IMDb > The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)
The Great Locomotive Chase
Top Links
trailers and videosfull cast and crewtriviaofficial sitesmemorable quotes
main detailscombined detailsfull cast and crewcompany credits
Awards & Reviews
user reviewsexternal reviewsawardsuser ratingsparents guide
Plot & Quotes
plot summarysynopsisplot keywordsmemorable quotes
Did You Know?
triviagoofssoundtrack listingcrazy creditsalternate versionsmovie connectionsFAQ
Other Info
box office/businessrelease datesfilming locationstechnical specsliterature listingsNewsDesk
taglines trailers and videos posters photo gallery
External Links
showtimesofficial sitesmiscellaneousphotographssound clipsvideo clips

The Great Locomotive Chase (1956) More at IMDbPro »

Photos (See all 15 | slideshow)


User Rating:
7.1/10   776 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
Popularity: ?
Up 5% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Lawrence Edward Watkin (written by)
View company contact information for The Great Locomotive Chase on IMDbPro.
Release Date:
8 June 1956 (USA) See more »
A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Plot Keywords:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
One of the most historically accurate movies to come out of Hollywood! See more (19 total) »


  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Fess Parker ... James J. Andrews

Jeffrey Hunter ... William A. Fuller
Jeff York ... William Campbell

John Lupton ... William Pittenger

Eddie Firestone ... Robert Buffum

Kenneth Tobey ... Anthony Murphy

Don Megowan ... Marion A. Ross

Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jacob Parrott

Harry Carey Jr. ... William Bensinger
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

Slim Pickens ... Pete Bracken

Morgan Woodward ... Alex
W.S. Bearden ... A Switchman
Harvey Hester ... Jess McIntyre

Robert Kent ... A Switchman (as Douglas Bleckley)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joel Ashley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Rudy Bowman ... Townsman (uncredited)

Richard H. Cutting ... Union Gen. Mitchell (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Cox (uncredited)

Robert Foulk ... Confederate Gen. Ledbetter (uncredited)
Roy Gordon ... Secretary Stanton (uncredited)

Herman Hack ... Townsman (uncredited)
Dick Johnstone ... Townsman (uncredited)

Jack Kenny ... Townsman (uncredited)

Mitchell Kowall ... One of Andrews' Raiders (uncredited)
Billy McCoy ... Townsman (uncredited)

Hank Patterson ... Turner - Friendly Jailer (uncredited)

John Pickard ... Confederate Lt. Fletcher (uncredited)

Chuck Roberson ... Confederate Prison Captain (uncredited)

Dick Sargent ... Union Soldier (uncredited)

Dale Van Sickel ... Alonzo Martin (uncredited)

Directed by
Francis D. Lyon  (as Francis Lyon)
Writing credits
Lawrence Edward Watkin (written by)

Produced by
Lawrence Edward Watkin .... producer
Walt Disney .... executive producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Paul J. Smith  (as Paul Smith)
Cinematography by
Charles P. Boyle (photographed by) (as Charles Boyle)
Film Editing by
Ellsworth Hoagland 
Art Direction by
Carroll Clark 
Set Decoration by
Patrick Delany  (as Pat Delaney)
Emile Kuri 
Makeup Department
Louis Haszillo .... hair stylist
Louis Haszillo .... makeup artist
David Newell .... hair stylist
David Newell .... makeup artist
Production Management
Russ Haverick .... unit manager
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert G. Shannon .... assistant director (as Robert Shannon)
Sound Department
Robert O. Cook .... sound supervisor
Virgil Smith .... sound recordist
Visual Effects by
Peter Ellenshaw .... matte artist
Ub Iwerks .... special processes
Albert Whitlock .... assistant matte artist
Chuck Roberson .... stunts (uncredited)
Terry Wilson .... stunts (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Joseph Dimmitt .... wardrobe
Chuck Keehne .... wardrobe
Music Department
Franklyn Marks .... orchestrator
Other crew
Walt Disney .... presenter
Harper Goff .... production researcher
Wilbur G. Kurtz .... technical advisor
Crew verified as complete

Production CompaniesDistributorsOther Companies

Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Andrews' Raiders" - USA (TV title)
See more »
85 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
2.35 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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 »
Factual errors: The real General featured a three-dome configuration and ankle-rails instead of running boards during the war. The film General more closely resembles the real one's post-1890s appearance.See more »
William Campbell:Do we have to be better Southerners than the Johnny Rebs themselves?
James J. Andrews:I went through pretty far tonight. Let me tell you this: If you can't drink their toasts and sing their songs, love Jeff Davis and hate Abe Lincoln by next Friday, you'll never reach Marietta.
See more »
Roll Jordan RollSee more »


This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
11 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
One of the most historically accurate movies to come out of Hollywood!, 2 May 2000
Author: shepherd-10 from Atkinson, NH

Finally, those of us who are railroad and civil war fans have an excellent widescreen version of this movie, with the release of The Great Locomotive Chase on DVD. While some of the details in the story line are not accurate history, Disney did a very good job. The trains even have link and pin couplers which are virtually never seen in movie accounts of the period.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (19 total) »


If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
The General Rio Lobo Quantrill's Raiders Boxcar Bertha Pearl Harbor
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Full cast and crew Company credits External reviews
News articles IMDb Action section IMDb USA section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.