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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 {J-26}

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The suspense thriller of the year !

Genres:

Action | Drama | War | Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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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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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

In an old episode of "What's My Line", guest panelist Van Heflin commented that Richard Boone stole a part from him in this movie, to which celebrity guest Mr. Boone demurred. As both actors appear in the film, one might conclude that Boone got the part Heflin wanted. See more »

Goofs

When Benton throws down the bottle of explosive on the bridge, the explosion occurs around 2 metres/ 6 feet from where the bottle smashes. See more »

Connections

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

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Rock of Ages
Lyrics by Augustus Montague Toplady and music by Thomas Hastings
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Pleasing film that moves along well
29 June 2006 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

A good film that moves along at a pleasing rate, helped by a good cast, including a young Lee Marvin, an equally-young Richard Boone before his face became lined (but he still plays a troubled person) and the distinctive John Dierkes (the "Gaunt Man" in "The Red Badge of Courage").

This film pairs with another, "The Siege at Red River". Both feature a Southern officer working undercover in Northern territory, both feature Boone, and both stars have the first name Van. But compared with Johnson in TSARR, Heflin's conscience is only slightly troubled by the consequences of his actions; indeed a web search for "St Albans 1864" suggests that "The Raid" greatly magnifies the arson Heflin's men cause with "Greek Fire" - apparently only one shed was actually burnt down. (This contrasts with the way the film "Quantrill's Raiders" greatly underplays the notorious attack on Lawrence.) Also, it would seem, in fact the raiders dropped a lot of the money from the banks.

My only slight criticism was that already voiced by other commentators - the smartness of the Confederate uniforms. On the plus side, the film avoids instant romance between Heflin and Bancroft (though they're obviously attracted to each other) and there's no mawkish bonding between the former and Bancroft's son.

Not that well-known a film, but well worth watching.


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