to the Stars:
Little House Nitpickers
By Alex Trenta and the Fans
of Little House on the Prairie
Last Updated: April
With the growing popularity of the Nitpickers Guild, I
have decided to expand the General Nitpicks to include several catagories.
Take a look below and as always, keep sending new nitpicks.
CAST AND CHARACTER NITS
- Where did Albert come from? In the Little House books there never was
an Albert. And why does he look like Michael Landon, only a lot younger?
Contributed by Catherine, June 30, 1997.
- First of all, we all know that the show had alot of things added that
were never in the book. But if you research history on Laura Ingalls Wilder,
you know that some things in her books were changed to capture the interest
in children (i.e. Nellie's last name in real life was not Oleson.) Furthermore,
Mary never got married in real life, never had a baby, and never taught
at a blind school, though she did attend and live at one for a short time.
Also, the family in real life only lived near Walnut Grove for a short
time. They moved around alot, until finally settling in DeSmet, South Dakota.
Contributed by Kenneth, July 9, 1997.
- The first names of the twins that play Carrie, are not Lindsay and
Sidney. Those are their middle names. Their first names are Rachel and
Robin. I'm not sure which first names go with which middle name though.
Contributed by HYPER, July 1, 1997. (Original
Nitpick for The Godsister)
Correction: According to one book that included
information about Little House on the Prairie and many other popular television
shows the twins that played Carrie were Rachel Lindsay and Sidney Robin
Correction by Jennifer R, July 7, 1997.
Additional: This is in addition to the comments
on the Greenbush twins' names. Alison Arngrim told me that the reason that
they used Lindsay and Sidney, instead of Rachel and Robin, for the show,
is that their mother felt that if they were out in public and people starting
looking at them and whispering "Isn't that Lindsay and Sidney Greenbush?",
all she would have to do is say "Rachel, Robin, come here" or
something, and people would just think "Oh, that must not be them."
That way the little girls wouldn't get mobbed.
Additional by Rachel L, July 27, 1997.
- How are the actors that play Albert & Andy related, if at all?
Asked by Amy, July 12, 1997.
ANSWER: The actors, Matthew (Albert) and Patrick
(Andy) Laborteaux are brothers in real life, but they were both
adopted. You can catch Pat now on the TV show JAG.
Answered by Kenneth P, Rhonda C, & Rachel
L, July 26, 1997.
- I am a swiss journalist (who is working for a swiss Tvmagazine called
TVGUIDE) in french speaking Switzerland. I am desesperately looking for
informations about Katherine McGregor (who played Harriet Oleson in Little
House...). Do you know if she's still alive? Do you know where I can contact
her for a phone interview? And did you read something about her recently?
Asked by Pascal P, July 30, 1997.
- ANSWER: I heard that she lives right down the street
from Alison Arngrim (Nellie Olson) in LA. She also is said to teach drama.
Answered by Rroon, September 17, 1997.
- ANSWER: Katherine MacGregor lives in California I believe
where she has now retired and is a great believer in Eastern philosophy
and religion. She left the show because she had cancer and I believe somewhere
I read that this was how she became so involved with the Eastern faith
because it helped her during the time she had cancer. I believe that she
just recently got married to the leader of her church.
Answered by Mark R, November 15, 1997.
- ANSWER: I read an
article about Katherine McGregor sometime this year and YES, she is still
alive. She is 76 years old, and she lives somewhere in the States. The
article was from People's magazine, or National Enquirer, I think... I
don't remember exactly.. it was a while back. She is a big spiritualist...
she believes in meditation and natural healing etc.... Apparently, after
Little house on the prarie was off the air, she never acted since. Too
Answered by Park, November 15, 1997.
- Did you ever notice that when Laura got her first teaching job (2 weeks
before she turned 16) that as soon as she put on her "grown-up"
dress, she all of a sudden has breasts!!! Just goes to prove that Melissa
Gilbert had to bound her chest up when she played Laura still in braids.
Also, it's interesting to note that as soon as Laura and Almonzo are married,
Laura grows about 4 or 5 inches!!! It's true! Before she and Almonzo get
together, she is very short when next to him. But after they are together
and Laura is no wearing her pigtails and pinafores, she is much taller!
Guess they wanted to make her look more adult and not so childish. Wonder
how tall her heels were that she had to wear??!!
Contributed by Paige, August 5, 1997.
- This is not a suggestion, rather it is a queston. Can you get any picture(s)
of Kevin Hagen,( Doc. Baker)?? I would be most appreciative if yo uwould
even tell me where if you don't have them. Thankyou. A very grateful and
loyal fan LHOP.
Asked by Mort, August 22, 1997.
Answer: I still don't have any pictures of my
own, but you can find pictures of Dr. Baker and many more at the The
Ultimate Little House on the Prairie Image Archive.
Answered by Alex Trenta, October 31, 1997.
- I have a piece of info. for the folks that were complaining about not
knowing the names of the twins of Nellie Oleson Dalton and Percival they
are Jennifer(Jenny)Oleson Dalton Cohen and their boy is Benjamin (Benny)Oleson
Dalton Cohen. Adam and Mary Kendall's baby boy that was killed in the fire
at the blind school was Adam Charles Holbrook Kendall Jr. I hope this helps
clear up a few things for you.
Contributed by Scooter, August 29, 1997.
- I'm a big fan of Figure Skating, and in my BLADES ON ICE skating magazine
this month, it says that one of my favorite skaters, a former national
champion named Christopher Bowman, did some acting on LITTLE HOUSE ON THE
PRAIRIE. I would LOVE to find out what episode(s) he was in and what part(s)
he played. He's about 30 years old now so that gives you an idea as to
his age when the series was on.
Asked by Wendy E, September 4, 1997.
- Christopher Bowman played the recurring blind
student, George, at the blind school where Mary and Adam worked. He is
first seen in "Blind Journey"
in which the school moved with the help of Charles and Joe Kagan, from
Winoka to Walnut Grove. However, I have also been told that he played the
little boy in "Blind Man's Bluff"
who pretended he was blind to keep his parents from getting a divorce.
Thanks to John M, Jennifer Slegg, Jan D, and
Amy H. April 12, 1998.
- Does anyone else out there think that the way Carrie is portrayed on
Little House, it's almost as if she's retarded!! She acts WAY too young
for how old she is supposed to be. I also get the impression that Carrie
doesn't age as fast as everyone else on the show. Technically, she's only
3 years younger than Laura, but they keep her MUCH younger on the show.
And the way Carrie acts..........Kind of like Cindy Brady acted on Brady
Bunch. Cute, but stupid, almost retarded in a way!!
Contributed by Paige, September 5, 1997.
- Additional: This is another
nitpick about how Carrie is portrayed. I'm reading all of the books now,
and in the books she's much more important to Laura and more of a companion,
especially after Mary leaves for the blind college. She's not too much
younger, either, contrary to her age on TV. And while in the book she's
somewhat frail and sickly, it's always bothered me, too that she's portrayed
on TV as retarded or something!
Additional by Cyndi, January 3, 1998.
- Where is Grace when Ma is working at the restaurant? Where is Grace
when Ma is visiting people, or at the store, or in town? Isn't Grace a
little too young to be at home by herself?? When Ma first started working
at the restaurant, she took Grace with her. But we don't see Grace there
anymore. So who takes care of her during the day? Albert and Carrie are
in school, and Pa is at the Mill. Also, even though a lot of time passes
during the 7th and 8th seasons, (more than just 1-2 years), Grace never
gets any older. She's still around 18 months-2 years old. Gee, must be
nice to not age as fast as the rest of the population!!
Contributed by Paige, September 5, 1997.
- Everytime I see Mr. Edwards, he is wearing the same clothes. Doesn't
he have more than one shirt in all those years? Okay, in the baseball episode
he's wearing that red flannel shirt AGAIN but when they go to church he
is wearing a suit, is this the only time he where's it?
Contributed by Frank L, September 15, 1997.
- I was also wondering if Willy and Laura are related in real life or
did they just have the same last name (Gilbert)?
Contributed by Frank L, September 15, 1997.
- ANSWER: YES! Melissa Gilbert (Laura) and Johnathon
Gilbert (Willie) are real life brother and sister. Their younger sister,
Sara Gilbert is also an actor and plays Darlene on Roseanne.
Answered by Alex Trenta, December 19, 1997.
- Who played Dr. LeDoux?
Asked by Scooter, October 2, 1997.
- Answer: Donald James
Marshall played Dr. LeDoux
Answered by Jennifer Slegg, December 17, 1997.
- In the episode "Welcome to Olesonville" who played the part
of Lem McCarey (Lew Ayres?)?
Asked by George W, November 7, 1997.
- Answer: Lew Ayres
played as Lem McCary on the episode "Welcome to Olesonville"
Thanks to Cindy, Bob D, and Jennifer Slegg for
contributing, April 12, 1998.
Please send your reponces to these question
LH Actors via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Having read all of the Little House books and upon being close with
my younger sister, I think it was not fair that Carrie and Grace did not
get fairly depicted throughout most of the series. They were not present
in the last episode, and they were cast aside for Albert and others such
as Willie Oleson. Even James and Cassandra recieved more air time and had
much more character development. I don't know why the real sisters were
dropped. The producers had real material to work with such as Ms. Wilder's
treatment of Carrie...that could have caused some friction between Laura
and Almanzo. I would not be very nice to someone whose sister was mean
to my little sister. Is there some reason why these two, especially Carrie,
who was present from the first episode and then disappeared as the years
went on, were virtually ignored and forgotten? Carrie has about two or
three major storylines in about eight years' worth of acting. Why is this?
Were the little twins not that good of actors and the producers just chose
not to develop the character of Carrie? I point this out because Albert,
Willie, and even James and Cassandra were in more stories. And in the later
years, Jenny is the same age that Carrie and Cassandra would have been.
Why didn't the writers just include real people and have Carrie and Grace's
Contributed by Kathy, November 4, 1997.
- Additional: I am so
relieved that I am not the only person who thought introducing Cassandra
and James was not only unneccesarry but an injustice to the character of
Carrie. Carrie is a true Ingalls and was on the show from the start. Before
the Cooper kids were brought on she had an occasional line or two in each
episode, but after the terrible twosome showed up she not only rarely to
never spoke she had barely any on-camera time. The only episodes focusing
on Carrie that I can recall are when she falls down the mine shaft and
has a fantasy episode in which both Greenbush twins were featured.
Contributed by Robyn R, January 16, 1998.
- Additional: I also
have been curious about the way Carrie was portrayed. She was there but
rarely had any lines in the later seasons. I wondered what the reason behind
this was. There were two actresses to portray Carrie, I thought it was
odd that neither were used much. Did Michael Landon not get along well
with the actresses or their parents?
Contributed by Jennifer M, January 16, 1998.
- I never knew that Albert died I just thought that he had a drug problem.
I thought that Charles helped him get over it. Is this true? If it isn't
what episode does it say that he did die? And didn't James almost die after
he was shot by a bank robber?
Contributed by Vicki B, November 12, 1997.
- ANSWER: This is one of the most puzzling nitpicks: did
Albert die? According to most of the people who have contributed nitpicks,
YES. Laura must have made a mistake at the end of "Home
Again" when she comments that Albert recovers from his drug problem
and went on to medical school. Albert apparently dies at the end of "Look
Back to Yesterday," but this is again one of our favourite nitpicks
because the writers never said for sure if he did die. See these two episodes
for further details and nitpicks. As for James, he was shot in "He
was Only Twelve," and then God healed him.
Answered by Alex Trenta, December 19, 1997.
- ALTERNATIVE: Let's settle the issue once and
for all on Albert Quinn Ingalls. Albert never died. There are still many,
many people who believe Albert Quinn Ingalls died at the end of "Look
Back To Yesterday". This, of course, is not true. It is very, very
clear from watching the final scene of this episode many, many times that
Albert is still living at the end of the story. True, the disease he has
is potentially fatal, but his death is never deplicted or mentioned in
any previous or subsequent "Little House" episode. I do not know
why so many people came up with the belief that Albert died. If he had
indeed passed away, then everything Laura said at the end of the episode
"Home Again" would be proven FALSE, in which case Albert would
never have sought his Masters degree and he would never have returned home
to Walnut Grove as DR. Albert Ingalls. What the screenwriters had in mind
does not matter, just as long as the fact remains visually clear Albert
Contributed by Hiphats, December 24, 1997.
- ALTERNATIVE: In response
to the debate over whether Albert Ingalls lives or dies, the answer is
just a mystery, although I would have to lean toward him dying. At the
end of "Home Again", Laura states that Albert Ingalls returns
to Walnut Grove as Dr. Albert Ingalls. But, since the town was blown up
in "The Last Farewell" shortly thereafter (reason for the short
period of time due to Rose's age..fact is she didn't age), how could Albert
return to a town that was destroyed?
Contributed by Tim R, December 26, 1997.
- In the later Little House On The Prairies, James and Cassandra
orphaned brother and sister were adopted by the Ingles family. Why then
did they seem to disappear on the returning specials of Little House?
Asked by Chris from Kentucky, December 6, 1997.
- ADDITIONAL: My guess as to why they were not included
is the same reason that Carrie and Grace (the Ingles real children) do
not appear in these same specials. As to why they are not included, I do
Contributed by Alex Trenta, December 19, 1997.
- When I watched the movie "Rocky Horror Picture Show", the
actor who plays Rocky looks exactly like Almonzo Wilder! Could this be
the same person?
Asked by Nancy K, December 12, 1997.
- ANSWER: Peter Hinwood played Rocky. Dean Butler played
Almanzo. Yes, they DO look alike though! (It must be a seventies thing...)
Contributed by Rebecca, December 21, 1997.
- How come Laura's teeth were so crooked when she was young, but by the
time she married Almanzo they were nice and straight? I don't recall her
Contributed by Rebecca, December 15, 1997.
- Answer: In response to
whoever was curious about Melissa Gilbert's teeth going so straight without
braces, I HEARD (remember I said HEARD, I do NOT know this to be true)
that she wore braces on the backside of her teeth.
Answered by Robyn R, January 16, 1998.
- Answer: Melissa Gilbert
probably wore braces during the hiatus of the show, or she had them placed
on the backs of her teeth (the same way I believe Steve Sax of the Dodgers
Answered by Mergena H, January 31, 1998.
- This isn't a nitpick or anything, I just want to know what's up with
Willie (Jonathon Gilbert). He was soo cute. Also, how can we find out
the cast's ages and what they've been up to lately? Oh, one more thing,
My family and I went to Disneyworld August of 1992. The Guest was Melissa
Gilbert. Well, my mom wanted to get her autograph very badly but my younger
sister was hurt so she couldn't. She tried to write her but you know how
that goes. My mom always thought I looked like her when she was younger.
I had braids too. By the way, the show is NOTHING like the book. But it's
Hollywood and besides the show would have been a little boring.
Contributed by Mitzpieler the Mad, December 17,
Send your reponces for the cast
ages and their where they are now to Re:
LH Cast Ages via email@example.com.
- This has just bothered me for soooo long, and now I can vent! In the
episode where Charles and Caroline talk about how they first met, the actor
playing young Charles is Matthew Laborteaux. It just bugs me to no end
that they casted the same kid who was eventually cast to play Charles'
adopted son, who would logically not be such a carbon copy. AHHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhh
I feel sooo much better now!
Contributed by Christian B, December 22, 1997.
- I have always wondered what kind of Emmy Awards
and Emmy nominations the cast and show has recieved. I have searched for
teh Emmy's previously and looked in books, but they only show winners and
not a list of nominees for the year. I have been curious for some time
whether the actors were nominated for Emmy's (especially Melissa Sue Anderson
for "May We Make Them Proud").
Contributed by Tim R, December 28, 1998.
- I think it's a little odd that the ONLY thing
that Charles and Caroline EVER did in the bed was eat popcorn and read
Contributed by Jennifer M, January 13, 1998.
- Can you blame them? With Carrie only a few feet away and no door between?
Contributed by Alex Trenta, April 12, 1998.
- In one episode (The
Nephews), Laura and Almonzo are visited by Almonzo's brother, Royal.
During this episode, Royal and his wife left their two boys (who are incredible
brats) with Almonzo and Laura while they went on a vacation together, without
their two boys. However, episodes later (Times
are Changing), we are reintroduced to Royal. This time, there is no
wife and no boys, just Jenny, his daughter. Royal, in that episode, dies
and leaves Jenny with Almonzo and Laura. What happened to Royal's wife
and two boys? There is no mention of them. Did I miss something?
Contributed by Roccy G, January 16, 1998.
- Why is it that Nellie appears to have an array
of expensive dresses but Willie wears the exact same outfit in every episode
of the first few seasons? After all, the Oleson family is supposedly wealthy.
Contributed by Jan D, January 30, 1998.
- Anyone else notice that the only time Mary
wore her hair in braids was when she and Laura dove into the lake to save
the puppies from being drown? Mary in real life always had her hair in
braids and her bonnet on!
Contributed by Mergena H, January 31, 1998.
- Have you ever noticed that
in every episode of little house someone always cries, always! I have watched
every episode trying to disprove it but its true, someone is always bawling
their eyes out!
Contributed by Amanda, February 17, 1998.
- What has become of Kevin Hagen, the actor who
portayed Dr. Baker? I always liked him, and wondered if he is still working.
Asked by Lizabeth S-B, February 25, 1998.
- Answer: I am not totally
sure what has happened to Kevin Hagen, but you can find more information
about by checking out his officiall webpage at http://ourworld.compuserve.com/homepages/tvnfilm/kevinhag.htm.
Answered by Alex Trenta, April 11, 1998.
- Since everyone's been dissin' poor Albert...where
oh where is ole Matt Laborteaux? After "Little House" he was
on "The Whiz Kids"; then he made that ghastly movie "Deadly
Friend", and then all of a sudden the man vanished. Is the guy still
acting or has he chosen another profession? Hopefully he's not flippin'
burgers at Mickey D's!!
Contributed by Sophon T, March 6, 1998.
- I recall at least one medical opinion postulating
mary's going blind was caused by/contributed to by inadaquate reading light.
Is that not true?
Asked by John A, March 12, 1998.
- Mary went blind because she contracted scarlet fever when she was young,
and is mentioned in the fourth season episode, "I'll
be Waving as you Drive By". This fever destroyed her corona and
this is why she gradually became blind. Though I admit, reading in that
poor light must not have helped.
Answered by Alex Trenta, March 16, 1998.
- Help! I know that Harriet was engaged to Russell
Harmon. I don't remember the actor's name right at the moment, but non
the less, I thought that that actor was the tax collector on Centenial.
Also what is the relationship between Dan Blocker of Bonanza to Dirk Blocker
of School Mom (Able Makay)? Also if you'd set me straight on one last thing.
I know that Ike Eisenmann (SP?) was the son on "Centenial",
was he not the son in "Harriet's Happenings"
with an entirely different family?
Asked by Diana, March 27, 1998.
- Answer: The only question I can answer is
YES, Ike Eisenmann played two different sons of two different families,
though he played two similar characters: A son who is from a non-American
Family who does really well in school, and Hariet Olseon has a problem
Contributed by Alex Trenta, March 28, 1998.
- I was wondering if anyone knew what became
of Mrs. Olson. I know she started out on Little House: A New Beginning,
but she wasn't in the show finale, and I thought I saw an episode once
a long time ago where she left Nells and they got a divorce. Am I right?
Asked by Jamie T, April 3, 1998.
- Answer: Katherine MacGregor (Mrs. Oleson) developed
cancer during the final season of Little House, and was not able to do
the final episodes for obvious reasons. Since then, she has recovered and
now works as a retired drama teacher and maried the relgious leader who
helped her through this tough ordeal. I believe she now lives a couple
of blocks from Alison Angrim (Nellie) and remains good friends with all
of the former cast members, though she did not do any TV or film acting
since Little House. In order to cover Katherine MacGregor's absence, Nells
reported that Harriet was visiting her mother in "Look
Back to Yesterday" and they alluded to Mrs. Oleson being really
sick and in the hospital in "The Last
Answered by Alex Trenta, April 5, 1998.
- Has anyone heard any kind or rumor that Michael
Landon and Karen Grassle were involved in real life when they first started
filming LHOTP? I've heard that for as long as I can remember. I even remember
hearing they were close to getting married. And yes, I know Michael Landon
was married at the time.
Contributed by Jamie T, April 3, 1998.
your Cast and Character Nitpick or Question!
- I'm an agricultural writer in Minnesota. Recently I interviewed a family
that had started a new country farm store. They named their store Farm
Merchantile. When I pointed out that Mercantile is the correct spelling,
they said they got this spelling from "Little House on the Prairie."
Is it true that the general store was spelled incorrectly?
Contributed by Andrea J, June 23, 1997.
ANSWER: After numerous reponses to this question,
we have concluded that Mercantile was spelled correcly in the Little
House on the Prairie. However, many have also pointed that I
[Alex Trenta] have spelled "Olsen" wrong! The correct
spelling is "Oleson". I hope that I now have the correct spelling
throughout the Guild.
Thanks to all who contributed: Vince G (writer
of several episodes), Jennifer R. July 5, 1997.
- "Bonanza" composer David Rose lent his musical skills to
nearly every episode of "Little House". But, if you have a good
ear for music, you'll find some episodes (especially those in the seventh
and ninth seasons) use tracked (or re-used) music from earlier stories.
You'll find some of these examples in the individual episode entries I
have contributed. Incidentally, the seventh season probably has the most
tracked music. At the time of its original broadcast, there was a Union
strike involving actors, technical crew, musicians, etc. As a result, many
TV series (like "Dallas") used "canned" music. The
producers of "Little House" refused to resort to this measure,
so they simply re-used music from the "Little House" music library
so that David Rose would still be credited as composer.
Contributed by Hiphats, July 1, 1997.
- I wonder if ANYONE affiliated with the production of Little House on
the Prairie has actually been to Minnesota. If so, they would know that
there are no mountains in southern Minnesota, where Walnut Grove is supposed
to be located. You can see the fictional mountains frequently, especially
in the episode where Laura runs away after feeling responsible for her
baby brother's death. In reality, that part of the state is gently rolling
Contributed by Karen B, July 23, 1997.
ANSWER: I know that Karen Grassle, Alison Arngrim,
Melissa Sue Anderson and Katherine MacGregor all have visited Walnut Grove
for special events. There are probably more, but those are all that I can
think of aff the top of my head. The Walnut Grove site also has stuff on
display from cast members and the show. You can find out more information
The real Walnut Grove is much different than the one depicted on the show!
Answered by Jennifer Slegg, July 26, 1997.
ANSWER: In response to Karen B. about the mountains
of MN, when I visited Walnut Grove in 1994, I talked to a man who claimed
to be "the first person from Walnut Grove to ever met Michael Landon".
He told me that he really got on Mr. Landon for that slip up in his show!
Answered by Rachel L, July 27, 1997.
ANSWER: Of course you're quite right about that
problem with the mountains. During the filming of the show, many of the
cast members that had grown up in parts of the country other than California
uased to laugh about how Laura would have to have run across three states
to climb that mountain.
Answered by Alison Arngrim (Yeah, It's Nellie),
August 28, 1997.
- I'm not sure if this is a nitpick, but I was told from somebody that
in one of the episodes, you can see a trail of smoke from a plane in the
sky. Is this true? And if so, do you know which episode?
Contributed by Gabbie T, July 26, 1997.
- Answer: I'm sure you're
thinking of the episode "Meet Me At the
Fair." In this episode you can see a trail of tire tracks in the
dirt cause by the camera crue following a hot air balloon. (Look for the
trail a the bottom right side of the tv sceen.)
Answered by Bob D, January 2, 1998.
- I always thought it was a blooper that the ending credits show Laura
running down a grassy hill and at one point she spreads her arms out like
an airplane for a few steps. Kids in our time are prone to do this since
they have seen airplanes, but in her time they would be emulating birds
and would be more likely to flap their arms in emulation of them, not hold
them out stiff as though they are an airplane.
Contributed by Shadoww, July 27, 1997.
- COMMENT: If you have ever seen a hawk in flight
it spends much (most) of its time gliding, looking much like a plane. We
also think that flinging out your arms is a natural balance reaction that
children do long before they are conscious of planes or hawks.
Contributed by Colin and Natalie, November 8,
- I'm not sure if this is a nitpick, but does anybody notice that in
some episodes (im not quite sure which ones though) that their mouth is
moving faster then they talk or the lips are moving as if there saying
something else then what we are hearing. Correct me if im wrong, but im
sure you can tell that they are lip reading in some episodes.
Contributed by Gabbie T, July 27, 1997.
- The one tidbit of information I haven't found anywhere on the web is
the actual location where the series was filmed. I'd also like to know,
did they REALLY blow up the set during the filming of the final episode?
I'm assuming they did, and that this is also part of the reason they haven't
filmed a reunion (aside from the "inconvenience" of Michael Landon's
Asked by Steve C, August 13, 1997.
Well, after leaving this question posted for several months, I have
received many responces and they are posted below. Thanks to all those
-Alex Trenta, December 19, 1997.
- Yes, they did blow up the town for real. Reason being that they had
to leave the property they filmed Little House on the exact way they found
it when they started. I believe it may have been in a contract. So, they
incorporated it into storyline for the final episode. Too bad. It could
have been an interesting tourist place.
Answered by Lisa, October 9, 1997.
- The set for Little House was in the hills north of Simi Valley, in
Ventura County, California, about an hour northwest of Hollywood. I remember
hearing at the time that it was indeed blown up at the end of the filming.
(We grew up in Simi.)
Answered by Robert W, October 23, 1997.
- The reason the sets were blown up, (and they really were), is because
supposedly Michael Landon was against cancelling the show and din't want
the sets to be used for anything else. I learned this when that episode
was aired, and it was written in something like TV Guide.
Answered by Agent #08, October 27, 1997.
- I heard that the reason they blew up the town at the end of the last
episode was b/c it was in the contract. they were alloud to use the land
if they returned it to its original state after they were done using it.
since they had to desroy it anyways, they just fit it into the script.
i thought it was a pretty neat way to end it reguardless.
Answered by Heather F, November 2, 1997.
- I do know that the location of the blind school (I think it was in
Sleepy Eye) was filmed in Old Tucson AZ. If you watch some old episodes
of Bonanza you will notice that the buildings are the same. The spinoff
of LHOTP, (Father Murphy with Merlin Oleson) was filmed in Old Tucson also.
I went there when I was younger during the filming of this series, and
a trip to this movie set in Tucson AZ can give you some interesting info
on various westerns that were filmed there. As to the location of Walnut
Grove, it sure looks like parts of California.
Answered by John V, November 16, 1997.
- Hi! They actually did blow up the little house set. Michael Landon
didn't want anyone else to use it. :)
Answered by Jenna P, November 30, 1997.
- The following buildings
were not blown up in The Last Farewell (according to someone who worked
on the show): The Ingalls/Carter Home; The Ingalls/Carter Barn; The
Church/Schoolhouse. A cast member owns the Ingalls house, and the other
buildings are still standing on the land.
Contributed by Jennifer Slegg, December 24, 1997.
- The original home of the Ingalls family is
STILL THERE! It has been preserved. Walnut Grove, Minnesota does a nice
program about the Ingalls family each year. One year the actress who portrayed
Harriet Oleson was present! I reccomend a visit to everyone who can make
Contributed by Shorty, February 14, 1998.
- Why is it that the weather is always sunny and warm in most of the
episodes throughout the series? Didn't the seasons ever change there? It
always seemed to be Spring or Summer, and they hardly ever wore warm coats
and boots. The only time it was wintery and cold or rainy and stormy was
when the theme and mood of the storyline required "bad weather",
like the somber episode when everyone contracts Anthrax. Of course a Christmas
episode would require snow. I am sure that part of the country saw its
large share of bad weather, yet Walnut Grove always had decent weather.
Contributed by Lou, August 15, 1997.
- The producers really paid no heed to the fact that Minnesota has extremely
long, cold winters with lots of snow. Realistically speaking the Ingalls
should have been snowed in most of the time. It was only cold and snowy
when it was it was necessary for the plot-- highly unrealistic. As much
as I love the show, this always drove me crazy. The weather was always
far too agreeable in Walnut Grove.
Contributed by Carrie T, November 5, 1997.
- I'm from South Dakota. The Ingalls mostly lived in DeSmet. Every year
they put on little plays from the books of Laura Ingalls Wilder. It's really
neat. You should all come and see. Winters in the Midwest can be ferocious
so they had to have some bad weather on the show. Trust me.
Contributed by Mitzpieler the Mad, December 17,
- Has anyone ever noticed that the background noise outside of the school
throughout the series is the same? Lots of children playing can be heard
and through that a girl's voice says, "Nellie!" This same track
is used up to the last season, and I'm pretty sure that I've heard it on
other NBC shows of the period, whenever child crowd noise was needed! Has
anyone else noticed this?
Contributed by Margaret, September 27, 1997.
- Additional: Whenever you hear kids playing
out in the playground, they used the same background sounds. You can hear
Laura saying "Nellie!" even after Nellie has moved away and Laura
is grownup! :)
Additional by Jenna P, November 29, 1997.
- Addtional: For the
comment on the same crowd noise being used, containting that one girl saying
"Nellie!" She also says, "Noam, catch up!", usually
right after saying "Nellie!" I've heard this track in movies
from the 1960s, and I'm pretty sure I've heard it on "Highway to Heaven".
Additional by Eddie D, January 12, 1998.
- I don't remember the name of the episode but it was the one where the
circus came to town. There was one part that it showed a guy riding a unicycle.
It had rubber tires. If i remember correctly, there wasn't any rubber tires
in those days because even the wagon wheels were wood.
Contributed by Dina G, October 29, 1997.
- Did they film the shows on location in California,
or did they build a giant set in california. it looks like it is outside,
but how do they get those big cameras in those little houses?
Asked by Catherine, December 25, 1997.
- Answer: I am sure it is the same as with all
TV shows. All outside scenes are filmed outside in California near the
sets that are built as buildings. All inside scenes are shot in a mock-up
of the house on a sound stage in a studio. This is why the camera never
directly follows someone out of a building. You see them leave the house
out the door, and then the scene cuts to the outside where you see them
just leaving the house. (A great place for nitpicks to happen since these
two shots are at different locations, costume and hair changes are quite
frequent. ) Where exactly the studio is, I am not sure.
Answered by Alex Trenta, December 27, 1998.
- Any truth to the rumor that Stan Ivar was saddened
at the thought of the Litle House being dismantled and lost forever, that
he had it dismantled and rebuilt at his ranch?
- Has anyone noticed that there is a building
in Walnut Grove, that was there from the first to the last episode, that
was NEVER used or seen close-up? To pinpoint it: If you draw a line from
the Mercantile to the post office building; go to the middle of that line;
travel backwards (away from the main road); somewhat across from the bank;
that there is a one-floor cabin there, somewhat under some trees. This
cabin has never been used in any way. I can only guess that it might have
a "modern" building the cast/crew used for their purposes.
Both contributed by Eddie D, January 12, 1998.
- This has bothered me forever! Remember when
Mr. Edwards fixed the roof on the Ingalls home? Well every time there was
a dinner table scene you could see all the wide gaps in the roof! Also,
the you could see through the walls as well! When it rained it should have
poured in that house!!!!! OK, I feel better now!
Contributed by Laura D, January 14, 1998.
- Has anyone ever noticed that nearly every train
ever shown on "Little House" has the number 3 on the front?
Contributed by Jennifer M, January 19, 1998.
- If they didn't destroy the Ingalls's house
on the show, did they in real life? If not, can you visit? Someone said
they had to destroy everything and leave it as they had found it?
Asked by Catherine, January 25, 1998.
- Answer: The Ingalls house was not destroyed
ON or OFF the air, but was moved off of the production land and is currently
owned by one of the actors, though I am not sure whom or if it can be viewed.
Answered by Alex Trenta, April 12, 1998.
- All I can ever think when I am watching "Little
House" is that the "prairie" looks exactly like...California!
Not an original observation, I am sure, but after living in suburban LA
for two years, I can safely say that the show looks like it was filmed
in the hills around Hollywood. Am I right?
Contributed by Lizabeth S-B, February 25, 1998.
your Production Nitpick!
GENERAL STORY & PLOT HOLES
- Has anyone else ever noticed how long Laura owned and wore her brownish
red print dress? I am referring to the one she purchased at the Oleson's
store in "Sweet Sixteen" to wear to her first teaching job. She
was just about to turn 16 then and she wears this same dress for several
seasons to follow, and even has it on in the Little House movie "The
Last Farewell". It is such a unique dress that it is easy to remember,
and I wonder how the writer's explain Laura keeping it impeccable for all
those years and also how the dress grew with her, since she bought it when
she was 15 and still wears it well after the birth of Rose!!!!
Contributed by Kimberly, June 30, 1997.
Additional: I liked the crack about Laura's old
brown and red print dress too. (Melissa Gilbert always hated that dress.)
Additional by Alison Arngrim (Yeah, It's Nellie),
August 28, 1997.
- No one ever mentioned it but it seems like any Ingalls-related male
had a curse on him. First, Charles and Caroline's baby son died, then Adam
and Mary's son died in the fire, then Almanzo and Laura's son died, and
then Albert died! If I was James, I would be very scared!
Contributed by Lori J, July 11, 1997.
- Addtional: About the males dieing in the Ingalls family.
Don't forget James was shot in a bankl robbbery (When he was twelve)and
Contributed by Stephanie A, November 25, 1997.
- Addiotnal: If I may
be very wicked, our wonderful Michael Landon apparently brought along the
"Bonanza curse" when he moved to Little House. Of course, there
was a difference: in Bonanza (one of my all time favourite shows), any
woman who loved a Cartwright might as well make certain the undertaker
was on call, especially if she presumed to marry Ben or attempt to marry
Contributed by Elizabeth M, January 15, 1998.
- In ALL the years that Little House was on the air, did Charles EVER
pull in a crop? It seemed like it was always too dry, or there was that
monster hailstorm, or it was always something, but Charles must have been
the unluckiest farmer in history.
Asked by Laurie B, July 18, 1997.
Answer: As far as I can remember, Charles pulled
in only one good crop, in "Barn Burner." Here Charles feels guilty
that he has had a good crop, and the Garveys have lost everything. Though
I agree, Charles seems to be fairly unlucky with his crops, especially
since he can have more than one diaster in a year and have his entire crop
wiped out everytime.
Answered by Alex Trenta, July 26, 1997.
Answer: Actually, in reading the books, one notices
that he was JUST ABOUT that unlucky in real life. I am certainly glad that
I'm married to a mechanic and not a farmer :)
Answered by Rachel G, August 17, 1997.
- After Percival Dalton arrives to give business advice to the Oleson's
regarding Nellie's Restaurant and Hotel, the name of the business changes
to "Caroline's" in order to attract and keep business. Did anyone
ever explain why the Nellie's Restaurant and Hotel sign on top of the building
stayed the "Nellie's", but the name on the window changed to
Contributed by Kelly S, August 19, 1997.
- Answer: ...why Nellie's said "Caroline's" on
the window after Percival arrived: I thought he wanted to change the name
of the restaurant to attract more business because people knew Caroline
was a better cook.
Contributed by Cyndi, November 9, 1997.
- Thank God for the Little House Nitpickers Guild. I thought I was the
- I used to watch the show just so I could shout corrections at the screen.
Laura never HAD a brother. Mary never had a HUSBAND. Pa! Get a haircut,
whaddya think this is, Berkley in the '60s?????
Contributed by Mary C, September 18, 1997.
- Who owns the Mill after Mr. Hansen dies? In "Back
to School", Caroline makes the comment that they and Johnathon
will have to hire someone to take over while Charles recovers from his
injuries. This implies that Charles and Johnathon own the mill. What happens
then when Johnathon moves to Sleepy Eye to start a frieghting company?
Does he sell his portion to Almonzo because we now see him and Charles
working in the mill? Finally, when Charles sells his farm and moves to
the city, who gets his share? Edwards? I wish that it was mentioned in
the scripts somewhere of who owns the mill. If Charles does own the mill
until Season 9, then why is he still short on money?
Contributed by Alex Trenta, October 31, 1997.
- Additional: I also have
a nit pick about the mill. Since Pa worked at the mill doesn't it make
sense that he would have gotten his lumber wholsale? I mean he never fixed
up his dumpy house and it always looked half finished and weather beaten
from the start. Jonathon Garvey with all of his bad luck had a better house
with real rooms. In fact every other house shown had real rooms.
Contributed by Ellen G, March 30, 1998.
- Has anyone ever noticed that several of the story lines in Little House
were identical to the story lines in Bonanza (I'm talking right on down
to some of the actual spoken lines)? Is that Deja vu or what?
Contributed by Laurie, November 7, 1997.
- Have you noticed that in the episode where Albert and Charles head
back to Walnut Grove after Albert falls in with the wrong crowd in the
city and it is discovered that Albert is addicted to Morphine...here's
the part where you can tell they weren't thinking ahead or they didn't
remember...at the end of that two part or two hour show...Melissa Gilbert
says that Albert went on to become a Doctor...But in Home Again...Albert
dies before he even goes to medical school (while he's in Walnut Grove,
he receives word that he has won a scholarship to med school!) Just thought
I'd point that out!!
Contributed by S. Provost, November 24, 1997.
- This one has always bothered me. The inside of the Ingals house is
only partialy plastered. In Ma and Pa's room and Carrie's side the corners
look terrible. Why couldn't they plaster the corners? I don't think they
ever did fix it.
Contributed by Karnella, December 8, 1997.
- How exactly far in Sleepy Eye and Mancato?
It seems sometimes they do the trip in a day, and others it takes weeks.
Asked by Robert S, December 15, 1997.
- The recent WTBS Little House marathon was perfectly
miserable! The saddest stories in the series were shown back to back, including
the one that has the worst of my nitpicks featured - the episode where
Mary's baby is killed in the fire. No mother, regardless of vision problems,
would know a fire was starting when she was in her baby's room, and not
automatically grab her child.
Contributed by Elizabeth M, January 15, 1998.
- I always thought it was odd that Charles was
a farmer yet when they showed the property surrounding the Ingalls' house
there were never any crops in the fields, only grass. Of course, occassionally
Charles was shown in the field plowing, but the house is never in sight.
With all that wide open land surrounding the house it seems that some of
it would have been used to plant crops.
Contributed by Jennifer M, January 16, 1998.
- What was the deal with "Bringing in the
Sheaves"? There were a few other songs they sang from time to time
but they would only sing the other hymns once for every three times they
sang "Bringing in the Sheaves". Were they to poor to buy hymn
books and this was the only song they knew?
Contributed by Jennifer M, January 23, 1998.
- After Mr. Edwards takes in Matthew (the wild
boy), you don't really see him again until the episode where his father
comes back. Mr. Edwards finds that monkey in one episode and Jenny has
to come over after school to watch it, but shouldn't Matthew have been
able to do that? He was supposed to be living there right? Just curious!
Contributed by Annette, January 27, 1998.
- Why is it that Pa could do everything right
in some episodes (cook, take care of children while Ma worked, work in
the mill, and plow his fields), and then in some episodes not even know
how to make oatmeal (the Women's Rights episode)? Of course, this was a
great "fiction" show idealizing family values which is lacking
in today's television. I wish my children had such great role models!
Contribured by Cynthia D, February 5, 1998.
- I've read many comments about planes(children
spreading arms and jet streams in the background)In the episode where Caroline
cuts herself badly, Pa and the girls go for a day trip and stop at a small
lake for a swim.Pa swings Mary from a rope and while doing so makes the
sound of a plane..."NNNNNeeeeeeeeeerrr";mary lets go of the rope
into the lake as to crash from the sky
Contributed by Chris K, February 18, 1998.
- I've always found it strange that when Caroline
was pregnent with Baby Charles she was only pregnent for one episode, when
on the other hand when Laura was Pregnent with her Rose she was showing
for a lot longer.
Contributed by Robert B, February 23, 1998.
- I could never figure out how Almonzo's brother(Royal)
and wife had two boys that they asked Almonzo and Laura to watch for that
summer while they went rafting, but in a later episode Royal has only a
daughter, no wife or sons, and dies at Almonzo's house leaving his daughter
to be raised by Laura and Almonzo.
Contributed by Stacey G, February 25, 1998.
- I have a collection of canvas bags from places
I like and places I've traveled to. Having just gotten my second one from
the Walton's Mountain Museum, I'm wondering if I can get one from Little
House. I've heard there's a Little House Museum somewhere, does anyone
know if they have a website where maybe I could buy a souvenir canvas bag?
Asked by A secret Girl, March 6, 1998.
- How many times did they actually use the big
house that eventually became the blind school????? It was in "Haunted
House" and "For My Lady", to name two others.
Contributed by Laurie, March 13, 1998.
- Whenever you see the scoolhouse it is full
of children. The same building was used for the church. How come in church
you see the same amount of people but they are mostly grownups. The only
children ever pictured in church are the Ingalls, Olsens, and Garvey's.
If the building is full of children on school days, doesn't it make sense
that the building should be twice as full on Sundays. Don't the children
go to church?
Contributed by Ellen G, March 30, 1998.
- Additional: What is even more amazing, that
in "The Gift" in which Mary and Laura are charged with getting
Rev. Alden a birthday present, the kids meet outside for sunday school,
and there must be at least 20 of them.
Additional by Alex Trenta, April 5, 1998.
your General Story or Plot Hole Nitpick!
NITS FOR THE GUILD!
Yes, even nitpick guilds can have their nits.
- In your list of nitpicks, the episode numbers are different from those
on Jennifer Slegg's Little House on the Prairie web site. Why are these
different? Is someone leaving out or adding some episodes? I'm confused!!!!
Asked by Catherine, July 22, 1997.
Answer: As far as I can tell, I am not missing
any of the episodes. The different episode numbers come from each of us
using a different numbering scheme. I tried to base my on the original
forms of the episodes: If an episode was originally a two hour special,
it received one number, and if the story was originally a two-part episode,
it recieved two numbers, one for each part. There seems to be no standard
for numbering, but if there are some episodes missing, please tell me.
Answered by Alex Trenta, July 23, 1997.
- If you are going to criticize for spelling you should learn to do it
right yourself, what is a conversatin? (See Circus
Contributed by Andy Raines, October 20, 1997.
- How do you spell their last name -- is it Ingalls or Ingels or Ingles?
I have seen all three on your web page. I thought it was Ingalls. Am I
Contributed by Catherine, December 22, 1997.
- Their name is spelled "Ingalls."
Answered by Catherine, December 25, 1997.
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Other General Nitpicks
about Little House on the Prairie
- Please advise where we can purchase Little House videos!
Asked by Rodney, July 11, 1997.
- Answer: If you look at Aaron's
Little House on the Prairie Videos, you will find a websight listing
the Little House Videos for sale, and where to find them. You can find
other interesting information about Little House by checking out the Internet
Toys for Little House on my Little House main page.
Answered by Alex Trenta, July 12, 1997.
- This is an anwer to where the Little House videos may be purchased.
I am currently receiving them from Time Life videos.
Answered by Kimyco H, October 25, 1997.
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