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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 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 »

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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 Old Folks at Home
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aka "Swanee River"
Music by Stephen Foster
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Hanging On the Firing Line
21 August 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

Charles Coburn plays a lovable old veteran who returns to his hometown of Fredricksville, Georgia as World War II commences. There, he finds nephew William Eythe, who helps facilitate a job for his uncle on the town newspaper. Also on staff is society gal Joan Bennett. Mr. Coburn uses his newspaper column "On the Firing Line" to rally the townspeople

  • he wants to save an old town Courthouse from being torn down, and


replaced. Can he rally the townspeople to save the monument from demolition?

Although the Courthouse in danger is a Confederate Courthouse, there is no political agenda offered by the film - it's simply a story about weeding out political corruption, and preserving an old building. There is, however, a stereotypical servant (called "Orderly 98") who isn't too hard to take until his offensive fencing scene with Coburn. The "whistle" which accompanies close-ups of Ms. Bennett's legs is ridiculous. Don't expect authentic Georgia accents. A nice idea, and a competent cast, aren't enough to lift this "Colonel Effingham's Raid".

*** Colonel Effingham's Raid (1/24/46) Irving Pichel ~ Charles Coburn, Joan Bennett, William Eythe, Thurston Hall


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