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Danger Lights (1930)

Passed  -  Adventure | Drama  -  21 August 1930 (USA)
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The tough boss of a railroad yard befriends a young hobo, and unwittingly places in jeopardy his relationship with the woman he loves.

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Dan Thorn
Robert Armstrong ...
Larry Doyle
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Mary Ryan
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Professor - the Hobo
Frank Sheridan ...
Ed Ryan
Robert Edeson ...
Engineer Tom Johnson
Alan Roscoe ...
Jim - General Manager
William P. Burt ...
Chief Dispatcher
Jim Farley ...
Joe Geraghty (as James Farley)
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Head railroad man Dan is as ugly as he is honorable. When he spots a drifter who'd hopped a freight held up by a landslide, Dan offers the man a job; then he finds the man was a railroader, too, and takes him under his wing. Engaged to Mary, Dan doesn't notice the growing attraction between his protégé and his intended, but focuses instead on running the railroad. Written by Ron Kerrigan <mvg@whidbey.com>

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World's Greatest Railroad Talk Thriller

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21 August 1930 (USA)  »

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Fugindo ao Perigo  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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In the 15 December 1930 New York Times review of the film, critic Mordaunt Hall wrote that Danger Lights was "pictured" in the Spoor-Berggren process, adding that the film filled the screen from side to side of the Mayfair Theatre in New York City. Hall included a paragraph giving technical information about the wide-screen process. See more »

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The locomotive that arrives in Chicago is not the same one that left on the trip. When Larry adds oil to the smoking "hotbox" en route, for example, the wheel has an outside journal box that he puts the oil into from a can. The loco that arrives in Chicago has an inside journal on this wheel (under the cab), a different type than the one the loco had earlier. See more »

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Dan Thorn: Why, my pan looks like a street before they laid the pavement down.
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One of the best railroad movies ever made!
20 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

"Danger Lights" is one of the best railroad movies ever made, and this was made in 1930! If you are a railfan (railroad enthusiast), you can appreciate the detail and authenticity that went into the making of this movie, as most of the operations depicted were authentic. Perhaps the high-speed run was a little over the top (a little artistic license, perhaps?) but it was not unusual for an engineer in the days before two-way radio to run his train over 100 miles per hour to make up a few minutes in his schedule. There's hardly a dull scene in the movie, and in general it is a quality project.

Whether you are a railfan or not, you'll certainly enjoy this movie. "Danger Lights" set a precedent for all the railroad-themed action movies that would follow. Those who are fans of movies such as "The General," "The Taking of Pelham One Two Three, "Von Ryan's Express," "The Great Train Robbery" and "Runaway Train" will appreciate this movie as well as those who admire action flicks in general.


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