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The Waltons

Third Season Introduction

(1974-75)

 

 

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I was pretty disappointed when I first saw the introduction in the third season.  I like old photos and I like sepia-tinged photos, but this introduction never worked for me.  It was supposed to be reminiscent of looking through an old photo album, turning the pages and seeing yellowed photos of the Walton family, but it lacked the vitality of the introduction used during the first two seasons.

 

In terms of the song, it's a little faster compared to the previous seasons and it's shorter:  53 seconds compared to 87 and 57 seconds for seasons one and two, respectively.  Most disappointing, however, is that they removed the sound of the truck honking, which was the best part of the earlier introductions.  However, they did match up the photo of the truck with that particular part of the song.

 

As I said in my Introduction home page, I stopped watching The Waltons after about the sixth season because I was going to college by then, so I don't know how many seasons the producers continued to use this "sepia montage" introduction format.  Here it is:

 

Here's The Waltons theme song during the third season  (53 seconds).

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Above left:  Scene #1: Fades in to "The Waltons" title, music begins. (0:01 seconds)

Above center:  Scene #2: Dissolves to house. (0:04)

Above right:  Scene #3: Dissolves to John-Boy (Richard Thomas credit). (0:06)

 

       

Above left:  Scene #4: Dissolves to church scene. (0:10)

Above center:  Scene #5: Dissolves to John Walton (Ralph Waite credit). (0:12)

Above right:  Scene #6: Dissolves to truck. (0:15)

 

       

Above left:  Scene #7: Dissolves to Olivia Walton (Michael Learned credit). (0:17)

Above center:  Scene #8: Dissolves to Jason and John-Boy. (0:20)

Above right:  Scene #9: Dissolves to Grandma (Ellen Corby credit). (0:23)

 

       

Above left:  Scene #10: Dissolves to backyard. (0:27)

Above center:  Scene #11: Dissolves to Grandpa (Will Geer credit). (0:30)

Above right:  Scene #12: Dissolves to Elizabeth and Chance. (0:33)

 

       

Above left:  Scene #13: Dissolves to children walking (Lee Rich credit). (0:36)

Above center:  Scene #14: Dissolves to Jim-Bob. (0:38)

Above right:  Scene #15: Dissolves to General Store (Earl Hamner credit). (0:41)

 

       

Above left:  Scene #16: Dissolves to family at table. (0:45)

Above center:  Scene #17: Dissolves to winter scene (Robert Jacks credit). (0:48)

Above right:  Scene #18: Dissolves to Elizabeth, fades out. (0:50)

 

 

Table of Contents:

The Waltons

My Home Page on The Waltons

The Story of The Waltons

The Waltons Cast

The Waltons Episode List

The Waltons Introductions

Introduction: First Season

Introduction: Second Season

Introduction:  Third Season

My Visits to Schuyler, VA (1985 & 2001)

My Favorite Waltons Episodes

"The Conflict" (#51-52)

Waltons Trivia

Earl Hamner's Acting Debut (#26)

The Story of Martha Corinne (#51-52)

That Beguiling Darlene Carr (#68)

The Waltons' Screen Doors

Waltons Links and Other Info

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