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The Donna Reed Show: Season 5: Episode 31 -- Pitcher Don Drysdale appears in this episode along with his real-life wife and daughter. On a trip to Chicago, Jeff is excited about seeing his pal, Don Drysdale, again. He is supposed to get an interview with Don for the school paper. Jeff's excitement turns to disappointment when it appears that Don Drysdale can't deliver the interview.


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24 September 1958 (USA) See more »
Another popular 1950's sitcom about a close family. The Stones consist of loving homemaker Donna, her pediatrician husband Alex... See more »
Won Golden Globe. Another 2 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 153)

Donna Reed ... Donna Stone (275 episodes, 1958-1966)

Paul Petersen ... Jeff Stone (275 episodes, 1958-1966)
Carl Betz ... Dr. Alex Stone (272 episodes, 1958-1966)

Shelley Fabares ... Mary Stone (191 episodes, 1958-1965)

Series Directed by
Oscar Rudolph (50 episodes, 1958-1960)
Andrew McCullough (33 episodes, 1958-1966)
Jeffrey Hayden (28 episodes, 1960-1962)
Norman Tokar (22 episodes, 1960-1962)
Robert Ellis Miller (21 episodes, 1959-1962)
Barry Shear (21 episodes, 1961-1964)
Gene Nelson (21 episodes, 1962-1965)
Lawrence Dobkin (17 episodes, 1960-1966)
Frederick De Cordova (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Alan Rafkin (3 episodes, 1965)
Lee Philips (3 episodes, 1966)
Hy Averback (2 episodes, 1960)
Gene Reynolds (2 episodes, 1964)
Jerrold Bernstein (2 episodes, 1965)
E.W. Swackhamer (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Writing credits
William Roberts (275 episodes, 1958-1966)
John Whedon (39 episodes, 1958-1962)
Nate Monaster (31 episodes, 1958-1961)
Paul West (30 episodes, 1962-1966)
Barbara Avedon (23 episodes, 1960-1966)
Alfred Lewis Levitt (17 episodes, 1959-1962)
Helen Levitt (10 episodes, 1960-1962)
Henry Sharp (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Phil Sharp (8 episodes, 1960-1964)
Sumner Arthur Long (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Sam Locke (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Joel Rapp (6 episodes, 1964-1965)
Bob Fisher (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Alan Lipscott (5 episodes, 1958-1959)
Clifford Goldsmith (5 episodes, 1960-1966)
Jerry Davis (4 episodes, 1959)
Milton Pascal (4 episodes, 1962-1965)
Ben Gershman (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
Phil Davis (4 episodes, 1962-1963)
Howard Snyder (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Hugh Wedlock Jr. (3 episodes, 1960-1961)
Frank Tarloff (3 episodes, 1960)
Andy White (3 episodes, 1961-1963)
David R. Schwartz (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Erna Lazarus (3 episodes, 1963-1966)
Jack Harvey (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Irving Taylor (3 episodes, 1965-1966)
Phil Leslie (2 episodes, 1958-1964)
Peggy Chantler Dick (2 episodes, 1958)
William Cowley (2 episodes, 1958)
Seymour Friedman (2 episodes, 1960-1963)
Douglas Morrow (2 episodes, 1960-1961)
Barney Slater (2 episodes, 1963)
Tommy Tomlinson (2 episodes, 1964)
Andrew McCullough (2 episodes, 1965-1966)
Jack Raymond (2 episodes, 1966)

Series Produced by
Tony Owen .... producer / executive producer (246 episodes, 1958-1966)
Paul West .... associate producer / producer (77 episodes, 1961-1963)
Phil Sharp .... associate producer (76 episodes, 1959-1961)
William Roberts .... associate producer (36 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Original Music by
Stu Phillips (33 episodes, 1962-1966)
Van Alexander (4 episodes, 1963)
William Loose (2 episodes, 1963)
Series Cinematography by
Gert Andersen (226 episodes, 1958-1965)
Frederick Gately (16 episodes, 1965-1966)
Lothrop B. Worth (2 episodes, 1966)
Series Film Editing by
Richard Fantl (80 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert B. Hoover (77 episodes, 1961-1966)
Fredrick Y. Smith (18 episodes, 1958-1962)
Michael Luciano (12 episodes, 1958)
Series Art Direction by
Robert Purcell (106 episodes, 1960-1966)
Ross Bellah (95 episodes, 1959-1966)
Cary Odell (22 episodes, 1959-1961)
Robert Peterson (20 episodes, 1958-1959)
Paul Palmentola (15 episodes, 1958-1959)
John T. McCormack (4 episodes, 1959)
Phillip Bennett (3 episodes, 1959-1961)
Carl Anderson (3 episodes, 1959)
Robert F. Boyle (3 episodes, 1959)
Walter Holscher (2 episodes, 1959-1960)
Series Set Decoration by
Louis Diage (81 episodes, 1958-1965)
Sidney Clifford (26 episodes, 1959-1966)
Morris Hoffman (25 episodes, 1961-1962)
William Kiernan (23 episodes, 1958-1961)
Alfred E. Spencer (20 episodes, 1958-1966)
James Crowe (13 episodes, 1959-1963)
Frank Welch (13 episodes, 1960-1962)
William F. Calvert (10 episodes, 1959-1961)
Milton Stumph (9 episodes, 1958-1961)
Richard Mansfield (8 episodes, 1961)
Darrell Silvera (6 episodes, 1959-1961)
Frank Kramer (5 episodes, 1961)
Frank Tuttle (2 episodes, 1959)
Ben Berk (2 episodes, 1960)
Clarence Steensen (2 episodes, 1962)
Series Makeup Department
Clay Campbell .... makeup artist / makeup supervisor (205 episodes, 1959-1965)
Gertrude Wheeler .... hair stylist (171 episodes, 1960-1966)
Helen Young .... hair stylist (75 episodes, 1958-1960)
Frank McCoy .... makeup artist (21 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Production Management
Seymour Friedman .... production supervisor (202 episodes, 1958-1966)
Lawrence Werner .... post-production supervisor (133 episodes, 1961-1966)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jerrold Bernstein .... assistant director (169 episodes, 1958-1965)
John D. Bloss .... assistant director (33 episodes, 1959-1961)
Bill Lukather .... assistant director (17 episodes, 1965-1966)
Carter De Haven Jr. .... assistant director (6 episodes, 1958)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... assistant director (5 episodes, 1962-1966)
Max Stein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Herb Wallerstein .... assistant director (4 episodes, 1958-1959)
Pat Corleto .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Donald L. Gold .... assistant director (2 episodes, 1961)
Series Sound Department
James M. Falkinburg .... supervising sound editor (218 episodes, 1958-1964)
Roy Siegel .... sound effects editor (74 episodes, 1961-1963)
Sid Lubow .... sound effects editor / sound effects (32 episodes, 1963-1965)
Fred J. Brown .... sound effects editor (27 episodes, 1965-1966)
Series Stunts
Jesse Wayne .... stunts (1 episode, 1962)
Series Editorial Department
Richard Fantl .... supervising editor (29 episodes, 1958-1959)
Series Music Department
William Loose .... composer: stock music (113 episodes, 1958-1961)
Irving Friedman .... music supervisor (74 episodes, 1961-1963)
Ed Forsyth .... music supervisor (59 episodes, 1963-1966)
Emil Cadkin .... music editor (40 episodes, 1961-1962)
John Seely .... composer: theme music (37 episodes, 1958-1959)
Igo Kantor .... music editor (34 episodes, 1962-1963)
Series Other crew
Seymour Friedman .... production assistant (53 episodes, 1958-1960)
Milton Pascal .... script consultant (38 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ray Singer .... executive script consultant (19 episodes, 1965-1966)

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
30 min (275 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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During the show's early years, whenever a scene takes place in a supermarket, look very closely in the background. Chances are, you'll see large amounts of Campbell's Soup, V-8 Vegetable Juice, Franco-American Spaghetti, and various Johnson & Johnson products including their famous baby powder. Not coincidentally, those brands were the series' original advertisers during its network run.See more »
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12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Donna Reed is a landmark show!, 31 August 2008
Author: mainecoon1995 from United States

While I agree this was a 1950s sitcom, I don't feel it was "typical". Firstly, Donna Reed was a STRONG woman, unlike the regular 50s sitcom moms. She made a stand for women's worth and equality (remember the episode where the TV announcer says "just a housewife") and Donna stands up for all women do and represent, especially those that don't work outside the home? And when the women rebelled against something in the series, it was not something was always something to show that women have the right to be treated with the same respect as men. Remember, Donna Reed was married to the show's producer, so she had much more input into making hers a more powerful character.

The children were intelligent, but not precocious. They were normal kids. And they could ACT.

Something else that made Donna Reed Show stand out was not only did the children LOOK like their parents, but you could feel the chemistry between all the actors in the real life situation, which then came out in the characters. Shelly Fabares and Paul Peterson have often written and remarked that they were treated like the children of Donna Reed and Carl Betz, and that the adults were fiercely protective of the child actors, and treated them accordingly. Donna and Alex also had somewhat of a sexual chemistry that wasn't seen on the other family shows. And the characters could be flawed, and in major ways, and yet, accepted for the flaws and mistakes. These were not super parents that did no wrong and had no emotional highs and lows. They were normal people acting as normal people.

Women's rights, drug abuse, child abuse, single fathers, poverty, children who need good health care but can't afford was all shown on this show. Pretty groundbreaking for the era.

Donna Reed show didn't last for eight years without a reason. And it could have possibly endured, had it not been for Tony Owens and Donna Reed divorcing.

This show is highly underrated and should be shown so that other generations can appreciate quality.

In summary, I agree with the original poster, who obviously cares for the show, but I think that the Donna Reed show has SO much more to offer than casual entertainment.

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