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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

 -  Comedy  -  24 January 1946 (USA)
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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... See full summary »

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Complete credited cast:
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Ella Sue Dozier
William Eythe ...
Albert 'Al' Marbury
Allyn Joslyn ...
Earl Hoats
Elizabeth Patterson ...
Cousin Emma
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Doc Buden
Frank Craven ...
Dewey
Thurston Hall ...
Ed, the Mayor
Cora Witherspoon ...
Mrs. Clara Meigs
Emory Parnell ...
Joe Alsobrook
Henry Armetta ...
Jimmy Economy
Stephen Dunne ...
Prof. Edward 'Ed' Bland (as Michael Dunne)
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Army Capt. Rampey
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Storyline

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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Comedy

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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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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 Girl I Left Behind Me
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Traditional
Played during the shot of Cousin Willie's first column and often in the score, and also played on the harmonica by Ninety-Eight
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The South Shall Rise Again
17 November 2008 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Charles Coburn took a bit from his Academy Award winning performance in The More The Merrier and a bit from his imperious father in Vivacious Lady to create the unfazed Colonel Effingham in Colonel Effingham's Raid. It's one of the few films where this distinguished character actor is given the lead role and he makes the most of it.

Through sheer stubbornness and will power Coburn is given a column on the local newspaper where his nephew William Eythe and Joan Bennett are also employed. It's supposed to be a column about the impending war news for this film set in 1940, but Coburn sees it as a great opportunity to rouse public opinion in that sleepy Georgia town against the ruling clique which has been in power so long they just treat the city money and assets like their own.

The city fathers are a group taken right out of a Preston Sturges classic and I wouldn't be surprised if this film might have been something offered to him. Thurston Hall makes a genially corrupt mayor, this is one of his best efforts.

Catch this film the next time TCM runs it, it's a real unknown gem.


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