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Disney's The Great Locomotive Chase is a dramatic retelling of the actual Civil War events which inspired the Buster Keaton comedy Buster Keaton. Fess Parker stars as James J. Andrews, the famous Union spy who masterminded the theft of an entire Confederate train. To accomplish this mission, Andrews and his cohorts pose as Kentuckians, board the train, and bide their time until they can pull off the robbery. Unfortunately for the Northerners, plucky young conductor William A. Fuller (Jeffrey Hunter, in the "Keaton" role), resentful that his train was stolen out from under him, pursues Andrews' raiders by foot, handcar, and locomotive. No matter what obstacles are placed in his way by Andrews' men, Fuller persists in his chase. Eventually captured, Andrews and his cohorts plan a daring escape, which serves as the film's pulse-pounding climax. Filmed on location in Georgia, The Great Locomotive Chase was well-received by audiences and critics alike. The lone dissenter was Buster Keaton, who felt that Disney made a mistake by turning the Southern characters into the "bad guys." ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Cast

Fess Parker
as James J. Andrews
Jeffrey Hunter
as William A. Fuller
Jeff York
as William Campbell
John Lupton
as William Pittenger
Kenneth Tobey
as Anthony Murphy
Don Megowan
as Marion A. Ross
Claude Jarman, Jr.
as Jacob Parrott
Harry Carey, Jr.
as William Bensinger
Lennie Geer
as J.A. Wilson
George Robotham
as William Knight
Marc Hamilton
as John Wollam
Slim Pickens
as Pete Bracken
Morgan Woodward
as Alex

Crew

Ellsworth Hoagland
Editor
Carroll Clark
Art Director
Emile Kuri
Set Designer
Chuck Keehne
Costume Designer
Joseph Dimmitt
Costume Designer
David Newell
Makeup
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