Colonel Effingham's Raid (Man of the Hour) (1946)





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Based on a novel by Barry Fleming, Colonel Effingham's Raid stars Charles Coburn in the title role. Upon retiring from the army, Effingham returns to his home town of Fredericksville, Georgia. Dismayed by the town's paucity of civic pride, the Colonel begins writing a newspaper column honoring Fredericksville's old traditions and chastizing those who would tear those traditions down. His pet peeve is the city administration's plan to rename Confederate Square after the pompous, mildly corrupt town mayor (Thurston Hall). When it seems that his protests are falling upon deaf ears, Colonel Effingham literally stage a "military assault" against City Hall, which in real life would get him thrown in the looney bin but which in a whimsical comedy of this nature results in a smashing success for the "good guys". If Colonel Effingham's Raid seems to be popping up on TV at a rate of once a day, it is because the film lapsed into public domain in 1973.
Classics , Comedy
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20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Charles Coburn
as Col. Will Seaborn Effingham
Joan Bennett
as Ella Sue Dozier
William Eythe
as Albert 'Al' Marbury
Allyn Joslyn
as Earl Hoats
Elizabeth Patterson
as Cousin Emma
Donald Meek
as Doc Buden
Thurston Hall
as Ed, the Mayor
Cora Witherspoon
as Clara Meigh
Emory Parnell
as Joe Alsobrook
Henry Armetta
as Jimmy Economy
Stephen Dunne
as Ed Bland
Roy Roberts
as Capt Rampey
Boyd Davis
as Bibbs
Frank Orth
as Wild Man
Ferris Taylor
as Wishum
Oliver Blake
as Bill Silk
Grant Mitchell
as Major Hickock
Frank Mitchell
as Maj. Hickock
Clyde Fillmore
as Engineer
George Melford
as Park Commissioner
Harry Hayden
as Box Smith
Charles Wagenheim
as Young Man
Olin Howland
as Painter
Mildred Gover
as Esther
Walter S. Baldwin
as Bus Driver
George O'Hara
as Telegrapher
Edward Keane
as Doctor
David Vallard
as Reporter
Sam McDaniel
as Janitor
Ed Allen
as Black Cab Driver
James Adamson
as Black Cab Driver
Charles R. Moore
as White Cab Driver
Guy Beach
as Motor Cop
Ken Christy
as Motor Cop
Paul E. Burns
as Man in Restaurant
Cecil Weston
as Teacher
George H. Reed
as Janitor
Phil Tead
as Advertising Manager
Henry Hastings
as Courthouse Janitor
Abe Dinovitch
as Electrician
Marshall Ruth
as Painter
Ralph Dunn
as Commissioner of Streets
Alma Kruger
as Mrs. Monadue
Elizabeth Williams
as Guest at Tea
Charles Moore
as White Cab Driver
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