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The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

Approved | | Action, Adventure, Family | 8 June 1956 (USA)
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:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 1956 (USA) 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

Filmed on the Tallulah Falls Railway, which went defunct in the early 1960s. See more »

Goofs

In the film the Battle of Shiloh was said to be a Confederate victory. The First day of the Battle the Confederate army had the upper hand, but the second day of battle the Union counterattacked and Beauregard retreated. The Battle of Shiloh was a Union victory. See more »

Quotes

[the raiders see Andrews successfully talking some repairmen into giving their tools to them]
William Pittenger: I don't see why we have to take the South: if Andrews *asked* for it, they'd *give* it to him!
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Roll Jordan Roll
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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Connection to GWTW
21 March 2008 | by MDaurora-1See all my reviews

This is really not a review as such, even though I really enjoyed this film when I saw it as a kid and am glad it is now available on DVD.I do hope they have included the "making of" that aired on Disneyland when the film was first released. My main comment is about the obscure connection of The Great Locomotive Chase,the actual event and Gone With the Wind. The conductor who chased Andrews, Capt William A.Fuller lived in Atlanta after the war and he had a daughter named Annie Laurie Fuller. Annie married Atlanta architect, artist and historian Wilbur G.Kurtz. Wilbur and Annie were friends of Margaret Mitchell. When GWTW was being filmed, Mitchell suggested Kurtz be the technical adviser on the film. The Kurtzs spent a great deal of time in Hollywood. Kurtz kept a diary of his work on the film that was published in the The Atlanta Historical Journal in the Summer 1978 issue, Vol XXII Number 2. Annie Laurie took some of the pictures that accompany the article. I found this connection to be interesting and if anyone out there is a GWTW junkie like myself, try to get a copy of the above mentioned journal. There is a wealth of information on the making of GWTW.


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