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Film, Video Court of human relations. [1959-08-11] Title on first slate board: For art's sake / Title on second slate board: Lemon / Inventory title: Court of human relations

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  • Court of human relations. [1959-08-11]

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  • Title on first slate board: For art's sake
  • Title on second slate board: Lemon
  • Inventory title: Court of human relations


  • A three-member board mediates disputes and disagreements submitted for review by the people involved. Complainants and respondents are interviewed by A.L. Alexander and the mediators. In this episode, the board considers two cases. In the first case, a mother worries about her 18-year-old daughter who is a model who poses in the nude for artists and art photographers. She is concerned for her daughter's safety and reputation. The daughter does not feel that the human body is anything of which to be ashamed. She argues that she is very careful who she models for and does not feel that she has ever been in any danger. In the second case, a husband and wife disagree about whether or not they should attend their 19-year-old daughter's wedding to a man of whom they disapprove. The mother says the man is lazy, uneducated, irresponsible and violent. Though he does not like his future son-in-law, the father does not want to drive his daughter away from her family. He feels that she has made her choice, and they should support her.


  • Alexander, A. L., 1906-1967, creator, television producer, moderator
  • Gimbel, Roger, television producer
  • Gillaspy, Richard, television producer
  • Kenwith, Herbert, television director
  • Ankers, Kathleen, production designer
  • Blaney, James, sound designer
  • Peterson, Virgilia, 1904-1966, panelist
  • Fifield, L. Wendell (Lawrence Wendell), 1891-1964, panelist
  • Wachenfeld, William A., 1889-1969, panelist
  • Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973, panelist
  • Foster, Lloyd E., 1894-1986, panelist
  • McCracken, Robert J. (Robert James), 1904-1973, panelist
  • Collins, Fred, 1925-2006, contributor
  • National Broadcasting Company production company

Created / Published

  • 1959.


  • -  Mediation
  • -  Interpersonal conflict
  • -  Artists' models
  • -  Nude in art
  • -  Parents
  • -  Daughters
  • -  Sons-in-law
  • -  Marriage--Parental consent


  • Panel discussions
  • Nonfiction television programs


  • -  Date in title from TV guide, August 11, 1959, p. A-43.
  • -  Moderator: A.L. Alexander.
  • -  Mediators: Virgilia Peterson, Dr. L. Wendell Fifield, Hon, Wm A. Wachenfeld (first case).
  • -  Mediators: Pearl Buck, Dr. Lloyd E. Foster, Dr. Robert J. McCracken (second case).
  • -  Announcer: Fred Collins.
  • -  Associate directors, Richard Gillaspy, Larry Owen, Jr. ; scenic designer, Kathy Ankers ; technical director, Jack Irving ; lighting director, Leo Farrenkopf ; audio, Jim Blaney.
  • -  End credits for this episode taken from LC copy of segment, [Court of human relations. The lemon] (MAVIS 1181093). Moderator and mediators taken from film.
  • -  LC copy is not the broadcast copy; contains slate boards, slug for commercials, and is lacking end credits.
  • -  First case filmed on August 3, 1959; second case filmed on July 27, 1959, both in New York, N.Y.
  • -  Case number 5898 (first case); case no. 4219 (second case).
  • -  Additional holdings for this title may be available. Contact reference librarian.
  • -  The Court of human relations originated as a popular radio program, also created and moderated by A.L. Alexander. In one or two cases per episode, a panel of mediators, including clergymen, authors, judges, educators, and other notables give advice on interpersonal problems presented to them by actual people, called "complainants" and "respondents". The cases involve family and other personal disputes, marital entanglements, emotional problems, and financial disagreements. The show aired in the afternoon on NBC from June 22, 1959 to August 21, 1959.
  • -  Sources used: Court of human relations production documents in M/B/RS Acquisition files (Alexander (A. L., Mrs.)); McNeil's Total television, 4th ed., p. 183; TV guide (New York edition), August 8-14,1959, p. A-43; episode slate board.


  • 1 video file (digital) (30 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

  • Alexander (A. L., Mrs.) Collection (Library of Congress)

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  • 2020600046

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Creator, Television Producer, Moderator, Roger Gimbel, Richard Gillaspy, Herbert Kenwith, James Blaney, Virgilia Peterson, L. Wendell Fifield, et al. Court of Human Relations. -08-11. produceds by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video.

APA citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Gimbel, R., Gillaspy, R., Kenwith, H., Blaney, J., Peterson, V. [...] National Broadcasting Company Production Company. (1959) Court of Human Relations. -08-11. Ankers, K. D., prod [Video] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Alexander, A. L., Creator, Television Producer, Moderator, et al. Court of Human Relations. -08-11. prod by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.