A Southern Yankee

A Southern Yankee

Director: Edward Sedgwick Cast: Red Skelton, Brian Donlevy, Arlene Dahl

DVD (Full Frame)

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Hot on the heels of Columbia's The Fuller Brush Man, MGM released another Red Skelton gagfest, A Southern Yankee. Set during the Civil War, the film casts Skelton as bumbling bellboy Aubrey Filmore. Yearning to help the Northern cause by becoming an undercover spy, Aubrey succeeds beyond his wildest dreams when circumstances force him to pose as notorious Southern secret agent Major Drumman (George Coulouris), aka "The Grey Spider." Infiltrating rebel territory, our hero does his best (which is none too good) to intercept the Grey Spider's messages and smuggle them to the North. Along the way, he falls in love with pert Southern belle Sallyann Weatherby (Arlene Dahl). Many of the side-splitting gag routines were devised by Buster Keaton, notably the now-famous scene in which Aubrey gingerly walks across the battlefield between Northern and Southern lines carrying a two-sided flag -- the Northern Stars and Stripes on one side, the Southern Stars and Bars on the other -- a strategy that works until the wind suddenly changes! Though Edward Sedgwick is credited with the direction, Red Skelton later revealed that A Southern Yankee was actually directed by S. Sylvan Simon.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/12/2012
UPC: 0883316507933
Original Release: 1948
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:30:00
Sales rank: 8,286

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Red Skelton Aubrey Filmore
Brian Donlevy Curt Devlynn
Arlene Dahl Sallyann Weatharby
George Coulouris Maj. Jack Drumman
Lloyd Gough Capt. Steve Lorford
John Ireland Capt. Jed Calbern
Minor Watson Gen. Watkins
Charles Dingle Col. Weatharby
Art Baker Col. Clifford M. Baker
Reed Hadley Fred Munsey
Arthur Space Mark Haskins
Richard Alexander Bartender
Stanley Andrews Actor
Shelby Bacon Actor
Lane Chandler Actor
Cliff Clark Dr. Cooper
Harry Cording Actor
Jeff Corey Union Cavalry Sergeant
Sam Flint Actor
Byron Foulger Mr. Duncan
Christian J. Frank Actor
Edward Gargan Male Nurse
Frank S. Hagney Horseman
Henry Hall Thaddeus Drumman
Paul Harvey Mr. Twitchell
Weldon Heyburn Actor
Bill Kennedy Lt. Sheve
Jack Lee Actor
James Logan Man
Ian MacDonald Actor
Allen Mathews Actor
Kermit Maynard Actor
Frank McGrath Dispatch Rider
Wally Merrill Confederate Soldier
John Merton Actor
Howard Mitchell Actor
Ralph Montgomery Actor
Roger Moore Actor
Bert Moorhouse Captain
Forbes Murray Officer
David Newell Sentry
Paul Newlan Man with Saber
William "Bill" Phillips Soldier
Addison Richards Dr. Clayton
Carl Saxe Sentry
David Sharpe Confederate Officer
Dick Simmons S.S. Man
Ann Staunton Nurse
William Tannen Actor
Ralph Volkie Actor
Pierre Watkin Major
Dick Wessel Actor
Victor Zimmerman Actor
John Hilton Orderly
Susan Simon Jenny
Joyce Compton Hortense Dobson

Technical Credits
Edward Sedgwick Director
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Melvin Frank Original Story
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Paul Jones Producer
Ray June Cinematographer
Arthur Krams Set Decoration/Design
Ben Lewis Editor
Warren Newcombe Special Effects
Norman Panama Original Story
David Snell Score Composer
Harry Tugend Screenwriter
Irene Valles Costumes/Costume Designer
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- A Southern Yankee
1. Chapter 1 [10:00]
2. Chapter 2 [10:00]
3. Chapter 3 [10:00]
4. Chapter 4 [10:00]
5. Chapter 5 [10:00]
6. Chapter 6 [10:00]
7. Chapter 7 [10:00]
8. Chapter 8 [10:00]
9. Chapter 9 [9:55]
10. Chapter 10 [:22]

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