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Regarding Henry: Old-time radio listening, 21 October

The Aldrich Family: Babysitting; or, Losing Nine-Year-Old Willie (NBC, 1948)

Ezra Stone (right, with co-star Jackie Kelk as Homer), the one-of-a-kind (thank God!) adolescent threshing machine known as Henry Aldrich. (Photo: NBC.)

In a script slightly modified from its original performance of 11 May 1944, the last thing Henry (Ezra Stone) wants is to babysit a nine-year-old boy in sister Mary’s (Barbara Robbins) stead, and he discovers only soon enough how right he was to be wary of the idea in the first place. Buy the premise, buy the show, as the late Marvin Kitman would come to say often enough in television synopses. Better still to go with John Dunning’s eventual summation:

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