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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 8 June 1956 (USA)
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

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William A. Fuller
Jeff York ...
William Campbell
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William Pittenger
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Robert Buffum
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Anthony Murphy
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Marion A. Ross
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Jacob Parrott
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Leonard P. Geer ...
J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
George Robotham ...
William Knight
Stan Jones ...
Marc Hamilton ...
John Wollam
John Wiley ...
John M. Scott
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Pete Bracken
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Storyline

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 <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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


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Andrews' Raiders  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Only 13 pieces of equipment were actually used: two full-sized locomotives, one yard engine, three passenger cars, two iron boxcars and five wooden boxcars that were built specifically to be destroyed in the film. The various pieces of equipment bore different numbers on different trains throughout the movie. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

William Pittenger: [narrating, about William Campbell] My companion was the giant Bill Campbell. And as I came to know him, I felt a growing concern over his quick and violent temper. One such powder keg could blow our whole expedition sky-high.
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Connections

Version of Railroad Raiders of '62 (1911) See more »

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Dixie
Written by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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Connection to GWTW
21 March 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is really not a review as such, even though I really enjoyed this film when I saw it as a kid and am glad it is now available on DVD.I do hope they have included the "making of" that aired on Disneyland when the film was first released. My main comment is about the obscure connection of The Great Locomotive Chase,the actual event and Gone With the Wind. The conductor who chased Andrews, Capt William A.Fuller lived in Atlanta after the war and he had a daughter named Annie Laurie Fuller. Annie married Atlanta architect, artist and historian Wilbur G.Kurtz. Wilbur and Annie were friends of Margaret Mitchell. When GWTW was being filmed, Mitchell suggested Kurtz be the technical adviser on the film. The Kurtzs spent a great deal of time in Hollywood. Kurtz kept a diary of his work on the film that was published in the The Atlanta Historical Journal in the Summer 1978 issue, Vol XXII Number 2. Annie Laurie took some of the pictures that accompany the article. I found this connection to be interesting and if anyone out there is a GWTW junkie like myself, try to get a copy of the above mentioned journal. There is a wealth of information on the making of GWTW.


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