All of the set pieces for "Little House on the Prairie" were destroyed by Michael Landon, except for one building.

 


Melissa Gilbert, who played Laura Ingalls Wilder, says that Michael Landon didn't know that the network had canceled Little House on the Prairie. He learned from her. Because of this, he was "livid." "Blow the whole f*cking thing up," he said. Why Michael Landon wanted to blow up the set of "Little House on the Prairie"

Landon was angry when he heard from Gilbert that Little House on the Prairie had been officially canceled.

"He was angry that NBC president Brandon Tartikoff or anyone else at the network had never called him on the phone to tell him what was going to happen to the show," Gilbert wrote in her memoir, Prairie Tale. "He had been with the network since 1959. Mike's temper boiled over when he felt disrespected.

 He wanted to destroy everything in Simi Valley, including Walnut Grove. Gilbert says that Landon wanted to destroy all the sets as a way to say "f*ck you" to the network. Gilbert wrote, "He didn't want to leave anything behind." "

TV and movie sets tend to be used over and over again, and none of us wanted to see Oleson's Mercantile used in another production and have other people walk through places where many of us had grown up." Before the Little House crew left Walnut Grove for good, they made three movies: Look Back to Yesterday, Bless All the Dear Children, and The Last Farewell. Everything was blown up in The Last Farewell. So, pretty much everything.

How the cast of "Little House on the Prairie" felt when their set was blown up

The cast of Little House walked to set together on the last day of filming. Their favorite Walnut Grove had been torn down the day before. "When we turned the corner, I didn't know what to expect, but I didn't expect what I saw," wrote Gilbert. "It wasn't anything. All the shops were closed." The church was the only building left

Gilbert wrote, "I guess Mike didn't have the guts to blow up a church." "But pieces of its wall were gone because of shrapnel from Oleson's Mercantile and Nellie's Restaurant, which were close by." Gilbert and the rest of the cast were all very moved by what they saw.

She wrote, "I stopped and stared in shock at the place where the town had been." "It wasn't big. Just piles of broken stuff. There was something deep that made us all stop and think. Even though this town was made for TV, seeing it turn to dust made us all feel like we'd lost a loved one. We were like a group of people who had come together for a funeral. "Everyone was surprised." "It was the longest farewell."

The cast and crew were filmed as they saw the rubble for the first time. It was a sad day for everyone.

"In between takes, we'd tell stories, and every time we did, it made me cry," Gilbert wrote.

"Someone would tell a story or talk about a memory and start to cry. Within seconds, all 200 of us were crying. Whenever someone cried, we all did, too. And I mean everyone: actors, make-up artists, wardrobe, grips, electricians, and wranglers. All day, it was like that." After a long, expensive lunch of steak and lobster, Gilbert and the rest of the cast filmed the last scene: "All of us walking out of town from the church while singing "Onward, Christian Soldiers."

"If John Lennon and Paul McCartney had written "The Long and Winding Road" in the 1800s, I would have chosen it," wrote Gilbert


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