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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

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

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Michael Hill
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Vickie
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Anne
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Jane
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Marv
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Claire
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Rose
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Delaney (as Douglas V. Fowley)
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Cleo
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Tom
Dena Dietrich ...
Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs ...
Howard
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Dr. Fulton
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Harry, the Hat (as Alan Hale)
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Carmel
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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. Written by Erin Hunt <thehunts@nr.infi.net>

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Six church ladies become super sleuths and set out to foil crime... their way. See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Family

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9 February 1979 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ding-a-Ling Dames  »

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(RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Marvin Fogleman, T-Man: [calling over the radio from the room] Phantom Fox.
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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References Serpico (1973) See more »

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Mississippi Magic
Written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
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From the old Disney treasure trove
23 September 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's interesting to see that the majority of reviewers deliberately mentioned that this movie has stood the test of time. I think it is an art to create hilarity like this. You have to have an uncomplicated head, which is probably why it is not done today.

The Disney Channel used to air their old great family films on a late night, maybe early a.m. venue called "Vault Disney." It's gone. I taped every one I found. Unfortunately, they went on VHS at that time, and they haven't transferred very well to DVD. However, more of these are showing up on DVD online all the time.

There was one called something like, "The One and Only Family Band." I think there were more words, but John Davidson and Leslie Warren were in it with Walter Brennan and others. "The Happiest Millionaire" was in the lineup, with an older Greer Garson and Fred MacMurray. It's a musical family piece, which is very funny. These were well done also.

"North Avenue" is hilarious, fresh and great fun. Lots of good clean energy.


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