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Old 09-17-2005, 07:55 AM
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I've been watching some of the episodes on TVLand and Hallmark (just for fun), and I'm amazed at what a horrible actor Jonathan Gilbert (Willie) was. He was Melissa Gilbert's brother, and I wonder if that played a part in his getting the role, but damn, he was just God-Awful. He spoke all his lines in that screechy high-pitched whiney voice, with no inflection, just a monotone delivery. Just awful.

Funny thing: The Tinker Jones episode was on the other day, the one where the mute coppersmith makes the churchbell (and turns all the kids into thieves to get enough tin ) and I swear one of the extra schoolkids was Sean Penn. He didn't have any lines, so he wasn't listed in the credits, but I'm positive it was him. Any way to find out for sure?
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:05 AM
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Funny thing: The Tinker Jones episode was on the other day, the one where the mute coppersmith makes the churchbell (and turns all the kids into thieves to get enough tin ) and I swear one of the extra schoolkids was Sean Penn. He didn't have any lines, so he wasn't listed in the credits, but I'm positive it was him. Any way to find out for sure?
It was according to the IMDB. He's listed as "Kid" (uncredited).
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:06 AM
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For what it's worth, the IMDB has a Little House listing for Sean Penn, which says
"Little House on the Prairie" playing "Kid" (uncredited) in episode: "The Voice of Tinker Jones" (episode # 1.11) 4 December 1974
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:07 AM
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Thanks, I didn't even think to check IMDB. Since he didn't have any lines, I figured it wouldn't be listed.
I knew it was him; it was like Jeff Spicoli visiting Walnut Grove.
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Old 09-17-2005, 08:46 AM
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Thanks, I didn't even think to check IMDB. Since he didn't have any lines, I figured it wouldn't be listed.
I knew it was him; it was like Jeff Spicoli visiting Walnut Grove.
"Dude! I can help you make that bell. My Dad's got this, like, awesome set of tools!"
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:31 AM
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I was waiting for the pizza delivery guy to show up in the schoolhouse and then Miss Beadle would make him share it with the whole class.
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Old 09-17-2005, 09:34 AM
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I was waiting for the pizza delivery guy to show up in the schoolhouse and then Miss Beadle would make him share it with the whole class.
Then she'd have to go to his house where she'd find pictures from the underwear section of the Sears Catalog all over his beroom walls.
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Old 09-17-2005, 01:02 PM
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I've been watching some of the episodes on TVLand and Hallmark (just for fun), and I'm amazed at what a horrible actor Jonathan Gilbert (Willie) was. He was Melissa Gilbert's brother, and I wonder if that played a part in his getting the role, but damn, he was just God-Awful. He spoke all his lines in that screechy high-pitched whiney voice, with no inflection, just a monotone delivery. Just awful.
He more or less took his money and disappeared for a while after the show. (I have this direct from Allison Arngrim, who I exchanged a few e-mails with.) He would send postcards occasionally from Africa or Central America where he went on an unofficial Peace Corps like mission to help dig wells, distribute medicine, blankets, etc.. He HATED show business and hit the ground running as soon as the series ended (but was smart enough to know that the money was too good to walk away while in production).

Some trivia: he and Melissa Gilbert are both adopted and therefore no blood relation. Their parents split up and their father died during the run of the show. Later their mother (who comes across as a "stage mom from hell") married another man (his surname was Abeles) and had a daughter, Sara Abeles. When Sara started out as a child actor her mom changed her name to Sara Gilbert (the name of her mother's dead ex-husband!) in order to cash in on Melissa Gilbert's name recognition. (Cheesy, cheesy, cheesy...)

Unlike Jonathan Gilbert, of course, Sara Gilbert is actually a really good actress- she ruled as Darlene on Roseanne. She's also one of the least profile openly gay celebrities; she recently had a baby with her girlfriend and even though she's far from broke they live for some odd reason with her friend Elijah Wood. (I wonder if Elijah did a David Crosby for them.)
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Little House Frustration!!!!


Ok, why does Mary cry at EVERY EPISODE!!! I mean she has always been a wimp, but geesh get a backbone! Not every thing is a crying moment. And news flash...you are the big sister! Why is Laura always sticking up for herself while the big sister sits there watching?

So frustrating that I just want to slap her out of crying. Why did the writers make her so weak?

And why did Nellie have any friends? After she treats everyone bad, don't you think the town kids would wise up & isolate her? Makes no since that they would sign up to be fools all the time. Idiots!

And I get pissed that Caroline was "so righteous" that she couldn't even tell Mrs. Olsen off. I mean this lady yells at your children, calls them liars, calls them names, & let's her children treat them bad.

And let's not start on the wimp Mr. Olsen is...I can't imagine any man in that time being so retardedly weak willed that he just shrugs his shoulders like "there's nothing I can do...my wife took my balls". Lol...PUH-LEASE!! :-)

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And let's not start on the wimp Mr. Olsen is...I can't imagine any man in that time being so retardedly weak willed that he just shrugs his shoulders like "there's nothing I can do...my wife took my balls". Lol...PUH-LEASE!! :-)
There actually were a few episodes where he shut Harriet up right quick when she went too far. And there was one episode (when he was trying to make a living selling his stock as a traveling salesman) where he tried to transfer ownership of his gonads to another woman (the woman who ran the boardinghouse he stayed in in the big city) but overheard her playing lovey-dovey with another salesman (turned out she really DID say that to all the boys) and slunk back to the old battleship.

I have heard that Katherine MacGregor (Harriet Olsen) is an absolute sweetheart in person, as are Alison Arngrim and (apparently) Jonathan Gilbert (with the volunteer stuff he did after the show ended).

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There actually were a few episodes where he shut Harriet up right quick when she went too far. And there was one episode (when he was trying to make a living selling his stock as a traveling salesman) where he tried to transfer ownership of his gonads to another woman (the woman who ran the boardinghouse he stayed in in the big city) but overheard her playing lovey-dovey with another salesman (turned out she really DID say that to all the boys) and slunk back to the old battleship.
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Did you mean "Battle-ax"?

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One ep. that really stuck in my craw was the one where Almanzo was telling Laura and the fam about his own fam back in the day, and how his father taught Al's brother, Royal, a hard lesson because Royal had been telling the younger kids there was no Santa. On Christmas morning, "Santa" delivered a bunch of gifts but there was nothing at all for Royal.
My God, I thought that was incredibly mean-spirited and not uplifting at all.
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Old 04-10-2012, 12:28 PM
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Pretty much everything about that show was irritating to me. Tried a number of times but couldn't make it through an episode
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:17 PM
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If only it had been

Little House on the Prairie with ZOMBIES!
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Old 04-10-2012, 01:27 PM
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Did you mean "Battle-ax"?
Nope. Battleship...the kind that was around then, with all the sails. That's what Harriet always reminded me of, a battleship under full sail with a strong wind abaft.
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And WHISKERS!!
This was the thing that bothered me most of all.

And somebody mentioned Laura teaching after marriage, that was stupid too. It just wasn't done, at least in the country, until decades later. My grandmother was a teacher at a one room school in 1926, when she got married. She wanted to keep her job until the end of the term, so she and my grandfather married in secret, and lived separately, until then. The two previous teachers at the school had had to quit when they married, and they were married to older brothers of my grandfather. The superintendent was heard to say "We won't be able to keep a teacher until all the Lietz boys get married."
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Pa Ingalls never fixed his crappy house.


Pa Ingalls bought the the little house in Walnut Grove in the first episode, but the only one to actually fix up the house was a handy man who had the hotts for Ma Ingalls, while pa was away. (this was a real episode).

My wife always comments about the house when ever we watch the show.
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Haha a zombie little house post.
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Old 11-01-2016, 04:24 PM
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This thread has lasted longer than the damn TV series. And Michael Landon!
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But the thing that bothered me about that Bell was it totally disappeared in later episodes. When they blew up the town in the episode The Last Farewell and the Reverend rings the bell, there is a close up of the bell and it is an old marked up silver bell. Not a bit of bronze on it. It is a different shaped bell too!!! Why couldn’t they have stayed with the bell Tinker Jones made???? What happened to the bronze bell???
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But the thing that bothered me about that Bell was it totally disappeared in later episodes. When they blew up the town in the episode The Last Farewell and the Reverend rings the bell, there is a close up of the bell and it is an old marked up silver bell. Not a bit of bronze on it. It is a different shaped bell too!!! Why couldn’t they have stayed with the bell Tinker Jones made???? What happened to the bronze bell???
This thread is originally from 2005, with a minor resurrection in 2016, the year of your only other post on the board. What made you resurrect it? And did you know question marks don't expire, even if you buy a ten-pack?
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I hated Nellie's face. Not (just) her rotten personality but her literal face. Bravo to the casting director.
On a related note, it took me a couple of GoT eps to realize why I hate Joffrey so much (I mean besides the obvious reasons). They have the same hateable face. Apparently I'm not the only once who thinks so.
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They were always using thing that weren't supposed to be invented yet.
When I was doing historical reenactment, a colleague who was very knowledgeable about such things complained about how they used all kinds of things that "only looked old-timey." One example that sticks in my mind is the swinging bar doors often seen in Westerns. He said the technology for that (double hinges, I assume) wasn't around until many years later.
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In the made-for-TV movie, the first time Laura and Almonzo had sex was outdoors. Like that would happen. However, the book where they got married, end with their spending their wedding night sitting on the porch.
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In the made-for-TV movie, the first time Laura and Almonzo had sex was outdoors. Like that would happen. However, the book where they got married, end with their spending their wedding night sitting on the porch.
Hey, the Victorians were a very randy lot, far randier than popular culture now depicts them. Vicky herself set the standard by popping out babies one after the other. She enjoyed making them, but hated having to care for them.

A lot of the period's literature was downright pornographic, but you never see it reproduced* today.

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