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Second Season Introduction
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
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left: Scene #1:
Fades in to "The Waltons" title, music begins.
center: Scene #2: Dissolves to house.
right: Scene #3: Dissolves to John-Boy (Richard Thomas
left: Scene #4:
Dissolves to church scene. (0:10)
center: Scene #5: Dissolves to John Walton (Ralph Waite
right: Scene #6: Dissolves to truck.
left: Scene #7:
Dissolves to Olivia Walton (Michael Learned credit).
center: Scene #8: Dissolves to Jason and John-Boy.
right: Scene #9: Dissolves to Grandma (Ellen Corby credit).
left: Scene #10:
Dissolves to backyard. (0:27)
center: Scene #11: Dissolves to Grandpa (Will Geer
right: Scene #12: Dissolves to Elizabeth and Chance.
left: Scene #13:
Dissolves to children walking (Lee Rich credit).
center: Scene #14: Dissolves to Jim-Bob.
right: Scene #15: Dissolves to General Store (Earl Hamner
left: Scene #16:
Dissolves to family at table. (0:45)
center: Scene #17: Dissolves to winter scene (Robert
Jacks credit). (0:48)
right: Scene #18: Dissolves to Elizabeth, fades out.
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