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Little Women 

Mrs. Oleson rewrites Alcott's "Little Women" to ensure Nellie is the star in Walnut Grove's school play based on the classic story; but shy Ginny Clark steals the show when, taking a lesson... See full summary »


William F. Claxton


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 3 more credits »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls
Melissa Sue Anderson ... Mary Ingalls
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Charlotte Stewart ... Eva Beadle
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Warren Vanders Warren Vanders ... Harold Mayfield
Kay Peters Kay Peters ... Della Clark
Roger Bowen Roger Bowen ... Samuel Mason
Rachel Longaker Rachel Longaker ... Ginny Clark
Brian Part Brian Part ... Carl Sanderson Edwards


Mrs. Oleson rewrites Alcott's "Little Women" to ensure Nellie is the star in Walnut Grove's school play based on the classic story; but shy Ginny Clark steals the show when, taking a lesson from her character, Jo, to try to get her bitter mother to come to the event, she surprises everyone by playing her part to perfection, both on and off the stage. Written by shepherd1138

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24 January 1977 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Mrs. Oleson: [before nellies play] I haven't heard of an actress yet who hasn't experienced some temperment before a performance!
Nelson "Nels" Oleson: [after she leaves the room] I wonder what her excuse is the rest of the time?
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A daughter needs her mother
27 May 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

This episode focuses on the children of Walnut Grove. Laura and Willie get into a fight when Willie decides to do a reversal of Robin Hood - Stealing from the poor to give to the rich. Miss Beadle is very upset with their behavior and finally agrees to let the children put on a play.

Laura, Mary, and Nellie along with another friend named Ginny (one of those friends who's only in this one episode)decide to put on a play from Little Women. Willie is upset when Miss Beadle tells him he cannot put on Robin Hood, but he gets two older boys to put on a play with him - Tom Sawyer.

The story of Ginny is a bit sad. Her mother is broken-hearted over her husband's death and doesn't really want to live. Genny asks her to go to the play, but she says she has no time. A widower, Mr. Mayfield, has a thing for Ginny and her mother. Why he wants anything to do with such a bitter woman is beyond me...

The best part of this episode is when Mr. Mayfield finally faces Genny's mother and puts her in her place. Of course the whole problem is solved in about 45 minutes.

Comical releaf can be found in this episode. Willie's getting paint dumped on his head and Nellie's wig top to comedy.

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