The New Adventures of Heidi

The New Adventures of Heidi is a 1978 American made-for-television musical comedy-drama film updating the Heidi character to the present time and shifting the action from Switzerland to New York City. The film was released theatrically in Spain and Australia. Charles B. Fitzsimons had the idea to turn the film into a musical with comedy writer Buz Kohan writing ten songs for the film, sung by the stars Katy Kurtzman, Burl Ives, John Gavin and Marlyn Mason who played Heidi on stage in 1954 at the Player’s Ring Theatre in Hollywood.

The New Adventures of Heidi
Based onHeidi characters created by Johanna Spyri
Written byJohn McGreevey
Directed byRalph Senensky
StarringBurl Ives
Katy Kurtzman
John Gavin
Marlyn Mason
Music byBuz Kohan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)Pierre Cossette
Producer(s)Charles B. Fitzsimons
CinematographyJohn Nickolaus
Editor(s)Gene Fowler Jr.
Running time98 minutes
Production company(s)Pierre Cossette Enterprises
Original networkNBC
Original releaseDecember 13, 1978 (1978-12-13)


When Heidi's grandfather finds he is losing his sight he does not wish to tell Heidi, but he makes her live with her relatives, Cousins Tobias and Martha to attend school in a large city. There Heidi meets the troubled Elizabeth Wyler who is fascinated by Heidi and her rural life. Through his secretary Mady, Heidi joins Elizabeth and her busy widowed father Dan Wyler for a Christmas in New York City.



With the low budget of the television film precluding having the film shot in Switzerland or New York City, the crew shot Swiss sequences in Snowmass, Colorado with imitation red poppies and the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in Los Angeles, California with imitation snow.[1]


A paperback novelization of the film was written by John Pearson and published by Dell Publishing in December 1978 as a promotional tie-in.


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