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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)

When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out.


Bruce Bilson


Don Tait (screenplay), Albert Fay Hill (book) (as Rev. Albert Fay Hill)




Cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Herrmann ... Michael Hill
Barbara Harris ... Vickie
Susan Clark ... Anne
Karen Valentine ... Jane
Michael Constantine ... Marv
Cloris Leachman ... Claire
Patsy Kelly ... Rose
Douglas Fowley ... Delaney (as Douglas V. Fowley)
Virginia Capers ... Cleo
Steve Franken ... Tom
Dena Dietrich ... Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs Dick Fuchs ... Howard
Herb Voland ... Dr. Fulton
Alan Hale Jr. ... Harry, the Hat (as Alan Hale)
Melora Hardin ... Carmel


When crooks set up operations in a traditional town, a minister and a group of church ladies are willing to do anything, no matter how wacky, to get them out. Written by Erin Hunt <thehunts@nr.infi.net>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Six church ladies become super sleuths and set out to foil crime... their way. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime | Family


G | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Claire's car in one of the chases is a rare red 1977 Lincoln Continental Mark V with a "steel roof", meaning the standard vinyl roof is missing. It was a "delete option" for a $277 credit when ordering the car from the factory. See more »


During the climactic demolition derby at the warehouse, Dr. Rheems yells that Roca is getting away. At that point, Roca was still a mystery man to everyone. Nobody knew his name. Earlier in the film when the federal investigators were meeting with all the ladies for the first time, Agent Voorhees told them "The big man in this county is Max Roca" However there was enough time while "staking out the place" while they waited for everyone to show up to be filled in on the plot easy enough. See more »


Rev. Michael Hill: Well, the Lord never asked his followers to be long-faced and doleful. He said, "Happy are the people whose God is the Lord."
Cleo: Amen.
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References The Andrews Sisters (1951) See more »


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Fun for the family!
19 November 2006 | by GOWBTWSee all my reviews

This is one Disney film I liked very well. When I was in New York, I remembered the trailer, straight out. I liked the way the characters were played. And the action was violent, especially the crash scenes, it was not bad. Cloris Leachman did very well in her role as Claire Porter. She was a total riot throughout the movie. All the irregulars had to take action against the crooks was a wing and a prayer. And a thumbs up for each other. Armed with walkie talkies, the odds were in their favor. The one scene I didn't like is when the church caught fire. Ealier I liked the chase scene between the van and the car. The van took one jump and the car did a pop-wheelie. Then I liked where the other group mistook the railroad tracks for a short cut. Then there's the fight scene between the irregulars, and the robbers. Clarie was on the edge when the bad guys messed up her manicure. Is that a little overdoing it? Not by Claire! The "bumpercar" scene was nonstop. The irregulars maybe church-goers, but with the help of some local rock band, the congregation is uplifting. This movie was a lot of fun, I enjoyed very well. Rating 4 out of 5 stars!

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Release Date:

9 February 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ding-a-Ling Dames See more »

Filming Locations:

Burbank, California, USA See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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