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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 »
User Reviews:
1950s Americana 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 Nelson .... 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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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:
Margaret Anderson:Well, I suppose Father knows best.See more »
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
1950s Americana, 7 June 2005
Author: sonny_1963 from United States

The town was Springfield but we were never told the state. I always pictured the setting to be a very long way from either coast. Maybe Ohio, Indiana or Iowa. Wherever it was, it was far away from any of the country's real problems of the time.

There were no civil rights issues, no murders and no rapes in Springfield. Everyone was white, which was the norm for television of this era. Springfield was a make-believe fantasy by today's standards, but back then, it was the majority of real America.

With that said, I watched the show every week and wished I was a member of the Anderson family. Having belonged to a somewhat volatile family, I had the 30-minute escape every week to be a part of a caring, loving clan.

The kids had the normal 1950s problems of a white, middle-class family. Robert Young as the patriarch, Jim Anderson, showed an understanding that was not only appreciated by the rest of the family, but by the viewers, too. He was right up there with Andy Taylor and Ward Cleaver as the fathers America loved at the time.

Corny? To some it might be, but to many others, including myself, it was the family we wanted but never had.

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