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Film, Video Court of human relations. [1959-07-21?] Title on first slate board: Kids farmed out / Inventory title: Night and day / Inventory title: Court of human relations / Court of human relations

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  • Court of human relations. [1959-07-21?]

Other Title

  • Title on first slate board: Kids farmed out
  • Inventory title: Night and day
  • Inventory title: Court of human relations
  • 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 young wife complains because her husband's children live with his parents, rather than with her and their father. She wants very much to be a mother to his children. Her husband maintains that the children are better off with their grandparents, who bought a house in the suburbs so they could take the children for him until his financial circumstances improved. He intends to bring his children home at that time, but until then, he and his wife will continue to visit every weekend. In the second case, a wife is unhappy because she never sees her husband. He is a cab driver and works day and night. The husband claims that his wife wants nice clothes and other things for herself and the children. He has to work constantly to provide for them. His wife, who also works, says that he is the one who wants more money. She and the children would rather have more time with him at home.


  • Alexander, A. L., 1906-1967, creator, television producer, moderator
  • Gimbel, Roger, television producer
  • Gillaspy, Richard, television producer
  • Nathanson, Ted, 1925-1997, television director
  • Ankers, Kathleen, production designer
  • Blaney, James, sound designer
  • Hurst, Fannie, 1889-1968, panelist
  • Davis, Ralph Emerson, 1893-1982, panelist
  • McCracken, Robert J. (Robert James), 1904-1973, panelist
  • Collins, Fred, 1925-2006, contributor
  • National Broadcasting Company production company

Created / Published

  • 1959.


  • -  Mediation
  • -  Marital conflict
  • -  Custodial parents
  • -  Stepmothers
  • -  Father and child
  • -  Married people
  • -  Wives--Effect of husband's employment on
  • -  Workaholics


  • Panel discussions
  • Nonfiction television programs


  • -  Date in title could not be confirmed in secondary sources.
  • -  Moderator: A.L. Alexander.
  • -  Mediators: Fanny Hurst, Dr. Ralph Emerson Davis, Dr. Robert J. McCracken.
  • -  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.
  • -  Most credits taken from Court of human relations production documents in M/B/RS Acquisition files. Moderator and mediators taken from film.
  • -  LC copy is not the broadcast copy; contains a slate board, slug for commercials, and is lacking end credits.
  • -  Poor picture quality.
  • -  Filmed on June 8, 1959 in New York, N.Y.
  • -  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), June-August, 1959; episode slate board.


  • 1 video file (digital) (27 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

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

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600062

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  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Creator, Television Producer, Moderator, Roger Gimbel, Richard Gillaspy, Ted Nathanson, James Blaney, Fannie Hurst, Ralph Emerson Davis, Robert J McCracken, Fred Collins, and National Broadcasting Company Production Company. Court of Human Relations. -07-21?. produceds by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video.

APA citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Gimbel, R., Gillaspy, R., Nathanson, T., Blaney, J., Hurst, F. [...] National Broadcasting Company Production Company. (1959) Court of Human Relations. -07-21?. 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. -07-21?. prod by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.