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Barefoot Boy (1938)





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Barefoot Boy is a throwback to the sort of bucolic family fare in which Monogram Pictures specialized in the early 1930s. Loosely inspired by the John Greenleaf Whittier poem of the same name, the film stars Jackie Moran as Billy Whittaker, a country lad whose idyllic lifestyle is thrown into confusion upon the arrival of arrogant reform-school graduate Kenneth Hale (Bradley Metcalf). Not only does Kenneth tear down everything that Billy holds dear, but he also has the audacity to make a play for Billy's sweetheart Pige Blaine (Marcia Mae Jones). Eventually Kenneth reforms his ways and becomes a "regular guy", but not without a bit of bare-knuckle persuasion from Billy and a brief escapade involving a gang of out-of-town bond swindlers. The film was directed by Karl Brown, a former cinematographer with an unerring eye for gorgeous exterior shots. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

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Jackie Moran
as Billy Whittaker
Marcia Mae Jones
as Pige Blaine
Claire Windsor
as Valerie Hale
Ralph Morgan
as John Hale
Charles D. Brown
as Calvin Whittaker
Helen MacKellar
as Martha Whittaker
Marilyn Knowlden
as Julia Blaine
Henry Roquemore
as Ben Blaine
Earl Hodgins
as Sheriff
Johnnie Morris
as Jeff Blaine
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