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December 04, 2017

Mr. Television on the Radio
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Today we have a Christmas episode featuring one of Television’s earliest stars in an even earlier radio role. And then we’ll have more Christmas comedy on Father Knows Best.
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Milton Berle: A Salute to Christmas
Milton Berle was just 5 when he made his motion picture debut in the 1914 film the perils of Pauline. As a teenager, he adopted his stage name, and by the early 1930’s, he was earning a living as a stand-up comic, and made his first radio appearances on the Rudy Vallee Hour. For the next few years, he would host various programs, with his last radio series , the Texaco Star Theater, leading directly to his first TV series. Clearly best suited for visual comedy, his radio shows were just not as good. But they still were a lot of fun, as you’ll hear in this Christmas episode from December 23 1947
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Father Knows Best: Hans Christian Anderson Family Christmas - Part 1
Robert Young stars as insurance salesman Jim Anderson, the ultimate sitcom dad. He and his wife, Margaret (Jean Vander Pyl), raise one of the best-known and most beloved families in radio history.The chaos created by their three children kept them on their toes, and kept audiences laughing, for four years on radio and for another nine years on television. Join the family and laugh along with the teenage troubles and tomfoolery of the boy-crazy Betty (Rhoda Williams) and the impetuous Bud (Ted Donaldson). Of course, Kathy (Norma Jean Nillson), the baby of the Anderson family, causes her share of mischief as well. Like the real-life dads listening at home, Mr. Anderson tried his best, did what he thought was best, and hoped for the best results. This one is from December 21 1950
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