The Great Locomotive Chase (1956)

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  • THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE


    DIRECTED BY FRANCIS D. LYON
    PRODUCED BY WALT DISNEY
    LAWRENCE EDWARD WATKIN
    WALT DISNEY PRODUCTIONS


    Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas


    Information from IMDb


    Plot Summary
    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


    Full Cast
    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 ... J.A. Wilson (as Lennie Geer)
    George Robotham ... William Knight
    Stan Jones ... Wilson Brown
    Marc Hamilton ... John Wollam
    John Wiley ... John M. Scott
    Slim Pickens ... Pete Bracken
    Morgan Woodward ... Alex
    W.S. Bearden ... A switchman
    Harvey Hester ... Jess McIntyre
    Robert Kent ... A switchman (as Douglas Bleckley):
    Joel Ashley ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
    Richard H. Cutting ... Union General Mitchell (uncredited)
    John Daheim ... Cox (uncredited)
    Robert Foulk ... Confederate General Ledbetter (uncredited)
    Roy Gordon ... Secretary Stanton (uncredited)
    Mitchell Kowall ... Undetermined Role (uncredited)
    Hank Patterson ... Turner, Friendly Jailer (uncredited)
    John Pickard ... Confederate Lt. Fletcher (uncredited)
    Chuck Roberson ... Confederate Prison Captain (uncredited)
    Dick Sargent ... Union Soldier (uncredited)
    Dale Van Sickel ... Alonzo Martin (uncredited)


    Writing Credits
    Lawrence Edward Watkin (written by)


    Original Music
    Paul J. Smith


    Cinematography
    Charles P. Boyle


    Trivia
    Filmed on the Tallulah Falls Railway which went defunct in the early 1960s.


    Debut of Morgan Woodward.


    The real General, the locomotive stolen in the movie, is on display in Kennesaw, Georgia, at the Kennesaw Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History.


    It was raining on the day of the real chase (this is simply a deviation from the source material and a fact the filmmakers were likely aware of, which is why this is not listed as a goof).


    Only thirteen pieces of equipment were actually used: two full-sized locomotives, one yard engine, three passenger cars, two iron box cars, and five wooden box cars that were built specifically to be destroyed in the film. The various pieces of equipment wore different numbers on different trains throughout the movie.


    In the film there are 16 raiders. In reality there were actually 20 raiders that participated in the raid. There had initially been 24 raiders, but two joined Confederate forces after being stopped on their journey down to Marietta, as Andrews had instructed, and two more simply overslept and missed the train. These four were not depicted in the film as well as four others who participated.


    The locomotive the plays The General in the film (Baltimore and Ohio #25 William Mason) was built around the same time as the General, and had been in service during the Civil War. This is also the same locomotive used as The Wanderer in Wild Wild West.


    William Campbell is depicted in the film as a Union soldier. In real history, Campbell was the only civilian beside Andrews to participate in the raid; his character in the film is also quite different than his real life character.


    CASTLE THUNDER: Heard when Andrews first meets his raiding party about ten minutes into the film.


    The real locomotive "Texas" is on display at the Atlanta Cyclorama and Civil War Museum in Atlanta, Georgia.


    Goofs
    Anachronisms
    Robert E. Lee did not take command of the army of Northern Virginia until 1 June 1862; 1 1/2 months *after* the locomotive chase.


    The coaches used in the film feature a duck bill style clerestory roof. While clerestory roof coaches existed in the 1860's they would have been of the monitor style. Furthermore, the Western and Atlantic Railroad was most likely still using the older style radial roof coaches in 1862.


    The switches shown are of the point blade variety which were not used before the 1880's. Thw switches on the Western & Atlantic would have been stub switches in 1862.


    Factual errors
    Pete Bracken's train, hauled by the "Texas", was actually 21 cars long, rather than the 2 cars depicted in the film.


    A Union Army officer tells Andrews that Confederate Gen. P.G.T. Beauregard was "moving up to attack Grant at Shiloh." Beauregard was actually second-in-command before the Shiloh attack. Confederate Gen. Albert Sidney Johnston was in charge. Beaurgeard did take over after Johnston's death during the battle. Also, Shiloh was a surprise attack on Grant's Union army. Grant's target was Corinth, Miss. The Confederate's launched a surprise attack from Corinth, on Grant's army at Pittsburg Landing, in Tennessee, in what would become known as the Battle of Shiloh. Therefore, an officer talking to Andrews would have had no prior knowledge of the attack in advance.


    The engine representing the Texas is of 1870s vintage and is equipped with a Westinghouse air brake, which was not invented until 1872 and not in common use until the 1880s.


    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.


    The General and Texas feature cowcatchers with vertical wooden slats rather than those with horizontal strap iron ones which the railroad used exclusively until the 1870s.


    The real General featured a three-dome configuration and ankle-rails instead of running boards during the war. The film General more closely resembles the real one's post-1890s appearance.


    William Campbell in reality was a civilian not a soldier.


    Andrews did escape the jail but was recaptured the next day.


    The confederate major told the captain that all the captured raiders would be hung. This did not happen. Six were later used in prisoner exchanges including Pittenger and Buffam. Pittenger was later promoted to sergeant and Buffam to second lieutenant.


    Revealing mistakes
    In the long shot of the Texas running in reverse toward the tunnel, it is obvious by the unnaturally quick movements of the crew that the film has been sped up.


    Memorable Quotes


    Filming Locations
    Georgia, USA
    North Carolina, USA


    Watch this Clip


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    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Walt Disney Productions CinemaScope adventure film
    based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862
    during the American Civil War.
    The film stars Fess Parker as James J. Andrews,
    the leader of a group of Union soldiers
    from various Ohio regiments who volunteered to go behind
    Confederate lines in civilian clothes,
    steal a Confederate train north of Atlanta, and drive it back to Union lines
    in Tennessee, tearing up railroad tracks and destroying bridges
    and telegraph lines along the way.



    Written and produced by Lawrence Edward Watkin
    and directed by Francis D. Lyon,
    the 85-minute full-color film also features
    Jeffrey Hunter, John Lupton, Kenneth Tobey,
    Don Megowan, and Slim Pickens.
    Paul J. Smith composed the score.


    Filmed in Georgia and North Carolina, along the now abandoned
    Tallulah Falls Railway,


    it was released in U.S. theaters by Buena Vista Distribution Company
    on June 8, 1956, and capitalized on Parker's growing fame as an actor
    from his portrayal of Davy Crockett.
    The film reteamed him with Jeff York (Mike Fink).


    The steam engine upon whose exploits the film is based, the "General",
    is preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History
    in Kennesaw, Georgia.
    Representing the "General" in the film is American-type steam engine
    No. 25 ("William Mason"),
    built in 1856 and preserved in operating condition at the B&O Railroad
    Museum.


    The final locomotive used by Conductor Fuller and the pursuers,
    the "Texas",
    has been restored and is on display at Grant Park in Atlanta,
    also home to the Cyclorama mural painting of the Battle of Atlanta.
    In the film, "Texas"
    is represented by the similar Inyo, which is now preserved in working order
    at the Nevada State Railroad Museum.


    Look out for some of Duke's big 'Pals'
    Harry Carey Jr. as William Bensinger
    Slim Pickens as Pete Bracken
    Chuck Roberson as a Confederate Prison Captain


    User Review

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

    Edited once, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Hi


    The Great Locomotive Chase was based on fact as was the Buster Keatron great silent film The General perhaps a review of this film could also be reviewed.


    Regards


    Arthur

    Walk Tall - Talk Low


  • Got that one ready and waiting Arthur,
    will be posted shortly

    Best Wishes
    Keith
    London- England

  • The Great Locomotive Chase will be shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) with no commercial interruptions on Thursday July 2,2015 at 11:15PM to 12:51AM (Central Standard time).
    Directed by: Francis D. Lyon.Starring Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter,Jeff York,John Lupton, Eddie Firestone, Kenneth Tobey.True story of Andrews' Raiders (filmed before by Buster Keaton as THE GENERAL) comes to life in this colorful Disney film; Parker is famous Union spy who leads a rowdy band in capturing and "kidnapping'' a Confederate railroad train (named The General) during the Civil War.
    Retitled ANDREWS' RAIDERS. CinemaScope.
    Leads up to the survivors receiving the very first Congressional Metal of Honor.
    Must see.


    Locations: Clayton, Georgia, United States, Virginia, United States, Tennessee, United States,
    West Virginia,United States
    Release Date: Jun 20, 1956
    Premiere Information: New York opening: 26 Jan 1956; Atlanta, GA opening: 8 Jun 1956
    Production Dates: late Sep--early Dec 1955
    Color: Color (Technicolor)
    Sound: Mono (RCA Sound System)
    Duration (in mins): 87
    Duration (in feet): not available
    Duration (in reels): 9
    Production Companies: Walt Disney Productions
    Distribution Companies: Buena Vista Film Distribution Co.Inc.
    Country: United States

    Edited 3 times, last by Mopargary ().

  • [quote='Mopargary','http://dukewayne.com/bb/index.php?thread/&postID=136826#post136826']The Great Locomotive Chase will be shown on TCM (Turner Classic Movies) with no commercial interruptions on Thursday July 2,2015 at 11:15PM to 12:51AM (Central Standard time).
    Directed by: Francis D. Lyon.Starring Fess Parker, Jeffrey Hunter,Jeff York,John Lupton, Eddie Firestone, Kenneth Tobey.True story of Andrews' Raiders (filmed before by Buster Keaton as THE GENERAL) comes to life in this colorful Disney film; Parker is famous Union spy who leads a rowdy band in capturing and "kidnapping'' a Confederate railroad train (named The General) during the Civil War.
    Retitled ANDREWS' RAIDERS. CinemaScope.
    Leads up to the survivors receiving the very first Congressional Metal of Honor.
    Must see.


    Making of the Great Locomotive Chase (BW)
    Click to watch:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akc_bq8BIm4


    Introduction by Walt Disney &
    Narrated by Fess Parker.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Akc_bq8BIm4


    Watch it before or even after the movie tonight.
    Thursday July 2,2015 at 11:15PM to 12:51AM. on TCM.