The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)




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One of the bigger non-cartoon moneymakers for Disney in the 1970s, The North Avenue Irregulars is predicated on the premise of the "Neighborhood Watch" system. Priest Michael Hill (Edward Herrmann), newly arrived on North Avenue, decides to buck the patriarchal notions of his superiors by delegating church responsibilities to the neighborhood women. Since the ladies include Vickie, Jane, Anne, Claire and Rose (Barbara Harris, Karen Valentine, Susan Clark, Cloris Leachman and Patsy Kelly), we're well primed for a surfeit of feistiness. Father Michael entrusts the church funds to Rose, who loses it all at the race track. In trying to retrieve the cash, he comes up against an influential bookie ring, controlled by several of the above-suspicion town officials. The wily priest responds by organizing the ladies of his congregation into the North Avenue Irregulars, a two-fisted crimefighting unit. There's slapstick aplenty within the film's 99 minutes, including the expected comic car crash. North Avenue Irregulars is based on a (drawn-from-life?) novel by the Reverend Albert Fay Hill.
Comedy , Drama , Kids & Family
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Edward Herrmann
as Michael Hill
Ruth Buzzi
as Dr. Rheems
Douglas Fowley
as Delaney
Dena Dietrich
as Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs
as Howard
Herb Voland
as Dr. Fulton
Herbert Voland
as Dr. Fulton
Alan Hale Jr.
as Harry the Hat
Melora Hardin
as Carmel
Ivor Francis
as Rev. Wainwright
Louisa Moritz
as Mrs. Gossin
Marjorie Bennett
as Mother Thurber
Ceil Cabot
as Pedestrian
Cliff Osmond
as Big Chin
John Kerry
as Roca's Lieutenant
Dave Morick
as Policeman
Darrow Igus
as Mechanic
Dennis Robertson
as Truck Driver #1
Ed McCready
as Truck Driver #2
Dave Ketchum
as Capt. Bamford
John Wheeler
as Clothier
David Rode
as Toby
Mickey Morton
as Bootsie
Pitt Herbert
as Mr. Thurber
Chuck Henry
as TV Announcer
Rickie Layne
as Bettor
Jack Perkins
as Bouncer
Tom Pedi
as Bartender
Bill McLean
as Mr. Younger
Roger Creed
as Mailman
Walt LaRue
as Grandpa
Jack Griffin
as Traffic Cop
Len Ross
as Passerby
Douglas Hume
as Driver
Gary Morgan
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Jack Cameron-White
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Lloyd Michael Williams
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Kim Bullard
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
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Critic Reviews for The North Avenue Irregulars

All Critics (8)

Church ladies become screwball sleuths in mild '70s comedy.

Full Review… | January 18, 2012
Common Sense Media

So-so Disney comedy about priest Edward Herrmann and his squad of volunteer cops led by Barbara Harris.

June 11, 2005

What's irregular is the story and the direction

August 30, 2002

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April 26, 2007
Tyler Morning Telegraph (Texas)

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January 22, 2004
Shadows on the Wall

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August 29, 2003
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for The North Avenue Irregulars

The North Avenue Irregulars is proof that you don't need sex and four-letter words to make a funny movie. These church ladies are all we have to work with, but oh do they pull it off, and then some.

Matthew Henegan
Matthew Henegan

** (out of four) Way too Zany. Way too Wacky. And Way too Corny for its own good. "The North Avenue Irregulars" is pretty typical Disney fare of the late 1970's, excpet with the volume turned up...way up. A group of church ladies on North Avenue take on a group of illegal gamblers in an attempt to rid their neighborhood of the evil influence.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith

Let me just start out by saying that I watched this film willingly.....there was a lot of alcohol was sandwiched in between a session watching the original Evil Dead and Hellraiser, a little arm twisting and some rib nudging but I have to say this was a giggle. Typical late 70's Disney and I did laugh if only at the pants surveillance attempts.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

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