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Barefoot Boy (1938)

Approved  |   |  Action, Adventure, Crime  |  3 August 1938 (USA)
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Other than using the same title this film has no connection to nor is there any film credit linking it to the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. In this film, Kenneth Hale, a pampered, ... See full summary »

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Jeff Blaine
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Julia Blaine
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Valerie Hale
Helen MacKellar ...
Martha Whittaker
Matty Fain ...
Blake
Frank Puglia ...
Hank
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Warden
Charles D. Brown ...
Calvin Whittaker (as Chas. D. Brown)
Roger Gray ...
Dutch
Earle Hodgins ...
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Other than using the same title this film has no connection to nor is there any film credit linking it to the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. In this film, Kenneth Hale, a pampered, snobbish young boy is sent by his father, John Hale, who has served time in prison for a crime he did not commit, down to the country farm of an old friend, Calvin Whittaker. The barefooted, honest and plucky Billy Whittaker, his girlfriend, Pige Bennett, and punky Kenneth get involved with a "haunted" house and a gang of crooks, while Billy helps make a "better man" out of Kenneth. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Sweet Old Fashioned Movie
7 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, because it showed children growing up in the same time period as my parents grew up in. It was like "Leave It To Beaver" (20 years earlier), Billy was Wally, Kenneth was Eddie and the sisters could have been a number of girls who liked Wally and were momentarily fooled by Eddie.

I liked seeing Billy stand up to Kenneth, but never really hurting him. Pige was one tough girl and little sister Julia the sweetie who didn't participate in any of the ruff stuff. Billy's mother was a worry wart and his Dad the calming influence, which reminds me of my parents.

The movie starts out with John Greenleaf Whittier's poem being recited, which brought back my Grade School days of having to memorize the poem and then write a parody of it.

If you only watch the all time great movies skip this one, but if you want to see a nice dumb movie you can sit back, relax and enjoy; Don't miss it!


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