Father Murphy (1981–1983)
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By the Bear That Bit Me: Part 1 

A mountain man (Eli) comes down from the mountains with his adopted child (Drew) and brings the child to Gold Hill for some education. Later, a number of the kids get themselves put into ... See full summary »

Writer:

Michael Landon (creator)

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Merlin Olsen ... John Michael Murphy
Katherine Cannon ... Mae Woodward
Timothy Gibbs ... Will Adams
Moses Gunn ... Moses Gage
Lisa Trusel ... Lizette Winkler
Scott Mellini Scott Mellini ... Ephram Winkler
Kirk Brennan Kirk Brennan ... David Sims
Byron Thames ... Matt Sims
Richard Bergman Richard Bergman ... Father Joe Parker
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bob G. Anthony Bob G. Anthony ... Storekeeper
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... Miss Tuttle
Babs Bram Babs Bram ... Lady
Charles Cooper ... Sheriff
Donald Craig Donald Craig ... Balluck
Shannen Doherty ... Drusilla Shannon
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Storyline

A mountain man (Eli) comes down from the mountains with his adopted child (Drew) and brings the child to Gold Hill for some education. Later, a number of the kids get themselves put into the Claymore work camp in order to save Ephram who was sent there. Written by dtwiddo@yahoo

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

G
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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Shannen Doherty's TV debut. See more »

Goofs

When Father Murphy comes to get the kids out with Eli and gives Drew the blackberries, there are at least 6 kids in the cell: Drew, Ephram, Will, Stanley (Jimmy Mair), and two unnamed older and younger blond boys. Father Murphy then tells the warden, "I would be willing to look after them, but you would have to sign release papers." The warden agrees and tells them to get them "outta here." The very next scene shows Father Murphy and Eli arriving with the all the kids from the cell except Stanley, who was deathly sick. He was so sick, he couldn't have jumped out of the wagon before the scene. In the next scene, where they are dancing, the 3 new kids from the cell (including Stanley) are now gone (the ones Father Murphy signed up to take care of). Stanley disappeared for three shows, then suddenly reappeared in "The Graduation." See more »

Quotes

Will Adams: [talking about Ephram's sister Liz] How did you know i kissed her on the mouth?
Ephram Winkler: Cause I heard her telling the girls.
Will Adams: She told? I thought just boys told.
Ephram Winkler: Heck no. Girls tell each other everything.
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