The Waltons (1971–1981)
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The Birthday 

Grandpa has heart problems. Thinks he is going to die.

Director:

Ivan Dixon

Writers:

Earl Hamner Jr. (created by) (as Earl Hamner), Nancy Greenwald

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Richard Thomas ... John-Boy Walton
Ralph Waite ... John Walton, Sr.
Michael Learned ... Olivia Walton (as Miss Michael Learned)
Ellen Corby ... Esther Walton
Will Geer ... The Grandfather
Judy Norton ... Mary Ellen Walton
Jon Walmsley ... Jason Walton
Mary Beth McDonough ... Erin Walton (as Mary Elizabeth McDonough)
Eric Scott ... Ben Walton
David W. Harper ... Jim-Bob Walton
Kami Cotler ... Elizabeth Walton
Joe Conley ... Ike Godsey
Earl Hamner Jr. ... The Narrator (voice) (as Earl Hamner)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rance Howard ... Dr. McIvers
Brion James ... Henry Ferris Jr.
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Storyline

Grandpa has a coronary; and although mild, it causes him to lose the will to live. As he begins to focus on how he feels physically, he suspects he may not make it through the scarring incident. Grandma on the other hand refuses to believe that he even needs the prescribed medication and begins living in denial. When things come to ahead with grandpa's request of John-Boy, it causes the family to rally around him using some rather unconventional methods in an effort to remind him he is stronger then the attack. Written by T Hardy

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Romance

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Details

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 December 1974 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Lorimar Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Goofs

Grandpa Walton is celebrating his 73rd birthday, and the year is 1935, which means he would have been born in 1862. However, after he dies his grave marker shows he was born in 1865. See more »

Quotes

Narrator: [narration as John 'John Boy' Walton, Jr. reading from his journal] The spring of 1935 was a particularly good one on Waltons Mountain. Peach blossoms exploded in a pink mist and the mallards built their nest early along the Rockfish River. Spring's arrival was so magnificent that it left us unprepared for anything that might in any way deny the beauty of life.
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