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Old 05-01-2009, 11:52 PM   #16
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Yes Jude, I am. I just haven't been posting because I know very little about this show. However it's been interesting to read about the different cast changes and different sponsor products. I never knew Jean VanderPyl had ever been involved with this show.
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Marv, I'm just happy someone is reading them, doesn't matter if you don't know a squat lick about it

Jean seems to have taken over the role in the 4th (and last) radio season. And they tend to redo scripts more often...I just listened to another one where Betty was planning to marry, a script that was done in the 2nd season already.
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I guess it never really occurred to me that Jean had a career prior to the Flintstones. But then I remembered that Mel Blanc and Daws Butler both worked on radio before becoming cartoon voice actors. So it makes sense that Jean would have also started her career on Radio.
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And another redo of "The Thanksgiving Story"--so it was done twice on radio and then again on TV!
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Listened to the radio version of "The Christmas Story"--some minor details changed when it was redone for the first season of the TV show.
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And another redo of "The Thanksgiving Story"--so it was done twice on radio and then again on TV!
this is one of my fav
i watch it every year as part of my thanksgiving weekend
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I prefer The Thanksgiving Story over the Christmas one.

Now I'm to the point in listening where NBC seems to be the sole sponsor of the show--during breaks, promos for The Bob Hope Show and The Phil Harris&Alice Faye Show are done. The show also ends with "An NBC Radio Network Production in association with Cavalier Enterprises"
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And now I finished the 2 CD set--which I'm sure does not have every radio episode made, but that's ok......this was a good sampling of over the 4 seasons the radio was on.
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...originally sponsored the series from 1949 through '53 (it was a replacement for "MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME" starring George Burns and Gracie Allen, as they moved to CBS for Block Drug's "Amm-i-Dent" ammoniated toothpaste in the fall of '49, before moving to TV in 1950). By the time General Foods shifted their sponsored product from Maxwell House to Post Bran Flakes, Instant Postum, and Sanka coffee after 1952, they were losing a lot of their evening listeners to TV, and gradually phased out their advertising budgets for prime-time radio programs in favor of network TV {Maxwell House was successfully being sold on TV during CBS' "MAMA"}, finally dropping their sponsorship in 1953. That's when NBC began to "sustain" the program during its final season, with various promos for their upcoming shows ("THE BOB HOPE SHOW" {American Dairy Association} and "THE PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW" {RCA Victor} were on Friday nights, back-to-back, in the '53-'54 season, for those still listening to radio) and public service announcements filling the commercial breaks. Finally, Robert Young and his partner Eugene Rodney decided to concentrate on turning "FATHER KNOWS BEST" into a TV series, ending the radio show in the summer of '54. It was just as well, as a lot of established "prime-time" radio shows were disappearing {Phil and Alice also decided to call it quits that season}, and Bob Hope finally signed off in April 1955.

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I am on season 4 right now and I noticed a number of episodes before Christmas that Betty was played by Mary Lee Rob aka Marjorie on The Great Gildersleeve. Rhoda Williams returned just a little bit before the Christmas Present for Father episode.
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I preferred Rhoda, she sounded more like the older Kitten on TV.
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Robert Young was the only actor to go from the radio to TV versions. Just as well, because none of the radio actors compare to how well Jane Wyatt, Elinor Donahue, Billy Gray or Lauren Chapin do the parts. I've heard that Kathy on radio was played by an adult actress trying to sound like a 9 year old. In any case, it is still worth listening,for these are the roots of the TV show. And so far to the ones I've heard, not one radio episode was redone for TV.

Thanks for the information on the original actors and actresses of Father Knows Best, I found a CD a while back with a couple of the radio episodes, and wondered about that... at least Robert Young is there to anchor the show, though, like other posters here, the television version is as ingrained with me as Andy Griffith Show, or to make a more appropriate comparison of radio-to-television, Gunsmoke.

"Cannon" as Matt Dillon... "Floyd The Barber" as Doc Adams?!?

Talk about a Bizarro Universe Gunsmoke there...
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...originally sponsored the series from 1949 through '53 (it was a replacement for "MAXWELL HOUSE COFFEE TIME" starring George Burns and Gracie Allen, as they moved to CBS for Block Drug's "Amm-i-Dent" ammoniated toothpaste in the fall of '49, before moving to TV in 1950). By the time General Foods shifted their sponsored product from Maxwell House to Post Bran Flakes, Instant Postum, and Sanka coffee after 1952, they were losing a lot of their evening listeners to TV, and gradually phased out their advertising budgets for prime-time radio programs in favor of network TV {Maxwell House was successfully being sold on TV during CBS' "MAMA"}, finally dropping their sponsorship in 1953. That's when NBC began to "sustain" the program during its final season, with various promos for their upcoming shows ("THE BOB HOPE SHOW" {American Dairy Association} and "THE PHIL HARRIS-ALICE FAYE SHOW" {RCA Victor} were on Friday nights, back-to-back, in the '53-'54 season, for those still listening to radio) and public service announcements filling the commercial breaks. Finally, Robert Young and his partner Eugene Rodney decided to concentrate on turning "FATHER KNOWS BEST" into a TV series, ending the radio show in the summer of '54. It was just as well, as a lot of established "prime-time" radio shows were disappearing {Phil and Alice also decided to call it quits that season}, and Bob Hope finally signed off in April 1955.


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