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"The Waltons" The Fawn (1973)

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Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) and
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Original Air Date:
8 November 1973 (Season 2, Episode 9)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton

Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.

Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)

Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton

Will Geer ... The Grandfather

Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton

Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton

Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)

Eric Scott ... Ben Walton

David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton

Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton

Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mary Betten ... Mrs. Littlefield

Matt Clark ... Mr. Hennessey
Jimmy Davilla ... Harold Beasley

Marjorie Eaton ... Mrs. Grofut (as Marjorie Morley Eaton)

James Gammon ... Zack Rosswell
Sam Jarvis ... Poacher (as Sam Javis)
James Jeter ... Lester the Poacher
Todd Miller ... Charlie
Donna Sanders ... Beth Ann Littlefield

Charles Tyner ... Graham Foster

Episode Crew
Directed by
Ralph Waite 
Writing credits
Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner)

John McGreevey  written by

Produced by
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Original Music by
Arthur Morton 
Cinematography by
Michael D. Margulies (director of photography) (as Michael Margulies)
Film Editing by
David Blangsted 
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
Makeup Department
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Harvey S. Laidman .... unit production manager (as Harvey Laidman)
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Harvey S. Laidman .... assistant director (as Harvey Laidman)
Art Department
Leon Schotter .... property master
Sound Department
Bill Flannery .... production sound mixer (as William Flannery)
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Jack Wheeler .... sound effects editor (as John Wheeler)
Bill Wistrom .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip (as Dick Borland)
Earl C. Williman .... electrical gaffer (as Earl Williman Jr.)
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer
Music Department
Edna Bullock .... music editor
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor
Sandy Dvore .... main title designer
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive story consultant (as Earl Hamner)
Carol Evan McKeand .... story editor
Carroll Newman .... production coordinator (as Carroll Butler)
Julie Waxman .... production coordinator

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Earl Hamner Jr.  created by (as Earl Hamner)

Produced by
Roger La Page .... line producer
Production Management
Roger La Page .... unit production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Claude Lawrence Jr. .... assistant director (1977-1978)
Art Department
Serge Genitempo .... painter
Kandy Stern .... set designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Doug Mathias .... gaffer (1979)
Serge Poupis .... assistant camera
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator
Editorial Department
Alfred J. Carranza .... apprentice film editor
M. Scott Smith .... apprentice editor
Other crew
John Philip Dayton .... production assistant
Lynn Guthrie .... aircraft pilot
Carol Riggins .... animal trainer
Arrahwanna Thomsen .... script supervisor (1976) (as Arrah Robinson)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

The fawn used in this episode is a blacktail deer. Blacktail deer are only found along the west coast. The deer that live in Virginia are whitetail deer.See more »
Narrator:[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] As close-knit and self-sufficient as our family was, still, neighbors were very important in those days when we were growing up on Waltons Mountain. There were families like ourselves, struggling to keep the land we owned, and there were tenant farmers at the mercy of the weather, crop prices and absentee landlords.See more »
The Bear Went Over The MountainSee more »


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A Good Lesson About Nature, 23 February 2014
Author: garyldibert from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

TITLE: The Fawn ORIGINAL AIRDATE: November 8, 1973 WRITER: John McGreevey DIRECTOR: Ralph Waite

PROLOGUE: "As close-knit and self-sufficient as our family was, still, neighbors were very important in those days when we were growing up on Walton's Mountain. There were families like ourselves, struggling to keep the land we owned, and there were tenant farmers, at the mercy of the weather, crop prices, and absentee landlords."

SYNOPSIS: Erin has a shy admirer. Harold Beasley is a schoolmate of hers but he is too bashful to show his affection and prefers to admire her from afar. As the Walton kids walk to school, they learn that the Littleton family has been forced out of their home due to unpaid taxes. At school, Erin offers Harold a gift containing an embroidered hankie and a love note. Some bullies make fun of Harold and Erin and Harold won't stand up to the bullies or acknowledge her gift. Later when the Walton children go berry picking and they ask Erin to come along instead of brooding. She finds a fawn in the forest all alone and brings it home. The family comes to see the deer that Erin has found. They have heard that a Game Warden has been looking for poachers. Erin figures the deer is hers and names him Lancelot. Mama warns Erin to not get too attached to the fawn as they will need to release it back to the wild once it gets stronger. When she begins to protest her Grandpa says that "Once you start interfering with nature you'll find yourself in a mess of trouble." The Game Warden, Mr. Hennessey arrives and tells Erin that the deer needs to be released, as it is illegal for a private person to own a wild animal. Her mother tells Erin that she needs Lance much more than the deer needs her.

QUESTIONS: What did Jim Bob and Elizabeth give to Erin? What was Erin nightmare about? What did Erin fine when she got to the fawn?

EPILOGUE: "My sister Erin gave Lance his freedom and he took it gratefully. We never did see him again although two years later we did glimpse a doe and a fawn. The little one looked so much like Lance we told ourselves that this must be his son. Erin decided to give boys another chance, and if Harold Beasley wasn't exactly a "knight in shining armor", he was devoted and persistent. I never regretted my brief fling as a man of business. When I'm reminded from time to time of the lessons Graham Foster taught me, memory carries me back to that Depression time, and the voices of my family."

MY THOUGHTS: I like this one because of the fawn. Growing up on farms, I saw my share of deer. I use to go pick berries also. I love the scenes of the mountains so I'm going to give this episode 8 weasel stars.

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