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Barefoot Boy (1938)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 3 August 1938 (USA)
Other than using the same title this film has no connection to nor is there any film credit linking it to the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. In this film, Kenneth Hale, a pampered, ... See full summary »

Director:

Karl Brown

Writer:

John T. Neville (original story and screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jackie Moran ... Billy Whittaker
Marcia Mae Jones ... Pige Blaine
Ralph Morgan ... John Hale
Claire Windsor ... Valerie Hale
Charles D. Brown Charles D. Brown ... Calvin Whittaker
Marilyn Knowlden ... Julia Blaine
Bradley Metcalfe ... Kenneth Hale
Frank Puglia ... Hank
Helen MacKellar ... Martha Whittaker
Matty Fain Matty Fain ... Convict
Henry Roquemore Henry Roquemore ... Benjamin Blaine
Roger Gray Roger Gray ... Dutch
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Prison Warden
Earle Hodgins ... Sheriff
Johnnie Morris Johnnie Morris ... Jeff Blaine
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Storyline

Other than using the same title this film has no connection to nor is there any film credit linking it to the poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. In this film, Kenneth Hale, a pampered, snobbish young boy is sent by his father, John Hale, who has served time in prison for a crime he did not commit, down to the country farm of an old friend, Calvin Whittaker. The barefooted, honest and plucky Billy Whittaker, his girlfriend, Pige Bennett, and punky Kenneth get involved with a "haunted" house and a gang of crooks, while Billy helps make a "better man" out of Kenneth. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Scrapping - Romancing - Gang-Busting!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pillete See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film received its initial USA telecast Saturday 24 January 1942 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it Friday 6 August 1948 on WATV (Channel 13) and Monday 25 October 1948 on WCBS (Channel 2); in Chicago it first aired Thursday 27 January 1949 on WBKB (Channel 4), and, on the West Coast, in Los Angeles, it was first seen Wednesday 8 February 1950 on KTSL (Channel 2). See more »

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Referenced in Dillinger (1945) See more »

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A Sweet Old Fashioned Movie
7 September 2010 | by bozshir1See all my reviews

I enjoyed this movie, because it showed children growing up in the same time period as my parents grew up in. It was like "Leave It To Beaver" (20 years earlier), Billy was Wally, Kenneth was Eddie and the sisters could have been a number of girls who liked Wally and were momentarily fooled by Eddie.

I liked seeing Billy stand up to Kenneth, but never really hurting him. Pige was one tough girl and little sister Julia the sweetie who didn't participate in any of the ruff stuff. Billy's mother was a worry wart and his Dad the calming influence, which reminds me of my parents.

The movie starts out with John Greenleaf Whittier's poem being recited, which brought back my Grade School days of having to memorize the poem and then write a parody of it.

If you only watch the all time great movies skip this one, but if you want to see a nice dumb movie you can sit back, relax and enjoy; Don't miss it!


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