Barefoot Boy (August 3, 1938)

Barefoot Boy
 

Released on August 3, 1938: (running time 1 hour) Teenage kids in a farm town discover that the ghosts in the old haunted house are really gangsters on the run.

Produced by E.B. Derr

Directed by Karl Brown

The Actors: Jackie Moran (Billy Whittaker), Marcia Mae Jones (Pige Blaine), Bradley Metcalf (Kenneth Hale), Johnnie Morris (Jeff Blaine), Marilyn Knowlden (Julia Blaine), Ralph Morgan (John Hale), Claire Windsor (Valerie Hale), Helen MacKellar (Martha Whittaker), Matty Fain (gangster Blake), Frank Puglia (gangster Hank), J. Farrell MacDonald (prison warden), Charles D. Brown (Calvin Whittaker), Roger Gray (Dutch), Earle Hodgins (Sheriff), Henry Roquemore (Benjamin Blaine), Hal Cooke (Parker)

 

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The Ex-Con’s Son, the Gangster Ghosts, and the Barefoot Boy

My papa was a preacher in several small towns in western Pennsylvania, so I lived in parsonages all of my childhood. I never lived on a farm, but dad's congregations always included a fair number of farmers, and dad grew up on a farm, so I heard plenty of stories about farm life. Today Canfield, Ohio is a well-to-do bedroom community, but when my dad was a teen he rode a horse from the farm to the Canfield high school.

In the early 1900’s Canfield was a small farm town, and the high school had stables outside to hold the horses that school kids rode to school on. I have a picture of the Canfield high school football team in the late 1920’s with my dad in it, wearing a thin leather helmet. I’m confident that none of the team ever suffered a concussion.

In this 1938 story about teenagers in a small rural town, there is an old, abandoned house that is rumored to be haunted by ghosts. The teenagers will stumble upon these ghosts, and while being frightened almost to death, solve a mystery that put one of their fathers in prison. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Bradley Metcalf and Marcia Mae Jones
Bradley Metcalf and Marcia Mae Jones
Charles D. Brown
Charles D. Brown
Charles D. Brown and Jackie Moran
Charles D. Brown and Jackie Moran
Charles D. Brown, Ralph Morgan
Charles D. Brown, Ralph Morgan
Claire Windsor, Charles D. Brown
Claire Windsor, Charles D. Brown
Claire Windsor, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalf
Claire Windsor, Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalf
Frank Puglia
Frank Puglia
Henry Roquemore, Marilyn Knowlden, Bradley Metcalf
Henry Roquemore, Marilyn Knowlden, Bradley Metcalf
Jackie Moran
Jackie Moran
Jackie Moran, Helen MacKellar
Jackie Moran, Helen MacKellar
Jackie Moran
Jackie Moran
Johnnie Morris, Jackie Moran
Johnnie Morris, Jackie Moran
Marcia Mae Jones screams as she sees the outlaws and their guns
Marcia Mae Jones screams as she sees the gangsters
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalf, Marilyn Knowlden
Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalf, Marilyn Knowlden
Marcia Mae Jones, Johnnie Morris
Marcia Mae Jones, Johnnie Morris
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jones
Marcia Mae Jones
Marilyn Knowlden, Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones
Marilyn Knowlden, Jackie Moran, Marcia Mae Jones
Matty Fain
Matty Fain
Matty Fain, Frank Puglia
Matty Fain, Frank Puglia
Matty Fain
Matty Fain
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan
Ralph Morgan