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"Little House on the Prairie" The Craftsman (1979)

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Original Air Date:
8 January 1979 (Season 5, Episode 15)
Albert becomes an apprentice for a craftsman who is Jewish. His classmates accuse him of being a Jew-lover... 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)

Paul Wolff  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
Randal Woodward .... paint forman
Sound Department
David Dockendorf .... sound recordist (as Dave Dockendorf)
Vince Gutierrez .... sound effects editor
Frank Meadows .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Richalene Kelsay .... costumer: women
Mike Termini .... costumer: men
Editorial Department
Edward P. Ancona Jr. .... color consultant (as Edward P. Ancona)
Marvin Coil .... supervising editor
Music Department
Robert Gutknecht .... music editor
Other crew
John T. Dugan .... executive story consultant
Blanche Hanalis .... developed for television by
Gary L. Wohlleben .... production controller (as Gary Wohlleben)

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
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

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

Did You Know?

Matthew Labyorteaux who plays Albert Ingalls did the voice-over at the end of this show.See more »
Factual errors: It's Jewish practice to leave small stones on top of the headstone when visiting a grave. When Mr. Singerman shows Albert his wife's grave, the headstone is bare of such stones.See more »
Laura Ingalls:I don't see why you have to spend so much time with that old man.
Albert Quinn Ingalls:Well, I like him. That's why.
Laura Ingalls:You seem to be the only one that does. Nobody likes Jews!
Charles Ingalls:Half-Pint, what kind of talk is that?
Laura Ingalls:Well, it's true. And I get made fun of too, just because I'm his sister.
Charles Ingalls:So then rather than being made fun of, you go along the rest of them that dislikes someone just because they're a Jew.
Laura Ingalls:I don't dislike him...
Charles Ingalls:Half-pint, if you don't stand up to people... bigots... then you're no better than they are. Worse, in fact, because you know that it's wrong and you allow them to think that you feel the same way they do.
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Albert's turn, 3 August 2013
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

Albert befriends an older Jewish craftsman. Albert likes him and what he does so much that he gets Charles' permission to work for him after school. Under his apprenticeship, Albert learns a lot about life and treating others kindly. Even in the face of being made fun of at school, Albert stays strong and sides with his friend. Laura, on the other hand, has trouble accepting Albert's friendship but thinks differently after a very stern lecture from her father.

This episode is endearing and really pulls at your heartstring. This is the second episode that refers to bigotry. It's interesting to see some imperfections from main characters such as Laura who has trouble embracing the importance of standing up the the Jewish neighbors. It also really opens your heart to Albert, the newest member of the Ingalls family.

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