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Aldrich Family

Teenage Situation Comedy:

Broadcast History:

  • July 2-Oct. 1, 1939, NBC.   30m, Sundays at 7.  Summer replacement for The Jack Benny Program.   General Foods for Jell-O.

  • Oct. 10, 1939-May 28, 1940;   Blue Network.  30m, Tuesdays at 8.  Jell-O.

  • July 4, 1940-July 20, 1944, NBC.  30m, Thursdays at 8:30.  Jell-O.

  • Sept. 1, 1944-Aug. 30, 1946, CBS.  30m, Fridays at 8.  General Foods for Jell-O and Grape Nuts.

  • Sept. 5, 1946-June 28, 1951, NBC.  30m, Thursdays at 8.  Jell-O, Grape Nuts.

  • Sept. 21, 1952-ApriI19, 1953, NBC.  30m, Sundays at 7:30.  Sustained.

Cast:  Ezra Stone as Henry Aldrich, 16-year-old student at Central High School in the town of Centerville;  Norman Tokar as Henry, 1942-43, when Stone went into the Army;   Dickie Jones as Henry, 1943-44;  Raymond Ives as Henry as of mid-1945;   Ezra Stone resumed the role in Nov. 1945;  Bobby Ellis as Henry in 1952-53.   House Jameson as lawyer Sam Aldrich, Henry's father, for most of the run;   also played by Clyde Fillmore and Tom Shirley.  Katharine Raht as Henry's mother Alice (Lea Penman and Regina Wallace were also heard in the role).  At least a dozen actresses over the years as Henry's sister Mary, among them Betty Field, Patricia Peardon, Charita Bauer, Ann Lincoln, Jone Allison, Mary Mason, and Mary Rolfe.   Jackie Kelk almost all the way as Homer Brown, Henry's pal and companion in mischief, with Johnny Fiedler, Jack Grimes, and Michael O'Day in the Homer role in 1952-53.  Ed Begley, Arthur Vinton, and Howard Smith as Will Brown, Homer's father.   Agnes Moorehead and Leona Powers as Homer's mother.  Mary Shipp as Henry's girlfriend Kathleen Anderson;  also played by Ethel Blume, Jean Gillespie, and Ann Lincoln.  Eddie Bracken as Henry's pal Dizzy Stevens.  Charles Powers as Henry's rival George Bigelow.
Announcers:  Harry Von Zell, Dwight Weist, George Bryan, Dan Seymour, Ralph Paul.
Music:  Jack Miller.
Creator-Writer:  Clifford Goldsmith.
Directors:  Harry Ackerman, Edwin Duerr, Fran Van Hartesveldt, George McGarrett, Sam Fuller, Bob Welsh, Lester Vail, Joseph Scibetta, Day Tuttle.
Sound Effects:  Bill Brinkmeyer.

Henry Aldrich was described in the press of the time as "typical," "not at all typical," and with all the daffy adjectives that those two opposites suggest.  He was described as the Penrod of the '40s, but his likeness to the hero of Booth Tarkington's 1914 classic was more imagined than real.  Henry found more ways to turn the ordinary into complete chaos and disaster than Mack Sennett ever devised for his old two-reel chase films.   With Henry, ordinary objects became lethal weapons.  A telephone was a window to such bizarre convolution that its consequences tested the imagination.  A bicycle with a flat tire led to much round-robin lunacy before the tire was patched and a sadder-but-no-wiser Henry Aldrich pedaled his way home.

Each week for 13 years, Henry was summoned into millions of living rooms to the wail of his long-suffering mother:   "Hen-reeeee! Henry Aldrich!"  And the cracking adolescent voice that answered, "Coming, Mother!" was the ticket to mayhem.  If the show began with Henry tying up the family telephone;  it was certain that within the half-hour he would somehow have every phone in town tied up, and calls would be coming into the Aldrich house for everything from plumbers to cab drivers.

 

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Name File(s) Mb H:M:S Kbit/s Hz Channel mode
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..Unidentified Episodes 31 398.19 14:29:54 CBR 63 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__AnniversaryOfFirstDate   12.86 28:05 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__BabySittingOrMovies   13.32 29:05 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__BringingHomeCheese   11.92 26:03 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__CleaningTheFurnace   11.28 24:39 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__CouponCraze   13.45 29:23 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__CrossCountryRace   13.62 29:46 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__Fruitcake_AFRS   10.86 23:44 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__GreatWienerRoast   11.96 26:08 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__GrouseForDinner   11.27 24:37 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__HenryGoesIceSkating   13.99 30:33 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__HomerIsPopular   12.46 27:14 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__LetterFromALoanCompany   13.67 29:52 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__LostInTheSnow   11.18 24:25 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__LoveColumn   11.04 24:07 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__LoveNote   14.19 31:00 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__MarysFirstJob   11.45 25:01 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__ModelAirplane   13.49 29:28 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__MothersDay   13.44 29:22 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__MotorScooter   12.25 26:45 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__MovingDay   13.44 29:22 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__MultiplyingRabbits   13.11 28:39 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__RoadStand&Hotel   12.15 26:32 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__SchoolPicnic   13.72 29:59 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__SellingChristmasCards   11.04 24:07 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__SleighRide   11.30 24:41 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__SpringFever_2 episodes   23.66 51:41 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__TroubleWthKathleensFather   11.71 25:35 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__TwinTrouble   11.12 24:17 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__WashingDogsBusiness   12.21 26:40 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__WastePaperDrive_AFRS   13.37 29:12 CBR 64 44100 Mono
....AldrichFamily_19xx__WillieGetsLost   13.67 29:52 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1938-07-28__CrowdedBathroom_Fragment   4.57 09:59 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1939-10-13__HenrysEngagement   13.67 29:52 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1939-10-17__GirlTrouble   13.32 29:05 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1940-02-20__PigeonCoops   13.51 29:30 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1940-02-27__CarrierPigeons   12.86 28:06 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1940-10-31__Halloween   12.87 28:06 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1941-01-26__PenPal   13.24 28:55 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1941-10-23__Letter   13.21 28:51 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1942-01-22__Girlfriend   13.65 29:50 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1942-01-29__HenrysSecretAdmirer   12.44 27:10 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1943-02-11__ValentinesDayParty   13.20 28:50 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1943-03-11__LegalTrouble   13.12 28:40 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1943-04-01__WarBonds   13.27 29:00 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1943-10-07__EveryoneSleepsOver   12.78 27:55 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1944-01-27__MovieStar   13.55 29:36 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1944-04-13__CloseThatDoor_AFRS   10.49 22:54 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1944-06-29__BraceletForKathleen   13.73 30:00 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1945-01-12__HenrySendsCandyToTwoGirls   12.93 28:14 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1945-11-16__CostumeParty   13.00 28:24 CBR 64 44100 Mono
ALDRICHFAMILY2 44 563.26 20:30:29 ABR 63    
..AldrichFamily_1946-03-08__DinnerJacketMixUp   13.88 30:19 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1947-00-00__CancerSpecial   5.90 12:53 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1947-03-13__BirthdayPipe   12.88 28:08 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1947-12-11__SchoolRing   12.64 27:37 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-05-13__HelenForbes   12.89 28:10 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-06-24__PaintingGarage   12.64 27:36 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-09-16__RotatingParties   12.80 27:57 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-10-21__Babysitting   13.51 29:31 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-10-28__LeadRole   13.45 29:23 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-11-04__StrawHat   11.19 24:27 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-11-11__BrokenToy   13.66 29:50 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-11-18__GrabBag   13.42 29:19 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-12-02__RemodelingHomer   12.05 26:19 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-12-16__WeeklyParty   13.63 29:47 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-12-23__ChristmasPgm   12.55 27:25 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1948-12-31__NewYearsEveParty   11.13 24:18 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-01-13__FrenchNotes   12.75 27:51 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-01-20__KathleenDinnerJello   10.20 22:17 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-02-03__ShovelingSnow   13.32 29:06 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-03-03__PlanningATripToDC   9.85 21:31 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-04-07__BlindDate   11.48 25:05 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-04-14__HenryTheShortstop   13.24 28:55 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-04-21__TakesGladysToSchoolPlay   13.49 29:29 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-04-28__DateWithATallGirl   13.59 29:41 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-05-05__HomerEngagedToAgnes   12.86 28:05 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1949-12-16__HomersParty   13.59 29:41 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-02-21__DebateTeam   13.24 28:55 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-09-11__PaidInCorn   13.38 29:14 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-09-21__BartarSystem   13.38 29:14 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-09-28__ManOrMouse   13.35 29:10 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-10-05__Haircut   13.82 30:11 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-10-12__BigDeal   13.39 29:15 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-10-19__CampingTrip   13.43 29:20 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-10-26__ParentsDay   13.33 29:08 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-11-02__OverdueLibraryBook   13.36 29:11 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-11-09__HandMeDownSuit   13.11 28:38 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-11-16__DebatingTeam   13.30 29:03 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-11-23__ThanksgivingTurkey   13.44 29:21 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-11-30__HenrysFatherIsSick   13.38 29:13 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-12-07__LostWatch   13.37 29:13 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1952-12-14__RoadsideStand   12.21 26:40 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1953-03-15__LatinExam   14.02 30:37 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1953-04-26__Bicycle   13.61 29:43 CBR 64 44100 Mono
..AldrichFamily_1953-04-26__DeliveryBicycle   13.61 29:43 CBR 64 44100 Mono
97 Object(s) 94 1200.85 43:43:20 ABR 63    
 

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