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"The Waltons" The Literary Man (1972)

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Director:
Writers:
Earl Hamner Jr. (created by)
Colley Cibber (written by)
Contact:
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Original Air Date:
30 November 1972 (Season 1, Episode 11)
Genre:
Plot:
A writer comes to Walton's Mountain and impresses John-Boy with his tales of literary connections and accomplishments. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
Better Then the Last See more (2 total) »

Cast

 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Philip Leacock 
 
Writing credits
Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner)

Colley Cibber (written by)

Produced by
Merv Adelson .... executive producer
Robert L. Jacks .... producer
Neil T. Maffeo .... associate producer
Lee Rich .... executive producer
 
Cinematography by
Russell Metty (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Gene Fowler Jr. 
Marjorie Fowler 
Anthony Wollner 
 
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
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

Runtime:
50 min
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Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
The writer quotes from a poem when he spots the abandoned house. The poem was "The House with Nobody in It" by Joyce Kilmer.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In his closing narration for this episode, the adult John-Boy says, "We never saw nor heard from A.J. Covington again." But three seasons later, in the Season 4 episode "The Abdication," the Covington character did return -- although played by a different actor. (He was played by David Huddleston in this episode, and by George Dzundza in the later one.)See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:[narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] Growing up on Waltons Mountain in those Depression years when times were lean and money was scarce I learned early that hard work was a central fact of life and a key to survival. I wasn't afraid of work but, above everything else, I wanted to be a writer. Gripping a book, reading and re-reading the wonderfully colored sentences... this was as close as I could get to another writer; until, one afternoon, I met someone who showed me the way I must take to be a literary man.See more »

FAQ

What do the initials "A.J." stand for in A.J. Covington's name?
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Better Then the Last, 27 February 2010
Author: garyldibert from United States

The episode aired on November 30th 1972 with the words. Growing up on Waltons Mountain in those, Depression years when times were lean and money was scarce I learned early that hard work was a central fact of life and a key to survival. I wasn't afraid of work but, above everything else, I wanted to be a writer. Gripping a book, reading and re-reading the wonderfully colored sentences... this was as close as I could get to another writer; until, one afternoon, I met someone who showed me the way I must take to be a literary man. A stranger, A.J. Covington, who plays Good Samaritan when John-Boy's truck breaks down, says he is a writer. He entertains John-Boy with his tales of adventure and the famous authors he has known. His advice to the fledgling writer, John-Boy Walton, is to try to write about what he knows: his life, his family, and his friends. Fortunately, A.J. Covington is on hand when Jim Bob develops a severe stomachache. Covington suggests that it is likely to be ************and realizes that Jim Bob needs to go urgently to the ******** to have his ******** removed. Can John and Olivia afford what Jim Bob needs? Will this writer make John Boy forget about being a writer and concentrating on his family instead? The episode was better then the last one and I give the episode 7 weasel stars.

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