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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:
The 1950s were a simpler time, and this father always knew 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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Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)
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Trivia:
The NBC radio series on which the show was based had Jim being somewhat clumsy and slow-witted, often getting himself into embarrassing scrapes. On the TV version he's a lot wiser and makes far, far fewer mistakes.See more »
Quotes:
Kathy:Aww! Turn Blue.See more »
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12 out of 16 people found the following review useful.
The 1950s were a simpler time, and this father always knew best., 14 December 2004
Author: TxMike from Houston, Tx, USA, Earth

I wasn't quite 9 years old when "Father Knows Best" made its move to TV, so I didn't get to see any of the first episodes because we didn't get our first TV until a year later. But I vividly remember watching many episodes over its 10-year run. Robert Young as James 'Jim' Anderson, Sr. was written as the almost "perfect" father, and Jane Wyatt as Margaret Anderson was written as the almost "perfect" mother. More than anything else, thinking back, this was a series written as a model for what was generally considered the correct way for a family to live and interact back in the 1950s. Some viewers today might scoff at that notion, but coming just a few years after the big war, and running during much of the "cold war", as a youngster it was reassuring to see peace and harmony. We didn't have the big national news networks back then reporting everything that was bad, in gory detail, and today I see that as a blessing. Elinor Donahue as Betty Anderson, Billy Gray as 'Bud' Anderson, Jr., and Lauren Chapin as 'Kitten' Anderson completed the family. It is always fun to occasionally catch an old episode or two. While TV technical production values have improved, the 'messages' of the shows have not.

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