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Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

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Follow Me, Boys!, Disney's paean to the Boys Scouts of America, leaves no cliché unturned: we're even offered the old reliable "kid hanging over cliff by rope" bit. Corny, sentimental and obvious though it may be, the film is a delight to watch, especially whenever Fred MacMurray dominates the screen. MacMurray plays Lem Siddons, a 1930s musician who decides to settle down in a small Midwestern town. Here he meets pretty bank teller Vida Downey (Vera Miles), who bemoans the fact that the local boys have no organized activities with which to occupy their time. Volunteering to be a scoutmaster, Lem begins a local scout troop. There are some tense moments when banker Ralph Hastings (Elliot Reid) demands that Lem's scouts vacate their headquarters, but Reid's feisty millionaire Aunt Hetty (Lillian Gish) comes to the rescue. The film's throughline is the regeneration of local "tough kid" Whitey (Kurt Russell), who, after joining the Boy Scouts, straightens out and matures into a solid citizen. The film's lachrymose climax is kept "honest" by the sincere underplaying of Fred MacMurray. Though lambasted by reviewers, Follow Me, Boys! struck a responsive chord with filmgoers, to the tune of a $5.5 million box-office take.more
Rating: G
Genre: Drama, Kids & Family, Musical & Performing Arts, Classics, Comedy
Directed By: , , ,
Written By: Lou Breslow, Gertrude Purcell, Joe Schoenfeld, Dorothy B. Hughes, Louis Pelletier
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On DVD: Feb 3, 2004
Runtime:
MCA Universal Home Video

Cast

Fred MacMurray
as Lemuel Siddons
Vera Miles
as Vida Downey
Lillian Gish
as Hetty Seibert
Charlie Ruggles
as John Everett Hughes
Elliott Reid
as Ralph Hastings
Luana Patten
as Nora White
Ken Murray
as Melody Murphy
Donald May
as Edward White Jr.
Sean McClory
as Edward White Sr.
Steve Franken
as P.O.W. Lieutenant
Parley Baer
as Mayor Hi Plommer
William Reynolds
as Hoodoo Henderson as ...
Craig Hill
as Leo, as a Man
Tol Avery
as Dr. Ferris
John Zaremba
as Ralph's Lawyer
Madge Blake
as Cora Anderson
Carl Reindel
as Tank Captain
Hank Brandt
as Frankie Martin, as a...
Tim McIntire
as Corporal
Willie Soo Hoo
as Quong Lee, as a Man
Tony Regan
as Hetty's Lawyer
Jimmy Murphy
as P.O.W. Soldier
Adam Williams
as P.O.W. Sergeant
Dean Moray
as Hoodoo Henderson
Keith Taylor
as Beefy Smith
Ricky Kelman
as Frankie Martin
Gregg Shank
as Mickey Doyle
Kit Lloyd
as Oliver
Warren Hsieh
as Quong Lee
Gregor Vigen
as Ronnie Larsen
Colyer Dupont
as Scout at Cliff
Dean Bradshaw
as Scouts in War Game
Chris Mason Johnson
as Scouts in War Game
Johnny Bangert
as Scouts in War Game
George Raft
as Tony West
Charles Butterworth
as Louie Fairweather
Regis Toomey
as Dr. Jim Henderson
George Macready
as Walter Bruce
Theodore von Eltz
as William Barrett
Janet Shaw
as Telephone Operator
Jan Wiley
as Telephone Operator
Frank Jenks
as Chick Doyle
Molly Lamont
as Secretary
Mack Gray
as Lt. Reynolds
Ralph Meredith
as Blind Soldier in Mac...
John Estes
as Patient
Ralph Gardner
as Patient in Leg Cast ...
Charles D. Brown
as Col. Starrett
Nelson Leigh
as Bull Fiddler
Lane Chandler
as Ship's Officer
Frank LaRue
as Mailman
Tony Marsh
as Officer
Stanley Andrews
as Australian Officer
William Benedict
as Joe, a Soldier
Leyland Hodgson
as Australian Reporter
Bill Healy
as Ship's Officer
Ralph Dunn
as Loomis
Grandon Rhodes
as Guild Member
Edwin Stanley
as Film Director
Roy Darmour
as Assistant Director
Carl Vernell
as Dance Director
Wallis Clark
as HVC Committee Man
Richard Crane
as Marine Officer
Frank Wilcox
as Army Doctor
John Whitney
as Soldier
Joel Allen
as Soldier
Mel Schubert
as Soldier
Steve Wayne
as Soldier
Charles King
as Soldier
Cyril Ring
as Life Staffer
Steve Brodie
as Australian Pilot
Clyde Cook
as Stooge
Bobby Barker
as Soldier in Fields' R...
Tom Hanlon
as Announcer
Odessa Lauren
as Telephone Operator
Nancy Brinckman
as Telephone Operator
Bob Ashley
as Jitterbug
Lennie Smith
as Jitterbug
Don Kramer
as Soldier
Allan Cooke
as Soldier
Luis Torres
as Soldier
Nicholai
as Soldier
John Duane
as Soldier
Ed Browne
as Soldier
Bill Meader
as Soldier
Eddie Kover
as Soldier
George "Shorty" Chir...
as Welles' Assistant
Nick Stewart [Nicode...
as Lt. Reynolds, USAF
George Eldredge
as Submarine Officer
Linda Brent
as Magic Maid
Janice Gay
as Magic Maid
Jane Smith
as Magic Maid
Marjorie Fectean
as Magic Maid
Doris Brenn
as Magic Maid
Rosemary Battle
as Magic Maid
Lolita Leighter
as Magic Maid
Mary Rowland
as Magic Maid
Eleanor Counts
as Magic Maid
Bill Wolfe
as Man in Zoot Suit in ...
Dennis Moore
as HVC Officer
Martin Ashe
as Man in Office
Billy Wayne
as Soldier
Dick Nelson
as Sergeant
Franklin Parker
as Man in Office
Bill Dyer
as Messenger Boy
Genevieve Bell
as Mother in Montage
Jeanette MacDonald
as Herself - Guest Star
Marlene Dietrich
as Herself - Guest Star
Dinah Shore
as Herself - Guest Star
Donald O'Connor
as Himself - Guest Star
Orson Welles
as Himself - Guest Star
Peggy Ryan
as Herself - Guest Star
W.C. Fields
as Himself - Guest Star
Artur Rubinstein
as Himself - Guest Star
Sophie Tucker
as Herself - Guest Star
Maria Montez
as Herself
Robert Paige
as Himself
Alan Curtis
as Himself
Gloria Jean
as Herself
Andy Devine
as Himself
Turhan Bey
as Himself
Peter Coe
as Himself
Nigel Bruce
as Himself
Thomas Gomez
as Himself
Martha O'Driscoll
as Martha O'Driscoll
Max 'Slapsie Maxie' ...
as Maxie Rosenbloom
Lois Collier
as Herself
Elyse Knox
as Herself
Howard C. Hickman
as Dr. Wood (uncredited...
Walter Abel
as Walter Abel (uncredi...
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Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
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Audience Reviews for Follow Me, Boys!

Sentimental Disney film is cute but overlong. (P.S. The Rotten Tomatoes synopsis is for the 1944 musical, which had absolutely nothing to do with this film.)

A movie about a boy scout leader who took it upon himself to lead a group of misfit boys to adulthood and great skills

chris200098
Christopher Curtis
½

Wonderful classic. It shows compassion and service. It's about a boyscout master who takes a roudy bunch of boys (and a particular troubled youth of an acoholic father) under his wing and unites the town. Why can't they make movies like this anymore?

homebornbabes
Gabrielle McArthur

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