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One Man's Family 

This soap opera was the TV version of the radio serial that had begun in 1932. It tells the story of San Francisco banker Henry Barbour and his family, i.e., Paul, the eldest son; Hazel, ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Marjorie Gateson ...  Frances Barbour 10 episodes, 1949-1952
Bert Lytell ...  Henry Barbour 10 episodes, 1949-1952
Lillian Schaaf Lillian Schaaf ...  Hazel Barbour 9 episodes, 1950-1952
Eva Marie Saint ...  Claudia Barbour 9 episodes, 1950-1952
Russell Thorson ...  Paul Barbour 9 episodes, 1950-1952
Nancy Franklin Nancy Franklin ...  Ann Waite 6 episodes, 1950-1951
Bill Idelson ...  Cliff Barbour 6 episodes, 1950-1951
Madeline Belgard Madeline Belgard ...  Teddy Lawton 6 episodes, 1950-1951
Jim Boles Jim Boles ...  Joe 6 episodes, 1950-1951
Susan Shaw ...  Beth Holly 6 episodes, 1950-1951


This soap opera was the TV version of the radio serial that had begun in 1932. It tells the story of San Francisco banker Henry Barbour and his family, i.e., Paul, the eldest son; Hazel, the eldest daughter was 28 and eventually married Bill Herbert; the twins, Claudia and Cliff who were students at Stanford Univ; and 10-year-old Jack. Written by J.E. McKillop <jmckillo@notes.cc.bellcore.com>

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The NBC series first appeared as a weekly, half-hour prime-time series from 1949-1952. The second run was a daily, 15-minute daytime series from 1954-1955. See more »


Referenced in M*A*S*H: The Moose (1972) See more »

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The Luck Of The Local Re-run.
28 March 2006 | by happipuppi13See all my reviews

I live here in Phoenix,Arizona and we had a TV channel originally broadcast out of Flagstaff (KAZT-27),that now is located here in the valley. For a very short time,this channel actually aired daytime reruns of this show in 2002 or 03.(Edit : This channel is now 7.1 HD as of '09).

Despite it's "soap opera" label,it seems more like a precursor to shows like "7th Heaven" or "Party of Five" where the family has their arguments & problems but still care for each other. The acting is pretty good and is quite surprising at times,in terms of subjects discussed that today wouldn't even make one blink an eye. Sometimes it could fall into the over-dramatic but that's the way it was then.

Funny thing about it,I read somewhere that the TV show's plots ran a full generation behind the original radio version,which was still on the air then. On the radio version,a lot of the characters had grown up,on TV these characters were kids again!

Tony Randall,as listed in cast credits here,was in the cast for a short period. He's a consummate actor and he's really good in these few shows I got to view. Unfortunately,there must not have been too many viewers other than myself because just weeks later,it was replaced by something more familiar to folks. "The Andy Griffith Show".

Can I rate this based on those few shows? I think so. Taking into account that it's over 55 years old and acting on TV was different then,I give it a 7 ******* star rating. It was very interesting to watch,again not bad performances for late 40's early 50's

but since it left the air 16 years before my time,I can't say it's something I'd buy or not,were it to emerge on video or DVD. (END)

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4 November 1949 (USA) See more »

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