer games indoors instead of playing outdoors, scheduled play dates, social media and addiction to all things tech and having the money for them. We helped make all of these possible. Something is really out of wack…sad and scary. Sorry for the downer.

Leslie Lu Smith
Leslie Lu Smith

Please name the song played at the end of the episode.

DMRR
DMRR

I always want more flashbacks. I loved the show, way back when. I’d like Ryan to come back for a final arc, and trim the fat (Parking Lot, Oscar, Kim).

Odilia Edge
Odilia Edge

I want to know the name of the song.. it is a beautiful song and I want to know who sings it and the name of it.

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