|Please note that I have seen every episode of Lassie as listed in this guide. Therefore, although the titles and dates of these episodes have been gleaned from other sources (as cited on the contents page to this episode guide), any description and comments are mine.
Timmy Martin: Jon Provost
Paul Martin: Hugh Reilly
Ruth Martin: June Lockhart
Cully Wilson: Andy Clyde
Jenny the operator: Florence Lake
Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss
Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk
- "Blacktail" (09/11/60):
- Jerry, the lame boy who adopted Lassie's son Blacktail, and his dog visit the
farm, where the Martins find out Jerry can walk without his brace, but is afraid to
try. Timmy tries to make up for Jerry's handicap by letting him win at checkers, but
Paul and Ruth explain this is cheating Jerry. But what can he and Lassie do to give
their friend confidence enough to walk? Jerry Johnson: Charles Herbert. Edith
Johnson: Mary Lawrence.
Note: This is a sequel to the season five episode
"The Puppy Story."
- "The Wallaby" (09/18/59):
- Something's raided the family strawberry patch, but the large mysterious tracks
puzzle everyone until Timmy catches a glimpse of the animal, describing it as
a "giant rabbit." In reality it's a wallaby named Panchowho poses a danger to
Lassie! Flip: Flip Mark. Del Turner: Delbert Graham. Babs Turner: Barbara Graham.
Note: Del and Babs Graham were stars of "The Flying
Viennas," aerialists for the Ringling Brothers-Barnum and Bailey Circus for three
years. The Grahams also appeared on a 1960 episode of Ozzie and Harriet.
Although a few previous episodes have taken place in a rocky area that appeared to
be Vasquez Rocks, but very tightly framed as to not be readily identifiable, I believe
this is either the first episode featuring Vasquez Rocks or at least the first episode
where the area is definitely identifiable. The diagonal outcropping of layered rocks
is very distinctive.
- "Cully's New Pet" (09/25/60):
- Cully tells Timmy no animal is all bad, so Timmy befriends a young skunk, but no
one, not his mother or his schoolmates, and not even Lassie, will come near his new
friend. Cully: Andy Clyde. Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss. Trapper: Ray Montgomery.
Trivia: Cully's pet crow is named Blackie, and he has
a squirrel, Mr.#160;Bushytail, and a raccoon, Snitch, that he feeds.
Note: Odd title although Cully does have a new pet at
episode beginning, since the episode is actually about Timmy's new pet! Note
that Timmy is wearing the Lassie ring that Uncle Petrie gave him (it later becomes
important in the story), and when he pulls the "four color pen set" out of his pocket,
it has a Campbell's Kid logo on it. I'm sure the pen set was marketed as a giveaway,
perhaps for some postage and some Campbell's Soup labels, on that week's episode.
This has a cute opening scene where Timmy tries to trick Cully with ventriloquism and
Cully, Lassie, and a gallon of ice cream turn the tables on him. :-) In addition,
Cully's house is different in this episode than in later episodes.
- "The Rescue" (10/02/60):
- Timmy is trapped on a ledge while chasing a strayed ewe that has just given birth
and Ruth desperately tries to get the attention of a nearby helicopter pilot reseeding
the hills. Chuck Martin: Kenneth Tobey.
Trivia: Timmy is building a B-17 Aurora model kit. He
also likes to read about famous aviators like Eddie Rickenbacker. Chuck Martin flew
aircraft in the war, and is flying a Bell 47 helicopter, the same type used in the
series M*A*S*H. In a piece of trivia I never knew until just recently, the
character "Chuck Martin" played by Kenneth Tobey was from the syndicated television
series Whirlybirds, which followed the adventures of two helicopter pilots.
While the show didn't air on CBS, it was produced by the network. A tip of the hat to
ShareTV for that information!
- "Feathered Menace" (10/09/60):
- Ruth agrees to babysit Betty Wilder's infant twins, but the young mother arrives
early and reluctantly leaves Timmy and Lassie to care for the babies until Ruth returns
from an errand. Timmy thinks it will be a cinchuntil a marauding hawk chases a
frightened pigeon into the bedroom where the babies are sleeping. Betty: Nan Leslie.
Trivia: Timmy loves babies.
- "The Gentle Tiger" (10/16/60):
- Timmy, who has a job as water boy to the animals of a carnival, unknowingly frees
Satan, a vicious tiger, after not latching his cage properly after he gives the animal
water. But he's told that the freed animal is Rajah, a gentle tiger raised from cubhood
by a trainer, so he goes to search for the animal himself. Mark Ryan: James Flavin.
Poletti: John Cliff.
- "The Renegade" (10/23/60):
- Timmy and Lassie nurse a wounded fawn that they find in the woods and Timmy,
disappointed that Paul says he cannot keep it, secretly ties it in the woods in order
to train it. Then a wounded bear begins stalking the animal. Jed Ransome: Phil Chambers.
Note: The scene where Lassie protects the fawn from a
wolf is reused from "The Fog" in the previous season. Imagine allowing a child
Timmy's age to spray and use pesticides today!
- "The Blind Dog" (10/30/60):
- Timmy finds out that Bob Alder's dog Butch is going blind from cataracts and that
Bob's father wants to have him put to sleep, so Ruth hires Bob to help with gathering
corn to help pay for Butch's surgery. But Butch wanders away from the field where
they are working. Bob: Tommy Nolan. Mr. Alder: Jason Johnson. Dump Truck Driver:
Lee J. Roberts.
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Jason Johnson, after
playing crabby Jud Perkins in the Jeff episodes, and mischievous Herb Simmons in "Our
Gal," plays a strict but less crabby character here.
- "The Swallows of Los Pinos" (11/06/60):
- The Chapel de Los Pinos, built in 1843 by Jesuit missionaries, has been sleighted
for demolition and the Martins try to prove that a flock of swallows return there
every year on the same day and hour, which would save the structure. But they may
not arrive after a hawk attacks and injures the scout swallow, a bird Timmy calls
"Pretty Boy." Mayor Henry Enders: Eddy Waller. Joe White: Hal Baylor.
Trivia: The swallows are supposed to return to the
chapel the next day at 3:27 p.m. They're an hour "late" because the clocks had
been turned ahead for Daylight Savings Time. (When Lassie was filmed, DST used
to start the last Sunday in April, which, according to what Henry says, places the
time this episode is set within the first two weeks of May.)
Note: In the continuing question of "where is Calverton?"
this episode places the series somewhere in the western United States, since the
Spanish missions were built in California and other western locations (except for
St. Augustine in Florida, and Lassie definitely doesn't take place in
Florida). Mr. Binns, who appears in "The Egret," is mentioned here. Henry Enders,
after being rampantly anti-government in "The Moved Monument," appears to have gone
over to the more lawful side here.
- "Sea Serpent" (11/13/60):
- While testing a new, eagerly awaited fishing rod, Timmy sees giant footprints
he thinks are from a sea serpent. The tracks are really swim fin prints made by a
neighbor skin-diving, but he perpetuates the monster story to keep people away from
the freshwater pearls he found in the lakea move that spells danger
after Cully is determined the "monster" won't ruin his fishing. Cully: Andy Clyde.
Dave Taylor: Bill Henry. Nancy Taylor: Barbara Ann Knudson.
Trivia: Dave works at Lou's Garage, but is hoping to
sell the pearls to finance his own garage.
Note: Creston is still being mentioned.
- "Visiting Colt" (11/20/60):
- Prince, Alice Walker's colt, who's boarding in the Martin barn for the summer,
consumes Timmy's time, arousing Lassie's jealousy. Then Prince breaks his leg
after escaping from the barn, and, although the vet figures a way to save the pony,
Alice's dad returns unexpectedly and says he wants the animal destroyed to save it
suffering. Doug Walker: Walter Reed. Doc Hayden: Russ Bender.
Note: Doc Hayden seems to be the Martins' vet for
several episodes; it was probably because Arthur Space (Doc Weaver) was playing
Herbert Brown on the series National Velvet, which lasted two seasons and
starred Lori Brown in the title role. Unlike the original story, the television
series was set on an American dairy farm and Velvet's horse was named "King," not
"Pi." Space returned as the vet after the Velvet series ended.
- "Little Cabbage" (11/27/60):
- A convertible almost runs down Timmy and Lassie at Horseshoe Bend, but the
driver, flamboyant movie star Mimi Marlowe, swerves just in time and hits a tree
instead. While her car is being fixed and she's in neighboring Springfield for a
public appearance, Mimi leaves her spoiled miniature poodle "Le Petit Chou" (who
has his own clothing and his own china dinner plate) on the farmwhere
"Cabbage" runs afoul of Cranky the goose and then flees to a railyard. Mimi:
Marie Windsor. (The train engineer who saves Timmy is uncredited.)
Trivia: Dave Taylor, from "Sea Serpent," is mentioned
as being the person who can fix Mimi's car.
Note: Some very humorous scenes with Paul taken in
with Miss Marlowe's charms and Ruth's perturbed reaction! Was this accidental
foreshadowing? Miss Marlowe won't take Cabbage with her because he'd have to be
crated in the baggage car, a fate that Lassie encounters later in the season.
- "The Big Race" (12/04/60):
- Timmy and Willy pool their money, and a leftover lawn mower engine that Willy
has, to build a go-cart for the upcoming big race. But after Timmy neglects his
chores, sending Lassie to do them instead and causing one of the fields to be
flooded, he is forbidden to ride in the time trialsbut he can't stand Steve
taunting him and breaks the rules after Willy comes in last at the time trials.
Willy: Linda Wrather. Steve: Steven Talbot.
Trivia: Bob Anderson, Keith Evans, Lee Brock, and
Otis Smith are all making "cars" for the big race.
Note: People who twit Timmy for being a goody-goody
evidently haven't seen this episode, where he's at his worst boasting of his male
superiority in driving over Willy. Of course Steve Talbot being a jerk doesn't help!
It's also really nice to see Willy doing something not stereotypically "girly."
- "Bows and Arrows" (12/18/60):
- Timmy and Bob build bows and arrows to go hunting like Bill Reynolds, a bow
hunter they met at the general store, but when Bob uses one of the hunter's
arrows to stop Old Three-Toes, a lynx stalking the area, he hits an unexpected
target. Bob: Tommy Nolan. Dan Porter: Byron Foulger. Reynolds: Harry Gautier.
Trivia: Dan Porter runs the general store for several
episodes. In later seasons that job is later taken over by Ed Washburne.
- "The Christmas Story" (12/25/60):
- Timmy befriends a boy and girl who are running away to California with their
fatherwho's one step ahead of the law. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. Alice: Jennie
Lynn. Bobby: Bob Folkerson. Mr. Dennis: James Lydon.
Note: Ah, those were the days!: Timmy's ten cents worth
of candy is enough for him to have some, give Lassie a piece, and share with Bobby
- "The White-Faced Bull" (01/01/61):
- Trespassing on Martin land, a neighbor's aggressive Hereford bull charges and
traps Timmy, but Lassie fights the animal off, and Paul threatens to shoot it if it's
ever on his property again; when the bull dies from strychnine poisoning, Paul is the
first suspect. Dunlap: Robert Brubaker. Mac: Jack Searl. Dan Porter: Byron Foulger.
- "Apron Strings" (01/08/61):
- When Timmy and Lassie bring home a litter of starving orphaned puppies, rescued
from a maurading bobcat, the family tries to save them although one has already died
of starvation. Inadvertantly, the pups teach Timmy, who's been relying on Paul to help
him with arithmetic homework, about self-sufficiency. Doc Spencer: Forrest Taylor.
Note: In the movie Lassie: Best Friends are Forever,
Jennifer Turner is watching a clip of a black and white Lassie episodeit is
from this episode, when Lassie runs into the barn to find Trixie, Jimmy Bender's dog
who's just had puppies. Trixie, incidentally, looks just like Bob Alder's dog Butch. :-)
As noted in "Lassie and the Birdwatch," the writers had a hard time letting Timmy
grow up. He's over ten years old in this episode, a fifth grader, and he's still doing
subtraction? He should be learning fractions and decimals by that point. It would be
more realistic if he was having trouble with fractions than subtraction.
- "The Wild Horse" (01/15/61):
- While collecting insects for a science project, Timmy and Lassie see a wild horse,
but no one believes it happened until his discovery is confirmed by the sheriff, who
orders the animal shot on sight. But Paul persuades two farmers to help him catch the
creature. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. Joe Manning and Ed Sloane are played by Henry
Wills and Red Morgan, but do not know who played who.
Trivia: The horse is named Midnight and had escaped from
a barn fire two years earlier, one hundred miles away. Russ Parker is the farmer who
had his horses stolen.
Note: There is a very funny sequence with Paul fixing
a lamp for Ruth that anticipates the "touch lamp" by 20 years.
Additional Note: The horse in this episode as well as
in the later "Gentle Savage" looks like "Beaut," the horse that played the lead in
the series Fury for so many years. Beaut also had a large role in the movie
"Giant" and played the lead in Gypsy Colt, the 1953 film that was essentially
a retelling of Lassie Come Home with a horse, instead of a dog, who is loved by
an American girl in the West rather than an English boy in Yorkshire. I've tried for
years to confirm that it really is "Beaut" in both these episodes but never have had
a definitive answer. The closest clue I have comes from a 1950s Whitman book called
More Than Courage by Patrick Lawson, which tells stories of dogs and horses
and which has a chapter on performing animals including Lassie and "Fury." Lawson
states that there had been talk of a team-up between Lassie and Fury, but it had not
been done yet. With the Fury series over by the time this was filmed, perhaps
Beaut was finally free to appear with Lassie. Fury and Lassie have other
connections: both series were originally filmed on the Iverson Movie Ranch;
Fury's star Bobby Diamond appeared three times on Lassie and co-star
William Fawcett appeared once; James Seay, who played the sheriff on several episodes
of Fury, also appeared on Lassie in several episodes.
- "The Mad Dog" (01/22/61):
- While Paul is away, Ruth and Timmy care for a stray dog that Timmy names Duke.
But after being involved in a fight, Duke suddenly shows all the signs of rabies.
Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. (The deputy is uncredited.)
Trivia: Timmy knows how to use a rifle.
Note: Hugh Reilly was absent from several episodes in this
era; sometimes Paul is explained as being off in another part of the farm, sometimes
he is said to be away doing business for the Grange. In this outing, Ruth talks about
him being "at Uncle Petrie's" for two weeks, the first time Petrie is mentioned since
he left the show and then appeared in "In Case of Emergency." When Timmy cleans out his
closet, you can see the "T. Martin" helmet he wore in "The Big Race."
- "The Trip" (01/29/61):
- When the Martins travel by train to Chicago so that Paul can attend an
agricultural exhibition for the grange, as well as to visit Ruth's mother and family,
Lassie is taken along, but her crate falls off the baggage car enroute and Tom and
Jess, two friendly truckers, try to help her get back where she belongs. Conductor:
James Burke. Hank Loomis: Woodrow Chambliss. Tom: H. Lloyd Nelson. Jess: John
Trivia: The train from Capitol City to Chicago goes
through Colesville and Burnham. Lassie's crate falls off at Dry Creek turn. Lassie's
baggage tag number is 122, and the train she is riding on is #22, the Comet.
Note: Could this have been a "trial run" for "Lassie's
Odyssey"? Tom and Jess are uncredited, but it's obvious that Tom is played by Lloyd
Nelson; his voice is a dead giveaway. The IMDb credits Jess as being played by John
- "Shadrack" (02/05/61):
- Cully plays host to his old regiment's Army mule, but he and Timmy must save
the animal from being destroyed when it suddenly goes mad and begins rampaging all
over the countryside. Cully: Andy Clyde. Sheriff: Robert Foulk. Dispatcher's Voice:
Lloyd Nolan. Mr. Nolan: Gil Perkins.
Trivia: Other neighbors of the Martins are the Franklins
and the Peabodys. Cully says Shadrack is 45 years old, which makes him born in
1915. He was probably two or three when he served with Cully. He won a medal for
service in the Argonne Forest, for having served under fire without eating for two
weeks. Shadrack also suffered a bout of lead poisoning during the war.
Note: One of the first things I remember on television
about the dangers of ingesting lead paint. The animal's throes in his sickness are
portrayed as truly frightening.
- "The Patriot" (02/12/61):
- After finding out the local Army base needs dogs to guard their missiles, Timmy
adopts Homer, a German Shepherd from the dog pound, to give to the Army, but the dog
has become so cowed from abuse that the family wonders if he can ever be trained.
Still, Timmy perserveres with Lassie's help, building a training field and working
with a dummy for Homer to attack. Jim Simpson: Dan Sheridan. Sergeant Nolan: Paul
Trivia: Timmy's friend Bud Phillips owns a German
Shepherd. Jed Hansen used to own Homer, whose full name is Homer Wilhelm von Fritz III.
Note: Suddenly the Martin farm is near a big Nike
missile base, staffed by the 47th Artillery Brigade (AD). Some nice clips of early
Nike Hercules missiles are shown, along with guard dog training sequences. However, the
missile the men are studying is a Nike Ajax. While training Homer, Timmy is shown in the
"crash helmet" marked "T. Martin" that he wore in "The Big Race."
- "The Eagle" (02/19/61):
- Timmy and Lassie watch in horror as a man raids a golden eagle's nest and destroys
her only egg, so Timmy gives the bird a goose egg to raise and also feeds the eagle
so it won't have to leave the nest so much. To his and Ruth's surprise, the goose
egg hatches and the eagle brings up the gosling.
Note: "Mrs. Eagle" turns up in several sequels.
According to Ace Collins in the liner notes for the 50th anniversary DVD set,
"she" is actually a male named Solomon, who also appears in the Season 8 episode
"Lassie and the Eagle," Season 9's "Eagle's Lair," and season 10's
"The Treasure." However, a correspondent tells me that in the book Gifts of the
Eagle by Kent Durden, Mr. Durden says the eagle involved is a female named
Lady. There are flying sequences and nest sequences, so it's possible Solomon did the
flying sequences and Lady the scenes on the nest. The eagle sequences were filmed by
Ed Durdin and Ray Dietrich, one of whom may play the man who raids the nest, as the
eagle executes a very neat flyover of the station wagon. Ed Durden (note the spelling
difference) was Kent Durden's father; it's possible it was misspelled in the credits.
- "Cracker Jack" (02/26/61):
- The Martins meet the Slocums, a backwoods family enroute west to the city to
relocate and look for factory jobs after a drought after Timmy, as a joke, plants
an old purse in the middle of the road. But when their son Billy Joe finds out his
parents plan to give away his beloved dog Mitchell, he swears Timmy to secrecy, then
he and the dog head for the woodswhere deer season has just begun. Timmy and
Lassie find the two hiding out in a bat-ridden cave, but can they all get back to
the farm without being hurt? Billy Joe: Billy Hughes. Pa: James Griffith. Pearlie
Mae: Ellen Corby.
Note: Another synopsis for this episode states
"Cracker Jack runs away when his parents plan to give away his dog." Billy Joe is
never referred to as "Cracker Jack" anywhere in the episode, nor is the exclamation
"it's cracker jack" or any permutation of such ever used. My theory: The character
was originally called "Cracker Jack," and copyright issues due to the trademarked
popcorn snack got Hughes' name altered when the show was filmed, but CBS released
the original story synopsis. Another curiosity: The sequel to this episode is entitled
"Yochim's Christmas," and both Timmy and Billy Joe pronounce the family name as
"Yochim" in that story. However, the family is clearly referred to as "Slocum" in
- "Cully's Hound Dog" (03/05/61):
- When Paul offers to farm land Cully has allowed to lie fallow, the old man
assumes Paul means he should retire. But after Timmy gives him a pep talk, Cully
decides to fight back by hitching horse to plow and farming his land again. It takes
Cully's hound Sam and Lassie to turn the tide. Cully: Andy Clyde.
Trivia: Cully's plowhorse is named Jupiter and his
cow is named Arabella.
- "The Fire Watchers" (03/12/61):
- Ruth is on volunteer fire watch duty during a dry spell and must take action
when a forest fire starts due to a careless smoker, but will a wind change trap both
her and Timmy in the tower? Meanwhile Lassie helps Ranger West start a backfire after
he's injured in the path of the fire due to a fall from his horse. Ranger Wade West:
Marshall Reed. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. Dispatcher: Charles Tannen.
Trivia: Elsie Bates is another one of the women fire
watchers; wonder if she's any relation to the now-departed Boomeran aunt,
perhaps? The instrument Ruth uses to locate the fire is an Osborne fire finder.
The fire has started at the Putley Cutoff to Kelton Canyon.
Note: Remember the man who starts the fire; this clip
will show up in at least two future episodes.
- "Señor Coyote" (03/19/61):
- Timmy befriends Josè, a new Spanish boy in school (the other boys keep calling
him "Josie"), but doesn't know Josè is keeping a dark secret: it's possible that
his pet coyote Taquita is accused of killing Mr. Ransom's chickens. Josè:
Eugene Martin. Sheriff Miller: Robert Foulk. Miss Hazlit: Sally Bliss. (Josè's
classroom tormenter Benny, Josè's mother, and Mr. Ransom are uncredited but
the IMDb says the Phil Chambers plays Jed Ransom.)
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Eugene Martin was
the stage name of Eugene Mazzola, who had a prolific career as a child actor, including
playing the young Rameses in The Ten Commandments..
- "Bessie" (03/26/61):
- When Ruth thinks their cow is going dry, she makes the difficult decision to
sell Bessie to the slaughterhousea and purchase a new cow. What they don't realize
is that a neighbor's boy has been taking some of her milk for his little sister since
his family's own cow has died. Joey: Michael McGreevey. Barney Kent: Harry Carey Jr.
Jenny: Florence Lake. (Jeff at the slaughterhouse is uncredited.)
Trivia: Kent is the owner of the Calverton Packing
Company. Fred Jones sells Jersey cows.
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Again, the usual
solution for a cow that is "going dry" is to introduce her to a nice bull and let her
have a calf. Not sure if the "city folk" writing the episodes didn't know this, or it
just wasn't permissible to mention that sort of thing on television back then.
- "The Pigeon" (04/02/61):
- Lassie and Caesar, an Army homing pigeon that Timmy nurses back to health after an
attack by a hawk, become so attached to one other that when the bird is returned to the
Army, Lassie refuses to eat, and Caesar frees himself to return to his collie friend.
So Timmy decides to see if the Army will allow him buy the bird. Sergeant Nolan:
L.Q. Jones. General Steele: Raymond Bailey.
Note: "Spook" and "Baby" alternate in the role in this
episode, sometimes all in one scene. It's:
Baby and Timmy who
Spook is in the
kitchen scene and with Caesar asleep on him
Baby with Caesar on
his back, but Spook who sniffs Caesar at the end of the scene
Baby who brings the
pigeon out to Nolan, but Spook in the close ups with Nolan (but not with Timmy)
Spook when Lassie
is mourning under the bench until Caesar comes back, but Baby once Caesar comes back
Baby walking on the
Army base, but Spook when Nolan is talking to Timmy, and back to Baby when Lassie is running with the pigeon and
Spook who jumps into
Timmy's bedroom window and fetches the box of dog food, and leads them to the barn, but barks in the close ups and
in the closing scene with Nolan
Spook in the jeep and
speaking with General Ironpants...uh, Steele
Spook when Lassie's
sitting near the bench with Timmy, but it's Baby when Nolan turns up
In all of these early Army episodes there is a noncom named Nolan; as in "The Patriot"
and see "Timmy and the Martians." Very funny scene at the end: Nolan has inadvertantly
referred to the General as "Ironpants" in front of Timmy, and later when Timmy pleads
his case to the officer, he accidentally calls him "Ironpants," to Nolan's chagrin.
Paul is away in this episode.
- "Long Chase" (04/09/61):
- When carnival performer Mr. Conte's trained dog Terry is injured saving her
puppy after it slips off a cliff, Lassie substitutes for herso well that he
wants to buy her. When Timmy refuses, the man uses the puppy as bait to steal Lassie
and hides her out at his brother's home. Mr. Conte: Chick Chandler. Doc Hayden:
Russ Bender. Carnival Owner: Joe DiRita. (The elderly cleanup man at the carnival
site is uncredited.)
Trivia: Mr. Conte's brother lives in nearby Beaumont.
The carnival was located near Route 22.
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Again, you can
tell Conte is a bad guy: he wears a loud, checked suit and uses slang. Joe DiRita
was known as being "Curly Joe" in the later "Three Stooges" shorts. This episode
is a reworking of the Jeff episode "The Carnival."
- "The Ostrich" (04/16/61):
- Timmy and Lassie make the acquaintance of Captain Gene Holter, a man who makes his
living racing his two ostriches Romeo and Juliet against horses at county fairs. But
when Ruth finds out Juliet, defending a egg she just laid, chased Timmy, she forbids
the boy to return to the fairgrounds. Holter: J. Pat O'Malley (a second appearance
for this Lassie Come-Home alumnus). Judge Baxter: Nolan Leary.
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Juliet, like most
birds, is attracted to the big shiny buttons on Timmy's sweater. Gene Holter was a
actual person who ran Holter's Wild Animal Show (Holter's Wild Animal Circus) in the
1950s-1960s, and he did feature racing ostriches as well as racing camels, plus other
animal acts (his show was much bigger than what is shown on Lassie), and he did
drive a Cadillac Eldorado like the one shown in the episode, with the number "100"
painted on the front side panel. It's safe to assume the ostriches used in the episode
- "Fools Gold" (04/23/61):
- When Lassie brings home Beauty, a tiny burro who once belonged to deceased prospector
Dry Creek John, who lived alone on Rock Creek, Cully think the creature knows where the
old man found gold. But when Cully and Timmy use Beauty to find the mine, the timbers
collapse around them as they are pickaxing out their treasure. Cully: Andy Clyde. (The
two men manning the Calverton Fire Department rescue squad are uncredited.
Trivia: Timmy's list of people to give gifts to when he's
rich include his dad and mom, Willie Brewster, Judy, Annie, Jerry, Steve, and Bill.
Is this Jerry who owns Blacktail? And if it's Steve Talbot...why? He's such a drip in
"The Big Race."
Note: Paul is away in this episode. Of course, the gold
turns out to be iron pyrite ("fool's gold"). Gold is soft; you can bite into it, while
iron pyrite is hard and crystal-like. By the way, did you ever wonder why on earth Ruth did not protest, even a little bit, that Cully was taking Timmy to look for gold? I know the Martins consider Cully a surrogate grandfather for Timmy, but didn't she think it just might involve going underground? Might be dangerous?
- "The Greyhound" (04/30/61):
- Timmy bets Lassie's new jeweled collar that she can beat a friend's new greyhound,
Pat, in a race, and is dismayed and eager for a rematch when the collie loses.
Steve Johnson: Richard Correll. Mrs. Johnson: Peggy Stewart.
Note: Steve turns up again in later episodes, but you
never see Pat again. "Baby" goes with Timmy to the mailbox, and is the dog romping with
Timmy before they see Pat; "Spook" is in the remainder of the scenes. Paul is away in
- "Rodeo" (05/14/61):
- While chasing a strayed steer, Timmy befriends Charlie Gaynor (don't call her
"Charlotte" unless you're an adult, especially her dad), a tomboyish girl whose
rodeo-rider father fears competing again after a bad accident the previous year, and
gets a "steer"-riding lesson from her on one of the family calves. When the horse he
draws to ride is injured, Charlie's pet horse Nightmare, a former bucking horse which
hasn't competed in years, but who becomes agitated when Lassie barks at him, is
substituted. Charlie: Patty Ann Garrity. Lucky Gaynor: Chris Warfield.
Note: This story is very similiar to "The Sulky Race,"
in which Lassie persuades a disinterested horse to compete. Paul's away in this episode
- "The Search" (05/21/61):
- While playing on her own as Timmy studies for an important examination, Lassie
brings home the talking doll belonging to a 6-year-old girl, who is trapped in a
concrete irrigation ditch that's slowly filling with water. Since Timmy's decreed
that from now on Lassie's toys will stay in the barn, will they find out about the
doll in time? Jenny: Florence Lake. Girl: Cynthia Lane. Deputy: uncredited, but IMDb
states he's played by Roy Engel.
Note: Really cute opening scene: Timmy is cleaning his
closet, trying to ditch Lassie's old toys, but saves even his broken ones! Like Jeff,
Timmy laments his time at his books: "Study, study, study. I bet I have a gallon of
words in my brain." As in "The Pigeon," we could subtitle this "The Case of the Rapidly
Switching Lassies": "Spook" opens the story, but it's a collie with no blaze at all
who attacks Ruth's mop (this is also the dog that roughhouses with Timmy in his room).
"Spook" then sticks his nose in the window, and only for the window scene becomes
"Baby"! "Spook" then trots into the woods and reused is a cut of "Lassie Jr." The
blaze-less collie is back when Ruth is hanging clothes, and you see "Lassie Jr"
swimming later on. The aircraft flying overhead that causes the little girl to fall
is a B24. And check it out: there's the old icebox in the barn again.
Meanwhile Paul's away again, this time at the opening of the new aqueduct.
- "Timmy and the Martians" (05/28/61):
- Timmy believes that the "Martian communicator" he and his friends Steve and
Bobby built out of old radio and electronic parts caused an Army plane crash, so
when the Army comes to investigate, his friends split saying the crash was his
fault because he switched on the gadget. But it turns out perhaps Lassie can help
in the investigation; she started to howl right before the crash. Major Thornton:
John Archer. Colonel J.R. Compton: Roy Barcroft. Steve: Richard Correll. Bobby:
Gil Rogers. Professor Stoddard: Byron Morrow (as noted by IMDb; the part is
Note: As in "The Pigeon," this noncom is also named
Nolan, but he's not played by L.Q. Jones and shows no sign of recognizing
Timmy. Colonel Compton's office is the same as General Ironpants'...uh,
Steele's...office in "The Pigeon." The plane that crashes is a Cessna L19. Paul's
away on a trip again! No wonder by the time "The Wayfarers" begins you never see
Timmy with any friends. The moment trouble comes, they ditch him!
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