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Film, Video Court of human relations. [1959-08-07?] Title on first slate board: The nudist / Title on second slate board: Old maid / Inventory title: Court of human relations / Court of human relations / The nudist / Old maid

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  • Court of human relations. [1959-08-07?]

Other Title

  • Title on first slate board: The nudist
  • Title on second slate board: Old maid
  • Inventory title: Court of human relations
  • Court of human relations
  • The nudist
  • Old maid


  • 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 man learns that the girl with whom he has fallen in love is a practicing nudist. In the second case, the board listens to two middle-aged sisters, one of whom wants her reluctant sister to marry a suitor in order to be assured of security and companionship in her old age.


  • 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
  • Buck, Pearl S. (Pearl Sydenstricker), 1892-1973, panelist
  • Foster, Lloyd E., 1894-1986, panelist
  • McCracken, Robert J. (Robert James), 1904-1973, panelist
  • Peterson, Virgilia, 1904-1966, panelist
  • Fifield, L. Wendell (Lawrence Wendell), 1891-1964, panelist
  • Wachenfeld, William A., 1889-1969, panelist
  • Collins, Fred, 1925-2006, contributor
  • National Broadcasting Company production company

Created / Published

  • 1959.


  • -  Mediation
  • -  Interpersonal conflict
  • -  Couples--Conduct of life
  • -  Nudism--Social aspects--United States
  • -  Nudists--Social life and customs
  • -  Young men--Attitudes
  • -  Sisters--Family relationships
  • -  Marriage--Economic aspects
  • -  Single women--Conduct of life


  • Panel discussions
  • Nonfiction television programs


  • -  Date in title could not be confirmed in secondary sources.
  • -  Moderator: A.L. Alexander.
  • -  Mediators: Pearl Buck, Lloyd E. Foster, Robert J. McCracken (first case).
  • -  Mediators: Virgilia Peterson, L. Wendell Fifield, William A. Wachenfeld (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.
  • -  Most credits taken from Court of human relations production documents in M/B/RS Acquisition files. Moderator and mediators taken from film. Director, Herbert Kenwith, taken from the end credits of other episodes filmed on the same days.
  • -  LC copy is not the broadcast copy; contains a slate board, slug for commercials, and is lacking end credits.
  • -  First case filmed on July 27, 1959; second case filmed on August 3, 1959, both in New York, N.Y.
  • -  Case number 3401 (first case); case no. 5898 (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), June-August, 1959; episode slate board.


  • 1 video file (digital) (29 min.) : sd., b&w.

Source Collection

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

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Library of Congress Control Number

  • 2020600067

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Chicago citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Creator, Television Producer, Moderator, Roger Gimbel, Richard Gillaspy, Herbert Kenwith, James Blaney, Pearl S Buck, Lloyd E Foster, et al. Court of Human Relations. -08-07?. produceds by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video.

APA citation style:

Alexander, A. L., Gimbel, R., Gillaspy, R., Kenwith, H., Blaney, J., Buck, P. S. [...] National Broadcasting Company Production Company. (1959) Court of Human Relations. -08-07?. 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. -08-07?. prod by Ankers, Kathleenuction Designer 1959. Video. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.