I normally don’t post a lot about the NBC Little House on the Prairie TV show, but I do try to pass along things like shooting locations of episodes. I always like to know where things were filmed and it is often very difficult to find out. I just stumbled over one such location. For a long time I knew there was a Disney movie called The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit which was in part a spoof of The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit movie. Recently I finally got a chance to watch it and I was shocked to see what was clearly the same exterior that they used for the first blind school the character of Mary attended on Little House on the Prairie. It was used as Dean Jones’s character’s house. So I jumped in to search and I tracked down that most of the exteriors of the movie were shot at Golden Oak Ranch. This is still today a business that rents out parts of the property for use in movies and TV shows. I didn’t find the exact same building on what they offer to rent today, but I’m sure it was shot here.
Look at the building and tell me if you agree, this is the best photo I’ve found of it online, see the distinctive window pattern over the horse’s back from The Horse in the Gray Flannel Suit. (Note: I had a link to an image here, but it is now dead and I can’t find another photo online. I’ll be on the look out to replace it.)
Here’s the best shot I’ve found online from that particular episode of Little House on the Prairie, from the episode “I’ll Be Waving as You Drive Away.”
Read more about the Golden Oak Ranch here:
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