Follow Me, Boys!

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7.22 h 11 min1966G
A man settles down in a small town and becomes the scoutmaster.
Directors
Norman Tokar
Starring
Fred MacMurrayVera MilesLillian Gish
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Special Interest
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English [CC]
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English
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Supporting actors
Charlie RugglesElliott ReidKurt RussellLuana PattenKen Murray
Producers
Winston Hibler
Studio
Walt Disney Pictures
Rating
G (General Audience)
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4.8 out of 5 stars

1722 global ratings

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Russell SReviewed in the United States on June 11, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
What a lovely world it must have been then.
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So it is a Disney movie back in the day when they cared about making an entertaining small movie and not caring about all the money in the world. This is a slice of Americana life in the 1930's where a travelling musician is tired of the road and wants to put down roots, that is Fred MacMurray and he finds the little town and does just that. He even sees a lady he likes and tries to woo and that is Vera Miles. Along the way he opens up a boy scout troop to keep the local boys out of trouble and off the streets. Very lovely movie and one that the whole family will love.
27 people found this helpful
talkinturtlesReviewed in the United States on July 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
What's not to like about Fred MacMurray and Kurt Russell?
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I have not seen this movie since i was a child. I remember I loved it but could remember nothing about it. I was expecting to be disappointed, as not many movies hold up to what you loved as a child. However, this movie did not disappoint. Nothing, but the song was familiar to me! It was a great movie, I'd say one of Disney's best. Good plot, not many surprises, just a good solid movie. It's a little long, so I"m not sure how it would hold the attention of kids now, but it's one I know I'll watch again. Maybe I'll even get the grandkids to watch it with me one of these days!
8 people found this helpful
Old Timer TooReviewed in the United States on March 4, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great Family Entertainment
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Most stories have antagonists (the bad guys) and protagonists (the good guys), but this movie starring Fred MacMurray does not. It is a biographical story of a fictional Lem Siddons, who very much represented many great scout leaders over the years. A real life person, Mel (Melvin) Detwiler, was much like Lem Siddons who is portrayed by MacMurray. Detwiler was the inspiration behind an award for “Lifetime Commitment to Scouting,” which was created in his name. It’a an award given to leaders specifically for providing service after their own sons are no longer active in the troop. The film is slightly over two hours, but something that is truly inspiring family entertainment.
6 people found this helpful
MichaelReviewed in the United States on May 15, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great old movie to add to your collection
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the only thing I didn't like was that it went too long towards the second half that didn't really fit with the first part of the story. However at the very end, it was all tied together. I will watch this again and skip over the parts I don't think seem to fit. There are good stories to learn from in this movie such as putting confidence into children and helping them to see their potential. I suggest adding this movie to your collection.
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Dustin TarditiReviewed in the United States on June 20, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Timeless classic
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While the Boy Scouts program is a little different these days, this heart-warming story is a great testament to the positive influence of Scouting in the life of a boy. My younger boys find some of the spots slow (compared to the frenetic modern editing style they are accustomed to) but everyone in the family loves to sing "Follow Me Boys!"

(chorus):
Follow me boys, follow me,
When you think you're really beat
That's the time to lift your feet,
And follow me boys, follow me,
Pick'em up, put'em down and follow me,
Pick'em up, put'em down pick'em up.
There's a job to do,
There's a fight to win,
Follow me boys, follow me,
And it won't be done till we all pitch in,
Lift your chin with a grin and follow me.

(chorus)

It's a long long climb,
But we've got the will,
Follow me boys, follow me,
When we reach the top
Then it's all down hill,
Till you drop don't stop and follow me.
So the journey's end
Is beyond our sight,
Follow me boys, follow me,
If we do our best
Then we've done alright,
Pack your load, hit the road and follow me.

(chorus)
21 people found this helpful
TED ADAMSReviewed in the United States on August 21, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Wonderful Old Fashioned Film
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This movie is from the vision of Walt Disney who made many films on being American. Many songs and shows also. This is one of the films and it is an old fashioned in that the time was a time in the 30s. It is a film with a story about old fashioned values. The story shows kindness and ability to bring people together even when one who is of the rich class tries to get his mother as mental. The trial is a hoot and is part of the comedic as it is in real life. A wonderful film to view with a wonderful story.
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RJReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
An Outstanding Movie for Any Era
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This is an outstanding movie, no matter when it was produced and released. The story line touches on the human needs and emotions that ring true for all of us and are timeless. The acting is superb, and the values still speak loads today. The casting at the time represented some of the finest actors and actresses available, and their casting and touching performances brought moist eyes to me, my wife, and I daresay a quiet tone to even our ten year old son. The movie is long, but is so well paced and full of good story that you are still disappointed when it ends. It not only includes great acting, but some wonderful songs. Those who consider themselves too sophisticated or too adult to enjoy this movie might be surprised. This is a great adult movie, a great date night movie, or a great family night movie. Kudos Walt Disney!
30 people found this helpful
KrisReviewed in the United States on February 17, 2020
5.0 out of 5 stars
Where Have They Been Hiding This One??
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Disney's best kept secret or something- I'd never heard of this gem. This movie is full of heart, laughs, and love. Great for a huge age range.

Those with very young or sensitive children should know:
*There's a few times where we see a boy's drunk father and there are about 2 referrences to his going to the billiard hall and/or drunkenness.
*That same boy has a few angry and emotional outbursts
*There are a few deaths- one eluded to, one the ill person is shown but looks like they're sleeping
*There's one or two premarital kisses on lips and 2 marital smooches
*A war-games scene that might be scary for young ones that don't understand that it's not real even in the movie (but no human to human violence or blood etc)

This one is worth the nearly 2 hours. Our family enjoyed it very much.
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