The "Father Knows Best" theme is actually entitled "Waiting". The music was written by Don Ferris and Irving Friedman and the lyric's were written by Leon Pober. The lyric's were never used in the show but "for fun" here they are:
Waiting, for love to find us,
The Father Knows Best Theme is included in Tee Vee Toons Black and White Classics CD. Click on the CD cover to hear the song!
This is an actual contract signed by the Director and a "Guest Star" on the show. (I have altered the name and Social Security number for privacy reasons.) It's interesting to see how much a "Day Player" earned in 1956!
Watch Margaret Anderson sell "All Detergent"!
This booklet is from 1953, one year before Father Knows Best moved to television. At the time, 1/3 of all teenage deaths were due to car accidents. So the Inter-Industry Highway Safety Committee in Washington DC launched a massive campaign to educate teenagers on better driving habits. Robert Young was part of this campaign and at the end of the Father Knows Best radio program each week, this campaign was mentioned. Click on the booklet to hear a radio program commercial of the campaign!
Here's a quote from the booklet: "Robert Young, motion picture and radio star, is shown on the cover discussing the Good-Driver Agreements with starlet Rhoda Williams and Ted Donaldson. Mr. Young has been identified actively with the program through his radio show and personal appearances."
Interesting Fact: Rhoda Williams was "Betty", and Ted Donaldson was "Bud" on the radio program.
Read the "official 1960 statement to the Press" on why Father Knows Best ended . Please click on the picture to the right.
Robert Young - 1956, Best Continuing Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role in a Dramatic or Comedy Series
Watch a "Scott Paper Company" commercial with the Anderson Family!
Planning a trip to Hollywood? Robert Young has 3 stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and Jane Wyatt has one. Here's where you can find them:
Here's a photo of the Columbia Ranch Studios in the late 1950's.
Here's a photo of the Warner (Columbia) Ranch Studios today.
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Here's a ticket to the radio show!
Here is a photo of the cast and crew receiving the Sylvania Award for best Family TV Program of 1954.
The Latin term "ARS PRO MULTIS" found on the Rodney Young Crest at the end of each program translates into "Art for the Masses"!
Father Knows Best was filmed at the Hollywood studios of Columbia Pictures, known as the Sunset Gower Studios. Harry Cohn was the founder of the studios, leasing the lot at 6070 Sunset Boulevard in 1922. In 1948, Columbia established Screen Gems there, a television arm. It was the first studio to dedicate space soley for television programs. Father Knows Best was shot on Stage 11 between 1954 and 1960. In 1972, Columbia Pictures merged with Warner Brothers and ceased its operations at the Sunset and Gower lot. Stage 11 has been torn down and the Technicolor building now stands in its place. A big thank you to Rick Rogers for this information! For a more in-depth account of the studio, please visit:
Sunset Gower as it looked during the Father Knows Best series.
Sunset Gower as it looks today.