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Out West with the Peppers (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama, Western | 30 June 1940 (USA)
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 »



(screen play) (as Harry Rebaus), (based on a book by)


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Complete credited cast:
Dorothy Anne Seese ...
Phronsie Pepper (as Dorothy Ann Seese)
Dorothy Peterson ...
Charles Peck ...
Victor Kilian ...
Helen Brown ...
Walter Soderling ...
Roger Gray ...


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 in the Pepper's small house in Gusty Corners with their faithful butler Martin, despite they now being financially well off with the discovery of copper in their mine. But the Peppers will soon have to move as Mrs. Pepper has been diagnosed with a serious health issue that requires her to recuperate for at least a year in a location at altitude. While J.H., Jasper and Martin remain in Gusty Corners, the Peppers move out west to stay with Mrs. Pepper's sister, Alice Anderson, and her husband, Jim Anderson, who own a boarding house in Oregon logging country. The Peppers, however, are not totally welcomed as Jim does not want them to stay, despite the Peppers paying their own room and board. What the children are unaware of is that Jim is a drunk and the boarding house is the only way the Andersons can ... Written by Huggo

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The most lovable kids who ever took a tug at your heart-strings! (Title lobby card).


Comedy | Drama | Western


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Release Date:

30 June 1940 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Several people are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. These were (with their character names): Millard Vincent (First Specialist), Wyndham Standing (Second Specialist) and Harry Bernard (Checkers Player) 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 Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) See more »

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Weak Third Film
19 November 2012 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Out West with the Peppers (1940)

** (out of 4)

Pretty weak third entry in the Columbia series has Mrs. Pepper (Dorothy Peterson) suffering from poor health so she and her five kids move out West to stay with a relative. The kid's uncle is a bitter and mean old man who doesn't want any of them there but will the kids be able to work on him? OUT WEST WITH THE PEPPERS is pretty much another version of the first film, although the only difference here is that this takes place in the West. This here is a pretty disappointing entry on a number of levels but the biggest is the fact that the kids here are just so downright annoying and constantly doing bad things that I agreed with the uncle in that they should leave the house at once. I'm sure the stuff the kids do was meant to be funny but they just come across as a bunch of trouble makers without anyone to keep them in order. I've always questioned some of the mother's parental skills in the first two movies but just overlooked it. Here I have to wonder why on Earth she let the kids do so much and not ever put her foot down. There's annoying sequence inside a grocery store where the kids wreck it. There's another sequence where they bring a skunk into the house. So many things that they do were either annoying or something these kids should have known better about. Sure, perhaps I'm being too serious but the first two films aimed for charm and got it. This one here aims for charm but fails so the stuff comes off annoying. The performances aren't all that memorable and there's really not any funny scenes.

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