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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 »
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Brisk, Lively, Deeply Tragic And Thrilling 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

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Additional Details

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

Did You Know?

In the film there are 16 raiders. In reality there were actually 20 who participated in the raid. There had initially been 24, but two joined Confederate forces after being stopped on their journey down to Marietta--as Andrews had instructed--and two more simply overslept and missed the train. These four were not depicted in the film, in addition to four others who participated.See more »
Anachronisms: Robert E. Lee did not take command of the army of Northern Virginia until 1 June 1862; 1 1/2 months *after* the locomotive chase.See more »
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.See more »
Pappy Was A Railroad ManSee more »


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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Brisk, Lively, Deeply Tragic And Thrilling, 6 September 2013
Author: denis888 from Russian Federation

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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