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22.04.03 : Colonel Effingham’s Raid, released in 1946

Colonel Effingham’s Raid was released in 1946.  This is an excellent example of the South-friendly phase of Hollywood in the 1930s and 1940s.  Charles Coburn is a retired Army officer in a Georgia town who successfully raises a public campaign to defeat a  “progressive” plan to tear down the local Confederate monument.  The film, set on the eve of American entry into World War II,  also makes clear the compatibility of Southern tradition with  the best American patriotism.


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