Father Knows Best

Season 3 Episode 21

Short Wave

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Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Jan 30, 1957 on CBS
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Bud is learning to use a short wave radio. He is excited that it is working properly and gets the family to listen in on his conversation. They overhear a distress call from a boat.

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  • Suspenseful.

    8.5
    Bud is learning to use a shortwave radio. Betty is bored to tears with life in Springfield, "where nothing ever happens". It's just a routine day in the Anderson family. As Bud is practicing on his receiver he picks up a two-way call between a family out on a a cabin cruiser just off the Atlantic coast a thousand miles away from Springfield and their extended family on shore. The family on the boat, the Allens, resembles the Anderson, with two girls about the ages of Betty and Kitten, and a boy about Bud's age. The Andersons, except Betty, find the conversation entertaining. Then, they hear a weather alert from the Coast Guard for the area the Allens are in. The Allens are oblivious to the warning, until they see for themselves the calm seas turning stormy. They hear the Coast Guard on their radio, but can't get through to give their location. The Andersons, including Betty, who forgets her boredom, seem to be the only ones who hear the Allens' distress call, All hope seems lost for rescue, until the Andersons realize since no one else can pick up the Allens' signal, they can do something themselves, so Jim calls the Coast Guard in the area of the storm. It's interesting how the Andersons feel as though they are the ones on the boat , from the time of the banal conversations to the desperate pleas for help. Bud's pastime ended up saving a whole family from drowning. All the scenes take place in the Anderson home, except for the Coast Guard station. The Allens are heard and not seen. One drawback is that Jim didn't have to take an angry tone when a neighbor called while he waiting to hear back from the Coast Guard. All he had to do was ask her not to call back and that he would explain later, then hang up. Otherwise one of the better episodes.moreless
Elinor Donahue

Elinor Donahue

Betty "Princess" Anderson

Sarah Selby

Sarah Selby

Miss Thomas

Robert Foulk

Robert Foulk

Ed Davis

Robert Young

Robert Young

Jim Anderson

Jane Wyatt

Jane Wyatt

Margaret Anderson

Billy Gray

Billy Gray

James "Bud" Anderson, Jr.

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