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Yellowneck (1955)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama, War | 22 March 1955 (USA)
5 Confederate soldiers desert, make their way through the Everglades and try to make it to Cuba.


R. John Hugh


Nat S. Linden (screenplay), R. John Hugh (original story and dialogue)


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Cast overview:
Lin McCarthy ... The Sergeant
Stephen Courtleigh ... The Colonel
Berry Kroeger ... Plunkett
Harold Gordon Harold Gordon ... Cockney
Bill Mason Bill Mason ... The Kid
Al Tamez Al Tamez ... Seminole Indian
Jose Billie Jose Billie ... Seminole Indian
Roy Nash Osceola Roy Nash Osceola ... Seminole Indian


A disgraced Confederate Colonel who has deserted his command flees to the Everglades where he encounters a disparate group of four other Southern deserters. Togethher they struggle to find their way out of the swamp and resolve their own personal demons under the eyes of hostile Seminoles as they battle to survive the elements and each other. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Five rebel Confederates alone among the terrors of the Everglades ! See more »


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The forage caps (or kepis) worn by the deserters are of an 1862 pattern that denoted the soldier's branch of service by the color of the sides and crown (red for artillery, yellow for cavalry and sky blue for infantry). See more »


When the British soldier goes to sheath the colonel's sword at the funeral, he puts it in backwards and it gets jammed. See more »


Sergeant Todd: [to the Kid] You ain't done enough to run away from. Shouldn't have followed me, kid. Shouldn't have started runnin'. I've been runnin' every since I knowed runnin' from... everything how I never liked. Yeah, I reckon there ain't much to like around this world. I've ben runnin' so long I don't know how to stop! It don't do too much good when you stop and figure why you're runnin'. It catches up to you. You can't run away from yourself. Don't run away from nothin', kid. It don't do no good. ...
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Hurricane scenes shot in real hurricane!
18 November 2005 | by antelope306See all my reviews

First movie my father co-produced with R. John Hugh. Used color as a first since many movies were in b/w in 50s. Although I was too small to remember this movie being made, I played with rolls of cutting room floor scraps for years.

This was Laurence Rosenthal's first movie music score. He was a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL. He went on to score more movies and several TV shows in the 90s. Interestingly, a promotion still picture my father had of him was in the newspaper 40 years after it was originally taken. Guess no one ages in the movie business.

The scenes that take place during a storm were actually shot during a hurricane that visited Florida during the shooting schedule. Snakes used in the scenes came from a local tourist trap called Alligator Farm. Many of the exterior scenes were made in Altamonte Springs area.

The quicksand scene was actually a pit that was dug about chest deep and filled with leaves, etc. The actor got in and faked the sinking part. The hand going down was actually a closeup of him just pulling down his arm (trick photography 50s style). The Florida panther that jumps out of the tree was a fake that was pushed from behind by a guy with a pole. Looks real though.

Yellowneck was R. John Hugh's first stab at writing, directing, producing, et AL, a movie in Florida. The world premiere was held at the former Astor Theater in Orlando. I have the still pictures of the premiere. Lin McCarthy was on hand for the opening night. He later went on to do television.

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22 March 1955 (USA) See more »

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Cinq d√©serteurs See more »

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Empire Studios (II) See more »
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Mono (RCA)


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1.37 : 1
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