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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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Maj. Jack Drumman aka The Grey Spider
Lloyd Gough ...
Capt. Steve Lorford
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Capt. Jed Calbern
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Gen. Watkins
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Col. Weatherby
Art Baker ...
Col. Clifford M. Baker
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Fred Munsey
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Mark Haskins
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Hortense Dobson
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Mr. Duncan (scenes deleted)
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Capt. Jeffreys (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

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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5 August 1948 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

Mention of prisoner exchange is mentioned by the colonel. Prison exchanges were 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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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
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18th Century Anglo-American song
Used as leitmotif under main titles and in association with Northern cause.
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A smart and funny comedy
2 June 2004 | by See all my reviews

Red Skelton shines in this funny stereo-typical movie from the forties. All in all, the movies feels as though it was written for Bob Hope whom I personally dislike in the movies. Skelton and Hop both used double entendres and fast quipped one-liners to good effect. The funny plot includes a union hotel bellhop who mistakenly finds and captures the most dangerous spy of the confederates during the civil war and is asked by superiors to impersonate him because if he were caught, it would not matter, he being dispensable. So start the laughs and they come at a minute a dime including a classic scene at a hospital involving a chase and a couple of dentists. Brilliant. Arlene Dahl does what she does and that is look extremely beautiful. It is said Buster Keaton worked behind the scenes on this movie and some have compared it to the General but I don't see the resemblance. The movie it most resembles is Bob hope's The Paleface, a scathological spoof of genres as this movie is. When you get to see it, have fun.


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