Follow Me, Boys!
name = Follow Me, Boys!
imdb_id = 0060420
Walt Disney Wintson Hibler
Fred MacMurray Vera Miles Lillian Gish Charles Ruggles Elliott Reid Kurt Russell Luana Patten Ken Murray
Richard M. Sherman
Robert B. Sherman
Walt Disney Pictures
December 1, 1966
runtime = 131 min.
language = English
"Follow Me, Boys!" is a
1966family movie released through Walt Disney Pictures, based on the book " God and My Country" by MacKinlay Kantor. The film starred Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, and Kurt Russell, was co-produced by Walt Disneyand Winston Hibler, directed by Norman Tokar, and written by Louis Pelletier. It is one of the few movies where Boy Scouts are key to the film and is Disney's paean to the Boy Scouts. The title song "Follow Me, Boys!" was written by studio favorites: Bob and Dick Sherman. For a time, after the film was released, the Boy Scouts of Americawas considering using the song as their anthembut efforts toward this end were eventually dropped. The film is also known as "On My Honor", which was its working title. This is the first of ten Disney films which Kurt Russellwould appear in over the next ten years. A DVDversion was released on February 3, 2004.
After one year too many on the road with a ramshackle
jazzband, itinerant musician Lem Siddons (MacMurray) decides to put down roots in Hickory, a small Midwesterntown, by taking a job as a clerk in a general store. With the dual purpose of impressing bank teller Vida Downey (Miles) and instilling values in the local boys and keep them out of trouble, Siddons starts a local Scout troop, which sets him on a lifelong roller-coaster ride as a Scoutmasterto a steady stream of high-spirited youngsters. Siddons soon marries local sweetheart Downey and finds the two loves of his life: Downey and Scouting. Eventually, the childless couple adopt and raise Whitey, a troubled and confused boy, after his alcoholic father dies. On another occasion while camping, a nearby Army unit arrests the troop when the boys inadvertently stumble upon a war game, mistaking them for spies.
In the heartwarming conclusion, decades later the aging Siddon is hailed by his former Scouts, now all grown up and successful men, as they return to honor him with a town parade and expressions of fond gratitude for his influence in their lives.
Fred MacMurray- Lemuel "Lem" Siddons
Vera Miles- Vida Downey
Lillian Gish- Hetty Seibert
Charlie Ruggles- John Everett Hughes
Kurt Russell- Whitey
Luana Patten- Nora White
*Ken Murray - Melody Murphy
Parley Baer- Mayor Hi Plommer
*William Reynolds - Hoodoo Henderson as a Man
Madge Blake- Cora Anderson
* [http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0852698/ Keith Taylor] - Beefy Smith
*David Bailey - Duke
Jimmy Murphy- P.O.W. Soldier
Adam Williams- P.O.W. Sergeant
John Larroquette"as" Army soldier in war games
Eddie Sallia- Harry
Lillian Gish filmography
* [http://www.ultimatedisney.com/follow.html DVD review of "Follow Me, Boys!"]
* [http://movies2.nytimes.com/gst/movies/movie.html?v_id=18033 New York Times review of "Follow Me, Boys!"]
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