The Old Republic was used for the filming of the movie Prancer. Director John Hancock cast actors Sam Elliot, Cloris Leachman, Abe Vigoda and young Rebecca Harrell to star in this heartwarming Christmas story about a little girl who finds a reindeer whom she believes is Prancer. The Old Republic was used as the home of Mrs. McFarland, the character played by Cloris Leachman. The house was in very bad shape at the time of filming and another home in LaPorte was used for the interior shots. The movie came out in 1989.