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The Flying Scotsman (1929)

 -  Crime | Drama  -  May 1929 (UK)
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A young fireman on the Flying Scotsman train falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the driver who is about to retire. The young fireman has replaced another named Crow who was sacked... See full summary »

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Credited cast:
Dino Galvani ...
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Gordon Harker
Alec Hurley ...
Crow
Pauline Johnson ...
Joan White
Moore Marriott ...
Bob White
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Jim Edwards (as Raymond Milland)
Bill Shine ...
Barman
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A young fireman on the Flying Scotsman train falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the driver who is about to retire. The young fireman has replaced another named Crow who was sacked for drinking on the job and is planning to wreck the express on the driver's last trip. Written by trunkeyts@aol.com

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Der Schottland-Express  »

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The movie was made to capitalize on the famous train. The mystery writer Freeman Crofts was the technical adviser on the movie, and so much of his knowledge found his way into this movie that he should be regarded by this site as an additional screenwriter. See more »

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Remade as The Mailbag Robbery (1957) See more »

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Good movie for train enthusiasts
27 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

Like Hitchcock's "Blackmail" that came out the same year, this film has a silent opening sequence and seems to have begun as a silent picture before adapting the new technology after production began. This film doesn't merge the two quite as well, however. Blackmail's opening sequence filmed without dialogue comes across as an opening vignette intended to be silent, then the speaking comes when the story moves elsewhere (though it was in fact only after filming began that they switched, and then overdubbed the speaking parts). In this film the speaking was not overdubbed but seems to begin at an arbitrary point in the story.

While the plot is a bit thin and predictable, it is very well made, particularly the sequences on and of the train, the famous Flying Scotsman that runs from Edinburgh to London.

The tacked on love story angle is the weakest aspect, but the vengeful former engineer bent on getting even for being "wronged" is the strength of the movie and its momentum. Like Buster Keaton's "The General," they film and perform the stunts on the actual moving train and not with a filmed background, and some of the stunts are daring and impressive.

While the love story won't keep you interested, if you like well filmed thrillers and trains, this movie is good, though far from great.


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