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He Was Only Twelve: Part 1 

During a trip to Sleepy Eye, James and Albert walk into a bank robbery staged by a nefarious gang. James is critically wounded, and the doctor tells Charles that James is expected to die. A... See full summary »


Michael Landon


Blanche Hanalis (developed for television by), Laura Ingalls Wilder (based upon the series of books "Little House" by) | 1 more credit »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Landon ... Charles Ingalls
Karen Grassle ... Caroline Ingalls
Melissa Gilbert ... Laura Ingalls Wilder (credit only)
Rachel Lindsay Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Sidney Greenbush ... Carrie Ingalls (as Lindsay Sidney Greenbush)
Jason Bateman ... James Cooper Ingalls
Melissa Francis Melissa Francis ... Cassandra Cooper Ingalls (as Missy Francis)
Wendi Turnbaugh Wendi Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Brenda Turnbaugh Brenda Turnbaugh ... Grace Ingalls
Matthew Labyorteaux ... Albert Quinn Ingalls
Chris Hendrie ... Coy
John Dennis Johnston ... Lawrence
Tom Roy Lowe Tom Roy Lowe ... Leon
Bill Vint Bill Vint ... Escal
R.D. Call ... Dwayne


During a trip to Sleepy Eye, James and Albert walk into a bank robbery staged by a nefarious gang. James is critically wounded, and the doctor tells Charles that James is expected to die. A grief-hardened Charles enlists Mr. Edwards (and later, Albert, after he disobeys a direct order to stay in Sleepy Eye) to track down the men responsible. Written by Brian Rathjen <briguy_52732@yahoo.com>

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3 May 1982 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The story-line is identical to a Bonanza episode, "He Was Only Seven." That episode had been written and directed by Michael Landon. See more »


Commercial wrapping paper is used in many of the LHOTP episodes, including this one. However, printed wrapping paper was not available until 1917. Additionally, even if it had been available at the time these shows took place, it would have likely been an unnecessary luxury item for poor farmers like the Ingalls. See more »


Coy: Do yourself a favor, Danny boy, and remember what I tell you. Women are good for just one thing: childbearing. Best thing that could happen to a woman be if she died in childbearing.
Aggie: Amen.
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He was Only Twelve
28 July 2006 | by babyblue04002See all my reviews

James and Albert go shopping in Sleepy eye after James gets $15.00 and James wants to buy a rifle, Albert talks him out of it saying that it would be better if he puts the money in the bank, James agrees and races Albert to the bank. When he ran it he got shot by one of the bank robbers and ends up needing very risky surgery to remove the bullet from his spine. Charles and Isaiah go after the bank robbers since no one else in the town will dare to, later they find Albert followed them since he felt he was to blame for James getting shot. Charles and Isaiah reluctantly let Albert join them and together they go to find the bank robbers. They find the robbers old hideout and a fresh grave with a clue to where the robbers might be.

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