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Five Little Peppers at Home (1940)

Approved | | Drama | 8 February 1940 (USA)
Ever since the poor Pepper family - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - warmed the once cold heart of wealthy businessman J.H. King, they have ... See full summary »

Director:

Charles Barton

Writers:

Harry Sauber (screenplay), Margaret Sidney (based on a book by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edith Fellows ... Polly Pepper
Dorothy Anne Seese Dorothy Anne Seese ... Phronsie Pepper (as Dorothy Ann Seese)
Clarence Kolb ... Mr. King
Dorothy Peterson ... Mrs. Pepper
Ronald Sinclair ... Jasper
Charles Peck Charles Peck ... Ben Pepper
Tommy Bond ... Joey Pepper
Bobby Larson ... Davie Pepper
Rex Evans Rex Evans ... Martin
Herbert Rawlinson ... Mr. Decker
Laura Treadwell Laura Treadwell ... Aunt Martha
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Storyline

Ever since the poor Pepper family - widowed Mrs. Pepper and her five children Polly, Ben, Joey, Davie and Phronsie - warmed the once cold heart of wealthy businessman J.H. King, they have lived with him and his grandson Jasper in his mansion. The close proximity has allowed the seed of unspoken puppy love at least to germinate between Polly and Jasper. J.H. initially befriended the family solely to get the other 50% ownership of a copper mine that belonged to Mr. Pepper but which was deeded to Polly, with no copper ever having been found in it. Now, J.H. and Polly are 50/50 partners in developing the mine which both believe contains copper. However, no copper has yet been found, J.H. has sunk all his money into the venture, and the bank will call in his loan in exactly ninety days. Concurrently, J.H. suffers a stroke, which leaves him unable to handle the day to day business. The only answer seems to sell the mine to their competitor, Thomas Townsend, who has wanted it all along. ... Written by Huggo

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Taglines:

That family's here again...straight out of the famous stories beloved by millions! (Title lobby card).

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco huerfanitos y compañía See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Spencer Charters (Mr. Shomer) and Marin Sais (Neighbor Woman) are in studio records/casting call lists as cast members for their roles, but they did not appear or were not identifiable in the movie. See more »

Goofs

When Phronsie first puts her doll in the bathtub to wash it she says because it's dirty, there are no visible dirt marks on the front of the doll. Later when she is still washing the doll, the visible dirt marks on the doll appear. See more »

Crazy Credits

In the movie's opening credits the five actors portraying the Pepper children introduce themselves, standing behind large pepper shakers. See more »

Connections

Follows Five Little Peppers and How They Grew (1939) See more »

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Be Firm and Be Faithful
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Anonymous Hymn
Sung a cappella by Rex Evans, Edith Fellows and Tommy Bond
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Decent Sequel
19 November 2012 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Five Little Peppers at Home (1940)

** (out of 4)

Decent second film in the Columbia series picks up shortly after the previous film. This time out the Peppers and the Kings are living together but soon its discovered that the King family is on the verge of bankruptcy and might have to sell the copper mine. FIVE LITTLE PEPPERS AT HOME isn't nearly as cute and charming as the first film but I think those who enjoyed the original should at least be somewhat entertained by this sequel. I really liked the fact that this film pretty much picks up right after the original and it was also very good that the majority of the cast came back. This includes Edith Fellows playing the main Peppers girl and Clarence Kolb who plays the grandfather King. Both of them offer up good performances and help keep the film moving at a nice pace. The supporting players are also good in their roles, although I must admit that Dorothy Ann Seese's character, the youngest kid, is being forced to be too cute and it has a few annoying spots. The biggest problem with this sequel is simply that a lot of the charm is now missing and its been replaced with a pretty bland story about going broke. As you'd expect, there's a lot of talk about the values of being poor but I'm not sure how many people would agree with this. Still, this is a fairly simple movie and fans of the first will still want to check it out.


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