Yellowneck (March 22, 1955)
Released on March 22, 1955: Five Civil War Confederate deserters make their way through the Florida everglades facing alligators and Seminole Indians on their way to the sea in an attempt to reach Cuba, and discover the courage that they didn't have in battle.
Directed by R. John Hugh
Written by R. John Hugh and Nat S. Linden.
The Actors: Lin McCarthy (Sergeant Todd), Stephen Courtleigh (the Colonel), Barry Kroeger (Plunkett), Harold Gordon (Cockney), Bill Mason (the kid), Al Tamez (unknown), Jose Billie (Billie and Josie), Roy Nash Osceola (unknown).
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Redneck is a common term these days that refers to a not-so-smart person who usually manages to get into humorous catastrophes as the butt of a joke. The term originated in the southern part of the U.S. where the dirt is more red than black. The men who worked hard in the dirt all day would accumulate layers of red dust on their neck and face as they worked, and thus the term. Yellowneck is a term that began with the term 'yellow-belly,' which in the 1700's was used to describe the inhabitants of Fens of Lincolnshire, England, because of their pale yellow complexion from poor nutrition and life in the swamp lands of Fens. It was probably not intended to imply cowardice. In 1800's Texas a soldier refers to yellow-belly Mexicans - probably as a racial slur and not as a sign of cowardice. But somehow, over the years in the U.S. the color yellow has come to be synonymous with cowardice.
In this 1955 swamp adventure we travel back to the days of the U.S. Civil War, and meet five Confederate Army deserters heading south through the Florida Everglades in an attempt to reach the sea and then go to Cuba and get away from the war. The funny thing is, as they push their way through the swamps fighting alligators and Seminole Indians, they are forced to have the courage that they thought they didn't have when they were fighting in the Civil War.
Harold Gordon and Stephen Courtleigh
Lin McCarthy and Bill Mason
Lin McCarthy and Stephen Courtleigh
Bill Mason and Lin McCarthy
Stephen Courtleigh in Yellowneck