Father Murphy (1981–1983)
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Father Murphy 

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When a gold rush strikes the town of Jackson, greed in the form of Paul Garrett, the town bully, causes the death of a number of gold panners. A school mom (Mae), a freighter (Murphy), a ... See full summary »

Director:

Michael Landon

Writers:

Michael Landon (creator), Michael Landon

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Merlin Olsen ... John Michael Murphy
Moses Gunn ... Moses Gage
Katherine Cannon ... Mae Woodward
Timothy Gibbs Timothy Gibbs ... Will Adams
Burr DeBenning ... Paul Garrett
Spencer Milligan ... Arnie Winkler
Charles Tyner ... Howard Rodman
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nelson Ackerman Nelson Ackerman ... John Murphy (Age 10)
Dave Adams ... Glen Gray
Dick Alexander Dick Alexander ... Man #3
Howard Allen Howard Allen ... Prospector #1 (as Howard T. Allen)
Bob Anthony Bob Anthony ... Storekeeper
Ivy Bethune Ivy Bethune ... Miss Tuttle
Michael Boyer Michael Boyer ... Horseman
Steve Boyum ... Old Man at Funeral
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Storyline

When a gold rush strikes the town of Jackson, greed in the form of Paul Garrett, the town bully, causes the death of a number of gold panners. A school mom (Mae), a freighter (Murphy), a panner (Moses) and an 11 year old street kid (Will) combine to take care of the orphaned children. At first Murphy gets cold feet who runs off Will when he is afraid of getting too close. But the quick wit of Mae brings Will and Murphy together. When Mr. Rodman threatens to take away the orphans to the workhouse, and it looks as though the Church won't provide support in time, a surprise Priest shows up to assist. Written by dtwiddo@yahoo

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Genres:

Drama | Family | Western

Certificate:

G
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Language:

English

Release Date:

3 November 1981 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

NBC Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Goofs

As the jail carriage comes up the road with Mr. Rodman, the camera pans the sad faces of the children on the front porch as the look to their right at the coming carriages. Watch the little sandy colored boy with a red shirt and blue overalls (behind the blue girl); he catches a few looks at the camera. As the camera pans right, the last boy on the right who has blond hair and heavy freckles, catches a look at the camera in between blinks. See more »

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