Comedy Soap Opera (1937-1955)
Karl Swenson as Lorenzo Jones
Lorenzo Jones was a popular soap throughout its near two decade run. Each show began, "We all know couples like lovable, impractical Lorenzo Jones and his devoted wife, Belle. Lorenzo's inventions have made him a character to the town, but not to Belle, who loves him. Their struggle for security is anybody's story, but somehow, with Lorenzo, it has more smiles than tears . . . and now, let's smile awhile with Lorenzo Jones and his wife, Belle."
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Lorenzo, played by Karl Swenson, was a daydreamer who worked as an auto mechanic. He had a hard time focusing on his auto work, as his mind was always drifting to the next invention he was going to create. He dreamed of outdoor vacuums and tri-spouted tea pots- one each for strong, medium and weak. His wife, Belle (played by Betty Garde and later Lucielle Wall), stuck by him and watched Lorenzo create his new inventions with great excitement.
Bette Garde as Lorenzo Jones'
devoted wife, Belle Originally, Belle was created as one of the sweetest women known to soapy operas. Her character later changed to a silly billy. After years of great success with uniquely different plot lines from those of the popular Frank and Anne y soapies, the Hummert formula set in - along with amnesia and Lorenzo's kidnapping by jewel thieves.
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Very few of these wonderful Lorenzo Jones episodes are in existance today. Smile awhile, and enjoy this fine soap sud!
Called the parents of soap opera, Anne and Frank Hummert also created Betty and Bob, Front Page Farrell, Mr. Keen Tracer of Lost Persons, Ma Perkins, Just Plain Bill, Mary Noble Backstage Wife, Young Widder Brown, Mr. Chameleon, Stella Dallas, Manhattan Merry Go Round, Lora Lawton, The American Melody Hour, Hearthstone of the Death Squad, Lorenzo Jones, Nona From Nowhere, Our Gal Sunday, Inspector Thorne, Romance of Helen Trent, and more.