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Danger Lights (1930)

Passed | | Adventure, Drama | 21 August 1930 (USA)
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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Complete credited cast:
Professor - the Hobo
Ed Ryan
Engineer Tom Johnson
Alan Roscoe ...
Jim - General Manager
William P. Burt ...
Chief Dispatcher
Joe Geraghty (as James Farley)


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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Release Date:

21 August 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Fugindo ao Perigo  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


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 »


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 »


Dan Thorn: Why, my pan looks like a street before they laid the pavement down.
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With You With Me
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare
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Love story with railroad background
31 July 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I found this film to be very good. The railroad scenes are quite realistic and the continuity surprisingly good (in the yard scene), as well as the sound. Those who have not seen steam engines in action will enjoy this movie. I grew up around the railroad during the age of steam and can enjoy the realistic sights and sounds of that day-and-age that are portrayed in this film. There are a couple of exceptions insofar as the action is concerned where the film was sped up to imply fast action, but they are minor in my opinion. As far as actors are concerned, I've long admired Jean Arthur and this does not disappoint! As a railroad buff, I particularly enjoy the scenes on my favorite road (Milwaukee) and the Trans-Missouri District!

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