When Disney Was Disney (Movie Review)

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When Walt Disney himself was still running the show, Disney Productions made a lot of really cool movies instead of proselytizing for sodomy. We watched one of them yesterday.

The Great Locomotive Chase, starring Fess Parker (aka Davy Crockett, Daniel Boone) and Jeffrey Hunter, came out in 1956. I saw previews for it then: didn’t get a chance to see it, but always remembered those previews and always wanted to see it.

This is an exciting, suspenseful Civil War drama that also sheds some light on how very difficult and tricky it must be to run a railroad. Parker is a Union spy, who, with the aid of a few soldiers out of uniform, steals a train and tries to cut one of the Confederacy’s vital rail links, in hopes of shortening the war. He might have succeeded, but for a Confederate conductor (Hunter) who chases the stolen train–on foot, at first!–and overcomes every obstacle the resourceful Yankees throw at him. Time and again, we think they’ve stopped him, but time and again he comes up with some way to continue the chase.

It can hardly be a spoiler to say that, in the end, the conductor catches the stolen train and prolongs the war. Those Yankees who survive, and finally escape, win the first-ever Congressional Medal of Honor. But not all of them. Not all.

The movie industry constantly bellyaches, these days, about an under-performing box office. Well, maybe if they stopped producing a lot of piffle and went back to making movies like this, their ticket sales would vastly improve.

The Great Locomotive Chase is a movie that the whole family can enjoy, and you can rent it from youtube. Don’t miss it.

2 comments on “When Disney Was Disney (Movie Review)

  1. You’re so right, Lee. Those old movies had real-life plots and events, not a bunch of political sniveling and drivel. People laugh, including my children and grandchildren, when I talk about the early ‘talkies’ and the ‘silent movies’ of my grandparents’ day. I actually remember some of them because my grandma used to bring us to the movies frequently. Those were the days – in many more ways than these.

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