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"Little House on the Prairie" The Lost Ones: Part 1 (1981)

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Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) ...
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Original Air Date:
4 May 1981 (Season 7, Episode 21)
After their parents are killed in an accident, Charles finds himself in charge of two young children. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls

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

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

Merlin Olsen ... Jonathan Garvey

Patrick Labyorteaux ... Andrew 'Andy' Garvey (as Patrick Laborteaux)

Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Ketty Lester ... Hester-Sue Terhune
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls Kendall (credit only)
E.J. André ... Jed Cooper

Herb Armstrong ... Halstead

Jason Bateman ... James Cooper
Ivan Bonar ... Mr. Case
Melissa Francis ... Cassandra Cooper (as Missy Francis)

Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)

Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls (credit only)

Elizabeth Hoffman ... Miss Mason
M.E. Loree ... Sarah Cooper

George McDaniel ... Alvin Cooper

Dan Priest ... Conductor
Elisha Rapson ... Student (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)

Don Balluck 

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
Allan Snyder .... makeup artist
Gladys Witten .... hair stylist
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
Duncan McEwan .... sound loader (uncredited)
Kevin Sorensen .... sound utility (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Ron Housiaux .... key grip
Kenneth Hunter .... camera operator
Lon Massey III .... gaffer
Ronald L. Vargas Jr. .... first assistant camera
Casting Department
Frank Kennedy .... extras casting: locations (uncredited)
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
Ann Hagerman .... assistant 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

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

Did You Know?

Jonathan Garvey's last appearance.See more »
Albert Quinn Ingalls:The worst is the fighting.
Charles Ingalls:What fighting?
Albert Quinn Ingalls:The big over the little. It never seems to let up unless you can beat everybody else. I couldn't beat everybody else 'cause I was too little. I tried. By the time I ran away, I didn't trust anybody or anything. I don't have to tell you how I was. Anyway, that's what's gonna happen to them. Leastwise James.
Charles Ingalls:I'm gonna try to stop that train!
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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Things are changing!, 25 October 2013
Author: Michelle Palmer from United States

This is another one of those change of LHOTP feel...

Other then a short appearance at the beginning of the first episode of Season 8, we have already seen the last of Mary and Adam (oh, and a special Christmas episode). Jonathan and Andy are making their last appearance in this episode as well. He never goes away just never appears on the show again. Actually, I believe he left to go start "Father Murphy." And we see the edition of two to the Ingalls' Family household.

I have mixed feelings on this one. I really like Albert, so I'm okay with them taking him in. He and Charles just seemed to click. But this seems to be just a bit too much. Charles falls for these two orphaned children and keep seem to give them over to strangers. He risks his life and Albert's by pulling the wagon on the tracks, having faith the train would stop in time. As the first part of this episode ends, he makes a promise to the kids that he will find them a home.

At the same time, I can see why Charles takes them in. Two little kids like that really do need a good family and people who will love them. That's all Charles really wants for them. And I can't blame him much after what Albert tells him about the orphanage. It's a good episode, but James and Cassandra didn't change the show for the better!

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