Father Knows Best (1954–1960)
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The $500 Letter 

The Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail. A former neighbor wants to thank an Anderson for a kindness, but did not remember which one did it. The Andersons try to remember who might have done a favor for him, and what the favor was.

Director:

Peter Tewksbury

Writers:

Ed James (characters), Roswell Rogers
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Episode complete credited cast:
Robert Young ... Jim Anderson
Jane Wyatt ... Margaret Anderson
Elinor Donahue ... Betty Anderson
Billy Gray ... Bud Anderson
Lauren Chapin ... Kathy Anderson
Franz Roehn Franz Roehn ... Mr. Kroegman
Sarah Selby ... Miss Thomas
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The Andersons receive a $500 check in the mail. A former neighbor wants to thank an Anderson for a kindness, but did not remember which one did it. The Andersons try to remember who might have done a favor for him, and what the favor was.

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Comedy | Family

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Language:

English

Release Date:

21 March 1960 (USA) See more »

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Mono (Westrex Recording System)

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1.33 : 1
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$500 in 1960 had the same purchasing power as $3,620 in 2009. See more »

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Mystery and Morals
1 September 2018 | by MichaelMartinDeSapioSee all my reviews

A number of FATHER KNOWS BEST episodes were mini mysteries. "The $500 Letter" is a good example. The Andersons receive a check for $500 from a former neighbor (a Jewish immigrant, it would seem) who wishes to repay one of them for a kind deed done to him once several years ago. The only thing is, his letter cuts off just as he is about to say which of the Andersons did the good deed. Nobody remembers who it was, but each proceeds to ransack his or her memory, showing some less commendable character traits as they do so.

At the end we find out what the good deed was and who was the Good Samaritan that performed it. Without giving anything away, I will just say that it is a lovely, surprising and heartwarming payoff. "The $500 Letter" is an outstanding moral parable from FKB.


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