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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

During the Civil War Union spy Andrews and his men volunteer to steal a Confederate train and drive it to Union territory while destroying the Confederate railway system along the way.

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Francis D. Lyon (as Francis Lyon)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Fess Parker ... James J. Andrews
Jeffrey Hunter ... William A. Fuller
Jeff York ... William Campbell
John Lupton ... William Pittenger
Eddie Firestone ... Robert Buffum
Kenneth Tobey ... Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan ... Marion A. Ross
Claude Jarman Jr. ... Jacob Parrott
Harry Carey Jr. ... William Bensinger
Leonard P. Geer Leonard P. Geer ... J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
George Robotham George Robotham ... William Knight
Stan Jones Stan Jones ... Wilson Brown
Marc Hamilton Marc Hamilton ... John Wollam
John Wiley John Wiley ... John M. Scott
Slim Pickens ... Pete Bracken
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Storyline

This is based on a true story. During the Civil War, a Union spy, Andrews, is asked to lead a band of Union soldiers into the South so that they could destroy the railway system. However, things don't go as planned when the conductor of the train that they stole is on to them and is doing everything he can to stop them. Written by <rcs0411@yahoo.com>

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A true-life spy story of ultimate suspense. High speed and inconceivable bravery!


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1956 (Denmark) See more »

Also Known As:

Andrews' Raiders See more »

Filming Locations:

Tallulah Falls, Georgia, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$2,500,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$1,700,000, 31 December 1956
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Walt Disney Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Catoosa - Often overlooked player in the Great Locomotive Chase, the crew of the Catoosa nearly ended the chase north of Adairsville. After letting the General go by, and seeing the Texas following, they joined the run behind the Texas. But in the movie, the Catoosa didn't join the chase with the Texas. See more »

Goofs

The Yonah, in this film was portrayed by an early 1920s reproduction of an 1830s engine of the 4-2-0 wheel arrangement. The real Yonah was a 4-4-0 engine, as were the General and the Texas, and was built in 1849. Moreover, the real Yonah featured a headlight and cowcatcher, which the one in the film lacks. See more »

Quotes

Raider: [the Raiders had successfully stolen the General] We're through playing Rebs, we're Yankees again!
Robert Buffum: I can talk! I can open my mouth!
William Campbell: Go ahead.
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Alternate Versions

A shortened pan/scan-version was shown on danish and Swedish TV in the early/mid 90's. Interestingly when it was re run on Swedish TV shortly after the first airing, a complete letter-box formated copy was used. See more »

Connections

Version of Railroad Raiders of '62 (1911) See more »

Soundtracks

Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
Written by Walter Kittredge
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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An American Take on an American Story!!
19 January 2011 | by Hollywood_YodaSee all my reviews

"The Great Locomotive Chase" is the true story of the most famous train chase in the American Civil War, headed by Andrews' Raiders. They were Union spies who sank deep into the south and stole a Confederate train, and headed north. The goal was to destroy the lines of communication for the South and their supplies. Ultimately though, the mission was a failure and the Union spies were captured.

This film is told from the perspective of the Union forces and stars Fess Parker as Andrew and Jeffrey Hunter as the southerner who fails their mission. One of the best Fess Parker films to come out of the Disney Studio in the 1950's.

The idea for the film came from Buster Keaton's silent era film, "The General (1927)," which he had starred in and directed. It is told from the perspective of the South, unlike "The Great Locomotive Chase." The best scene involves the burning of a train car and explosives to try to collapse a bridge. For a brief moment, the viewer might believe the Union spies will get away. This is a superb film, 9 of 10!!


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