6.0/10
82
4 user

Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 1 September 1940 (USA)
The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - have returned to live in their small house in Gusty Corners with J.H. King, who they call "... See full summary »

Director:

Writers:

(screen play) (as Harry Rebuas), (based upon a book by)
Reviews
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In Colorado territory, outlaw Wes McQueen escapes jail to pull a railroad robbery but, upon meeting pretty settler Julie Ann, he wonders about going straight.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Joel McCrea, Virginia Mayo, Dorothy Malone
Comedy | Music
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

An innocent bank teller, suspected of embezzlement, is aided by an eccentric, wisecracking waiter.

Director: Irving Cummings
Stars: Jane Russell, Groucho Marx, Frank Sinatra
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

New York store clerk (Ford) joins a hobo (Conte) and an illegal immigrant (Rogers) heading for his newly bought land in Arizona.

Director: Ricardo Cortez
Stars: Jean Rogers, Raymond Walburn, Marjorie Rambeau
Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A look at the life of Florence Nightingale.

Director: William Dieterle
Stars: Kay Francis, Ian Hunter, Donald Woods
The Prowler (1951)
Drama | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

When Susan Gilvray reports a prowler outside her house police officer Webb Garwood investigates and sparks fly. If only her husband wasn't in the way.

Director: Joseph Losey
Stars: Van Heflin, Evelyn Keyes, John Maxwell
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The Kettles leave their ultra-modern home and return to the country looking for uranium. Ma and Tom's mother-in-law, Mrs. Parker, fight over whether their grandchild will be raised "hygienically".

Director: Edward Sedgwick
Stars: Marjorie Main, Percy Kilbride, Richard Long
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In the post-war, the alcoholic and bitter veteran military and former writer Dave Hirsch returns from Chicago to his hometown Parkman, Indiana. He is followed by Ginnie Moorehead, a vulgar ... See full summary »

Director: Vincente Minnelli
Stars: Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Shirley MacLaine
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Ever since the poor Pepper family - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - warmed the once cold heart of wealthy businessman J.H. King, they have ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Edith Fellows, Dorothy Ann Seese, Clarence Kolb
Comedy | Drama | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - and the Kings - mining businessman J.H. King and his grandson Jasper King - are still living ... See full summary »

Director: Charles Barton
Stars: Edith Fellows, Dorothy Ann Seese, Dorothy Peterson
Certificate: Passed Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A real estate agent and his wife try to advise their eldest daughter about marriage.

Director: S. Sylvan Simon
Stars: Frank Morgan, Ann Rutherford, John Shelton
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Phyllis wants to marry Bobby, but Father won't permit it until older sister Celia weds. So Celia invents a military fiancée in Arabia, unimaginatively christens him John Smith, writes him a... See full summary »

Director: William A. Seiter
Stars: Dorothy Mackaill, Basil Rathbone, Leila Hyams
Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Mike Morgan creates the illusions that magicians use in their shows. While his business is Miracles for Sale, his hobby is exposing fake spiritualists. At the club, he is invited to attend ... See full summary »

Director: Tod Browning
Stars: Robert Young, Florence Rice, Frank Craven
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Edith Fellows ...
Dorothy Ann Seese ...
Dorothy Peterson ...
Pierre Watkin ...
...
Charles Peck ...
Tommy Bond ...
Bobby Larson ...
Rex Evans ...
Kathleen Howard ...
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Lansdowne
Helen Brown ...
Miss Roland
Betty Jane Graham ...
May
Shirley Mills ...
June
Shirley Jean Rickert ...
Kiki
Edit

Storyline

The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - have returned to live in their small house in Gusty Corners with J.H. King, who they call "Grandpa King", J.H.'s grandson Jasper King, and their faithful butler Martin, while J.H. proceeds to have another mansion in Gusty Corners built in which they all can live more comfortably. But Jasper's aunt, Martha Wilcox, is still wanting custody of Jasper, and will go to court to get that custody. Jasper, who knows nothing about his aunt's legal manoeuvrings, would prefer to live with his grandfather and the Peppers. J.H. believes she may have a case especially as they live in the Pepper's cramped house. So, J.H., with Mrs. Pepper's approval, decides to send Jasper and all the Pepper children to boarding school so that Martha can't get a hold of Jasper. Of the children, Polly is the only one who J.H. and Mrs. Pepper tell the reason of being sent away to boarding school. At this new school, all the ... Written by Huggo

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rebelião das Pimentinhas  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Victor Kilian was in a contemporary Hollywood Reporter production list as a cast member, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

Goofs

Near the beginning of the film, when Mr. King goes outside to meet with Aunt Martha on the front porch, a clear reflection of the boom microphone can be seen in the front door's glass window as King opens and closes the door. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the movie's opening credits the five actors portraying the Pepper children introduce themselves, standing behind large pepper shakers. See more »

Connections

Follows Out West with the Peppers (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Lyricist for "Sailing Along" unknown
Sung by Edith Fellows with Shirley Jean Rickert on piano
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Decent Way to End the Series
25 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940)

** (out of 4)

The fourth and final film in Columbia's series has the five peppers finding themselves in a boarding school for a reason only Polly (Edith Fellows) really knows. Once there they all are miserable but they have to put up with the abuse from classmates because of a reason Polly doesn't want to share. FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS IN TROUBLE is certainly a step up from the previous two films but it's still not strong enough to recommend to anyone outside those interested in the books or series. Still, it's hard to recommend any of the sequels to anyone other than fans because they really don't contain anything too special and it's easy to see why the studio didn't continue them. Still, if you did enjoy the first movie then you'll want to keep up with the adventures and this here offers the family up in a less annoying way than the previous movie where the kids actually needed to be in a boarding school. There are a couple very funny moments dealing with Martin the butler and the school makes for a couple good scenes as well. As usual, the kids all fit their parts a lot better here and Fellows seems to have a lot more energy this time out. Rex Evans also deserves some credit giving so much to the series and especially in this final one. The biggest problem with the film is that it's always trying to be too cute and often times there's not much of a story going on.


0 of 0 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
WHERE IS THE HOUSE?! y2rmw
Discuss Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?