Playhouse 90: The Family Nobody Wanted (1956)

Run Time - 90 min.  |  
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Adapted from the autobiography of Helen Doss, this 90-minute TV version of The Family Nobody Wanted stars Nanette Fabray as Helen and Lew Ayres as her clergyman husband, Carl Doss. Unable to have children of their own, Helen and Carl contact virtually every adoption agency in the country, only to be told that they haven't enough money to support a "proper" family. But a local social worker comes up with solution: why not adopt the children of various races and creeds who have already been rejected by other potential adoptive families. Beginning with the "misfit" Donny (Tim Hovey), that is just what Helen and Carl do, ultimately providing a warm and loving home for twelve children that would otherwise have been permanent wards of the state. Originally aired live as a presentation of Playhouse 90, The Family Nobody Wanted was remade as a TV movie in 1975, with Shirley Jones and James Olson as Helen and Carl Doss.