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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

Passed | | Comedy | 15 December 1948 (Mexico)
In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborn Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired Army officer, returns to his home town of Fredericksville, Georgia, and is disturbed at the lack of civic pride. He ... See full summary »

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writers:

Kathryn Scola (screenplay), Berry Fleming (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles Coburn ... Colonel Will Seaborn Effingham
Joan Bennett ... Ella Sue Dozier
William Eythe ... Albert 'Al' Marbury
Allyn Joslyn ... Earl Hoats
Elizabeth Patterson ... Cousin Emma
Donald Meek ... Doc Buden
Frank Craven ... Dewey
Thurston Hall ... Ed - the Mayor
Cora Witherspoon ... Mrs. Clara Meigs
Emory Parnell ... Joe Alsobrook
Henry Armetta ... Jimmy Economy
Stephen Dunne ... Professor Edward 'Ed' Bland (as Michael Dunne)
Roy Roberts ... Army Captain Rampey
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In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborn Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired Army officer, returns to his home town of Fredericksville, Georgia, and is disturbed at the lack of civic pride. He writes a letter to the editor in the local newspaper and attacks those who would do away with with traditions, especially those moving to tear down the old city hall and those who wish to rename Confederate Square after a local politician. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Who Says You Can't Fight City Hall?

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Comedy

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Trivia

Cousin Willie quotes William Shakespeare when speaking to Jesse Bibbs, the bank manager. "We are such stuff as dreams are made on." (The Tempest, Act 4, scene 1, 148-158) See more »

Goofs

Ella Sue's second strike at bowling uses the same footage as the first strike. See more »

Quotes

Albert 'Al' Marbury: Well, you're not going to see the mayor right now, are you?
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Soon as I can change my clothes.
Albert 'Al' Marbury: Well, there's no hurry, cousin Willie. Any old time will do.
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Son, when you get to be sixty-five it's a good time to hurry!
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Soundtracks

The Girl I Left Behind Me
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during the shot of Cousin Willie's first column and often in the score, and also played on the harmonica by Ninety-Eight
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Enjoyable but very slight
14 April 2009 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

The main reason I saw this film is that it starred the wonderful character actor, Charles Coburn. Well, in this sense, I wasn't disappointed as once again Coburn played the sort of crotchety but lovable guy he so often played in films. However, sadly the film seemed like it was very strongly inspired by MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (so it loses points for originality) and it unfortunately ended way too abruptly--like they knew it was supposed to be a B-picture so they ended it because this format wouldn't allow for a longer film! The film begins with the Colonel (Coburn) retiring to his childhood home in Georgia. Instead of just sitting back in a rocking chair, however, he wants to do a newspaper column to keep himself busy. At first, the column is very well received. However, when Coburn begins attacking the local corrupt administration, things start to get kind of crazy and soon it's this character and his new friends versus the establishment. This is all sort of a history lesson on politics and grassroots politics and when the mayor and his cronies dig in their heels for a fight the film gets interesting. Oddly, however, after setting up this great confrontation, it just seems to end! In the matter of just a couple minutes, everyone agrees to Coburn's demands and they all live happily ever after!! What a letdown at the end.

Overall, a pleasant and entertaining film that is worth watching but could have been even better. Excellent characters but a limp finale make this more of a nice time-passer than anything else.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 December 1948 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

Rebel Yell See more »

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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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