The North Avenue Irregulars 

Last Updated on: June 26th, 2024

The North Avenue Irregulars (1979 Movie)

“The North Avenue Irregulars” is a comedy film released in 1979 by Walt Disney Productions. Directed by Bruce Bilson, the movie is based on the book “North Avenue Irregulars” by Albert Fay Hill.

The story is set in the small town of North Avenue, where a group of churchwomen, led by Claire (played by Barbara Harris), discovers that their local church has become a front for a gambling operation. Shocked and determined to clean up their town, they decide to take matters into their own hands. The women form a secret group called “The North Avenue Irregulars” to expose and stop the illegal activities happening at their church.

Under the guise of a knitting club, the Irregulars launch a hilarious and action-packed investigation, using their unique skills and talents to gather evidence and thwart the criminals. They encounter various comedic situations and mishaps as they try to outsmart the gangsters and bring justice back to their community.

The film features a talented ensemble cast, including Edward Herrmann, Susan Clark, Karen Valentine, and Cloris Leachman. Their chemistry and comedic timing bring humor and heart to the story.

“The North Avenue Irregulars” is a delightful blend of comedy, crime, and community spirit, showcasing the power of ordinary people coming together to fight against wrongdoing. It is a light-hearted and entertaining family film that explores themes of friendship, courage, and standing up for what is right.

The movie is a classic example of Disney’s knack for creating heartwarming and fun-filled stories suitable for audiences of all ages. With its witty humor, engaging plot, and lovable characters, “The North Avenue Irregulars” has become a beloved cult favorite among Disney fans over the years.

Additional Details


  • Edward Herrmann: Rev. Michael ‘Mike’ Hill
  • Barbara Harris: Mrs. Vickie Sims / Kitty Car
  • Karen Valentine: Jane / June Bride
  • Susan Clark: Anne Woods
  • Cloris Leachman: Claire Porter / Phantom Fox
  • Douglas Fowley: Mr. Delaney Rafferty / Blarney Stone
  • Patsy Kelly: Mrs. Rose Rafferty / Blarney Stone
  • Virginia Capers: Cleo Jackson / Clunker
  • Herb Voland: Dr. Fulton
  • Ivor Francis: Rev. Wainwright
  • Louisa Moritz: Mrs. Gossin
  • Marjorie Bennett: Mother Thurber
  • Ruth Buzzi: Dr. Rheems
  • Ceil Cabot: Bench Woman
  • Michael Constantine: Marv Fogleman
  • Melora Hardin: Carmel Hill
  • Bobby Rolofson: Dean Hill
  • Dena Dietrich: Mrs. Carlisle
  • Dick Fuchs: Howard Carlisle
  • Steve Franken: Tom Voories
  • Cliff Osmond: Big Chin
  • Damon Bradley Daskin: Danny
  • Linda Lee Lyons: Bette
  • Carl Ballantine: Sam the Tailor
  • Alan Hale, Jr.: Harry the Hat
  • Frank Campanella: Max Roca
  • John Kerry: Roca’s Lieutenant
  • Dave Morrick: Policeman
  • Darrow Igus: Mechanic
  • Dennis Robertson: Truck Driver #1
  • Ed McCready: Truck Driver #2
  • David Ketchum: Capt. Bramford
  • John Wheeler: Clothier
  • David Rode: Toby
  • Pitt Herbert: Mr. Thurber
  • Chuck Henry: TV Announcer
  • Mickey Morton: Bootsie
  • Rickie Layne: Bettor
  • Jack Perkins: Bouncer
  • Tom Pedi: Bartender
  • Bill McLean: Mr. Younger
  • Roger Creed: Mailman
  • Walt La Rue: Grandpa
  • Jack Griffin: Cop
  • Len Ross: Passby
  • Douglas Hume: Driver
  • Gary Morgan: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Jack Cameron White: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Michael Lloyd: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Kim Bullard: Strawberry Shortcake
  • Don Stanley: TV Announcer


  • Director: Bruce Bilson
  • Producer: Ron Miller
  • Music: Richard Bowden and Robert F. Brunner

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