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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:
One of the Best 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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Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Today, those who fondly recall this archetypal 1950's family sitcom may be surprised to learn that when the series debuted in 1954, the show did so poorly in the ratings that CBS canceled it in March of 1955. A flood of protests came from viewers insisting that the show be reinstated. The show was moved to an earlier time, and it gradually became a hit.See more »
Quotes:
Margaret Anderson:Well, I suppose Father knows best.See more »
Soundtrack:
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FAQ

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41 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
One of the Best, 30 March 2001
Author: sirdar from New Jersey. USA

Critics of this type of show are quick to point out how "unrealistic" it was. After all no episode dealt with drug addiction, teen pregnancy,dropping out of school, or any of the other "relevant" topics that pass for entertainment today. Instead this program concentrated on the, now passe, issues of family love, warmth, charity, and decency. I challenge any parent, of whatever generation, to contrast an episode of this show with any "Married with Children" or the majority of today's teen oriented sitcoms and decide which world view they would wish for their children. Perhaps this show and others of its era (e.g. Andy Griffith) was overly hopeful in its portrayal of family and community, but isn't it better to aspire to the values of Father Knows Best than succumb to the spirit of the age we live in?

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