Little House on the Prairie (film)

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Little House on the Prairie
Written by Blanche Hanalis
Directed by Michael Landon
Starring Melissa Gilbert
Michael Landon
Karen Grassle
Melissa Sue Anderson
Lindsay Sidney Green Bush
Victor French
Narrated by Melissa Gilbert
Theme music composer David Rose
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Ed Friendly
Michael Landon
Kent McCray
Editor(s) John Loeffler
Cinematography Ted Voigtlander
Running time 96 minutes
Production company(s) NBC Productions
Ed Friendly Productions
Original channel NBC
Original release March 30, 1974 (1974-03-30)

Little House on the Prairie is a 1974 television film which is considered to be the pilot to the Little House on the Prairie TV series. It is closely based on the Little House on the Prairie novel; second of the "Little House" series of books by Laura Ingalls Wilder.


The movie starts with the Ingalls family leaving their little house in the Big Woods and starting for West. After long and adventurous journey they stop in the Indian Country. Charles builds a house, starts farming, they have Indians to visit them and for the first time meet Mr. Edwards. After a year, they are visited by the soldiers and learn they have to leave. After having packed everything, they set off for new journey.


Filmed in California from January 7 to 20, 1974. First broadcast March 30, 1974. A repeat broadcast was aired August 30, 1974. The regular season series' first broadcast was September 11, 1974.

Also starring[edit]

  • Victor Mohica as Soldat Du Chene
  • Cal Bellini as Brave
  • Sam Vlahos as 1st Indian
  • Richard Alarian as 2nd Indian
  • Marian Beeler as Charlotte Holbrook
  • John Steadman as Frederick Holbrook
  • Ruth Foster as Aunt Ruby (uncredited)
  • Hal Burton[1] as Indian Brave / Soldier (uncredited)
  • Patrick O'Hagan (uncredited)

External links[edit]


  1. ^ also a stunt double for Michael Landon; Source: