The Raid (1954 film)

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The Raid
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Directed by Hugo Fregonese
Produced by Robert L. Jacks
Written by Francis Cockrell (Story)
Screenplay by Sydney Boehm
Based on Affair at St. Albans
1948 novel
by Herbert Ravenel Sass
Starring Van Heflin
Anne Bancroft
Richard Boone
Lee Marvin
Music by Roy Webb
Cinematography Lucien Ballard
Edited by Robert Golden
Panoramic Productions
Distributed by Twentieth Century-Fox
Release date
  • August 4, 1954 (1954-08-04)
Running time
83 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Budget $650,000[1]

The Raid is a 1954 Technicolor American film set during the American Civil War. It stars Van Heflin, Anne Bancroft, Richard Boone and Lee Marvin. It is loosely based on a true incident, the St. Albans Raid, as well as the book by Herbert Ravenal Sass. However the film made a significant change, moving the action from 1864 to 1865, turning the raid into an act of revenge for William Tecumseh Sherman's burning of Atlanta.


In 1864 a group of Confederate prisoners held in a Union prison stockade at Plattsburg, New York, not many miles from the Canada–US border, escape. They head for Canada and plan a raid across the border into St. Albans, Vermont, to rob its banks to replenish the Confederate treasury and burn buildings as revenge for Sherman's March to the Sea and to tie up Union forces.

The leader of the raid heads into St. Albans as a spy, and develops ambiguous feelings about what he is doing when he becomes friends with a young widow and her son.



  1. ^ Solomon, Aubrey. Twentieth Century Fox: A Corporate and Financial History (The Scarecrow Filmmakers Series). Lanham, Maryland: Scarecrow Press, 1989. ISBN 978-0-8108-4244-1. p249

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