Little Ladies of the Night
Written byHal Sitowitz
Directed byMarvin J. Chomsky
StarringDavid Soul
Louis Gossett Jr.
Linda Purl
Music byJerry Fielding
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Executive producersLeonard Goldberg
Aaron Spelling
ProducerHal Sitowitz
Production locationLos Angeles
CinematographyDennis Dalzell
EditorGeorge W. Brooks
Running time100 minutes
Production companySpelling-Goldberg Productions
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkABC
Picture formatColor
Audio formatMono
Original releaseJanuary 16, 1977 (1977-01-16)

Little Ladies of the Night is a 1977 American made-for-television drama film starring David Soul, Louis Gossett Jr. and Linda Purl.[1][2] When it was broadcast, it became the highest-rated TV movie of all time.



The film was one of a series of TV movies about teen prostitutes which followed Taxi Driver, another being Dawn: Portrait of a Teenage Runaway.[3]


The Los Angeles Times thought it had "wavering credibility".[4] It was the highest-rated program of its night, with a 36.9 rating and 53 share,[5] seen by 26,270,000 households. ABC claimed this made it the highest-rated TV movie of all time as it surpassed the 36.5 average rating for Helter Skelter (although the second part of Helter Skelter had a higher rating of 37.5).[6][5] The rating for a made-for-TV movie was only bettered by 1983's The Day After.[5]

At the time of its broadcast, it was the twelfth-highest-rated movie to air on network television.[5]


  1. ^ LES BROWN. (Aug 29, 1976). "The Networks Are Banking On The 'Super Programs'". New York Times. p. 77.
  2. ^ Thomas, Kevin. (Jan 15, 1977). "Runaway's Plight: Life as Prostitute". Los Angeles Times. p. b4.
  3. ^ "Alice Looks Like a Winner". Los Angeles Times. Sep 1, 1976. p. g13.
  4. ^ Thomas, Kevin (Jan 15, 1977). "Runaway's Plight: Life as Prostitute". Los Angeles Times. p. b4.
  5. ^ a b c d "Hit Movies on U.S. TV Since 1961". Variety. January 24, 1990. p. 160.
  6. ^ "'Little Ladies of the Night' Highest Rated Program". Los Angeles Times. Jan 19, 1977. p. e15.