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Young Pioneers (1976)

Pilot for TV series of the same name released in 1978. The film told the tale of Molly and David Beaton, two teenage newlyweds, in the Dakota Territory in the 1870s.

Director:

Michael O'Herlihy

Writers:

Blanche Hanalis (written for television by), Rose Wilder Lane (novel) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Roger Kern ... David Beaton
Linda Purl ... Molly Beaton
Robert Hays ... Dan Grey
Shelly Juttner Shelly Juttner ... Nettie Peters
Robert Donner ... Mr. Peters
Frank Marth ... Mr. Svenson
Brendan Dillon ... Doyle
Charles Tyner ... Mr. Beaton
Jonathan Kidd Jonathan Kidd ... Dr. Thorne
Arnold Soboloff Arnold Soboloff ... Clerk in Land Office
Britt Leach ... Mr. Loftus
Dennis Fimple ... Man in Land Office
Bernice Smith Bernice Smith ... Mrs. Svenson
Janis Jamison ... Eliza
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Pilot for TV series of the same name released in 1978. The film told the tale of Molly and David Beaton, two teenage newlyweds, in the Dakota Territory in the 1870s. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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Genres:

Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1976 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Les jeunes pionniers See more »

Filming Locations:

Southern Arizona, Arizona, USA See more »

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Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Followed by Young Pioneers' Christmas (1976) See more »

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Some Background
26 February 2017 | by PrairieCalSee all my reviews

In 1933 Rose Wilder Lane published a book called "Let the Hurricane Roar," which was also published as a serial in The Saturday Evening Post. This was a fictionalized adult novel about her maternal grandparents, Charles and Caroline Wilder. Roughly forty years later the title was changed to "Young Pioneers," with the names of the characters changed as well. That title, "Young Pioneers" is the only relationship that book has to this film.

In 1938 Rose published a novel called "Free Land," about David and Mary (whom he often called Molly) Beaton. It is "Free Land" on which this film is based. As with all films, much has been changed from the novel. But both the novel and the film will be enjoyable for fans of the Wilder family and the Little House Books. This film accurately portrays the struggles Dakota homesteaders faced in the late 19th century, yet is a great family film and will be enjoyed by adults as well as children.


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