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The Wild Boy: Part 1 

Walnut Grove residents try to rescue a boy who's unable to speak after they see him on display at a carnival show.

Director:

Victor French

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder
Dean Butler ... Almanzo James Wilder
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Richard Bull ... Nels Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Allison Balson ... Nancy Oleson
Stan Ivar ... John Carter
Pamela Roylance ... Sarah Reed Carter
Lindsay Kennedy Lindsay Kennedy ... Jeb Carter
David Friedman David Friedman ... Jason Carter
Shannen Doherty ... Jenny Wilder
Leslie Landon Leslie Landon ... Etta Plum
Jonathan Hall Kovacs Jonathan Hall Kovacs ... Matthew Rogers
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Walnut Grove residents try to rescue a boy who's unable to speak after they see him on display at a carnival show.

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Certificate:

TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1982 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Not so wild
26 November 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

In this first of two part episode, we meet Matthew. He is kept in a cage and made wild by a deranged, sick man who needs to be executed. He finally escapes and follows Jenny home. Almanzo isn't happy with the fact that Jenny wants to befriend him, but she talks him into letting him stay. But he can't stay at their house. Isiah takes him in.

It's discovered that Matthew suffers from morphine addiction (not the last time we'll hear about this drug playing a part this season), and his withdraws is what kept him wild.

I'm really happy with the turnout and the way most of the citizens of Walnut Grove have given into taking care of him. But someone is just about to make big trouble for Matthew!


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