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Follow Me, Boys! (1966)

Approved | | Drama, Family | 1 December 1966 (USA)
Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, ... See full summary »


Norman Tokar


Louis Pelletier (screenplay), MacKinlay Kantor (book)
1 nomination. See more awards »




Complete credited cast:
Fred MacMurray ... Lemuel Siddons
Vera Miles ... Vida Downey
Lillian Gish ... Hetty Seibert
Charles Ruggles ... John Everett Hughes (as Charlie Ruggles)
Elliott Reid ... Ralph Hastings
Kurt Russell ... Whitey
Luana Patten ... Nora White
Ken Murray ... Melody Murphy
Donald May ... Edward White, Jr.
Sean McClory ... Edward White, Sr.
Steve Franken ... P.O.W. Lieutenant
Parley Baer ... Mayor
William Reynolds ... Hoodoo Henderson - Man


Lem Siddons is part of a traveling band who has a dream of becoming a lawyer. Deciding to settle down, he finds a job as a stockboy in the general store of a small town. Trying to fit in, he volunteers to become scoutmaster of the newly formed Troop 1. Becoming more and more involved with the scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner, until he realizes that his life has been fulfilled helping the youth of the small town. Written by John Ludi <diogenes@sprintmail.com>

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Just an ordinary guy...but the people whose lives he touched will remember him forever...SO WILL YOU! See more »


Drama | Family


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Did You Know?


Fred MacMurray and Elliot Reid were involved in a love triangle here with Vera Miles just like they were with Nancy Olson in "The Absent-Minded Professor" and Fred MacMurray came out the victor in both cases. See more »


When Lem and the (1944) Boy Scout troop learn that Hetty Seibert's nephew is taking legal action to stop her from donating her lake property to their troop, the scouts Duke, Jimmy and Tiger are shown at 1:40:50 standing left to right with Tiger wearing a red baseball cap emblazoned with the letter R. Later, at 1:42:12, the boys Tiger, Jimmy and Duke are shown standing left to right with the R on Tiger's cap backwards. The film has been flipped left for right in the later shot. See more »


Hetty Cutler Seibert: Young man, you are a popinjay.
Ralph Hastings: Aunt Hetty...
Hetty Cutler Seibert: And you are an employer of popinjays.
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Alternate Versions

The 1976 theatrical reissue was shortened by 10 minutes, as was the original home video. The DVD is of the complete, original version. See more »


Let Me Call You Sweetheart
Lyrics by Beth Slater Whitson
Music by Leo Friedman
Sung by the boys
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User Reviews

Societal Values have Degenerated - Thank God the Boy Scouts Haven't!
27 September 2015 | by fjalexiiiSee all my reviews

I've seen a couple of reviews decry this movie, 50 years after the fact, for poor values or "teaching the kids wrong things." That is the silliest thing I have seen. This movie was a good movie in 1966, and remains so fifty years later. The Scouts NEVER have changed their mission to help boys grow into upright men; America has decided for some reason that upright men are bad and that good values are bad.

Too bad. In what remains of the real USA, men still are men, not women. The Scouts taught generations of boys how to be upright, forthright men. If that is bad, call this former Scout a bad man...and my sons...and my grandson.

We are what holds this country together while the critics try to tear it apart. By the grace of God, that shall never happen.

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Release Date:

1 December 1966 (USA) See more »

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On My Honor See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.75 : 1
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