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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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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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Cousin Willie quotes 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on' from 'The Tempest' (Act 4, scene 1, 148-158) by 'William Shakespeare' when speaking to Jesse Bibbs, the bank manager. The quote is also the last line in the film noir classic "The Maltese Falcon". See more »

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

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Earl Hoats: Here's our chance to get in solid with the folks down at city hall... you know, hit the civic leader angle, talk about what he did for the city.
Dewey: FOR, or TO ?
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You're In The Army Now
(1917) (uncredited)
Music by Isham Jones
Lyrics by Tell Taylor and Ole Olsen
Played at the National Guard office and when Al finds out he's being mobilized
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Retired Army Hero needs a hobby...
19 November 2008 | by (southwest US) – See all my reviews

So, looking at the cast, you KNOW its going to be pretty good, and probably a comedy, with Charles Coburn (starred in Gentleman Prefere Blondes), and regulars Donald Meek, and Cora Witherspoon. Many of the roles on IMDb were either "scenes deleted" or "uncredited", so there must be a story there somewhere. Meek, Witherspoon, and Bobby Barber were in just about every black and with movie made in the 1930s and 1940s. Also stars Joan Bennett, and William Eythe, but their parts aren't that big. In our story, retired Colonel Effingham decides he wants to write a column in the local town paper, and becomes a local hero. But then, writing isn't enough, and he starts making waves, and taking action... We knew SOMETHING was going to start happening, since right from the beginning, he quotes sayings from the military, and treats everyone around him as if they WERE in the military. City Hall doesn't like the things he's doing, and now there's trouble brewing! It's the Mayor and his cronies versus the Colonel. The mayor is played by Thurston Hall, who was born in 1882, and had started in silent movies in 1915. Looking at his list of roles, Hall always played the governor, the senator, the major. There are some clever lines here, and no plot issues, but the story itself is plain and simple, and a little slow-moving. Also a little annoying is the narrator who occasionally breaks in with his personal comments (his cousin ?). Although this is the only entry in IMDb for the original author Berry Fleming, a search on Library of Congress shows numerous works by Fleming, translated in various languages. Released in Atlanta, Georgia, in January 1946, the last thing we see on the screen is "Buy Your War Bonds in this Theater". WWII had just ended, after all.


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