The Nelson Bank (Aired February 27, 1949)
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet launched on CBS October 8, 1944, making a mid-season switch to NBC in 1949. The final years of the radio series were on ABC (the former NBC Blue Network) from October 14, 1949, to June 18, 1954. In an arrangement that amplified the growing pains of American broadcasting, as radio "grew up" into television (as George Burns once phrased it), the Nelsons' deal with ABC gave the network itself the right to move the show to television whenever it wanted to do it---they wanted, according to the Museum of Broadcast Communications, to have talent in the bullpen and ready to pitch, so to say, on their own network, rather than risk it defecting to CBS (where the Nelsons began) or NBC. Their sons, David and Ricky, did not join the cast until five years after the radio series began.
February 27, 1949. NBC network. Sponsored by: International Silver. "The Nelson Bank"
gets in trouble when the $17 on deposit disappears. Verne Smith (announcer), John Brown, Tommy Bernard, Ozzie Nelson, Harriet Hilliard, Henry Blair, Hans Conried, Alan Reed, Billy May (composer, conductor). 29:29. Episode Notes From The Radio Gold Index.