first real starring role on radio
came when she was 23, switching
to CBS, she played Rebecca Lane,
in Beyond These Valleys
it featured her as a young girl
who yearns for happiness beyond
the valleys of the small Iowa in
which she lives.
Above left: Gertrude Warner and Sherling Oliver (David) in Beyond These Valleys (1940).
Above right: The exciting adventures of a couple of ace reporters on a Metropolitan daily form the basis of the new, fast-moving drama series City Desk, heard Thursday nights over Columbia network. Chester Stratton and Gertrude Warner, who portray the star reporting team are shown here on the receiving end of a hot tip of a big news story. (Hot Tip on a Big story, Mt.Pulaski Times)
The Playhouse has hit on a novel idea, giving daytime listeners adaptations of popular movies, plays and books, each episode running over four to five weeks. "Dark Victory" starred Gertrude Warner. (Oct 1940)
Unknown until a year before our young Hartford actress, was heard as Lee Barker in The O'Neills, a popular daytime serial. (Nov 1940)
On Dec 15, 1940 an excellent Gertrude was a guest in Behind The Mike. A program intended to satisfy the curiosity of listeners who want to know more about what goes on behind their loudspeakers. Gertrude Warner demonstrated her versatility as a radio actress (click radio to hear fragment).
Above: LEGENDARY - "Mystic Jewels of the Eight Immortals" is this Chinese legendary print modeled by Gertrude Warner. Percentage of wholesale fabric is donated to Madame Chiang Kai-shek through Chinese Women's Relief association.
Starting January 2. 1941, Trudy appeared opposite Chester Stratton, Donald Briggs, James Meighan on the prime-time newspaper drama City Desk. A bit similar to Big Town, each weekly program was a complete story in itself, but the lead characters continued throughout.
Above: Famous American journalist honored New York - Gertrude Warner, star of CBS program City Desk, lays a wreath on Horace Greeley's statue in City Hall Park, commemorating the 130th Anniversary of the birth of the famous American Journalist. (Feb 3 1941)
On April 29, 1942
she was heard on an episode of
the Columbia Workshop
called "Play Ball", the
human story of a local baseball
game in a small town.
By 1944 she'd been noticed and selected for both lead and co-starring support
roles in a wide array of straight dramas and mystery or detective dramas.
She was picked
up as the co-star in The Adventures of Ellery Queen
Above left: Gertrude Trudy Warner Aka Della Street on Radio's Perry Mason (1945).
Above right: Gertrude Warner, (a hidden) Ellery Queen and Santos Ortega in the studio (11-1945).
From his very first broadcast in
1936, the banker-hero of New
England, David Harum,
became an on-the-air crusader
"for love ... for happiness ...
and the good way of life." Never
married, he resided in the home
of his sister, Polly Benson
(called Aunt Polly on the show)
and her husband, James, who
operated the local hotel. This
15 minutes serial at one point
featured Gertrude Warner as
Susan Wells opposite Cameron
Prud'homme (David), Charme Allen
(Aunt Polly) and Kenneth
Williams (Brian Wells).
MYSTERY MISS - For Gertrude
Warner, reading a good mystery
book at home is like a mailman
taking a walk on his day off.
But she likes it - and finds
relaxation in her library when
not rehearsing for her acting
chores on The Shadow,
Mutual's own mystery thriller
which is broadcast
coast-to-coast on Sundays (1952).
Hosted by John Dickson Carr,
Gertrude played in Murder by
Experts 'The Dark Island"
where a woman marries a writer
when he rents a cottage on a
lonely island owned by her
father. Is he really, "The
(Aug 8, 1949)
Her off-the-air-waves activities include hospital tours for the Theatre Wing as well as courses in art and singing.
Learning about the lives of
great Americans can be hugely
entertaining as well as
educational. The NBC anthology
program American Portraits
made the most of this during the
programs lengthy run. "A Storm
At Monticello" featured Gertrude
(July 17, 1951)
same year Dimension X
featured stories that
“out-of-this-world," had her
going to Mars.
Because radio kept the actress busy, Trudy expressed little to no interest in silver or small screen work save for television commercials and a brief appearance (January 1960 to September 1960) as Claire English in TV's As the World Turns.
Returning to radio in one of the longest-running detective series Yours Truly Johnny Dollar (1961), Suspense (1962) and Theater Five (1964-65) a radio series whose title was derived from the fact that it was aired everyday at 5pm. Hosted by Fred Foy it was ABC’s attempt to revive radio drama, so everything in the show was top notch.
Later in her life, she taught acting for television at Oberlin College and Weist Barron studios.
Gertrude Warner died in New York City on January 26, 1986 from cancer. Her successful radio career continued for 28 years and well over 4,000 performances. She was considered one of the queens of daytime radio.
(3) Old Time Radio Downloads
Additional video & audio sources
(1) Joyce Jordan MD
(2) Whispering Streets (look for Hope Winslow)
|This actor profile is a part of the Ellery Queen a website on deduction. The actor above played Nikki Porter in an Ellery Queen radio series.|
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