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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

Approved  |   |  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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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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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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(Western Electric Recording)

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Cousin Emma paraphrases the famous quote from Admiral David Farragut "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead". See more »

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

Quotes

Ella Sue Dozier: Then you're not discouraged, Colonel?
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Discouragement has no more place in a soldier's equipment than an inner-spring mattress.
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Soundtracks

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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Enjoyable but very slight
14 April 2009 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

The main reason I saw this film is that it starred the wonderful character actor, Charles Coburn. Well, in this sense, I wasn't disappointed as once again Coburn played the sort of crotchety but lovable guy he so often played in films. However, sadly the film seemed like it was very strongly inspired by MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (so it loses points for originality) and it unfortunately ended way too abruptly--like they knew it was supposed to be a B-picture so they ended it because this format wouldn't allow for a longer film! The film begins with the Colonel (Coburn) retiring to his childhood home in Georgia. Instead of just sitting back in a rocking chair, however, he wants to do a newspaper column to keep himself busy. At first, the column is very well received. However, when Coburn begins attacking the local corrupt administration, things start to get kind of crazy and soon it's this character and his new friends versus the establishment. This is all sort of a history lesson on politics and grassroots politics and when the mayor and his cronies dig in their heels for a fight the film gets interesting. Oddly, however, after setting up this great confrontation, it just seems to end! In the matter of just a couple minutes, everyone agrees to Coburn's demands and they all live happily ever after!! What a letdown at the end.

Overall, a pleasant and entertaining film that is worth watching but could have been even better. Excellent characters but a limp finale make this more of a nice time-passer than anything else.


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