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Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama, Family  |  22 August 1939 (USA)
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The Peppers - Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - are a poor family (the six of them sleep in a total of four beds in two rooms), but they love each ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Edith Fellows ...
Clarence Kolb ...
Dorothy Peterson ...
Charles Peck ...
Tommy Bond ...
Jimmy Leake ...
Dorothy Ann Seese ...
Leonard Carey ...


The Peppers - Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - are a poor family (the six of them sleep in a total of four beds in two rooms), but they love each other and as a result are happy. Mrs. Pepper's husband, John Pepper, a mining engineer, died when the copper mine in which he had half ownership collapsed atop him. Mid-teen Polly was deeded his part of the mine, which her mother has told her her father wanted her to keep at least until she became of age, despite he never having found copper in it. Polly often acts as the family guardian to her siblings while Mrs. Pepper is at work. By chance, Polly and Joey meet well-off but lonely mid-teen Jasper King, who ends up befriending all the Pepper children. Jasper lives with his wealthy businessman grandfather, J.H. King, who pays his grandson no attention as he is all consumed with making money to the exclusion of all else. J.H. has no interest in Jasper befriending this poor family until he learns who ... Written by Huggo

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YOU ASKED TO MEET ALL OF THEM AGAIN...So here they are (original poster)


Comedy | Drama | Family


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22 August 1939 (USA)  »

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Cinco huerfanitos  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Followed by Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940) See more »


Happy Birthday to You
(1893) (uncredited)
Written by Mildred J. Hill and Patty S. Hill
Sung a cappella by Edith Fellows, Charles Peck, Tommy Bond, Jimmy Leake and Dorothy Ann Seese
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You have the wrong movie in mind
14 December 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This family has no father. It is the mother raising the 5 children. You must be thinking of another movie. The father of these children died before the movie even starts. This is a beautiful movie that even my 11 year old son loved. He sat and laughed and laughed as he watched it. While some might see it as simplistic and unrealistic in this day and age, I was glad to see a movie that showed basic family values and was enjoyable for my children to watch. It also showed basic moral values and how they impact others. It became a series of movies and was followed up with Five Little Peppers in Trouble and Five Little peppers Out West.

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