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Perils of the Rail (1925)

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A section boss for the railroad sets out to catch a gang of thieves who have been stealing ore shipments from his company's trains.



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Cast overview:
Helen Holmes ...
Helen Martin
Edward Hearn ...
Jack Hathaway
Wilfrid North ...
Pepper Martin (as Wilfred North)
Lloyd Whitlock ...
Barker - the Claims Agent
Dick Rush ...
The Manager of the Great Western Smelter
Dan Crimmins ...
'Slippery' McGee
Norma Wills ...
Slippery's Wife
J.P. McGowan ...
Barker's Accomplice at Smelter Junction
Rex the Dog ...


A section boss for the railroad sets out to catch a gang of thieves who have been stealing ore shipments from his company's trains.

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July 1925 (USA)  »

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Helen Holmes #1: Perils of the Rail  »

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First of a series of 8 features produced by Morris R. Schlank starring Helen Holmes and directed by J.P. McGowan for Anchor distribution. See more »

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Helen Holmes is great!
13 November 2013 | by See all my reviews

Officially listed as a "lost film" by The American Film Institute in 1971, here's "Perils of the Rail", a little the worse for wear but seemingly whole and complete, on a good Alpha DVD. Just as well, because although it's her second last of no less than 140 titles, it's also one of Miss Holmes' best movies. Admittedly, the plot is a very familiar one but it's not only quite believable but it leads into lots and lots of great railroad action with near misses by real trains on real private railroads. The plot is well acted, particularly by Miss Holmes who seems to do her own stunts. I couldn't spot any doubles, but admittedly the movie is directed at a breathless pace by her husband, J.P. McGowan. I couldn't spot McGowan in the cast this time around, but Lloyd Whitlock plays the villain with his usual flourish, while Ed Hearn turns in a great job as the likable, victimized hero.

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