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The Craftsman 

Albert becomes an apprentice for a craftsman who is Jewish. His classmates accuse him of being a Jew-lover and Laura is embarrassed because they accuse her when she tells them to quit ... See full summary »

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 (credit only)
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
Alison Arngrim ... Nellie Oleson
Jonathan Gilbert ... Willie Oleson
Merlin Olsen ... Jonathan Garvey
Kevin Hagen ... Dr. Hiram Baker
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Alvin Kupperman Alvin Kupperman ... Aaron Singerman
Frank DeKova ... Brower
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Storyline

Albert becomes an apprentice for a craftsman who is Jewish. His classmates accuse him of being a Jew-lover and Laura is embarrassed because they accuse her when she tells them to quit picking on Albert. Albert learns to take pride in his work and when Mr. Isaac Singerman dies at the end of the summer, Albert follows his way of planting an acorn to grow a tree to repay the earth for the one he used in his carpentry. Written by Anonymous

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TV-PG
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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 January 1979 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Matthew Labyorteaux who plays Albert Ingalls did the voice-over at the end of this show. See more »

Goofs

It's Jewish practice to leave small stones on top of the headstone when visiting a grave. When Mr. Singerman shows Albert his wife's grave, the headstone is bare of such stones. See more »

Quotes

Brower: [thrashing his cane at a boy who just hit him in the head with a ball, eventually breaking the cane while doing so, then grabbing the boy] I'm gonna thrash you within an inch of your life, you little scamp, you!
Isaac Singerman: Calm down, Mr. Brower, calm down! What are you getting so excited about?
Brower: You see what he done? The little varmint made me break my cane!
Isaac Singerman: So? A new cane, you can always get. But the little boy, you're frightening him!
Brower: He deserves it! He's got no respect!
Isaac Singerman: Come on, Mr. Brower. When you were...
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Albert's turn
3 August 2013 | by mitchrmpSee all my reviews

Albert befriends an older Jewish craftsman. Albert likes him and what he does so much that he gets Charles' permission to work for him after school. Under his apprenticeship, Albert learns a lot about life and treating others kindly. Even in the face of being made fun of at school, Albert stays strong and sides with his friend. Laura, on the other hand, has trouble accepting Albert's friendship but thinks differently after a very stern lecture from her father.

This episode is endearing and really pulls at your heartstring. This is the second episode that refers to bigotry. It's interesting to see some imperfections from main characters such as Laura who has trouble embracing the importance of standing up the the Jewish neighbors. It also really opens your heart to Albert, the newest member of the Ingalls family.


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