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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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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
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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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5 August 1948 (USA)  »

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Trivia

The scene where Civil War spy Lloyd Gough listens to battle plans from the second floor flu was reused by John Ford in "The Horse Soldiers,' when Constance Towers and Althea Gibson listen to John Wayne and his officers plotting strategy until they're caught by William Holden. Brian Donlevy catches Gough spying in this film. See more »

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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: That's a wonderful disguise, muh boy. I wish all my officers were as stupid as you.
Aubrey Filmore: So do I.
[laughs]
Aubrey Filmore: [to the officers] Nothing personal, gentlemen.
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Soundtracks

Yankee Doodle
(uncredited)
18th Century Anglo-American song
Used as leitmotif under main titles and in association with Northern cause.
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A very funny movie
19 April 2002 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

This movie is about a hotel bell boy who wants to be a soldier in the Civil War (Red Skeleton's role). By sheer luck,he becomes a spy (Northern spy pretending to be a Southern). The flag carrying scene (I won't give it away anymore) is definitely one of the funniest scenes I have ever seen. My only critique is that the last part of the movie was not quite as humorous as the first part (at least in my opinion). However, this movie is definitely worth seeing.


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