A SOUTHERN YANKEE's chief assets are its star, Red Skelton, and the unheralded contributions of silent comedy genius Buster Keaton. Skelton plays Aubrey Filmore, a not-so-bright St. Louis bellboy during the Civil War who ends up becoming a spy for Union forces when an infamous Confederate
agent, "The Gray Spider," is captured. Filmore fills in for the Southerner and is sent behind enemy lines to obtain important information. While squirreling about below the Mason-Dixon line, he meets Southern belle Sallyann Weatharby (Arlene Dahl) and tries to romance her without blowing his
cover. The film has fine moments, chiefly because of the genuine earnestness Skelton gives...