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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.

Director:

Bruce Bilson

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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>

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What these ladies do to the mob is highly irregular! See more »

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Action | Comedy | Crime | Family

Certificate:

G | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Disney's Official Site

Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The final film for veteran character actors Patsy Kelly and Douglas Fowley. See more »

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[Everybody has just spotted Rev. Hill returning to church with only his britches missing]
Bette Sims: How come he doesn't have any pants on?
Mrs. Vicki Sims: Well, we - we don't know why, we - we don't question why.
Bette Sims: Why don't we? We're all suppose to pretend he has pants on, when he doesn't?
Mrs. Vicki Sims: [sappy-like] Mm-hmm, Yes.
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Pass a Little Love Around
Written by Al Kasha and Joel Hirschhorn
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Truly a family film.
14 November 2002 | by BlueghostSee all my reviews

The "Family Film" label is too often attached to children's films, which have nothing to offer adults or more mature adolescence. "North Avenue Irregulars" is still a Disney film, and it still caters to a younger audience, but, unlike other so-called family-films, this movie won't insult the intelligence of the adolescent nor college age film viewer.

Again, even though it has a little more spunk than other Disney films, it is, afterall, a Disney film. As such the topic of locals tackleing organized crime is kept G-rated (clean language, minimal violence, and so forth), but the comic moments and action balance quite well in one of the last of the truly classic Disney Family Films.

Anyone who grew up in the suburban 70's and 80's will feel very much at home with the portrayal of what used to be suburban America; everything from the PTA mom down to the wood paneled station wagon. It's worth a night's viewing.


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