Follow Me Boys!

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

Follow Me Boys! (1966 Movie)

“Follow Me, Boys!” is a 1966 American family drama film produced by Walt Disney Productions. It was directed by Norman Tokar and based on the 1954 novel “God and My Country” by MacKinlay Kantor. The film stars Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, Lillian Gish, and Kurt Russell in his first major film role.

The story revolves around Lemuel Siddons (Fred MacMurray), a musician who comes to a small town called Hickory to start a new life. He accidentally becomes the leader of a newly formed Boy Scout troop when he helps out at the local scout meeting. Lem’s experience with the troop becomes a life-changing journey as he forms strong bonds with the boys and becomes a father figure to them.

As the boys grow and face various challenges, Lem’s dedication to the troop and his mentorship make a significant impact on their lives. He helps them through difficult times, instills the values of teamwork, honesty, and responsibility, and guides them towards becoming better individuals.

The film explores themes of mentorship, friendship, and the importance of community involvement in shaping the lives of young people. It also showcases the positive influence of the Boy Scouts organization in fostering character development and leadership skills in young boys.

“Follow Me, Boys!” received positive reviews for its heartwarming storytelling, touching performances, and its portrayal of the Boy Scouts and their positive impact on young lives. It remains a classic Disney film known for its emotional resonance and the timeless values it promotes.

Kurt Russell’s breakout role as a young boy named Whitey was widely praised, leading to a successful acting career for him in subsequent years. The film’s success and positive reception further solidified Disney’s reputation for creating family-friendly and inspirational movies.

“Follow Me, Boys!” is considered a significant contribution to Disney’s live-action film library and remains a beloved classic that continues to resonate with audiences, inspiring viewers with its heartwarming message about the power of mentorship and the importance of positive role models in young people’s lives.

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  • Type of Movie: Live-Action
  • Box Office: $16.2 million
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  • Fred MacMurray: Lemuel “Lem” Siddons
  • Vera Miles: Vida Downey
  • Lillian Gish: Hetty Seibert
  • Charlie Ruggles: John Everett Hughes
  • Sean McClory: Edward White, Sr.
  • Kurt Russell: Edward “Whitey” White, Jr.
  • Luana Patten: Nora White
  • Elliott Reid: Ralph Hastings
  • John Zaremba: Ralph Hastings’ lawyer
  • Ken Murray: Melody Murphy
  • Parley Baer: Mayor Hi Plommer
  • Steve Franken: P.O.W. Lieutenant
  • William Reynolds: Hoodoo Henderson
  • Madge Blake: Cora Anderson
  • Richard Bakalyan: Army War-Game Officer
  • Jimmy Murphy: P.O.W. Soldier
  • Adam Williams: P.O.W. Sergeant
  • The Boys of Troop 1
  • David Bailey: Duke
  • Billy Booth: Leo
  • Ronnie Dapo: Virgil “Tiger” Higgins
  • Ricky Kelman: Frankie Martin
  • Duane Chase: Joe


  • Director: Norman Tokar
  • Producer: Walt Disney and Winston Hibler
  • Music: George Bruns, Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman

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