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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946)

Passed | | Comedy | 24 January 1946 (USA)
In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborm Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired army officer, returns to his home town of Frederisksville, Georgia and is disturbed at the lack of civic pride. He writes... 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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Storyline

In 1940, Colonel Will Seaborm Effingham (Charles Coburn), a retired army officer, returns to his home town of Frederisksville, 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 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?

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 January 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Man of the Hour See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

A reference is made to a headline, "Nazis Sweep Through Norway," placing this film as taking place in April 1940.The Germans had invaded Norway on the April 9. The movie was filmed December 1944 through February 1945; it was not released until a year later, in February 1946. By that time, supporting player Henry Armetta had already been dead.(heart attack) for several months. See more »

Goofs

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

Quotes

Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: A community's history is its family tree.
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Soundtracks

Turkey in the Straw
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played during the opening credits
Also played during the fencing scene
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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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