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Lassie: The UNICEF Story

A European refugee girl in Timmy's class is accused of stealing food for her starving family. Ruth sends the children out to trick-or-treat for UNICEF.

Episode Info  

Episode number: 6x8
Airdate: Saturday October 24th, 1959

Guest Stars
Linda WratherLinda Wrather
As Willy Brewster
Sally BlissSally Bliss
As Miss Hazlit
Scotty MorrowScotty Morrow
As Rudy
Main Cast
Jon ProvostJon Provost
As Timmy Martin
Hugh ReillyHugh Reilly
As Paul Martin
June LockhartJune Lockhart
As Ruth Martin


On a windy night, Lassie hears screaming coming from the woods, and upon investigating, finds an unfamiliar girl wandering about. Befriending the girl, Lassie brings her home to the Martins. They discover she is Anna, a European refugee that the Wilkins family has taken in temporarily. She is enrolled in the Calverton school and Timmy begins acclimating her to the area by taking her on a picnic. He notices she always eats as if she is starving; at first he does not notice that she is also hoarding food. Anna is continually coming in late, and then Miss Hazlit begins having complaints from Rudy that things are disappearing from the childrens' lunch boxes. When Rudy accuses Anna in front of the other kids, Timmy fights with him until Miss Hazlit breaks it up and makes Rudy apologize. Timmy comes home, however, and overhears Miss Hazlit telling Ruth that she also suspects that Anna is the thief. Timmy is disturbed, but agrees to let Miss Hazlit take care of the matter. In the meantime, Ruth volunteers to ask the children to Trick or Treat for UNICEF, but most of the children are against it because they don't get to keep the money. At lunch, Miss Hazlit sees Anna go back into the cloakroom, and the girl indeed does steal some food out of a lunchbox. When Timmy and Lassie go to look for her, they find her in the woods with a cache of food. Miss Hazlit asks Anna to apologize to the students and explain to them why she did so, and in broken English, Anna tells them that she is saving up food to send to her large family (four brothers, three sisters, and her parents) who were always hungry. After hearing Anna's story, all the children agree to go Trick or Treating for UNICEF. We see them asking for money (even Lassie has a UNICEF box) and at the end, Willy, playing the piano, Timmy, and Anna sing the "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" jingle. ..

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Episode Notes
This episode was written specifically for the 1959 "Trick or Treat for UNICEF" campaign.

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