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A Southern Yankee (1948)

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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Credited cast:
Maj. Jack Drumman aka The Grey Spider
Lloyd Gough ...
Capt. Steve Lorford
Capt. Jed Calbern
Minor Watson ...
Gen. Watkins
Charles Dingle ...
Col. Weatherby
Art Baker ...
Col. Clifford M. Baker
Fred Munsey
Mark Haskins
Hortense Dobson
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Mr. Duncan (scenes deleted)
Edward Gargan ...
Male Nurse (scenes deleted)
Bert Moorhouse ...
Capt. Jeffreys (scenes deleted)


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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Release Date:

5 August 1948 (USA)  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film received its initial television broadcasts in Philadelphia Saturday 4 May 1957 on WFIL (Channel 6), in Los Angeles Monday 6 May 1957 on KTTV (Channel 11) and in New York City Monday 11 November 1957 on WCBS (Channel 2); in San Francisco it was first telecast 8 November 1958 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


The identity of the Gray Spider is allegedly only known by Generals Lee, Johnson, and Jackson. Stonewall Jackson had actually died two years earlier in 1863. See more »


Kurt Devlynn: [to Calbern about Aubrey] That's another thing I can't understand. Every time I meet him I'm convinced he's a complete idiot.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »


Oh! Susanna
Composed by Stephen Foster (1848)
Instrumental version used as leitmotif under titles ad sung briefly by Skelton and Dahl.
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A Classic
26 April 2011 | by (California) – See all my reviews

First saw this movie on late 1950's TV, about 10 years after it was made. As a kid, I thought it was hilarious. Just watched again in 2011 and wondered if I would perceive it to be as funny as I did 50 years ago. I still love it. Not as much as a 10 year old perhaps, but Skelton can hold his own in his comedic genius through the decades. Of course the writing team of Frank & Panama also later wrote Danny Kaye's "The Court Jester" where they use the same tongue-twister rhyming lines to make hilarious running gags... and the hero's continuous use of secret code questions...to all the wrong people. Makes me want to revisit all the old Red Skelton movies of the late 40's and early 50's.

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