"Little House on the Prairie" The Collection (TV Episode 1976) - IMDb
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The Collection 

After rescuing a seriously ill, unconscious Reverend Alden from his runaway wagon, down on his luck plainsman, Caleb Hodgekiss, puts on the clergyman's collar and devises a plan to fleece the charitable townsfolk of Walnut Grove.

Director:

Michael Landon

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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Cast

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
Ted Gehring ... Ebenezer Sprague
Dabbs Greer ... Reverend Robert Alden
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Katherine MacGregor ... Harriet Oleson
Victor French ... Isaiah Edwards
Johnny Cash ... Caleb Hodgekiss
June Carter Cash ... Mattie Hodgekiss
Hope Summers ... Addie Bjornesen
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After rescuing a seriously ill, unconscious Reverend Alden from his runaway wagon, down on his luck plainsman, Caleb Hodgekiss, puts on the clergyman's collar and devises a plan to fleece the charitable townsfolk of Walnut Grove.

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Trivia

The song that Johnny Cash sings is "Blackjack David". The Carter family made a recording of this song in October 1940. James Francis Child dates the earliest printed version of this song as early as the 1700's. See more »

Goofs

The congregation sang the hymn "Ïn the Garden." at the end of the episode (The Collection, Season 3). Little House was set in the 1870-1880s, but C. Austin Miles (the hymn's writer) published the song in 1912, and was born in 1868. So the song was not around during the time frame of the show. (Unless Mr. Miles wrote it as a kid). See more »

Quotes

Mary Ingalls: Pa, can I go to town with Mr. Hodgekiss? I can kinda introduce him to everybody and let him know who's stingy and who's generous.
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In The Garden
Written by C. Austin Miles (1912)
Sung by June Carter Cash (uncredited)
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Unusual Episode to Start the Season
10 July 2017 | by cbest-84323See all my reviews

This was an interesting choice for the first episode of the season. The last two seasons followed the same formula. The Ingalls family has a hard ship, and through family unity they overcome...Harvest of Friends and Richest Man in Walnut Grove. This episode doesn't have a kick off feel to it. In fact, this episode could fit in anywhere in the season.....again an odd choice for the season starter.... This episode had some unusual aspects to it...

1. The casting of Cash. I thought was a great choice. His singing throughout was priceless.....and worth the watch 2. Carrie and Mary have more appearances than Laura. In fact, I don't remember Laura in this episode at all 3. The return of E. Sprague (the banker)....nice to see reoccurring characters. The one weakness of the show was characters simply disappearing after being a focus in an episode 4. The town seemed too trusting in Cash's character. I know he was pretending to be a preacher, but for him to just casually collect money from the town etc....seemed a little off

Overall, this was solid episode....I loved having Cash as the lead. He was a natural. His conversation with Alicia about heaven and the puppy was my favorite scene.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1976 (USA) See more »

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