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OLD TIME RADIO - 1 CD-ROM - 116 mp3

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Father Knows Best is an American Radio Comedy series which portrayed middle class family life in the Midwest. It was created by writer Ed James in the 1940s.

The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as the General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl. The Anderson children were Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson). Others in the cast were Eleanor Audley, Herb Vigran and Sam Edwards. Sponsored through most of its run by General Foods, the series was heard Thursday evenings on NBC until March 25, 1954.

On the radio program, the character of Jim differs from the later television character. The radio Jim is far more sarcastic and shows he really "rules" over his family. Jim also calls his children names, something common on radio but lost in the TV series. For example, Jim says, "What a bunch of stupid children I have." Margaret is portrayed as a paragon of solid reason and patience, unless the plot calls for her to act a bit off. For example, in a Halloween episode, Margaret cannot understand how the table floats in the air, but that is a rare exception.

Betty, on radio, is portrayed as a status seeking, boy-crazy teenage girl. To her, every little thing is "the worst thing that could ever happen." Bud, on radio, is portrayed as an "all-American" boy who always seems to need "just a bit more" money, though he gets $1.25 per week in allowance. The actor had an affected "r" (similar to Elmer Fudd, but not quite as pronounced). Bud is in charge of always having to answer the front door, which he hates. He is also shown as a somewhat dim boy who takes everything literally; for example, Jim might say "Go jump in the lake," to which Bud would reply "Okay, Dad; which lake should I go jump into?" On radio Kathy often is portrayed as a source of irritation. She whines, cries and complains about her status in the family as overlooked. She often is the source of money to her brother and sister, although she is in hock several years on her own.

EPISODES LIST

Father Knows Best 48-12-20 Audition Show
Father Knows Best 50-01-12 (021) Elusive Card Game
Father Knows Best 50-05-04 (037) An Uncontrolled Dog
Father Knows Best 50-05-11 (038) The Golf Challenge
Father Knows Best 50-05-18 (039) Betty's Screen Test
Father Knows Best 50-05-25 (040) Superstitious Folk
Father Knows Best 50-06-08 (041) Time for a New Car
Father Knows Best 50-06-15 (042) Father's Day Trip
Father Knows Best 50-06-22 (043) A New Housekeeper
Father Knows Best 50-06-29 (044) New Arrangements
Father Knows Best 50-07-06 (045) Vacation Arrives
Father Knows Best 50-09-07 (046) An Efficient House
Father Knows Best 50-09-14 (047) Family Car Stolen
Father Knows Best 50-09-21 (048) Who Has the Time
Father Knows Best 50-09-28 (049) The New Girlfriend
Father Knows Best 50-10-05 (050) Family Spending
Father Knows Best 50-10-12 (051) The Skunk Must Go
Father Knows Best 50-10-26 (053) A Spooky Cemetery
Father Knows Best 50-11-02 (054) Too Many Problems
Father Knows Best 50-11-09 (055) The Bad Bar-Be-Cue
Father Knows Best 50-11-16 (056) Enterprising Kids
Father Knows Best 50-11-23 (057) Happy Thanksgiving
Father Knows Best 50-12-07 (059) A French Teacher
Father Knows Best 50-12-14 (060) Father Becomes Ill
Father Knows Best 50-12-21 (061) Christmas Program
Father Knows Best 50-12-28 (062) Party Preparations
Father Knows Best 51-01-04 (063) Taking on City Hall
Father Knows Best 51-01-11 (064) Missing Furniture
Father Knows Best 51-01-18 (065) Redecoration Woes
Father Knows Best 51-01-25 (066) Sound Matchmaking
Father Knows Best 51-02-01 (067) Jim Inherits a Ranch in Arizona
Father Knows Best 51-02-08 (068) What Was His Name
Father Knows Best 51-02-15 (069) Orchid for a Lady
Father Knows Best 51-02-22 (070) Always Tell Truth
Father Knows Best 51-03-01 (071) Rehearsing a Play
Father Knows Best 51-03-08 (072) Painting The Living Room
Father Knows Best 51-03-15 (073) Tax Interruptions
Father Knows Best 51-03-22 (074) Helping out the Boss
Father Knows Best 51-03-29 (075) Both Bosses Visit
Father Knows Best 51-04-05 (076) It Pays to Borrow
Father Knows Best 51-04-12 (077) Carrot Costume Party
Father Knows Best 51-04-19 (078) Anniversary Secret
Father Knows Best 51-04-26 (079) Aunt Martha Visits
Father Knows Best 51-05-03 (080) A Missing Salesman
Father Knows Best 51-05-10 (081) Junk Around the House
Father Knows Best 51-05-17 (082) Locked out of the House
Father Knows Best 51-05-24 (083) Anniversary Event
Father Knows Best 51-05-31 (084) Going to New York
Father Knows Best 51-06-14 (085) Father's Day Picnic
Father Knows Best 51-06-21 (086) Mother Drives a Car
Father Knows Best 51-06-28 (087) Wedding Preparation
Father Knows Best 51-07-05 (088) Meaning of Freedoms
Father Knows Best 51-09-20 (089) A Diet Discussion
Father Knows Best 51-11-01 (095) The Tie
Father Knows Best 52-04-17 (119) New Washing Machine
Father Knows Best 52-05-15 (123) Self Reliance
Father Knows Best 52-07-03 (130) Vacation Arrives
Father Knows Best 52-08-25
Father Knows Best 52-09-11 (132) Watching the Dog
Father Knows Best 52-09-18 (133) Weekend Activity
Father Knows Best 52-09-25 (134) Should Women Work
Father Knows Best 52-10-09 (135) Betty and Crooner
Father Knows Best 52-10-16 (136) Bud Quits School
Father Knows Best 52-10-30 (138) Carnival in Town
Father Knows Best 52-11-06 (139) Selling the House
Father Knows Best 52-11-13 (140) The Missing Pipes
Father Knows Best 52-11-20 (141) The Phantom Prowler
Father Knows Best 52-12-11 (144) A Worried Waitress
Father Knows Best 52-12-18 (145) The Kids Revolt
Father Knows Best 52-12-25 (146) Shared Christmas Gifts
Father Knows Best 53-01-01 (147) Southern Manners
Father Knows Best 53-01-08 (148) Second Family Car
Father Knows Best 53-01-15 (149) The Boy Next Door
Father Knows Best 53-01-29 (151) Bud Dislikes Girls
Father Knows Best 53-02-05 (152) Aunt Thelma Visits
Father Knows Best 53-02-12 (153) Babysitting Miseries
Father Knows Best 53-02-19 (154) Modernizing the Home
Father Knows Best 53-02-26 (155) Banged up Fender
Father Knows Best 53-03-05 (156) Overdue Vacation
Father Knows Best 53-03-12 (157) To Build a Brick Wall
Father Knows Best 53-03-19 (158) The Missing Wedding Ring
Father Knows Best 53-03-26 (159) Uninsured Robin
Father Knows Best 53-04-02 (160) Bud's Panama Cat Business Venture
Father Knows Best 53-04-09 (161) How to Face Problems
Father Knows Best 53-04-16 (162) Family Getaway to Beaver Falls
Father Knows Best 53-04-23 (163) Old Father Time
Father Knows Best 53-04-30 (164) Springtime Woes
Father Knows Best 53-05-07 (165) The Good Old Days
Father Knows Best 53-05-14 (166) Sophisticated Bud
Father Knows Best 53-05-21 (167) Paper Drive Management
Father Knows Best 53-09-10 (168) Remembering Names
Father Knows Best 53-09-17 (169) Big Inheritance
Father Knows Best 53-09-24 (170) Mind Your Manners
Father Knows Best 53-10-01 (171) A Date Mix-Up with Leonard and Ralph and Betty
Father Knows Best 53-10-08 (172) The Value of Money
Father Knows Best 53-10-15 (173) The Life of the Party
Father Knows Best 53-10-22 (174) Too Many Peanuts
Father Knows Best 53-10-29 (175) Halloween Blues
Father Knows Best 53-11-05 (176) Moving to Chicago
Father Knows Best 53-11-12 (177) Betty's Engagement
Father Knows Best 53-11-19 (178) Missing Uncle
Father Knows Best 53-11-26 (179) Thanksgiving
Father Knows Best 53-12-03 (180) Too Many Rabbits
Father Knows Best 53-12-24 (183) Christmas Program
Father Knows Best 53-12-31 (184) New Year's Sitter
Father Knows Best 54-01-07 (185) Taking Pictures
Father Knows Best 54-01-14 (186) An Unusual Bet
Father Knows Best 54-01-21 (187) The Mink Coat Woes
Father Knows Best 54-01-28 (188) Trash Can Lids
Father Knows Best 54-02-04 (189) The Telephone Mix-Up
Father Knows Best 54-02-18 (191) Betty's Freedom
Father Knows Best 54-02-25 (192) Check Writing
Father Knows Best 54-03-04 (193) Spring Cleaning
Father Knows Best 54-03-11 (194) False Elopement
Father Knows Best 54-03-18 (195) Income Tax Mix-Up
Father Knows Best 54-03-25 (196) Rainy Day Activity

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