Family Business In Toledo (Aired May 15, 1952)
Father Knows Best, a family comedy of the 1950s, is perhaps more important for what it has come to represent than for what it actually was. In essence, the series was one of a slew of middle-class family sitcoms in which moms were moms, kids were kids, and fathers knew best. Today, many critics view it, at best, as high camp fun, and, at worst, as part of what critic David Marc once labeled the "Aryan melodramas" of the 1950s and 1960s. The brainchild of series star Robert Young, who played insurance salesman Jim Anderson, and producer Eugene B. Rodney, Father Knows Best first debuted as a radio sitcom in 1949.The series began August 25, 1949, on NBC Radio. Set in the Midwest, it starred Robert Young as General Insurance agent Jim Anderson. His wife Margaret was first portrayed by June Whitley and later by Jean Vander Pyl.
May 15, 1952. "Family Business In Toledo."
NBC network. Sustaining. Mrs. Anderson's family is moving from Toledo. The basement is full and must be cleaned out. That's Mr. Anderson's cue for a sudden trip. Robert Young, Ted Donaldson, Jean Vander Pyl, Rhoda Williams, Norma Jean Nilsson, Lynn Whitney, Howard Culver, Bill Forman, Don Stanley (announcer), Andrew C. Love (director), Paul West (writer), Roz Rogers (writer). 28:39. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.