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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 »


Karl Brown


John T. Neville (original story and screenplay)


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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


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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Release Date:

3 August 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pillete See more »

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Production Co:

Monogram Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


Referenced in Dillinger (1945) See more »

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Jackie Moran Goes Barefoot
14 May 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

Rural teenager Jackie Moran (as Billy Whittaker) likes to play with his dog and climb trees with no shoes on, as suggested in John Greenleaf Whittier's poem "Barefoot Boy". Mr. Moran also likes cute neighbor Marilyn Knowlden (as Julia Blaine) and writes her a love note. The potential for puppy love is threatened however, by the arrival of spoiled military schoolboy Bradley Metcalfe (as Kenneth Hale). He teases Moran about going barefoot, wrestles with him, and pledges to steal his girlfriend. Their parents have Mr. Metcalfe staying with Moran when the former's father Ralph Morgan (as John Hale) gets out of prison...

Meanwhile, Matty Fain (as Blake) and Frank Puglia (as Hank), two crooks who committed the crime for which Mr. Morgan served time, hide out in the local haunted house. After Metcalfe is declared a hero for saving her sister from drowning, jealous Marcia Mae Jones (as Pige Blaine), who has a crush on Moran, takes the teenagers to the haunted house, hoping to expose Metcalfe as a coward. Mixing it up with criminals puts the youngsters and Moran's dog ("Toto" from "The Wizard of Oz") in grave danger… Director Karl Brown moves this teen fare well, but it looks like some omissions or edits have garbled parts of the story.

***** Barefoot Boy (8/3/38) Karl Brown ~ Jackie Moran, Bradley Metcalfe, Marcia Mae Jones, Ralph Morgan

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