One Mans Family was the saga of the Barbours: Father
Henry, Mother Fanny, and children Paul, Hazel, Claudia, Clifford
and Jack. The show debuted in 1932 over NBC as a weekly, 30-minute
One Mans Family was the brainchild of writer Carlton
E. Morse, a former journalist from San Francisco. Morse was interested
in creating a serial which would reflect his belief that the family
unit was a primary source of moral and spiritual strength. Inspired
by John Galsworthys novel The Forsyte Saga, Morse divided
his shows stories into Books, with each episode
As with most serial dramas, One Mans Family had its
share of intrigue and heartbreak, but most of the drama centered
around universal family matters and the differences that arise between
generations. During the shows 27-year-run, the Barbours aged,
married, went to war, watched children and grandchildren grow up,
and pondered the decisions made by their bewildering offspring.
In 1950, One Mans Family became a nightly, 15-minute
serial. The show aired in this format until it left the air in 1959.
Carlton E. Morse died on May 24, 1993.
One Mans Family was inducted into the Radio Hall of
Fame in 1995.
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