Good Old Boy (television) A 12-year-old boy discovers racial injustice and learns some hard lessons in a small Mississippi town during World War II. A Disney Channel Premiere Film, first aired on November 11, 1988. Directed by Tom G. Robertson. Based on the novel by Willie Morris. Stars Ryan Francis (Willie), Douglas Emerson (Spit), Kevin Josephs (Henjie), Gennie James (Rivers Applewhite), Ben Wylie (Billy), Richard Farnsworth (Grandpa Percy), Maureen O’Sullivan (Aunt Sue). 101 min. Filmed in and around Natchez, Mississippi.