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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

 -  Action | Comedy | Crime  -  9 February 1979 (USA)
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When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Hill
Delaney (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Virginia Capers ...
Dena Dietrich ...
Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs ...
Dr. Fulton
Harry, the Hat (as Alan Hale)


When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out. Written by Erin Hunt <>

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9 February 1979 (USA)  »

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Ding-a-Ling Dames  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)



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1.85 : 1
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In the scene where the church is blown up, the movie's crew didn't realize until after the destruction (in one take, of course) that there was no film in the camera. The church had to be rebuilt and blown up again. As of a few years ago, it still sits on a lot at Buena Vista studios. See more »


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Claire: Uh, Max and I are watching Freddie Uh Two Fingers' Snooker Parlor, and uh I... expect to be murdered any minute. If that should happen, would somebody please contact Alfredo? He does my hair.
Marvin Fogleman, T-Man: Ten-four.
Mr. Delaney Rafferty: [over the radio] Five dames ain't gonna find no bank. We'll be lucky if they don't get us all killed! If you want me honest opinion, it's a wild duck chase.
Marvin Fogleman, T-Man: Who...
[grabbing the radio phone and turning to Reverand Hill]
Marvin Fogleman, T-Man: who is that?
Rev. Michael Hill: [...]
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Truly a family film.
14 November 2002 | by (The San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

The "Family Film" label is too often attached to children's films, which have nothing to offer adults or more mature adolescence. "North Avenue Irregulars" is still a Disney film, and it still caters to a younger audience, but, unlike other so-called family-films, this movie won't insult the intelligence of the adolescent nor college age film viewer.

Again, even though it has a little more spunk than other Disney films, it is, afterall, a Disney film. As such the topic of locals tackleing organized crime is kept G-rated (clean language, minimal violence, and so forth), but the comic moments and action balance quite well in one of the last of the truly classic Disney Family Films.

Anyone who grew up in the suburban 70's and 80's will feel very much at home with the portrayal of what used to be suburban America; everything from the PTA mom down to the wood paneled station wagon. It's worth a night's viewing.

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