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Father Knows Best -- In Washington, Gabe Rygaard is in over his head when a logging legend bails him out of trouble and gets him back in the race for King Of the Mountain.
Father Knows Best -- Chris and Adrianne spend a fun-filled day at the beach with their friends Don and Kathy and their 2 kids

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Release Date:
3 October 1954 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
The popular radio show comes to life in this hit sitcom about a wise family man, Jim Anderson, his common-sense wife Margaret and their children Betty... See more »
Awards:
Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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This was my favorite series as a child! I have the best memories about this series! As an elementary school child this series taught me good values that I still remember! See more (22 total) »

Cast

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Robert Young ... Jim Anderson / ... (197 episodes, 1954-1960)

Jane Wyatt ... Margaret Anderson (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Billy Gray ... Bud (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Lauren Chapin ... Kathy (196 episodes, 1954-1960)

Elinor Donahue ... Betty / ... (192 episodes, 1954-1960)
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Series Directed by
Peter Tewksbury (132 episodes, 1954-1960)
William D. Russell (61 episodes, 1954-1960)
 
Series Writing credits
Ed James (196 episodes, 1954-1960)
Roswell Rogers (107 episodes, 1954-1960)
Paul West (59 episodes, 1954-1960)
Dorothy Cooper (31 episodes, 1954-1960)
John Elliotte (12 episodes, 1957-1960)
Herman Epstein (10 episodes, 1955-1956)
Kay Lenard (3 episodes, 1956)
Sumner Arthur Long (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Carl Herzinger (2 episodes, 1956-1960)
Ben Gershman (2 episodes, 1956-1958)
Andy White (2 episodes, 1957-1958)

Series Produced by
Eugene B. Rodney .... producer (197 episodes, 1954-1960)
 
Series Original Music by
Irving Friedman (unknown episodes)
Joseph Weiss (unknown episodes)
 
Series Cinematography by
Frank G. Carson (103 episodes, 1954-1959)
Frederick Gately (46 episodes, 1955-1960)
Gert Andersen (23 episodes, 1954-1956)
William V. Skall (18 episodes, 1955-1956)
Irving Lippman (4 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert B. Hoover (95 episodes, 1954-1960)
Richard Fantl (16 episodes, 1954-1955)
Aaron Stell (2 episodes, 1954)
Edwin H. Bryant (2 episodes, 1955)
 
Series Art Direction by
Phillip Bennett (135 episodes, 1954-1960)
Ross Bellah (37 episodes, 1954-1956)
Carl Anderson (9 episodes, 1954-1956)
William Flannery (5 episodes, 1956)
George Brooks (3 episodes, 1956)
Walter Holscher (2 episodes, 1956)
Cary Odell (2 episodes, 1956)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Louis Diage (81 episodes, 1954-1959)
William F. Calvert (59 episodes, 1956-1960)
William Kiernan (48 episodes, 1954-1958)
Dorcy Howard (19 episodes, 1955-1956)
Darrell Silvera (10 episodes, 1957-1960)
Frank Tuttle (7 episodes, 1954-1959)
Robert Priestley (3 episodes, 1954-1955)
Milton Stumph (3 episodes, 1959)
Ben Berk (2 episodes, 1960)
 
Series Makeup Department
Helen Hunt .... hair stylist (39 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor (13 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (22 episodes, 1958-1960)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (115 episodes, 1954-1960)
Louis B. Appleton Jr. .... assistant director (49 episodes, 1955-1956)
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (24 episodes, 1954-1959)
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1957)
Pat Corleto .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1959)
 
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (55 episodes, 1957-1960)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Val O'Malley .... camera operator (68 episodes, 1954-1956)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Al Teitelbaum .... furs (1 episode, 1956)
 
Series Editorial Department
Richard Fantl .... supervising editor (117 episodes, 1954-1958)
 
Series Music Department
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (27 episodes, 1959-1960)

Igo Kantor .... music editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Seymour Friedman .... production assistant (113 episodes, 1954-1960)
Winnie Rich .... script supervisor (83 episodes, 1954-1960)
Frederick Briskin .... production executive (63 episodes, 1954-1956)
 

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"I Told You So" - USA (alternative title)
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Runtime:
30 min | USA:30 min (203 episodes)
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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
Jane Wyatt's Margaret Anderson was originally played on radio by June Whitley Taylor and later by Jean Vander Pyl. Elinor Donahue's Betty was originally voiced by Rhoda Williams. Billy Gray's Bud once belonged to the voice of Ted Donaldson and Lauren Chapin's Kathy was earlier voiced by Norma Jean Nilsson. Other members of the radio cast have included: Eleanor Audley (Elizabeth), Herb Vigran (Hector) and Sam Edwards (Billy).See more »
Quotes:
Bud Anderson:You've been around so long and seen so much and done so much, and still manage to look so good.
Jim Anderson:Thanks a lot!
Bud Anderson:I think you look real young. Honest. Younger than Joe Phillips' dad, younger than Claude Mesner's uncle, why even younger than...
Jim Anderson:Bud, before you have me back in kindergarten, see who's at the door, will you?
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in My Wasted Life (2000) (TV)See more »
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9 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
This was my favorite series as a child! I have the best memories about this series! As an elementary school child this series taught me good values that I still remember!, 25 March 1999
Author: Rosemea D.S. MacPherson from US

I was raised abroad and watched it when the series was shown abroad, translations and all, long after its American release in 1954. In France it was shown in 1960. I am sure I also saw it about that time. I always looked forward to that half an hour to watch "Father Knows Best." Our entire family would tear up learning from Robert Young, the dad. Actually the reason I liked that series so much is because I always thought that my parents knew best! That was until I became a teenager, of course! Later I went back to my original opinion: that mom and dad indeed knew best for me. I do not remember specific episodes but I remember the theme song. Jim Anderson, dad, played by Robert Young , was an insurance salesman. Margaret Anderson played the mom and she also looked very pretty and dressed up for just staying home. Then there were Betty (princess) Bud, and Kathy (Kitty). They lived in Springfield. Mom and dad slept in separate beds. That I could not get because my parents slept in the same bed. But I have the great memories about the show. "Father Knows Best" had family values, good moral ethics, and valuable lessons were taught in every show. I would like for the series to be released in video in its entirety because I would like to see it again!

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