Chicken Wagon Family

Chicken Wagon Family is a 1939 American comedy, directed by Herbert I. Leeds and based on the 1925 novel, The Chicken-Wagon Family, by Barry Benefield. It stars Leo Carrillo in the role originally intended for Will Rogers before his death.

Chicken Wagon Family
Directed byHerbert I. Leeds
Produced bySol M. Wurtzel
Written byViola Brothers Shore
Based onThe novel The Chicken-Wagon Family
by Barry Benefield
StarringLeo Carrillo
Jane Withers
Music bySamuel Kaylin
CinematographyEdward Cronjager
Edited byFred Allen
Distributed by20th Century Fox
Release date
  • August 11, 1939 (1939-08-11)
Running time
63 minutes
CountryUnited States

Jean Paul Batiste Fippany (Leo Carrillo) and his family live a vagabond lifestyle with no home but their traveling wagon. Cecile Fippany (Majorie Weaver), Jean Paul's wife, has been secretly saving money to move into a home. When Jean Paul finds the money, his gambling addiction takes over and he loses the entire savings. Youngest daughter Addie (Jane Withers) catches the attention of policeman Matt Hibbard (Kane Richmond) when she leaves her coat in exchange for coffee and doughnuts. Taking pity on the homeless family, Hibbard shelters them in an abandoned fire station. Addie and her father begin selling bathtubs for a big profit, which earns them enough money to purchase the fire station building.[1]



  1. "Chicken Wagon Family". AFI Catalog of Feature Films. AFI. Retrieved July 31, 2015.
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