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A Southern Yankee (1948)

 -  Comedy | History | War  -  5 August 1948 (USA)
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A hapless bellboy in a St. Louis hotel near the end of the Civil War is recruited by the Union secret service to impersonate a notorious Confederate spy.

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Kurt Devlynn
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Sallyann Weatharby
George Coulouris ...
Maj. Jack Drumman aka The Grey Spider
Lloyd Gough ...
Capt. Steve Lorford
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Capt. Jed Calbern
Minor Watson ...
Gen. Watkins
Charles Dingle ...
Col. Weatherby
Art Baker ...
Col. Clifford M. Baker
Reed Hadley ...
Fred Munsey
Arthur Space ...
Mark Haskins
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Hortense Dobson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Byron Foulger ...
Mr. Duncan (scenes deleted)
Edward Gargan ...
Male Nurse (scenes deleted)
Bert Moorhouse ...
Capt. Jeffreys (scenes deleted)
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Aubrey Filmore (Red Skelton) is a bumbling bellboy in a Missouri town who pesters the Union officers there; he desperately wants to be a spy for the North in the American Civil War. When Filmore accidentally waylays an infamous Confederate spy known as "The Grey Spider" and is mistaken for him by the Rebels, the Union brass see it as an opportunity for real espionage - and though Filmore is a coward as well as a fool, his real motivation for derring-do is a sweet Southern girl named Sallyann, whom he will see again behind Southern lines. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Comedy | History | War | Western

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5 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Der Superspion  »

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Trivia

No one could figure out a simple, yet funny way to get Aubrey out of the house when he was being held captive by the angry dog. Buster Keaton, employed by MGM as a roving gag man, was called to the set, looked at the set up, and came up with the idea of removing the door hinges and letting the dog in as Aubrey got out. The most famous gag in the movie took Keaton all of five minutes to devise. See more »

Goofs

Mention of prisoner exchange is mentioned by the colonel. Prison exchanges wee stopped by Grant in 1864, the first union commander who realized the road to victory lay through attrition. See more »

Quotes

Col. Weatherby: Now, if you don't mind, the map, if you please.
Aubrey Filmore: Oh, the map, the map, the map . .
[to himself]
Aubrey Filmore: The map's in the packle of the bucket with the jeckle. No, the jacket's in the buckle of the pocket with the poodle - the boodle.
Col. Weatherby: Major Drummond, the map!
Aubrey Filmore: Yes, the map, the map, the map . .
[to himself]
Aubrey Filmore: The map's in the packle of the bugle with the pickle. No, no. The pocket of the boo - with the bagel. Not the bagel, the bugle, er, the buckle
[aloud]
Aubrey Filmore: That's it, the boot with the buckle.
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References The General (1926) See more »

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Dixie
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Attributed to Daniel Decatur Emmett in 1850s minstrel shows
Instrumental version heard on soundtrack under battle.
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Red Skelton is brilliant
3 April 2002 | by (Georgia) – See all my reviews

Red Skelton is brilliant both physically and verbally. His tongue-twisting tour de force ("The map is in the packet of the pocket of the jacket...") predates and probably inspired Danny Kaye's similarly brilliant speech in "The Court Jester. If this is indeed a remake of the Buster Keaton classic, "The General," it certainly does honor to its predecessor.


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