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Film, Video Court of human relations. [1959-07-24?] Inventory title: Court of human relations / Court of human relations

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  • Court of human relations. [1959-07-24?]

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  • 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 the case of a doctor, who was once a mental patient, resuming his medical practice. The complainant and respondent are a man and woman who live in the building where the doctor has his office. The man and his family are the doctor's patients. He argues that he is a good and competent doctor, and should not be ostracized due to his past. The woman, who is not a patient, argues that the doctor should not be allowed to practice medicine because he was a mental patient. The doctor himself acknowledges that he was hospitalized many years ago, but is now completely well. On his release from the hospital, all his civil rights were restored. He is a licensed physician, yet he has been stigmatized, and has had difficulty establishing a practice. He trained as a psychiatrist, but also treats other patients, as he cannot afford to turn anyone away.


  • 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
  • Peale, Norman Vincent, 1898-1993, panelist
  • Eddy, Paul Dawson, 1895-1975, panelist
  • Davis, Ralph Emerson, 1893-1982, panelist
  • Collins, Fred, 1925-2006, contributor
  • National Broadcasting Company production company

Created / Published

  • 1959.


  • -  Mediation
  • -  Interpersonal conflict
  • -  Physicians--Mental health
  • -  Physician and patient
  • -  Mental illness--Social aspects
  • -  Mentally ill--Public opinion
  • -  Stigma (Social psychology)


  • Panel discussions
  • Nonfiction television programs


  • -  Date in title could not be confirmed in secondary sources.
  • -  Moderator: A.L. Alexander.
  • -  Mediators: Norman Vincent Peale, Paul Dawson Eddy, Ralph Emerson Davis.
  • -  Announcer: Fred Collins.
  • -  Associate directors, Richard Gillaspy, Larry Owen, Jr. ; scenic designer, Kathy Ankers ; technical director, Jack Irving ; lighting director, Leo Farrenkopf ; audio, Norman Ogg ; unit manager, Edward Faught.
  • -  Some credits taken from Court of human relations production documents in M/B/RS Acquisition files.
  • -  LC copy is not the broadcast copy. It lacks commercials, but includes a short title, "Sponsor's message", prior to the end credits.
  • -  Probably filmed in July, 1959 in New York, N.Y.
  • -  Case number 4280.
  • -  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) (25 min.) : sd., b&w.

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

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  • 2020600065

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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, Norman Vincent Peale, Paul Dawson Eddy, Ralph Emerson Davis, Fred Collins, and National Broadcasting Company Production Company. Court of Human Relations. -07-24?. produceds by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video.

APA citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Gimbel, R., Gillaspy, R., Kenwith, H., Blaney, J., Peale, N. V. [...] National Broadcasting Company Production Company. (1959) Court of Human Relations. -07-24?. 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. -07-24?. prod by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.