It has been a while since I have reviewed a movie but when building you family-friendly, character-building movie collection this one really should be on your list! EVERY time I watch it I laugh…I cry (several times)…and I am given hope for the future from remembering what a character-filled world this used to be!
Follow Me, Boys! was filmed in 1966 and stars Fred MacMurray, Vera Miles, and Kurt Russell (as a young boy).
As the story begins we are introduced to a delightful small town set in the 1930s as Fred MacMurray is passing through. Always desiring to put down roots, he decides to make a home there.
I don’t want to give to much away, but as he settles in, he gets a job, falls in love, and is recruited to be the scout master for the local Boy Scout troop. The rest of the movie takes us through the next 30ish years…through heartwarming times of joy and absolute heartbreak.
Throughout Follow Me, Boys! the focus is on doing what is right, working hard, and being there for anyone in need. We also see what really matters because, although Fred MacMurray has some very big career dreams at the beginning of the movie that are never realized, it is overwhelmingly clear at the end that he is the “richest” man in town because of the all the lives he has blessed.
I already covered several good points in this film but it is also worth mentioning that there is no violence, sexual scenes, or language. I’ve said it before and I say it again…this is one of the reasons I LOVE classic movies!!
Although any member of the family could safely watch this movie it probably wouldn’t really captivate any child under 12ish.
Towards the beginning of the story Fred MacMurray’s character helps Kurt Russell, who’s father is the town drunk and completely unfit to raise a son.
There is one scene where we see the father very drunk and fully realize how difficult he makes his son’s life. There is no nasty behavior, just embarrassing clumsiness and the drunkenness is painted as a very negative thing.
So, there you have it! I would love to know if you add it to your library and what you think!