Barefoot Boy (August 3, 1938)
Released on August 3, 1938: The big-shot bully son of an ex-con lives with a farm family for the summer and the honest and simple small town values rub off.
Directed by Karl Brown
Written by John T. Neville and John Greenleaf Whittier (poem).
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 (Blake), Frank Puglia (Hank), J. Farrell MacDonald (warden), Charles D. Brown (Calvin Whittaker), Roger Gray (Dutch), Earle Hodgins (Sheriff), Henry Roquemore (Benjamin Blaine), Hal Cooke (Parker).
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Barefoot Boys and Pig-Tailed Girls
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 amount of farmers, and dad grew up on a farm, and 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 country 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 football team with my dad in it . . . with all the kids wearing their leather helmets. If you ever lived on a farm, or in a small town, this story will make you feel right at home. My grandpa and his brother farmed together with both families living together as one big family. They had apple and peach orchards, raised chickens & pigs, and in the winter they dug a hole in the side of a hill and mined coal by hand to sell to the neighbors to heat their homes. I remember dad telling me about fishing in the creek that ran through the farm, and how much he loved eating turtle soup. I always felt like I missed a great adventure by not living on a farm . . . and eating turtle soup . . . When I asked if we could have it one day so that I could taste what he enjoyed so much as a child he told me that turtles were protected now and it was illegal to kill them, so I would never know what turtle soup was like. I understand and agree with protecting the animals that cannot protect themselves enough, but I still feel cheated out of something that he spoke so highly of and got to enjoy.
This movie is about two young boys fighting over the girls, venturing into a haunted house, ghost stories around the campfire, and even a couple of outlaws to deal with. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show. Oh . . . and if you are too young to know what a pig-tailed girl is . . . ask an old-timer :~)
Ghost stories around the camp fire
Charles D. Brown as Clavin 'Dad' Whittaker
Claire Windsor and Clarles D. Brown
Henry Roquemore, Marilyn Knowlden and Bradley Metcalfe
Jackie Moran and Helen MacKellar
Jackie Moran as Billy Whittaker in Barefoot Boy
Marcia Mae Jones, Bradley Metcalf and Marilyn Knowlden
Marcia Mae Jones and Jackie Moran
Marcia Mae Jones and Johnnie Morris
Marcia Mae Jones as Pige Blaine
Marcia Mae Jones hugs Jackie Moran in fear as they hear the ghosts in the haunted house
Marcia Mae Jones tries to scare the outlaws in the basement
Marcia Mae Jones screams as she sees the outlaws and their guns
Marilyn Knowlden and Bradley Metcalfe
Marilyn Knowlden as Julia Blaine
Matty Fain and Frank Puglia discover the two boys in the basement of the haunted house
Ralph Morgan and Bradley Metcalfe
Ralph Morgan and J. Farrell MacDonald
Ralph Morgan as John Hale in Barefoot Boy
Ralph Morgan shakes hands with J. Farrell MacDonald as he gets out of prison