"Sweet Sixteen" is an episode of Father Murphy starring Merlin Olsen, Katherine Cannon, and Timothy Gibbs. The Gold Hill folks help an unmarried 16 year old who finds herself pregnant and the father has disappeared.



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Episode credited cast:
... John Michael Murphy
... Mae Woodward
... Will Adams
... Moses Gage
... Lizette Winkler
Scott Mellini ... Ephram Winkler
Kirk Brennan ... David Sims
... Matt Sims
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
... Henrietta (as Jennifer Beck)
... Alma
Richard Bergman ... Father Joe Parker
Darryl Cooksey ... Lyman
Robert Darnell ... Owen
... Josephine
Eric Johnston ... Jeter


A young 16 year old girl finds out she is pregnant, then finds out the father has run back to Kansas City to his wife. Distraught, she runs away from home and nearly drowns. The Gold Hill folks nurse her back to health, lover her, and she pays the ultimate price for her child. Written by DWiddoes

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Drama | Family | Western






Release Date:

28 December 1982 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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The scene where Mae dresses down the kids for treating Josephine badly scene smacks of 1980s political correctness in the 1870s. Where the real anachronism is when Mae says, "But one I hope you never make again, is turning against someone you care about, because someone else put a label on them." That phrase did not exist until the invention of label makers. See more »


Mae Woodward: Are you picking out names for the baby?
Josephine: No. Henrietta Louise is already taking care of that for me. If it's a boy, it's to be Henry. If it's a girl, Louise. One way or another, it will be named after Henrietta Louise.
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