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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 »

Company Credits

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

The WPA was the 'Work Progress Administration' (formerly the 'Works Projects Administration'), created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 to create employment and revitalize communities across the USA. It was part of his New Deal strategy. See more »

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Quotes

Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: My people have always been soldiers. My grandfather fell at Chickamauga; his grandfather at Saratoga. When Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter, my own father, unfortunately was only nine.
Earl Hoats: That WAS a little YOUNG.
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: I, myself, was wounded at San Juan Hill. I was at the seige of Panama. For fifty years, mister editor, the forces of civilization had been held at bay on the Isthmus... unable to join the waters of two great oceans. And do you know what blocked them? Gatling guns? Mini-balls? Superior ...
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Soundtracks

(I Wish I Was in) Dixie's Land
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Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
Played during the opening credits and at the end
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Small-town "Mr. Smith Goes to Washington"
15 August 2007 | by abchulettSee all my reviews

At the time I post this only 56 other users have rated this little film and only one other user has posted comments, and it's rated an average of 6.2. It's a shame that so few people have seen this little gem, and it's sad that our times are so out of step with its sentiments.

This is the humorous and romantic story of a retired colonel who returns to the town he grew up in and finds that few of its citizens are involved in its care, noting that a very small percentage even bothers to vote and finding that they are afraid to get involved, not for any sinister reasons but simply because the mayor and his cronies have the town locked up pretty tight and can bluster their way out of anything. This town needs a focal point for change, and the Colonel is just the man for the job. His young second cousin and a society writer on the local paper join in, with satisfactory results and some poignant dialogue along the way. Nice film. 9/10. I'd give it a solid 10 if not for the unfortunate racial attitudes that come from a southern town still in love with its pre-Lincoln heritage, but even these are handled fairly delicately considering the movie's era.

The film was apparently just restored in 2005, so probably it's not been seen often for many years. Watch for it on TCM; just caught it today on their Joan Bennett day, so it'll turn up again sometime. Well worth its brief run time.


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