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Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 1 December 1966 (USA)
Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, ... See full summary »

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Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town. Written by John Ludi <diogenes@sprintmail.com>

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Out of the ordinary things in life, Walt Disney creates an extraordinary motion picture. See more »

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1 December 1966 (USA)  »

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The town of Hickory was a preexisting set at the Disney Burbank studios. The town square or traffic circle was bordered by sidewalks, but in the shots portraying the 1930s the sidewalks were covered with dirt or sand, perhaps because playing baseball in such a small area with sidewalks seemed unrealistic (see 0:03:46 and following). See more »

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The fifteen Boy Scouts of Troop 1 leave Hickory with Lem on a march at 0:17:53 on the DVD. At 0:24:30 Lem begins singing the marching theme "Follow Me" with his fifteen Scouts joining in on the chorus. At 0:24:27 there is a fading transition to the troop crossing a creek spanned by two planks with both the Scouts and Lem starting a second verse and with major changes in clothing and their flag. From 0:24:50 to 0:24:52 the camera cuts to a shot of the boys with their original cloths and flag while Lem exhorts "Come on, Ricky!" which the DVD subtitles show as "Come on, Beefy!" because Beefy is about to fall into the creek. At 0:25:01 as the theme ends with Beefy climbing out of the creek, there is another fading transition to the troop marching along a road with Lem and Hoodoo at the rear and Hoodoo chanting the cadence "Hup, two, three, four. Hup, two, three, four" and then asking Lem "We're doin' pretty good for three weeks, huh, Lem?", thereby announcing that the fading transition at 0:25:01 was also a time transition. The creek crossing change of clothes and flag could be explained as another, unannounced, time transition, but then the 0:24:50 insert with the original clothes and flag becomes the goof. See more »

Quotes

Hoodoo Henderson: Leo, do you think the patch is dry yet?
Leo: Uh-uh.
Hoodoo Henderson: Whatta we do?
Leo: Watch I guess.
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Let Me Call You Sweetheart
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Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Music by Leo Friedman
Sung by the boys
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A little background to the movie
27 May 2006 | by See all my reviews

Just thought I would share what little I know about this movie.

Mackinlay Kantor was born in my hometown of Webster City, Iowa. He belonged to Boy Scout troop #17. He would have been 16 years old in 1920 so that gives you an idea when he was in scouts. My understanding is that he wrote the book to honor the Boy scouts and their leaders and he wanted to do so because of the great experiences he had a scout. I don't know how much of the movie is true but I do know there is at least one thing in the movie which reflects Webster City. It's nothing more than the name of a street but it's something anyway.

When I was a scout in the mid 70's we met in the upstairs of an old school building. All over the walls were posters which listed the winners of some of the annual contests that the troop held each year. Mackinlay Kantor's name was up there several times for having won several contests.

The name of my Scout leader in the 70's was a man named John McMurray. The man who founded Troop 17 in Webster City was a man named Murray McMurray. Their family has run a chick hatchery of all things in Webster City for years and it is still a thriving business today. Murray would have been Mackinlay Kantors Scout leader and I'm sure a big reason why he wrote the book. Murry, by the way, was a local banker who started the hatchery on the side. So he wasn't a musician like Lem was per say but his commitment to the town and to scouts is obviously reflected in the book and movie.

At this writing it is Memorial Day weekend 2006. There is a reunion being held this weekend in Webster City for all scouts who ever were in Troop 17. Among other things John McMurray will be speaking and concerning the movie Follow Me Boys? They will be be playing it twice for everybody there to go and see.

If you grew up in Webster City and were a scout this movie holds a little bit more than the usual emotions.


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