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"Little House on the Prairie" No Beast So Fierce (1982)

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Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by)
Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) ...
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Original Air Date:
4 January 1982 (Season 8, Episode 12)
Gideon Hale is a 9-year-old boy with a speech impediment; he stutters. Everyone at Walnut Grove School tease the boy... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Landon 
Writing credits
Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by)

Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by)

Carole Raschella  writer
Michael Raschella  writer

Produced by
Marvin Coil .... associate producer
Michael Landon .... executive producer
Kent McCray .... producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Cinematography by
Harry L. Wolf (director of photography)
Film Editing by
John Loeffler 
Casting by
Susan McCray  (as Susan Sukman)
Art Direction by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Set Decoration by
Donald E. Webb  (as Don Webb)
Makeup Department
Damion .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Production Management
Miles Middough .... production manager (as Miles S. Middough)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ronald Martinez .... assistant director (as Ron Martinez)
Brad Yacobian .... second assistant director
Art Department
Glen R. Feldman .... property master
Michael P. Hunter .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Anthony F. Brissinger .... sound recordist
Vince Gutierrez .... sound effects editor
M. Curtis Price .... sound recordist
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
Special Effects by
Luke Tillman .... special effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Bob Farmer .... gaffer
Ron Housiaux .... key grip
Kenneth Hunter .... camera operator
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Michael R. Faeth .... costumer: men
Linda Taylor .... costumer: women
Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant
Kay Suffern .... negative cutter
Music Department
Fred Prior .... music editor
Other crew
Chris Abbott .... story editor
Don Balluck .... executive story consultant
Blanche Hanalis .... developed for television by
Duane Toler .... script supervisor
Gary L. Wohlleben .... production controller
Kevin King .... payroll accountant (uncredited)

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Blanche Hanalis  developed for television by
Ande Lamb 

Produced by
Winston Miller .... producer (7 episodes 1974)
Makeup Department
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (7 episodes 1982) (as Lynn Reynolds)
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist (8 episodes 1977 and 4 episodes 1981)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Buck Edwards .... second assistant director (episode "Chicago (1981)" and multiple episodes 1982-1983)
Robert Enrietto .... assistant director (7 episodes 1982-1983)
James B. Greer .... second assistant director (6 episodes 1979-1980)
Ronald Martinez .... assistant director (11 episodes 1982-1983) (as Ron Martinez)
Reid Rummage .... assistant director (21 episodes in seasons 6, 8 and 9)
Sound Department
Marty Church .... foley mixer
Barry Thomas .... sound recordist (13 episodes 1977) (as Barry D. Thomas)
Bob Herron .... stunts
Chuck Hicks .... stunts
Whitey Hughes .... stunts
Loren Janes .... stunts
Gene LeBell .... stunts
Jack Lilley .... stunt coordinator
George Orrison .... stunts
Neil Summers .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Cardarelli .... key grip (1979-1980)
Ron Housiaux .... key grip (1979-1983)
Kenji Takama .... camera intern
Casting Department
Dottie O'Brien .... extras casting
John O'Brien .... extras casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Dallas D. Dornan .... costumer: men (17 episodes 1982-1983) (as Dallas Dornan)
Music Department
John Massari .... orchestrator (1980-1983)
Other crew
John T. Dugan .... story consultant (9 episodes 1978)
Bill McCamey .... on-set nurse
Michael Thomas Slifkin .... kid's talent coach (1979-1981)
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor (4 episodes 1983)
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Additional Details

49 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:TV-PG (most episodes)

Did You Know?

In a 1982 episode, the stuttering character "Gideon Hale", was played by Peter Billingsley. Peter is best known for his character "Ralphie", in the movie A Christmas Story. He is also know as "Messy Marvin" in the early commercials for Hershey's Chocolate Syrup.See more »
Factual errors: When Caroline finds Gideon who has been missing for days his hair is combed neatly and his clothes in perfect condition.See more »
Charles Ingalls:I wouldn't worry, I think the odds favor it
[to James when he hopes Gideon is home safe]
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
A Beast so Fierce, 16 November 2013
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

This episode focuses on James and a little boy named Gideon. Gideon is new in school,and James befriends him right off. But the kids make fun of him because he stutters. James doesn't want to be like them, but eventually gives in. Gideon is very upset - the one person he could trust is no longer his friend!

James feels awful. Charles decides to take him on a trip with him where they meet a wild dog. The dog doesn't like Charles, but is taken with James. He saves them from robbers one night and a bear the next morning.

Meanwhile, Caroline joins in the search for Gideon. Why she has success where the parents fail is a mystery, but she does.

The episode is a good lesson about how untrue the sticks and stones saying is. Words do hurt - and kill friendships!

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