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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
Father Knows Best: Season 4: Episode 33 -- Betty lobbies a neighbor to remove his dangerously high hedge.


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Release Date:
3 October 1954 (USA) See more »
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 »
Won 6 Primetime Emmys. Another 3 wins & 18 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 5 of 63)

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)

Series Directed by
Peter Tewksbury (134 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)
Ben Gershman (3 episodes, 1956-1959)
Kay Lenard (3 episodes, 1956)
Sumner Arthur Long (2 episodes, 1954-1955)
Carl Herzinger (2 episodes, 1956-1960)
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 (104 episodes, 1954-1959)
Frederick Gately (47 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 (97 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 (137 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 (60 episodes, 1956-1960)
William Kiernan (49 episodes, 1954-1959)
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 (40 episodes, 1959-1960)
Ben Lane .... makeup supervisor (25 episodes, 1959-1960)
Clay Campbell .... makeup supervisor (14 episodes, 1959)
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (23 episodes, 1958-1960)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (117 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 (114 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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30 min | USA:30 min (203 episodes)
Sound Mix:
Mono | Mono (Western Electric Recording) | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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The Andersons' kitchen actually had working appliances. They were used to make coffee and pastries for cast and crew members when they reported for work in the mornings.See more »
Bud Anderson:How many were in your class, Dad?
Jim Anderson:Oh, 2-300 I guess.
Bud Anderson:How many are left?
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It truly is a piece of the Americana pie!, 27 April 2001

As a child of the Sixties I grew to love and appreciate the Andersons. I enjoyed watching and listening to the dialog and reactions by each of the members of the family. I truly came to understand what was definitely "right" and what was "wrong" in decision-making. I became apart of the family when I came running home from school and plop down in front of the TV and tune in. I really wish that I could have lived there in Springfield and have a family like the Andersons. To me they were the epitomie of the way a family was supposed to be. I actually learned some "habits" and values that I stole from the series. To this day, working as a teacher in my mid 40's, I find myself whistling the theme song between classes, at lunch, etc. I remember thinking about some of the situations that Bud and his sisters would get into and how they would resolve them. I would then apply to my own life. Maybe that is why I probably have had a 'wonderful life'. Thank you, Mr Tewksberry, for this indelible imprint on my life!

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