Walt Disney classic version of "The General" train chase during the American Civil War!,
This review is from: The Great Locomotive Chase [DVD] (DVD)
THE GENERAL (1926) starring Buster Keaton was a highly-rated silent film very loosely based on an incident in the American Civil War during 1862. The title of the film taking its name from the train "The General". The story being taken from a memoir "The Great Locomotive Chase" William Pittenger who was a participant in the actual incident!
THE GREAT LOCOMOTIVE CHASE (1956) as far as possible sticks to the facts as far as the about 90 minute film allows. The story is about a North American spy James J. Andrews (Fess Parker) who poses as a Southern blockade-runner moving freely between North and South. He recruits a band of spies known as Andrews Raiders from the Union troops including one William Pittenger (John Lupton) and they set out to steal a Confederate train that is supplying the rebel troops. The aim being to rip up railway tracks, wreck bridges and severe telegraph links in their wake, thus hopefully shortening the war.
All goes reasonably well and they successfully capture "The General" but they had not reckoned on Southern railroad worker William A. Fuller (Jeffery Hunter) who takes off in hot pursuit by all means at his disposal, so commenced the "Great Locomotive Chase! And here we must abandoned the "chase" as to pursue it further may spoil your viewing.
This was a DVD from Amazon UK in Wide-Screen aspect. Now in the Public Domain it is available from several sources. The version on display here was excellent and very enjoyable viewing! Fess Parker of course was no stranger to playing real characters for Walt Disney having made his name in two movies as "Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier" (1955) and "Davey Crockett and the River Pirates" in (1956). Jeffery Hunter was also seen at that time with John Wayne in "The Searchers" (1956). A very good film with much to enjoy.