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Lemuel "Lem" Siddons (Fred MacMurray) is a saxophonist in a traveling band in 1930 who dreams of becoming a lawyer. When the band's bus reaches Hickory, a small town, Lem suddenly decides to leave the band and settle down, finding a job as a clerk in the general store. At the civic meeting, Lem notices that Vida Downey (Vera Miles), to be his future wife, eliminated the YMCA and the 4-H from her list of three possible organizations to keep the town's boys off the streets, leaving only the Boy Scouts, and volunteers to become Scoutmaster of newly formed Troop 1. Lem turns out to be an all-around natural leader, and as he becomes more and more involved with the Scout troop, he finds his plans to become a lawyer being put on the back burner while he wins over the town's favor a little at a time, even as he encounters life's troubles along the way. Lem's life became fulfilled helping the town's boys, especially former troublemaker Whitey (Kurt Russell), mature into men. In appreciation, the entire town gave Lem a surprise celebration on 2 October 1950 (which actually fell on Monday, not on Saturday), with (apparently) all of the Scouts during the twenty years of Troop 1 in attendance.
- Fred MacMurray — Lemuel "Lem" Siddons
- Vera Miles — Vida Downey
- Lillian Gish — Hetty Seibert
- Charlie Ruggles — John Everett Hughes
- Kurt Russell — Edward "Whitey" White, Jr.
- Donald May — Edward "Whitey" White, Jr., as an adult
- Luana Patten — Nora White
- Elliott Reid — Ralph Hastings
- John Zaremba — Ralph Hasting's lawyer
- Ken Murray — Melody Murphy
- Parley Baer — Mayor Hi Plommer
- Dean Moray — Hoodoo Henderson
- William Reynolds — Hoodoo Henderson as an adult
- Madge Blake — Cora Anderson
- Keith Taylor — Beefy Smith
- David Bailey — Duke
- Jimmy Murphy — P.O.W. Soldier
- Adam Williams — P.O.W. Sergeant
- John Larroquette — Army soldier in war games
- Ronnie Dapo — Virgil "Tiger" Higgins
- Eddie Sallia — Harry
- Michael (Chris) Mason — Boy Scout in War Games
- Directors: Norman Tokar
- Writers: Louis Pelletier, MacKinlay Kantor
- Producers: Walt Disney, Winston Hibler
- Rated: G (General Audience)
- Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
- DVD Release Date: February 3, 2004
- Run Time: 131 minutes