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Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940)

Approved | | Comedy, Drama | 1 September 1940 (USA)
The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - have returned to live in their small house in Gusty Corners with J.H. King, who they call "... See full summary »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Polly Pepper
Dorothy Anne Seese ... Phronsie Pepper (as Dorothy Ann Seese)
... Mrs. Pepper
... Mr. King
... Jasper King
Charles Peck ... Ben Pepper
... Joey Pepper
... Davie Pepper
Rex Evans ... Martin
... Mrs. Wilcox
Mary Currier ... Mrs. Lansdowne
Helen Brown ... Miss Roland
... May
Shirley Mills ... June
... Kiki
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The Peppers - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - have returned to live in their small house in Gusty Corners with J.H. King, who they call "Grandpa King", J.H.'s grandson Jasper King, and their faithful butler Martin, while J.H. proceeds to have another mansion in Gusty Corners built in which they all can live more comfortably. But Jasper's aunt, Martha Wilcox, is still wanting custody of Jasper, and will go to court to get that custody. Jasper, who knows nothing about his aunt's legal manoeuvrings, would prefer to live with his grandfather and the Peppers. J.H. believes she may have a case especially as they live in the Pepper's cramped house. So, J.H., with Mrs. Pepper's approval, decides to send Jasper and all the Pepper children to boarding school so that Martha can't get a hold of Jasper. Of the children, Polly is the only one who J.H. and Mrs. Pepper tell the reason of being sent away to boarding school. At this new school, all the ... Written by Huggo

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Five Swell Reasons for a Grand Time!...And a hundred happy excuses for deep-down laughs and heart-throbs!

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1 September 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A RebeliĆ£o das Pimentinhas  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Victor Kilian was in a contemporary Hollywood Reporter production list as a cast member, but he was not seen in the movie. See more »

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Near the beginning of the film, when Mr. King goes outside to meet with Aunt Martha on the front porch, a clear reflection of the boom microphone can be seen in the front door's glass window as King opens and closes the door. See more »

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In the movie's opening credits the five actors portraying the Pepper children introduce themselves, standing behind large pepper shakers. See more »

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Follows Five Little Peppers at Home (1940) See more »

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The Blue Danube Waltz, Opus 314
(1867) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Lyricist for "Sailing Along" unknown
Sung by Edith Fellows with Shirley Jean Rickert on piano
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"Confessions of a 4'10" Drama Queen"
29 December 2007 | by See all my reviews

The generation that grew up on the "Little Peppers" books and the four films they inspired is pretty much gone now. Current viewers will wonder what all the fuss was about, just what did that earlier generation find so appealing about this family? The films were quite popular during their two-year run just before World War II. "The Five Little Peppers In Trouble" (1940) was the last of the four, which were produced non-stop over about a 12-month period. The ensemble stayed pretty much the same throughout and the child actors weren't noticeably older than in the first film.

Edith Fellows plays Polly Pepper, the oldest of the five children. She was a sawed-off (4'10") version of Bonita Granville and Anne Shirley, with a little Deanna Durbin style singing thrown in. Charles Peck was Ben, the oldest boy, and the least developed of the characters. Tommy Bond (Butch on the "Little Rascals") and Bobby Larson were the younger boys and in retrospect the main strength of series; you wish they were featured more often. Dorothy Ann Seese was Phronsie Pepper, the single most irritating character in cinema history (step aside Moochie). Seese was just a hammy little kid but the writers repeatedly inserted her into virtually every scene, working the same lame gag over and over. Jasper King played Ronald Sinclair, a sort of sixth Pepper and their adopted grandfather's teenage ward.

The Peppers don't really get into much trouble in "The Five Little Peppers In Trouble", which is basically an early version of "Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen" (2004), with Fellows playing the Lindsey Lohen character. The six are packed off to an elite boarding school. The other students, all rich kids led by queen bee June (Shirley Mills), won't associate with these common public school intruders. Although all six are in the same boat, the focus is almost completely on Polly; Fellows gets to do some singing when they hold tryouts for the school's musical.

The story is not entirely formulaic, as the Peppers leave the school rather than reform their snobby fellow students. And June only gets the mildest comeuppances.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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