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The Ballad of Lucy Whipple (2001)

The adventures of a family who head west to the California gold fields in the 1850s.



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Amos 'Rattlesnake Jake' Frogge (as Meat Loaf Aday)
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Charles Grueber ...
Papa (as Charles Cruber)


When her widowed mother decides to move the family from New England to California during the Gold Rush, teenager California Morning Whipple is furious. She misses her New England home, even though her mother and younger siblings are happy in their new home and life. Not wanting anything to do with California, she renames herself Lucy. But over time "Lucy" begins to think of California as her home. Written by Rebecca <Rebecca191@aol.com>

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While the world headed West for gold, one family came for adventure.



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18 February 2001 (USA)  »

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Early in the film, Arvella calls California by her "Lucy" name, before she actually decided to adopt that name. See more »

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Delightful film !!
23 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Most enjoyable thing I have watched on television in a long time. A really nice portrayal of frontier life in a busy Gold-mining town. The perfect 'American Girl' film ~ would keep any group of young girls ~ I'd say up to about age 14 ~ happy on an overnight or birthday party day. Highly recommended for moms too! A great historical film ~ I really enjoy olde time clothing and the costuming was fantastic! A delightful film all around !! The film is a bit reminiscent of Jane Seymours ~ Dr Quinn, Medicine Woman television show. The funny thing is that I had purchased the paperback book of this film way back in 1999 but had stashed it on the shelf and never read it. Happened upon the film on television tonight and am delighted!

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