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The Lightning Express (1930)

Passed  -  Action | Crime | Western  -  2 June 1930 (USA)
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A railroad needs to cross the land belonging to a young woman. Her crooked guardian tries to cheat her so he can get the right-of-way.



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Cast overview:
Lane Chandler ...
Jack Venable
Louise Lorraine ...
Bobbie Van Tyne
Al Ferguson ...
Greta Granstedt ...
J. Gordon Russell ...
Frank Sayer
John Oscar ...
Bill Lewellyn
Martin Cichy ...
Hank Pardelow
Bob Reeves ...
James Pierce ...
Griswell Henchman
Robert Kelly ...
Griswell Henchman


The B&M Railroad is blocked in its goal of extending the line to the Pacific Ocean when Frank Sayer(J. Gordon Russell), the crooked guardian of Bobbie Van Tyne (Louise Lorraine,) refuses to let the railroad cross Bobbie's ranch land. Railroad detective "Whispering" Smith (Al Ferguson)persuades Jack Venable (Lane Chandler), son of the man who built the line's best train,"The Lightning Express", to give up his wild-party, playboy life to help him investigate the death of Bobbie's father. Using an alias, Jack goes to work for the railroad as a foreman. He and Bobbie fall in love, and she decides to support the railroad. But Sayer goes all out in his attempt to stop construction, so he can acquire the right-of-way, and puts the lives of Jack and Bobbie in constant danger. Written by Les Adams <>

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Action | Crime | Western






Release Date:

2 June 1930 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Vildmarkens Dæmoner  »

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(10 chapters)

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1.37 : 1
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Chapter Titles:
  • 1. A Shot in the Dark

  • 2. A Scream of Terror

  • 3. Dangerous Rails

  • 4. The Death Trap

  • 5. Tower of Terror

  • 6. A Call for Help

  • 7. The Runaway Freight

  • 8. The Showdown

  • 9. The Secret Survey

  • 10.Cleared Tracks

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