Reg'lar Fellers (September 5, 1941)
Released on September 5, 1941: A group of small town kids save the grumpy rich lady by capturing two criminals who rob her.
Produced by Arthur Dreifuss
Directed by Arthur Dreifuss
Written by Gene Byrnes, Arthur Hoerl, Arthur Dreifuss and William C. Kent
The Actors: Billy Lee (Pinhead Duffy), Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer (Bumps Hudson), Buddy Boles (Jimmy Dugan), Janet Dempsey (Aggie Reilly), Henry 'Spike' Lee (Skeeter), Malcolm Hutton (Puddin' Head Duffy), Sarah Padden (Hetty Carter), Roscoe Ates (Emory McQuade), Danna Callahan (Jane Watson), Diane Ware (Hazel Barry), Leonard Grassi (Warren Hamilton), Sharon Lynne (Baby Ruthie Carter), Maren Mayo (Caroline Carter), Netta Packer (Martha, Hetty's maid), Jack C. Smith (Police Officer Flynn), Marguerite De La Motte (Mrs. Dugan), Pat O'Malley (Mr. Dugan Sr.), Anna Ruth Hughes (Molly Dugan), Dan Stowell (henchman George Ferrel), Lew Laurie (henchman Lubec), Daisy Ford (Mrs. Duffy), Herb Vigran (radio announcer)
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Kids to the Rescue!
When I was ten years old, the world seemed like a much different place than today. I lived in Meadville, Pennsylvania, a small town with one radio station and no television station. We could get one television station that was always snowy and hard to watch from Erie, Pennsylvania, thanks to a good set of rabbit ears.
Without any computer games or other in-the-house diversions, I spent a lot of time outside. When I didn’t have school, I was permitted to come and go as I wished . . . sometimes I would go outside at 8 or 9 in the morning and walk downtown and around the town, and get back home many hours later. As long as I was home in time for supper, my mom and dad rarely even asked where I spent my time.
During the days when I wasn't playing with the other kids in the neighborhood I was roaming the town, pretending to be a master spy, or a detective, looking for bad guys all around. I wasn’t allowed to go to movies in those days, so movies like this one weren’t an influence, but I did read a lot of books for children like the Hardy Boys and Tom Swift. I cannot imagine allowing youngsters that much freedom today, it just doesn’t happen.
In this adventure a handful of kids spend their time like I used to, unsupervised and on their own. I can relate to the way they spent their days, but I’m sure that this lifestyle is long gone today. These youngsters will make their own adventure, until a couple of bad guys come to town, and then they will conspire to use their wits and inventiveness to trap the bad guys and hold them for the cops. Stuff any ten year old could do. . . . . Right? . . . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Anna Ruth Hughes and Jack C. Smith
Anna Ruth Hughes
Billy Lee and Carl Switzer
Buddy Boles, Herb Vigran and Leonard Grassi
Buddy Boles, Janet Dempsey and Henry Lee
Carl 'Alfalfa' Switzer
Herb Vigran and Buddy Boles
Herb Vigran and Carl Switzer
Herb Vigran and Danna Callahan
Herb Vigran and Diane Ware
Herb Vigran and Leonard Grassi
Janet Dempsey and Buddy Boles
Lew Laurie and Netta Packer
Maren Mayo, Janet Dempsey, Sharon Lynne and Sarah Padden
Netta Packer and Sara Padden
Roscoe Ates and Jack C. Smith
Sarah Padden and Netta Packer
Sharon Lynne and Maren Mayo