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Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

Fred MacMurray , Vera Miles , Norman Tokar  |  G |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, Charles Ruggles, Kurt Russell
  • Directors: Norman Tokar
  • Writers: Louis Pelletier
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
  • Run Time: 133 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (300 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000DZ3EG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,704 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Follow Me, Boys!" on IMDb

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After one year too many on the road with a ramshackle jazz band, Lem Siddons (Fred MacMurray) decides to put down roots. He marries sweetheart Vida Downey (Vera Miles) and embarks on a lifelong roller-coaster ride as a scoutmaster to a steady stream of high-spirited youngsters. Set against lovingly recreated scenes of 1930s America, this family classic shines with all the warmth and humor of Disney entertainment at its nostalgic best.

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149 of 153 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NOT JUST A SCOUTING PRIMER January 15, 2004
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Follow Me Boys
A Disney classic, Follow Me, Boys! is much more than a scouting primer. Wonderful performances by some Hollywood greats include Fred MacMurray as Lemuel Siddons, the band member and would-be lawyer turned shopkeeper and scoutmaster, Vera Miles as Vida Downey, the bank secretary turned McMurray supporter, love interest and wife, Kurt Russell in one of his first films as Whitey, the small time boy thug who, losing his drunkard dad, is adopted by Lem and Vida, becomes a stalwart in the troop and goes on to become responsible soldier and MD. Finally there's a wonderful cameo by a screen legend, Lillian Gish as the aged business magnate and McMurray benefactor Hetty Seibert.
The film includes wonderful scenes from the boys building a ramshackle troop clubhouse out of odds and ends to a later troop taking a war-games tank with flour-bag explosives in what the boys think is an all-out war.
If you're looking for deep statements about teen angst (though Russell's character does tackle some pretty difficult stuff), tough kids struggling to beat a drug habit or premarital sex you won't find it here. And thank goodness! Every once in a while it's good to watch a movie that's as squeaky clean as Fred McMurray's white shirts. Want blatant hardcore reality? Watch the six o'clock news. Follow Me, Boys! depicts what can happen when adults care, is just good clean fun, and well-acted and scripted. A great addition to any film library.
Douglas McAllister
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75 of 81 people found the following review helpful
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I remember the tune from when I saw it as a kid in the late 60s, and have hoped to see it again ever since. What a breath of fresh air compared to the tripe that Disney puts out today. Films like these remind us of America's Golden Age. Wonderful performances by all, uplifting singing on the trail, and a heart-rending, happy ending make this film a MUST HAVE in the libraries of parents who want wholesome entertainment for their kids. I wonder why more of the 1960's Disney movies have not come out on DVD. As a parent, I dont have to be woried about foul language ,sexual inuendos, or even "attitudes" that my kids will see glorified when we watch films like these. I gave my copy to a newly-minted Eagle Scout, and will order another for my family...
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A home town hero March 27, 2006
This nostalgic tale is one of my favorite Disney live-action offerings. It begins in 1930, when Lem Siddons (Fred MacMurray), "out of South Chicago" and a veteran of the battlefields of France, is travelling with a low-end jazz dance band, Melody Murphy's Collegians ("We're not collegians any more," he observes wryly), that takes a pit stop in Hickory, a classic small town probably somewhere in southern Illinois (they hope to get Chicago before night, and there's a "Clark County" right next door). Lem has been nicknamed "Counsellor" by his bandmates for the set of law books in his luggage and the correspondence legal course he's always studying; now in his 30's (MacMurray was 58 when he made the film but doesn't look it), he's beginning to feel a need of "roots." When he spots Vida Downey (Vera Miles), secretary and sometime girlfriend of bank president Ralph Hastings (Elliot Reed), and has his attention called to a "clerk wanted" sign at John Hughes's (Charlie Ruggles) mercantile, he decides Hickory is the place to put them down. Within a few weeks, partly in hopes of impressing Vida, he volunteers to serve as scoutmaster if Hickory will form a Boy Scout troop. Starting out with 15 boys in very much improvised kit, he reaches out (as he was once reached out to) to the town's "tough kid," Whitey (Kurt Russell), whose father (Sean McClory), once a respected plumber, has fallen into drink since the death of his wife, and when Ed's heart gives out from all the bootleg whiskey he's consumed, Lem and Vida, by now married but aware they can't have children of their own, take his son in. Read more ›
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars very wonderful family film January 14, 2004
Likely a lot of kids will not relate to this film, because this sort of family film is rarely made these days. Fred MacMurry (My Three Sons) decides three sons is not enough and takes on a whole troop of them - other peoples as he becomes a reluctant scoutmaster. Slowly he throws himself into the idea. As I say, kids my not warm to this Baden-Powell wholesomeness, but who knows, they might surprise you. A very young Kurt Russell plays tough boy that MacMurry wins over.
Interesting point: at the end when you see his "boys" all grown up, take note of William Reynolds as Hoodoo Henderson as a Man (FBI, The Thing That Couldn't Die). He played MacMurray's son in There's Always Tomorrow (1956).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must see for leaders of Boy Scouts June 26, 2004
This is an excellent movie showing the proper relationship between an adult Scout leader and his Scouts. This is a better version than the previously released video, because the DVD adds back 13 minutes removed by the video. The added-back minutes greatly enhance the quality of the story and bring additional valuable insights to the story. If I were in charge of any adults that work with Boy Scouts, I would require them to see this movie.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good clean classic movie. Love it.
Published 2 days ago by Hotrod1120
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed the movie. Receive the movie as promise.
Published 9 days ago by bernice sanchez
5.0 out of 5 stars Fred MacMuray at his best - surrounded by boys
Wholesome, family entertainment. Fred MacMuray at his best - surrounded by boys! Always makes me cry!
Published 9 days ago by L. Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this movie when I was young and felt privileged ...
An old classic that is timeless, I enjoyed this movie when I was young and felt privileged to be able to watch it with my grandson.
Published 11 days ago by don
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love this story. It exemplifies what good a person can do who loves to help kids.
Published 12 days ago by granny9
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Classic movie!
Published 14 days ago by Matt Walker
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie!
Published 14 days ago by Benjamin John Emmett
4.0 out of 5 stars If you have scouts (or were one) you'll enjoy it...
I had not heard of this movie, until my son came back from a scout camp raving about it. We watched it as a family and really enjoyed it. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jason Daloo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good clean movie for the whole family. Great story for old and young alike!
Published 19 days ago by auctiongirl
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great movie. Too bad they don't make movies like this anymore. I guess the society values are different from that era.
Published 20 days ago by Praetorian
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Where was this filmed?
This was filmed at Disney's Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita CA. Same location as the Triple R Ranch!
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