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The Raid (1954)

Approved | | Action, Drama, War | 4 August 1954 (USA)
Van Heflin As Maj. Neal Benton

Director:

Hugo Fregonese

Writers:

Sydney Boehm (screenplay), Francis M. Cockrell (story) (as Francis Cockrell) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Credited cast:
Van Heflin ... Maj. Neal Benton
Anne Bancroft ... Katy Bishop
Richard Boone ... Capt. Lionel Foster
Lee Marvin ... Lt. Keating
Tommy Rettig ... Larry Bishop
Peter Graves ... Capt. Frank Dwyer
Douglas Spencer ... Rev. Lucas
Paul Cavanagh ... Col. Tucker
Will Wright ... Josiah Anderson
James Best ... Lt. Robinson
John Dierkes ... Cpl. Fred Deane
Helen Ford Helen Ford ... Delphine Coates
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Bill Ash Bill Ash ... Bit (unconfirmed)
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Storyline

A group of Confederate prisoners escape to Canada and plan to rob the banks and set fire to the small town of Saint Albans in Vermont. To get the lie of the land, their leader spends a few days in the town and finds he is getting drawn into its life and especially into that of an attractive widow and her son. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The suspense thriller of the year !

Genres:

Action | Drama | War | Western

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 August 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Ferro e Fogo See more »

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Budget:

$650,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Panoramic Productions See more »
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Runtime:

(FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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In "What's My Line", guest panelist Van Heflin commented that Richard Boone stole this movie from him (with his excellent acting), to which celebrity guest Mr. Boone demurred. Both actors appear in the film, one could conclude that Boone got more attention for his part than Heflin wanted.

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Referenced in What's My Line?: Richard Boone (1959) See more »

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The Raid, 1954 with Van Heflin
4 September 2008 | by mhrabovsky1-1See all my reviews

It is sort of sad that Van Heflin did not get his due as a western actor, especially during the 1950s...most people think of Burt Lancaster, Audie Murphy, Fred McMurray, James Stewart, maybe Gary Cooper too...but Heflin made two total classics in the 50s, "Shane" with Allen Ladd, and "3:10 to Yuma" with Glenn Ford another noted 50s western star...also he was a iron clad major in "They Came to Cordura" in 59....in "The Raid" he is a rebel officer with a dual role, as he contrives with a band of rebel soldiers to overtake a small Vermont town toward the end of the civil war...further raids into unprotected towns by the rebels were planned to loot money and goods to be diverted into funds to buy war goods from foreign countries....Some very solid actors, very early in their careers make this a top notch wester, Lee Marvin, Peter Graves, James ("Roscoe") Best, Ann Bancroft, and a young Richard Boone, the man with the craggy face and disposition he made a career of....also a young Tommy Rettig, who went on to star in the "Lassie" TV series of the 1950s stars.... This is a top notch western and a true story to boot. Historical news reports from historians verify the raid on Vermont as a true civil war story. Lee Marvin in a good role as a renegade rebel solider who makes more trouble for Heflin that he bargained for as he gets drunk and threatens to blow up the whole "raid".....lots of plots and subplots....surreal part of this film is the rebel soldiers who were riding around with nitro glycerin in their pants and coats used to start fires in the town...everyone knows nitro is highly explosive to vibrations, whew!!! This is a very enjoyable civil war tale with top notch actors. Remember seeing this movie as a kid in 1954, but TV version of this film left me scratching my head as I remember Tommy Rettig coming into Heflin's room and seeing his rebel uniform in a chest, not on Heflin as he wore it in a hotel room.....did I miss something from seeing this film in a theatre as opposed to on TV...hard to figure. A good, solid 1950s western to see.


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