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Colonel Effingham's Raid (1946) was a Comedy - Black-and-white Film directed by Irving Pichel and produced by Lamar Trotti.

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Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: My people have always been soldiers. My grandfather fell at Chickamauga; his grandfather at Saratoga. When Beauregard fired on Fort Sumter, my own father, unfortunately was only nine.
Earl Hoats: That WAS a little YOUNG.
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: I, myself, was wounded at San Juan Hill. I was at the seige of Panama. For fifty years, mister editor, the forces of civilization had been held at bay on the Isthmus... unable to join the waters of two great oceans. And do you know what blocked them? Gatling guns? Mini-balls? Superior forces? Guerilla bands?
[shakes his head "no]
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Mosquitoes.
Earl Hoats: Well, perhaps one of my boys could fix up a little story for Sunday...
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Stegomyia faciata.
[scientific name of mosquito]
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: For half a century, the enemy - less than a quarter of an inch in stature - blocked the economic march of a nation of a hundred million people. It was insupportable.
Earl Hoats: Well, Colonel...
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: We blockaded General Stegomyia, to wit: the mosquito. We cut him off from reinforcements. We hammered his communications.
Earl Hoats: So you're back in Fredericksville for good, now, Colonel?
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: We sprayed his concentrations with oil. We screened his wells. We put fifth columns of fish in the water to attack his ammunition dumps. But, more of that another day.


Ella Sue Dozier: Then you're not discouraged, Colonel?
Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: Discouragement has no more place in a soldier's equipment than an inner-spring mattress.


Col. Will Seaborn Effingham: I don't see why our biggest and most important project... the administration of government... should be handed over - lock, stock and barrel - to a bunch of incompetents!


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Cousin Emma paraphrases the famous quote from Admiral David Farragut "Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead".
Cousin Willie quotes 'We are such stuff as dreams are made on' from 'The Tempest' (Act 4, scene 1, 148-158) by 'William Shakespeare' when speaking to Jesse Bibbs, the bank manager.
The WPA was the 'Work Progress Administration' (formerly the 'Works Projects Administration'), created by President Franklin Roosevelt in 1935 to create employment and revitalize communities across the USA. It was part of his New Deal strategy.
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