7.1/10
818
19 user 6 critic

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.

Director:

(as Francis Lyon)
Reviews

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
1 nomination. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Adventure | Family | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Johnny Tremain is drawn into the Revolutionary War, and becomes a patriot fighting to free the colonies from England. Along the way he learns about life and about himself.

Director: Robert Stevenson
Stars: Hal Stalmaster, Luana Patten, Jeff York
Family | Adventure | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Davy Crockett and his sidekick Georgie compete against boastful Mike Fink ("King of the River") in a boat race to New Orleans. Later, Davy and Georgie, allied with Fink, battle a group of ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Jeff York
Family | Western | Adventure
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

Legends (and myths) from the life of famed American frontiersman Davey Crockett are depicted in this feature film edited from television episodes. Crockett and his friend George Russell ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Fess Parker, Buddy Ebsen, Basil Ruysdael
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Young Robin Hood, in love with Maid Marian, enters an archery contest with his father at the King's palace. On the way home his father is murdered by hench men of Prince John. Robin takes ... See full summary »

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Richard Todd, Joan Rice, Peter Finch
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

During the reign of Henry VIII, Mary Tudor seeks to flee a forced marriage with the French king by escaping to America with her true love, but her plans are not so easily executed.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice
Adventure | Biography | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The wartime adventures of Scotish highland leader Rob Roy MacGregor during the reign of King George I in the 18th century.

Director: Harold French
Stars: Richard Todd, Glynis Johns, James Robertson Justice
Certificate: Passed Family | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Documentary of the live of flora and fauna in a desert in the US.

Director: James Algar
Stars: Winston Hibler
Western | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The adventures of a group of pioneers as their wagon train crosses the West.

Director: William Beaudine
Stars: Fess Parker, Kathleen Crowley, Jeff York
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A young white man who spent his whole life raised by Native Americans is sent to live with his birth family and must learn to fit in with people he was taught to hate.

Director: Herschel Daugherty
Stars: Fess Parker, Wendell Corey, Joanne Dru
Family | Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

The Milotte's spend three years in Africa filming a lion.

Director: James Algar
Stars: Winston Hibler
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

A boy attempts to realize his father's dream of climbing an alpine peak known as the Citadel.

Director: Ken Annakin
Stars: Michael Rennie, James MacArthur, Janet Munro
Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

The treasure seeking adventures of young Jim Hawkins and pirate captain Long John Silver.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Bobby Driscoll, Robert Newton, Basil Sydney
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Jacob Parrott
...
Leonard P. Geer ...
J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
George Robotham ...
William Knight
Stan Jones ...
Wilson Brown
Marc Hamilton ...
John Wollam
John Wiley ...
John M. Scott
...
Pete Bracken
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 1956 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Edit

Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,700,000, 31 December 1956
See more on IMDbPro »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show more on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

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 confederate major told the captain that all the captured raiders would be hung. This did not happen. Six were later used in prisoner exchanges including Pittenger and Buffam. Pittenger was later promoted to sergeant and Buffam to second lieutenant. See more »

Quotes

[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.
See more »


Soundtracks

Sons of Old Aunt Dinah
Lyrics by Lawrence Edward Watkin
Music by Stan Jones
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Great movie
14 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Exciting Disney adventure, filmed in CinemaScope, about an actual event that happened during the Civil War. It's the story of a group of Union soldiers, led by civilian spy James J. Andrews (Fess Parker), who go behind Confederate lines and steal a locomotive in Georgia. The men attempt to take the train back to Union lines in Tennessee but find themselves doggedly pursued by the train's conductor (Jeffrey Hunter). It's the same story that inspired Buster Keaton's classic silent comedy "The General." This one's no comedy and, while the chase itself is certainly the highlight of the film, it should be noted that this isn't just an action movie, either. There's some fine dramatic work here with good characterizations and a smart script. Parker and Hunter are both fantastic in their roles. The fine supporting cast includes Jeff York, Kenneth Tobey, Don Megowan, and John Lupton. It's a beautiful-looking film with excellent use of real locations and trains. History buffs and train enthusiasts should like it a lot. A real gem that I definitely recommend you give a chance.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?
Review this title | See all 19 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Best of 2017: Our Favorite Movie and TV Stills

Take a look at our favorite movie and TV stills from the past year. Spot any of your faves?

Browse the Best of 2017