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The North Avenue Irregulars (1979)




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One of the bigger non-cartoon moneymakers for Disney in the 1970s, The North Avenue Irregulars is predicated on the premise of the "Neighborhood Watch" system. Priest Michael Hill (Edward Herrmann), newly arrived on North Avenue, decides to buck the patriarchal notions of his superiors by delegating church responsibilities to the neighborhood women. Since the ladies include Vickie, Jane, Anne, Claire and Rose (Barbara Harris, Karen Valentine, Susan Clark, Cloris Leachman and Patsy Kelly), we're well primed for a surfeit of feistiness. Father Michael entrusts the church funds to Rose, who loses it all at the race track. In trying to retrieve the cash, he comes up against an influential bookie ring, controlled by several of the above-suspicion town officials. The wily priest responds by organizing the ladies of his congregation into the North Avenue Irregulars, a two-fisted crimefighting unit. There's slapstick aplenty within the film's 99 minutes, including the expected comic car crash. North Avenue Irregulars is based on a (drawn-from-life?) novel by the Reverend Albert Fay Hill.

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Edward Herrmann
as Michael Hill
Ruth Buzzi
as Dr. Rheems
Dena Dietrich
as Mrs. Carlisle
Dick Fuchs
as Howard
Herb Voland
as Dr. Fulton
Alan Hale Jr.
as Harry the Hat
Ivor Francis
as Rev. Wainwright
Louisa Moritz
as Mrs. Gossin
Marjorie Bennett
as Mother Thurber
Ceil Cabot
as Pedestrian
Cliff Osmond
as Big Chin
John Kerry
as Roca's Lieutenant
Dave Morick
as Policeman
Darrow Igus
as Mechanic
Dennis Robertson
as Truck Driver #1
Ed McCready
as Truck Driver #2
Dave Ketchum
as Capt. Bamford
John Wheeler
as Clothier
Pitt Herbert
as Mr. Thurber
Chuck Henry
as TV Announcer
Jack Perkins
as Bouncer
Tom Pedi
as Bartender
Bill McLean
as Mr. Younger
Roger Creed
as Mailman
Walt LaRue
as Grandpa
Jack Griffin
as Traffic Cop
Len Ross
as Passerby
Gary Morgan
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Jack Cameron-White
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Lloyd Michael Williams
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
Kim Bullard
as Strawberry Shortcake Member
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Critic Reviews for The North Avenue Irregulars

All Critics (9)

The story is silly and your enjoyment will probably depend on your taste of slapstick but it makes me laugh.

May 3, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

Church ladies become screwball sleuths in mild '70s comedy.

January 18, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

So-so Disney comedy about priest Edward Herrmann and his squad of volunteer cops led by Barbara Harris.

June 11, 2005 | Rating: 2/5

What's irregular is the story and the direction

August 30, 2002 | Rating: 1/5

Audience Reviews for The North Avenue Irregulars


Let me just start out by saying that I watched this film willingly.....there was a lot of alcohol was sandwiched in between a session watching the original Evil Dead and Hellraiser, a little arm twisting and some rib nudging but I have to say this was a giggle. Typical late 70's Disney and I did laugh if only at the pants surveillance attempts.

Barry Lappin
Barry Lappin

Super Reviewer


Some very funny moments.

Anthony Valletta
Anthony Valletta

Super Reviewer

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