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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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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

The Texas was played by the Virginia & Truckee's Inyo. Now she is still operating in steam, only on special occasions. The Inyo also played as the Wanderer in the Wild Wild West TV show in 1960s. See more »

Goofs

In reality, the Catoosa locomotive from Calhoun Station had joined the Texas to pursuit the General instead of doing nothing but parking on the side. In the movie, the Catoosa didn't chase the General with the Texas. 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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Soundtracks

Roll Jordan Roll
Performed by Fess Parker and cast
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The Andrews Mission
3 October 2011 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

In the wake of his burst of popularity after becoming that iconic figure for Fifties kids Davy Crockett, Fess Parker starred in The Great Locomotive Chase. The film is based on a true incident from the Civil War involving an espionage mission where several Union soldiers are sent under the leadership of a civilian who knows the territory. The idea is to seize a train and destroy as much railroad equipment and track between Marietta, Georgia and Chattanooga, Tennessee.

The fact that Fess Parker as John J. Andrews is a civilian is cause for much dissension in the ranks of these soldiers who are not used to operating with stealth tactics. One of them, Jeff York, is obstreperous to the point of mutiny.

Although Parker is the star, depending on your point of view the real hero is Jeffrey Hunter who is the conductor of the train Parker and his men steal. Hunter is courageous, cunning, and resourceful and every bit a match for Parker and his tricks.

From back in the day I remember that the Disney Studio was marketing toy trains based on the locomotives used in this film. No amount of begging could get my parents to part with any money for one of those. But somewhere some folks around my age have those models and I daresay they're worth a fortune.

The Great Locomotive Chase is a fine well constructed film that is as fresh today as when I saw it in theaters way back when. A must for any Civil War film festival.


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