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A HEARTWARMING STORY
on 18 April 2010
Lem Siddons ( played by Fred MacMurray ) is not getting any younger, so when he stops off at a small town which looks like a nice place to settle down in , he gets a job at the local store and sets about wooing the woman who caught his eye the moment he arrived. He also volunteers to become scoutmaster to the boys in the town and is a resounding success. The lovely Vera Miles plays Vida Downey, whom Lem marries, and Kurt Russell plays Whitey, a troubled youngster whose father is an alcoholic.
At over two hours in length, this movie could easily have got bogged down half-way through, but it always maintains its interest and has a good balance of light-heartedness and sentimentality.
Fred MacMurray was a fine and very likeable actor who spent much of his acting career playing tough and sometimes vulnerable characters, starring in a number of westerns and also films noirs -- most notably 'Double Indemnity' ( 1944 ) with Barbara Stanwyck. In later years, he changed tack and became more of a boys' father figure. The long-running TV series 'My Three Sons' is a prime example, and of course 'Follow Me Boys' was only one of several Disney movies in which he played similar characters.
Highly recommended. My only gripe is that the movie is in pan and scan, whereas I believe it was originally released in widescreen.