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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

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During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jeff York ...
William Campbell
John Lupton ...
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Eddie Firestone ...
Robert Buffum
Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan ...
Marion A. Ross
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This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by <>

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A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!


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8 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The locomotive used to depict The General in the film (Baltimore and Ohio #25 William Mason) was built around the same time as The General, and had been in service during the Civil War. This is also the same locomotive used as The Wanderer in Wild Wild West (1999). See more »


The coaches used in the film feature a duck bill style clerestory roof. While clerestory roof coaches existed in the 1860's they would have been of the monitor style. Furthermore, the Western and Atlantic Railroad was most likely still using the older style radial roof coaches in 1862. See more »


[the train is about to pull into Big Shanty]
James J. Andrews: Have a good breakfast, Mr. Fuller. And don't you worry about any deserters, I'll *take care* of your train.
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Version of Railroad Raiders of '62 (1911) See more »


Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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Brisk, Lively, Deeply Tragic And Thrilling
6 September 2013 | by (Russian Federation) – See all my reviews

Excellent film! I enjoyed every minute of this rather short, but greatly superb film on Great Locomotive Chase of 1862 near Chattanooga. The real story makes this film even more interesting, and the whole work is awesome. Excellent musical score, great scenery, decent performance of all actors, very thrilling trains, shoot-outs, North and South clashing, real drama, real feelings, very good details, very accurate depiction of moral and habits of people of those times.All of these makes this Old Style Hollywod film a very good watch. I do recommend this to all Civil War buffs!And even common film viewers will like this film and find it very brisk and very cool

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