‘Little House on the Prairie’s Michael Landon Had an Epic Showdown With a Guest Director: ‘They Appeared About to Kill One Another’

View from 'Little House on the Prairie'
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With a famous temper in television folklore behind the scenes, Toilet on the Moor star Michael Landon was famous for raising his voice when he felt the need for the show’s set.

One such example was a visit to a guest director who handled a scene as it felt best. But according to a cast companion, Landon thought otherwise and let him know.

Alison Arngrim and the show she was excited to make a film

Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson
Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images

In her memory Prairie confession B * tch, Alison Arngrim who portrayed Nellie Oleson on the long – running historical drama described on a particular program of the show that she was specifically for filmmaking. This included Nellie, party, Nellie means, and Nellie getting her sweets right at the end.

As she explained, “I was happy because [“Town Party, Country Party”] it was one of those events where I got to wear the ‘party outfit,’ which was in purple striped taffeta and made me look like a big piece of Christmas ribbon candy. ”

The director who came to visit

“Town Party, Country Party,” was the seventh program of the first season and was based on a Swedish family in the town of Walnut Grove. Their daughter Olga’s legs were of unequal length and in the program, Charles Ingalls is played by Michael Landon helping to put the baby’s outerwear in special shoes that allow her to walk to normal.

This special was directed by guest director Alf Kjellin who had directed countless television programs in the 1960s and ’70s, including Hour Alfred Hitchcock, Dr. Kildare, Hawaii Five-O, and Gunsmoke.

“To get everyone into the spirit of the section,” Arngrim wrote, “the Swede leader was real, genuine.

Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson
Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images

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“Alf Kjellin was doing a good job; everything was going very smoothly, the real and imaginary Swedes working together in harmony for several days. Then we got to the part where Nellie can come. ”

Nellie’s income began with Arngrim’s character wanting to go to the harbor with the other kids, which is to crush little Olga who couldn’t take off her shoes because of her condition. To punish Nellie for her hardship, Laura (Melissa Gilbert) frightened her at the harbor with a crab and Nellie fell face-to-face in the water, humble, wet and covered in mud.

Kjellin had already filmed one version with the stunt man Arngrim falling into the water and as the actor recalled, he told her “we would be filming two versions, one with the stunt girl running and falling at full speed, and one with me. ” Michael Landon disagreed.

Landon took it upon himself to lead a scene and follow anger

The crew and crew had relaxed and once it was over, Landon called Arngrim to lunch. As far as he was concerned, there was no need for actress Nellie Oleson to recreate the scene since the stunt man noticed it.

Landon wanted to “get on with what happened next,” and Arngrim made himself sit dry in the cold, muddy water while “carefully” arranging “algae” hunters. green, stringy ”over her head and face. He also poured the “dirty dirty water” over the actor’s head, which she said Landon liked to do.

Alf Kjellin in the 1960s drama 'The FBI'
Actor Alf Kjellin in the 1960s drama ‘The FBI’ | Walt Disney Television via Getty Images

When guest director Kjellin returned from a breakup to find Landon “decorating” Arngrim, he saw red and the two began arguing, as Arngrim explained.

“Suddenly, Mr Kjellin appeared. “What the hell are you doing?” He shouted at Michael. ”

Landon, without looking at Kjellin, said he was preparing Arngrim for his bullet. “This angered the visiting director,” said Arngrim. “Mr. Kjellin came up to [Landon] and he started ranting about how he was a director, not Michael, and so on. Michael responded with a sneer about ‘doing his job for him,’ and they both went on like this. It looked like they were killing each other right in front of me. ”

Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson with Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on 'Little House on the Prairie'
Alison Arngrim as Nellie Oleson with Melissa Gilbert as Laura Ingalls on ‘Little House on the Prairie’ | NBCU / NBCUniversal Photo Bank via Getty Images via Getty Images

After much shouting and cursing, and this in front of Kjellin’s wife and children, “it all ended ‘f * ck off,'” with Landon firing on Kjellin at the same time as the director said that it ceases.

The director immediately took a guest with family, Landon continued to algae Arngrim as if nothing had happened, and the scene was completed.

Just another day behind the scenes on the prairie.

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