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Release Date:
21 October 1950 (USA) See more »
Stu Erwin played a mild-mannered high-school principal, with June Collyer as his wife.
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Stuart Erwin ... Stu Erwin (130 episodes, 1950-1955)

June Collyer ... June Erwin / ... (130 episodes, 1950-1955)

Ann E. Todd ... Joyce Erwin (104 episodes, 1950-1954)

Series Directed by
Howard Bretherton (27 episodes, 1950-1955)
James Tinling (3 episodes, 1951)
Frank R. Strayer (2 episodes, 1950-1951)
Charles Barton (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Writing credits
Charles Shows (51 episodes, 1950-1951)
Al Martin (5 episodes, 1951-1953)
Arnold Belgard (4 episodes, 1950-1951)
Erna Lazarus (4 episodes, 1951-1953)
Herbert H. Margolis (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
William Raynor (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Warren Wilson (2 episodes, 1950-1955)
Lee Loeb (2 episodes, 1951)

Lester Pine (unknown episodes)
Edward E. Seabrook (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Hal Roach Jr. .... producer (130 episodes, 1950-1955)
Guy V. Thayer Jr. .... associate producer (130 episodes, 1950-1955)
Roland D. Reed .... producer / executive producer (5 episodes, 1951-1955)
Series Cinematography by
Walter Strenge (16 episodes, 1950-1953)
Lothrop B. Worth (3 episodes, 1955)
Mack Stengler (2 episodes, 1952-1953)

Lucien N. Andriot (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Fred Maguire (7 episodes, 1950-1953)
Bruce B. Pierce (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Philip W. Anderson (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Art Direction by
McClure Capps (12 episodes, 1950-1955)
Series Set Decoration by
Rudy Butler (7 episodes, 1950-1955)
Series Production Management
Richard L'Estrange .... production manager (13 episodes, 1950-1955)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Moder .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1952-1955)
Harry Mancke .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1951)
Series Art Department
Rudy Butler .... set dresser (4 episodes, 1950-1952)
Series Sound Department
Joel Moss .... sound (13 episodes, 1950-1955)
Charles Althouse .... sound (7 episodes, 1950-1953)
Jim Bullock .... sound editor (6 episodes, 1950-1955)
Cathey Burrow .... sound editor (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
William Randall .... sound (2 episodes, 1951-1955)
Frank McWhorter .... sound (2 episodes, 1955)
Series Special Effects by
Howard Weeks .... special effects (4 episodes, 1950-1952)
Series Visual Effects by
Jack R. Glass .... photographic effects (12 episodes, 1950-1955)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Paul Parnes .... wardrobe: Mrs. Erwin / costumes: Mrs. Erwin / ... (11 episodes, 1950-1955)
Series Editorial Department
S. Roy Luby .... supervising editor (9 episodes, 1950-1953)
Fred Maguire .... supervising editor (4 episodes, 1954-1955)
Series Music Department
Robert H. Raff .... music editor (7 episodes, 1953-1955)
Ted Cain .... music editor (2 episodes, 1950-1951)

Alexander Laszlo .... composer: theme music (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
James Cairncross .... film coordinator (13 episodes, 1950-1955)
Hazel W. Hall .... script supervisor / set continuity (10 episodes, 1950-1954)
Winifred Gibson .... set continuity / script supervisor (3 episodes, 1955)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Trouble with Father" - USA (alternative title)
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30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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The 1953-1954 season consisted entirely of repeats.See more »
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31 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
The Trouble With Father Knows Best, 26 May 2003
Author: Dejael from Los Angeles, California

A terrific relic of TV's early days, this was one of the first TV sitcoms of the early 1950s, along with "The Life Of Riley" and "I Remember Mama". This program was originally titled "The Trouble With Father" on its first network run, then became "The Stu Erwin Show" in syndication in the late 1950s. Who knows how long it's been since this series was last shown on TV?

The shows were predictable but always fun, kind of a blueprint for TV shows of their kind from "Ozzie and Harriet", "Father Knows Best", "Make Room For Daddy/The Danny Thomas Show", "Leave It To Beaver", "The Donna Reed Show" to "My Three Sons", among others, as an archetypal Saturday Evening Post-Norman Rockwell look at American postwar life in the suburbs.

This popular sitcom's humor surrounded Stu Erwin's bewilderment with life, his lovely wife June Collyer's simple matter-of-fact acceptance of even the most improbable turn of events, the teenaged lovers whose attraction were a matter of concern for parents Stu and June, and irrepressible Jackie as the rowdy tomboy kid who got into trouble about every other episode. (You may remember Jackie as Zelda Gilroy in "The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis" TV sitcom starring Dwayne Hickman.)

And of course the show wouldn't be complete without comic relief from house servant Willie Best (also in "My Little Margie") who was always a delight, in spite of his typical character for the times. As was the formula in the other popular TV sitcoms, the show relied on the usual stereotypical characters, but was always great fun to watch. Worth it to search the web and buy a few episodes on video, if you love good classic TV of the 1950s. It's really a shame that more classic TV from the early days is still unavailable in good quality on video for people to enjoy today.

(By the way, Stu Erwin and June Collyer were real-life husband and wife, and had acted together for nearly 20 years before they starred in this wonderful old TV show together.) Great fun!

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