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Southern Yankee, A (MGM 1948, Red Skelton, Brian Donlevy)



A Southern Yankee offers up a great role for Red Skelton (with most of his best bits written by an uncredited Buster Keaton) as a lovable bellboy who becomes a secret agent for the Union after a notorious Southern spy is captured. He goes behind Confederate lines seeking information and finds romance with belle Arlene Dahl.

Although Edward Sedgwick received directorial credit for A Southern Yankee, S. Sylvan Simon was the principal director. Simon left the film after principal production had been completed and Sedgwick was hired for the final two weeks.

production details
USA | MGM | 90 minutes | 1948
Director: Edward Sedgwick
Script: Harry Tugend,

John Ireland as Capt. Jed Calbern
George Coulouris as Maj. Jack Drumman aka The Grey Spider
Red Skelton as Aubrey Filmore
Brian Donlevy as Kurt Devlynn
Arlene Dahl as Sallyann Weatharby
Lloyd Gough as Capt. Steve Lorford
Minor Watson as Gen. Watkins
Charles Dingle as Col. Weatherby
Joyce Compton as Hortense Dobson