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      A Southern Yankee

      Released Aug 5, 1948 1h 30m Comedy List
      Reviews 29% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings Eager but inept bellhop Aubrey Filmore (Red Skelton) wants to help the Union defeat the Confederate forces. When a series of events finds Aubrey pretending to be infamous Southern spy Major Jack Drumman (George Coulouris), better known as "The Grey Spider," plenty of espionage-related antics ensue. As Aubrey attempts to get secret information to his Northern comrades, he also does his best to woo the lovely Sallyann (Arlene Dahl), a dainty Southern belle. Read More Read Less Watch on Fandango at Home Buy Now

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      Audience Member The funniest movie about the U.S. Civil War!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member There were some jokes that worked but this film was not able to hit all the jokes in my mind. I think that they tried some of the jokes way too much like Red Skelton's character consistently tripping throughout the film being clumsy. I don't think those worked in the film after a while because it happened far too much. So much so that it became predictable and a characteristic rather than funny. Red Skelton's character after a while became annoying and the only characters I enjoyed were anyone but Red Skelton. It is not a movie I would recommend but it does have some interesting jokes that I do believe did work such as a joke written by Buster Keaton which is Red Skelton march with one flag facing the Confederates and the other side the Union and stops a temporary fire until the wind blows. I think this film missed the moral and the risk element. If there was a sense of the danger by a loss I think that this film would have been made it's marks better but there was no sadness or seriousness of the ramifications of what was going on. It was just all jokes. Because of that this film missed on it's message. I also felt like this film ended too conveniently by having the War just end the way it did just seemed unrealistic. There was no sense that the Union or Confederates were is severe danger from low supplies or dirtiness, hunger. It all seemed like they were both on equal footing besides medical supplies and wounded men by the Confederacy and the Union low on cotton supplies. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 01/25/23 Full Review Audience Member http://filmreviewsnsuch.blogspot.com/2012/03/southern-yankee.html Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member A VERY LOSE "HISTORICAL DRAMA" THAT RED BRINGS DA FUNNY TO. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 02/25/23 Full Review Audience Member Red Skelton is wonderful, as an undercover spy for the Union army. Some hilarious gags. Good support from Arlene Dahl, Brian Donlevy, George Coulouris and John Ireland. The scene where he walks across the battlefield with a confederate flag on one side, and a union flag on the other, it works until the wind changes direction! It's a great classic scene. Good costumes. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis Eager but inept bellhop Aubrey Filmore (Red Skelton) wants to help the Union defeat the Confederate forces. When a series of events finds Aubrey pretending to be infamous Southern spy Major Jack Drumman (George Coulouris), better known as "The Grey Spider," plenty of espionage-related antics ensue. As Aubrey attempts to get secret information to his Northern comrades, he also does his best to woo the lovely Sallyann (Arlene Dahl), a dainty Southern belle.
      Director
      Edward Sedgwick
      Production Co
      Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
      Genre
      Comedy
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Aug 5, 1948, Limited
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Jan 8, 2017
      Runtime
      1h 30m
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