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"The Waltons" The Achievement (1977)

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Earl Hamner Jr. (created by)
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Original Air Date:
17 March 1977 (Season 5, Episode 25)
John-Boy sent his novel to a publisher and does not hear anything. He travels to New York to get an update. They like his novel and will publish it. | Full synopsis »


 (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 (archive footage)

Will Geer ... The Grandfather

Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton (as Judy Norton-Taylor)

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

Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey

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

Bettye Ackerman ... Belle Becker

Tom Bower ... Dr. Curtis Willard

Mariclare Costello ... Mrs. Rosemary Fordwick (archive footage)

John Philip Dayton ... Tommy (as John Dayton)

David Huddleston ... A.J. Covington (archive footage)
Deirdre Lenihan ... Daisy Garner (as Dierdre Lenihan)
Maggie Malooly ... Miss Maddocks

Linda St. James ... Ticket Seller (as Linda Sainte-James)
Joan Tompkins ... Mrs. Herbert

Episode Crew
Directed by
Harry Harris 
Writing credits
Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner)

Dale Eunson (written by) and
Andy White (written by)

Produced by
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive producer (as Earl Hamner)
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Andy White .... producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
John M. Nickolaus Jr. (director of photography) (as John M. Nickolaus)
Film Editing by
Peter Harrison 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni  (as Polifoni/Sabba)
Doris Sabbagh  (as Polifoni/Sabba)
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
Makeup Department
Edith Lindon .... hair stylist
William Reynolds .... makeup artist
Production Management
Walter Alzmann .... unit production manager
Neil T. Maffeo .... executive in charge of production
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Walter Alzmann .... assistant director
Art Department
Al Rohm .... construction coordinator
Fred Westcott .... property master
Sound Department
Bill Flannery .... production sound mixer (as William Flannery)
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Dick Kupper .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Albert Bettcher .... camera operator (as Al Bettcher)
Jim Buchanan .... key grip (as James Buchanan)
Duane Smith .... electrical gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jeanne Malone .... costume supervisor
Mary Lou Reinbold .... costumer
Editorial Department
Gene Fowler Jr. .... editorial supervisor (as Gene Fowler)
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Franklin Jones Jr. .... music engineer
Ken Runyon .... music editor
Other crew
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor
Sandy Dvore .... title designer
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive story consultant (as Earl Hamner)
Doris Hamner .... technical consultant
Claylene Jones .... production coordinator
Paul West .... story editor

Series Crew
These people are regular crew members. Were they in this episode?
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

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

Did You Know?

This represents Richard Thomas' last appearance as John-Boy Walton in the regular series. John-Boy returns in "The Waiting" (1979) portrayed by Robery Wightman who embodies the character for 16 episodes of the remainder of the series and the first TV movie; A Day of Thanks on Walton's Mountain (1992). Thomas reprises the role of John-Boy for the subsequent TV movies; A Walton Thanksgiving Reunion (1993), A Walton Wedding (1995), and A Walton Easter (1997).See more »
Narrator:[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] It came as a coincidence that just as I finally completed my first novel, Elizabeth, for the first time, became enthralled with a book. I wondered if what I had written would ever be published and read half so avidly.See more »
Movie Connections:
Too Marvelous for WordsSee more »


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