Father Knows Best

Trivia, Quotes, Notes and Allusions

Quotes (1)

  • "...We keep throwing difficult choices in your path to test you, and it's the decisions you make that shape you into what you are." --St. Peter "A man could be great and lonely, OR he could be ordinary and have the warmth of companionship." --Jim Anderson

Notes (24)

  • This is the only episode where Robert Young, a chain-smoker in real life, smokes on the show.

  • No Guest Stars wwere listed for the episode.

  • Later re-run / re-cut

  • This episode was repeated during the summer of 1957 (8/28/57) by ABC-TV under the series title Moment of Decision, a collection of reruns primarily from Ford Theatre.

  • Guest star Roger Smith went on to co-star in the popular TV series "77 Sunset Strip" during the 1960s. In 1965, he was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis, a muscle disorder, which forced him to retire from professional work. He married his second wife, singer/actress/dancer Ann-Margret, in 1967 and became her personal manager. The longevity of their marriage is one of the few successful Hollywood marriages that exist today.

  • Later re-edited

  • The episode had no guest stars in it.

  • The "Mr. Beal" of the title's episode is Nick Beal, portrayed by Ray Milland, reprising his role of the Devil's agent from his 1949 film noir, Alias Nick Beal.

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Trivia (1)

  • At the beginning of this episode look for a very young Frank Bank, better known as Lumpy Rutherford on the Leave It To Beaver series. He is sitting at a lunch table with Bud.

Allusions (1)

  • The Mr. Beal of the episode title is Nick Beal, portrayed by Ray Milland, reprising his role of the Devil's agent from his 1949 film noir, Alias Nick Beal.