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The Raid (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 4 August 1954 (USA)
Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Francis M. Cockrell (story) (as Francis Cockrell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Maj. Neal Benton
Anne Bancroft ... Katy Bishop
Richard Boone ... Capt. Lionel Foster
Lee Marvin ... Lt. Keating
Tommy Rettig ... Larry Bishop
Peter Graves ... Capt. Frank Dwyer
Douglas Spencer ... Rev. Lucas
Paul Cavanagh ... Col. Tucker
Will Wright ... Josiah Anderson
James Best ... Lt. Robinson
John Dierkes ... Cpl. Fred Deane
Helen Ford Helen Ford ... Delphine Coates
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Bit (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

A group of Confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son. Written by Jeremy Perkins <jwp@aber.ac.uk>

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The suspense thriller of the year !

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Action | Drama | War | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ferro e Fogo See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

The movie is based on a true event. The The St, Albans, Vermont Raid happened on October 19, 1864 when Twenty-one cavalrymen arrived from Canada took over St. Albans, Vermont in what was to go down in history as the northernmost engagement of the Civil War. Confederate agent George Sanders organized the event and Lieutenant Bennett Young led the raid. Young mounted the steps of a hotel and shouted: "This city is now in the possession of the Confederate States of America!"

Since 1914, there has been a Vermont Historic Marker in front of Taylor Park commemorating the event and a commemorative plaque at the entrance of what was the Franklin County Bank. It is the only one of the three banks robbed that is still standing and is still a bank. The movie changed the year and the reason the raid took place. See more »

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When Major Benton gets off the train the first time, the sound of air brakes is clearly heard. However, the Westinghouse air brake was not invented until 1869, five years after the action in the movie occurred. See more »

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Richard Boone (1959) See more »

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home
Written by Louis Lambert
Played when the Union cavalry leave town
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Recommended viewing but lacking accuracy of the raid.
14 December 2004 | by cyoung-16See all my reviews

I watched the movie "The Raid" this morning on satellite TV with interest. I only learned of my relative, Col. Bennett H. Young, a few weeks earlier. When Bennett Young was a Lieutenant in the Army of the Confederacy he led the raid on St. Albans, VT. Van Heflin portrayed Lt. Young, though by a different name, and as usual Hollywood spruced the story of the raid up with a romantic twist with Anne Bancroft's character. Lt Young did in fact flirt with a lady, taking her out for a meal and later she took him for a tour at the Governors home. This was all intelligence gathering. In his later years he did send this lady $3.00 asking her to send him copies of newspaper clippings detailing the raid. Lee Marvin's character did not exist nor did the tale of his murdering a soldier in town. There was no calvary of soldiers in town before, during, nor soon after the raid. After the raid invalid soldiers were recruited from military hospitals to guard the border towns of Vermont. It was in fact towns people who gave chase to Lt. Young's band of raiders who fled into Canada. Equally entertaining is what happened afterward in Canada. This information is completely missing from the story in "The Raid". For those interested, it is worth searching for the reading material on the internet. Simply search "St. Albans Raid" Still the movie was interesting with a fine cast of characters who, as usual, delivered their best. The movie is recommended viewing as is further research for the full and accurate historical story.


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