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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 »


Charles Barton


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


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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


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




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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Followed by Five Little Peppers in Trouble (1940) See more »


Be Firm and Be Faithful
Anonymous Hymn
Sung a cappella by Rex Evans, Edith Fellows and Tommy Bond
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More from one of the nicest series in film history.
5 February 2020 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The cynic in me wanted to dislike the "Five Little Peppers" movies. After all, they are incredibly sweet and a bit on the syrupy side. However, the films managed something difficult...made it enjoyable and fun...so much so that after the first film I was looking for more. Here in "Five Little Peppers at Home" the same nice family returns for more adventures.

The plot of this film seems darker than the previous film. However, despite all the problems that happen in this film (and there are a LOT), the family manages to stick together and retain good old family values. It begins with 'Grandpa' King learning that he's practically bankrupt. The copper mine from the first film turns out to be a dud...and King has so leveraged his fortune that now he faces foreclosure. Now you'd think that the family would be miserable, but they simply move back in to their old home...along with King, his grandson AND the butler, Martin. Together, things are tight but they are happy.

Big problems occur later, when Martin takes the kids on an outing to visit the mine. Because it's closed, no one told the kids not to go inside and apparently Martin was an idiot because he took them all inside and they began digging about the place. Suddenly, there's a cave in....and you'll have to see the film to see what's next for this happy brood.

I liked this one a lot....not quite as much as the first one...but still I had a lovely time watching it. The writing really made the family adventures most enjoyable and it's a great example of a B-movie that manages to rise above its humble budget and expectations.

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Release Date:

8 February 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cinco huerfanitos y compañía See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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