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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

Approved | | Comedy | 24 January 1946 (USA)
The story takes place in 1940. On the eve of America's entry in World War II, a colonel retired to his small Southern town, and discovers that there is a plan afoot to tear down Confederate... See full summary »

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Thurston Hall ...
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Henry Armetta ...
Jimmy Economy
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Prof. Edward 'Ed' Bland (as Michael Dunne)
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The story takes place in 1940. On the eve of America's entry in World War II, a colonel retired to his small Southern town, and discovers that there is a plan afoot to tear down Confederate Monument Square. He begins a campaign to rally the townspeople to save the square. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Who Says You Can't Fight City Hall?

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24 January 1946 (USA)  »

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Man of the Hour  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A reference is made to a headline, "Nazis Sweep through Norway", placing this film as being made after April 1940, as the Germans invaded Norway on the 9th of that month. See more »

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Ella Sue's second strike at bowling uses the same footage as the first strike. See more »

Quotes

Albert 'Al' Marbury: Well, you're not going to see the mayor right now, are you?
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Soon as I can change my clothes.
Albert 'Al' Marbury: Well, there's no hurry, cousin Willie. Any old time will do.
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Son, when you get to be sixty-five it's a good time to hurry!
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The Year of Jubilo
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Small-town "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
15 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

At the time I post this only 56 other users have rated this little film and only one other user has posted comments, and it's rated an average of 6.2. It's a shame that so few people have seen this little gem, and it's sad that our times are so out of step with its sentiments.

This is the humorous and romantic story of a retired colonel who returns to the town he grew up in and finds that few of its citizens are involved in its care, noting that a very small percentage even bothers to vote and finding that they are afraid to get involved, not for any sinister reasons but simply because the mayor and his cronies have the town locked up pretty tight and can bluster their way out of anything. This town needs a focal point for change, and the Colonel is just the man for the job. His young second cousin and a society writer on the local paper join in, with satisfactory results and some poignant dialogue along the way. Nice film. 9/10. I'd give it a solid 10 if not for the unfortunate racial attitudes that come from a southern town still in love with its pre-Lincoln heritage, but even these are handled fairly delicately considering the movie's era.

The film was apparently just restored in 2005, so probably it's not been seen often for many years. Watch for it on TCM; just caught it today on their Joan Bennett day, so it'll turn up again sometime. Well worth its brief run time.


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