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The K&A Train Company are being robbed left and right so the president hires a detective but he thinks the guy has chickened out. It turns out that the detective (Tom Mix) is actually on the case but hiding his identity because he knows that it's the president's secretary who is tipping off the bad guys. Now the detective must try and not only stop the bad guys but find a way to make sure the latest gold delivery gets to the bank. If you've ever seen a movie serial then you know the final three or four minutes is where the film really comes to life as the action picks up and it leads to a tense cliffhanger. That's pretty much what this film is as it runs just over an hour and for the most part it's just one action packed scene right after another and I couldn't help but think of the final minutes of a serial but here those exciting final minutes lasts the entire running time. It's easy to see why this movie was so popular back in the day because it features Mix doing everything he was loved for and at a pace probably a lot faster than most people had ever witnessed. Many reviewers mention how fast this movie is and it is rather amazing to see how much they packed into such a short time. The opening sequence runs twenty-minutes as the train is on the way, the robbery are set up and ready to go and then we see Mix who is hanging off a cliff waiting for his time to shine. This sequence runs twenty-minutes and features a build-up, the action and then the pay off. This is a tremendous sequence that contains so much action and drama that the middle portion of the film somewhat feels slow in comparison and yet it's still ten times faster than your typical Western. This earliest sequence certainly makes the film one of the most memorable Westerns of the silent era. There's a stunt where Mix (probably his double) goes from one cliff and has to ride down the rope to a horse waiting on the ground. This looks incredible and is just one example of why stunts in the silents were so dangerous but at the same so amazing to watch. Mix, needless to say, fits the role of the good cowboy without any problems and delivers another winning performance. Tony, his horse, is also in good form and gets to do a couple stunts himself. Dorothy Dwan plays the love interest, Will Walling her father and Carl Miller plays the snake informant. Apparently a young John Wayne is also in the cast but I couldn't spot him. THE GREAT K&A TRAIN ROBBERY was legendary in its day but it seems to have been forgotten by many today, which is a real shame because silent fans will certainly eat this up but the thing is so fast and action-packed that I can't help but think many others would get a kick out of it.
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