The Donna Reed Show (1958–1966)
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The Male Ego 

Mary gives a speech on motherhood that has everyone praising Donna. Alex stars feeling inferior to Donna.

Director:

Oscar Rudolph

Writers:

Nate Monaster, William Roberts (creator)
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Episode cast overview:
Donna Reed ... Donna Stone
Carl Betz ... Dr. Alex Stone
Shelley Fabares ... Mary Stone
Paul Petersen ... Jeff Stone
Lawrence Dobkin ... Dr. Winfield Graham
Alvy Moore ... Hank
Jack Straw Jack Straw ... Salesman
Sid Tomack ... Mac
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Mary gives a speech on motherhood that has everyone praising Donna. Alex stars feeling inferior to Donna.

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Genres:

Comedy | Family

Certificate:

TV-G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

15 October 1958 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Referenced in The Donna Reed Show: The Grateful Patient (1959) See more »

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Donna the Prima Donna
18 April 2009 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Donna (Donna Reed) and the other mothers in the audience are moved to tears by Mary (Shelley Fabares)'s "Freshman Class Essay Contest" speech on "The most beautiful word in the English language, Mother." Brother Jeff (Paul Peterson) notes, "She's really pouring it on." And, father Alex (Carl Betz) feels under-appreciated. When Donna's reputation as a "super-mom" becomes the talk of the town, Alex begins to wonder about his worth. So, Donna turns Alex's birthday party into an homage to father Stone.

A pre-"Green Acres" Alvy Moore appears as reporter "Hank Cole" of the "Daily Sentinel", desiring to do a human interest story on Donna, "the modern woman," and get a shot of her in a bathing suit.

*** The Male Ego (10/15/58) Oscar Rudolph ~ Donna Reed, Carl Betz, Shelley Fabares


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