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"Little House on the Prairie" Sylvia: Part 1 (1981)

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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:
9 February 1981 (Season 7, Episode 17)
New student Sylvia Webb, who has physically matured faster than most of her classmates, piques the physical curiosity of some of her male classmates... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls

Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls

Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder

Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)

Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)

Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson

Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker

Scottie MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson (as Katherine MacGregor)

Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson

Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden

Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)

Olivia Barash ... Sylvia Webb

Royal Dano ... Mr. Hector Webb
Bradley Green ... Boy #2 (as Bradley Greene)

Richard Jaeckel ... Irv Hartwig
Terry Nani ... Boy #1
Carl Pitti ... Man #1
Elisha Rapson ... Student (uncredited)
Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls (uncredited)
Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls (uncredited)

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)

Michael Landon  writer

Produced by
Michael Landon .... executive producer
Kent McCray .... producer
Original Music by
David Rose 
Cinematography by
Ted Voigtlander (director of photography) (as Ted Voigtländer)
Film Editing by
Jerry Taylor 
Casting by
Susan McCray  (as Susan Sukman)
Art Direction by
Walter M. Jefferies 
Set Decoration by
Donald E. Webb  (as Don Webb)
Makeup Department
Larry Germain .... hair stylist
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Miles Middough .... assistant director (as Miles S. Middough)
Reid Rummage .... second assistant director
Art Department
Dean Wilson .... property master
Randal Woodward .... paint forman
Michael P. Hunter .... assistant property master (uncredited)
Sound Department
Vince Gutierrez .... sound effects editor
Frank Meadows .... sound recordist
M. Curtis Price .... sound recordist
Kevin Sorensen .... sound utility
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Housiaux .... key grip
Kenneth Hunter .... camera operator
Lon Massey III .... key grip
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Taylor .... costumer: women
Mike Termini .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (as Edward P. Ancona)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor
Kay Suffern .... negative cutter
Music Department
Fred Prior .... music editor
Other crew
Don Balluck .... executive story consultant
Blanche Hanalis .... developed for television by
Erika Wernher .... script supervisor
Gary L. Wohlleben .... production controller (as Gary Wohlleben)

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
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
Donna Anderson .... utility sound
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)
Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:

Did You Know?

Revealing mistakes: Near the end of Part 1, Dr. Baker tells Mr. Webb that his daughter, Sylvia, is pregnant, as Mr. Webb hangs up the phone, we can see that the earpiece is totally made of wood and there is no "hole"or "holes" in which the person could possible hear the other person.See more »
Nels Oleson:Harriet, boys will be boys.
Harriet Oleson:My son will not be a boy!
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
We don't choose our parents, 21 October 2013
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

This episode is one of the darker episodes. A over-bearing father who apparently had a wife who was pretty and liked to show her stuff to other men, ending her life caused him to treat his teenage daughter like crap. The father is played by Royal Dano, who played in many western as various eccentric characters. I can remember him in Gunsmoke and The Rifleman, and I'm sure there are many others! His character was always a bit slow or odd. I don't think I ever saw him play a normal part.

In this episode, he's a totally unlovable jerk. He blames his daughter when curious boys come to peak in her window, then she's blamed when she's raped by an unknown man. When she ends up pregnant, he tells her "We reap what we sow," which I thought was totally heartless. Here's this fifteen year old (or so) girl who has just been violated and all her father can do is shame her! Then when she finds herself scared and alone, he sames her more.

I can't help but feel sorry for Albert. He just got a raw deal, and I love the disgust he has when someone questions him on rather he could be the father of the unborn child. Now days, I'm afraid there wouldn't be that kind of distaste about this...It's accepted too easily.

The episode ends on a sour note. Knowing where it's going in the next part, I'm afraid to say things just don't ever get better.

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