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Father Knows Best, Volume 7 - 5 hours [Download] #RA374D
Father Knows Best, Volume 7

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Father Knows Best
Volume 7

In the post-war years, America developed a new economic base with a new and ever-increasing standard of living. This new middle-class lifestyle, coupled with the baby boom that ran throughout the 1950s, created suburbia — with housing developments, highways, shopping centers, and all of the other hallmarks of this new society becoming the norm.

As always, radio reflected the culture of its audience — and never more so than with the rise of the situation comedy in the late 1940s.
Originally, Father Knows Best was not much different than similar situation comedies of the period, the concepts of which were basically that “daddy is a well-meaning dumbbell, but we still love him.” However, by the time the show first aired over NBC on August 25, 1949, most of the clichés had been removed, and thanks to excellent writing and the outstanding acting talents of the principals, these hilarious slices of everyday life rise above the norm to makeFather Knows Best one of the highlight series of late-era network radio entertainment.
As portrayed by Robert Young, who co-created the series with writer Ed James, the title character of Jim Anderson is a successful insurance salesman. He is ambitious, likeable, and a good provider for his family -- though he often grows exasperated by the turmoil of his everyday home life. The plots generally begin quite simply — Jim surprises his wife Margaret (June Whitley) with tickets to a show, for instance — then quickly become complicated as the plans, schemes, commitments, and miscommunications of their three children, Betty (Rhoda Williams), Bud (Ted Donaldson), and Kathy (Norma Jean Nilsson) and their friends and neighbors get in the way.
Heard today, Father Knows Best still retains its ability to hilariously reflect the interpersonal relationships of a typical American family, because, though times change, people don’t; raising good kids today is no easier or less complicated than it was in 1950.
The ten shows in this collection have been digitally restored, resulting in five full hours of family-friendly radio entertainment from one of the best and most enduring situation comedies of all time.
Father's Day Picnic
Thursday, June 14, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee
Mother Drives a Car
Thursday, June 21, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee
Wedding Preparation
Thursday, June 28, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee
Meaning of Freedoms
Thursday, July 5, 1951 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Maxwell House Coffee
Betty Wants to Become an Actress
Thursday, June 5, 1952 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
A Date Mix-Up
Thursday, October 1, 1953 - 30:00 - NBC, sponsored by Sanka Coffee & Post 40% Bran Flakes
Spring Cleaning
Thursday, March 4, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
False Elopement
Thursday, March 11, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
Income Tax Mix-Up
Thursday, March 18, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining
Rainy Day Activity
Thursday, March 25, 1954 - 30:00 - NBC, sustaining

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5 of 5 May 28, 2022
Reviewer: Mike Gilmer from Woodstock , IL United States  
Great programs, excellent work preserving all these unique period works. Thanks

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