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||IMDB Rating: 7.1/10 from 665 votes
||Release: 8 June 1956 (USA) /
||Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Family
||Director: Francis D. Lyon,
||Stars: Claude Jarman Jr., Don Megowan, Eddie Firestone, Fess Parker, George Robotham, Harry Carey Jr., Jeff York, Jeffrey Hunter, John Lupton, John Wiley, Kenneth Tobey, Leonard P. Geer, Marc Hamilton, Slim Pickens, Stan Jones
||Synopsis: This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by <[email protected]>
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As I have mentioned previously there are a limited number of commercial
films about the American Civil War. Most people will instantly say GONE
WITH THE WIND, but much of that film deals with the ante - bellum South
before war begins, and an hour and a half deals with Georgia under
Reconstruction into the late 1870s. There is the twin films GODS AND
GENERALS about the rise and fall of the magnificent military
partnership of Robert E. Lee and Thomas Jonathan "Stonewall" Jackson,
and GETTYSBURG. There is also THE HORSE SOLDIER about Grierson's Raid
into Mississippi during the Vicksburg Campaign. There was the "Shiloh"
segment of the HOW THE WEST WAS WON about the battle there. There was
THE RAID about the attack of the Confederate Raiders from Canada on St.
Albans, Vermont in the summer of 1864. Quantrell and his raiders appear
in several films, most notably DARK COMMAND. There is also the
prototype for GONE WITH THE WIND about the collapse of southern society
called SO RED THE ROSE.
It is notable that the emphasis is on raiders from the southern states
or with southern sympathies (William Quantrell or Cantrell, or the St.
Alban Raiders). But there are two films on one incident where the
raiders were Northern raiders - the raid led by John J. Andrews in his
celebrated February 1862 snatch of the locomotive "The General" in an
attempt to damage southern railroad tracks and bridges in Georgia and
Tennessee. The incident has ended up being the most discussed military
operation of the land forces of the Civil War in film. First it was
immortalized in what may have been the funniest war comedy ever made,
Buster Keaton's THE GENERAL (1927). But Keaton, using the Andrews raid
as a start, changed the story by having the Union raiders succeed for
awhile in bringing the Confederate locomotive to Union lines and has
his southern hero "Johnny Gray" steal it back. Unfortunately, Andrews
and his raiders never had such luck. Indeed their fates were quite
savage in reality.
This 1956 film by Walt Disney is not as well known as Keaton's classic,
but it come closer to being factually correct. It shows the planning of
the scheme by Northern spy Andrews and his picked crew, how they stole
the "General" in a surprise act when the train was getting refilled,
and how they ran it for a twenty mile chase until the train reached the
end of it's coal supply. Here the reality of the story gets more
savage. Andrews and his men fled into the forests of Tennessee, and
were tracked down by Southern troops who recaptured most of them.
Andrews and several others were hung. The other captured raiders were
sent to prison camps.
For people who only think of Fess Parker as Walt Disney's "Davy
Crockett" may be fascinated to see he played another role for that
producer - and did a good job at it. And like the last episode of the
series about the "King of the Wild Frontier", Parker's character died
heroically, but violently again.
Tags for The Great Locomotive Chase Full Movie
Claude Jarman Jr.
, Don Megowan
, Eddie Firestone
, Fess Parker
, George Robotham
, Harry Carey Jr.
, Jeff York
, Jeffrey Hunter
, John Lupton
, John Wiley
, Kenneth Tobey
, Leonard P. Geer
, Marc Hamilton
, Slim Pickens
, Stan Jones
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