The Great Locomotive Chase (film)

The Great Locomotive Chase is a 1956 Disney film based on the real Great Locomotive Chase that occurred in 1862 during the American Civil War. The movie stars Fess Parker as James J. Andrews, the ringleader of a group of Union soldiers from various Ohio regiments who conspired to steal a Confederate train north of Atlanta, Georgia, and drive it to Tennessee and the Union lines, tearing up railroad tracks and destroying bridges and telegraph lines along the way.

Directed by Francis D. Lyon, the 85-minute full-color film also features Jeffrey Hunter, Jeff York, John Lupton, and Slim Pickens. Filmed in Georgia, along the now abandonded Talullah Falls Railway, it was released in U.S. theaters on June 8, 1956, and capitalized on Parker's growing fame as an actor from his portrayal of Davy Crockett.

The steam engine upon which the film is based ("The General") is preserved at the Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History in Kennesaw, Georgia. Representing the locomotive in the film is American-type steam engine #25 ("William Mason"), built in 1856 and preserved in operating condition at the B&O Railroad Museum.



The film has been released on DVD several times, first by Anchor Bay Entertainment, and most recently by Disney, but these DVD's have been seldom advertised, and have not been released outside of the United States.


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