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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 »



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




Cast overview, first billed only:
Dorothy Anne Seese ...
Phronsie Pepper (as Dorothy Ann Seese)
Mrs. Pepper
Mr. King
Jasper King
Charles Peck ...
Ben Pepper
Joey Pepper
Davie Pepper
Rex Evans ...
Mrs. Wilcox
Mary Currier ...
Mrs. Lansdowne
Helen Brown ...
Miss Roland
Betty Jane Graham ...
Shirley Mills ...


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

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Five Swell Reasons for a Grand Time!...And a hundred happy excuses for deep-down laughs and heart-throbs!


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

1 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Rebelião das Pimentinhas  »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


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 »


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


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
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Decent Way to End the Series
25 November 2012 | by 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.

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