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"The Waltons" The Gypsies (1973)

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Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) and
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Original Air Date:
1 February 1973 (Season 1, Episode 19)
A band of traveling Gypsies face prejudice from some of the townspeople. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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 (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

Will Geer ... The Grandfather

Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton

Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton

Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)

Eric Scott ... Ben Walton

David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton (as David Harper)

Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton

Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey

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

Victor Argo ... Zvelei
William Bramley ... Matt Beckwith

John Crawford ... Sheriff Ep Bridges

Karen Kondazian ... Franzia (as Karen Kondan)

Celia Lovsky ... Zena

Barry Miller ... Craska

Gregory Sierra ... Volta

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

Paul Savage  written by

Produced by
Merv Adelson .... executive producer
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
Original Music by
Alexander Courage 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Marjorie Fowler 
Richard Lane 
Casting by
Pam Polifroni 
Art Direction by
Ed Graves 
Set Decoration by
James Cane 
Makeup Department
Carol Meikle .... hair stylist
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Neil T. Maffeo .... production manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Lynn Guthrie .... assistant director
Art Department
Leon Schotter .... property master
Sound Department
Bill Flannery .... production sound mixer (as William Flannery)
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Borland .... key grip (as Dick Borland)
Alfred Cline .... camera operator
Earl C. Williman .... electrical gaffer (as Earl Williman Jr.)
James Kibbe .... lighting technician (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Patricia Norris .... costumer
Music Department
Jerry Goldsmith .... composer: theme music
Richard Luckey .... music editor
Tommy Morgan .... musician: harmonica (uncredited)
Other crew
Richard Chaffee .... script supervisor
Earl Hamner Jr. .... executive story consultant (as Earl Hamner)

Series Crew
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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)
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Additional Details

60 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Sound Mix:

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Narrator:[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression; but on Waltons Mountain, we were better off than most. For many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life or a change of scene. And I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild, stormy summer night.See more »
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Good Epiode, 27 February 2010
Author: garyldibert from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This episode aired on February 1st 1973 and it opened with these words. Times were hard everywhere during the days of the Great Depression; but on Waltons Mountain, we were better off than most. For many, though, it was a time of wandering, of looking for some better place, a new grasp on life, or a change of scene. In addition, I remember when some wanderers came to our mountain one wild, stormy summer night. A band of gypsies is traveling through Walton's Mountain when they become stranded because stormy weather has damaged their caravan. When they break into a house to shelter from the weather though, they encounter distrust and prejudice from the people of the mountain. Their baby is ill though and when the Walton adults try to help, the leader of the band considers it charity and refuses any help. As the baby becomes worse though, he does accept their help and the gypsy family eventually come to trust and become friends with the Waltons. Will the gypsies find there way out of the mountains? Will Grandma find out what's wrong with the baby? What effect will the gypsies have on the Walton children? I like this episode because of Grandma Fury. My Grandmother was like that where she didn't say much but when she talked you listened or it was the wooden spoon. I give this episode 8 weasel stars.

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