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The Private History of a Campaign That Failed

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The Private History of a Campaign that Failed is one of Mark Twain's sketches (1885), a short, highly fictionalized memoir of his two-week stint in the pro-Confederate Missouri State Guard. It takes place in Marion County, Missouri, and is about a group of inexperienced militiamen, the Marion Rangers.

Television film

The Private History of a Campaign That Failed
Written byPhilip H. Reisman Jr.
Directed byPeter H. Hunt
StarringEdward Herrmann
Pat Hingle
Joseph Adams
Harry Crosby
Kelly Pease
Music byWilliam P. Perry
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Production
Producer(s)Peter H. Hunt
CinematographyWalter Lassally
Editor(s)Herbert H. Dow
Running time89 minutes
Production company(s)Nebraska Educational Television
DistributorPBS
Release
Original networkPBS
Original releaseApril 6, 1981 (1981-04-06)

In 1981, a made-for-television film adaptation of The Private History of a Campaign that Failed was broadcast on PBS starring Edward Herrmann, Pat Hingle, Joseph Adams, Harry Crosby and Kelly Pease. The film also adapts Twain's short story The War Prayer.

Cast

  • Edward Herrmann as The Stranger
  • Pat Hingle as Col. Ralls
  • Joseph Adams as Capt. Tom Lyman
  • Harry Crosby as Cpl. Ed Stevens
  • Kelly Pease as Cab
  • Gary McCleery as Second Lieutenant
  • Roy Cockrum as Sgt. Bowers
  • Twain, Mark (1885). "The Private History of a Campaign That Failed". The Century Illustrated Monthly Magazine. 31 (2): 193–204.
  • Full text
  • mp3 audiobook 43:37[permanent dead link]
  • EPUB[permanent dead link]
  • The Private History of a Campaign That Failed on IMDb


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