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1 August 1932 (USA) See more »
A THRILLER of the ROARING RAILS In Twelve Crashing Episodes! See more »
The Wrecker wrecks trains on the L & R Railroad. One of his victims is Larry Baker's father. Baker wants to find the evildoer... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)
Tully Marshall ... Howard Edwards
Conway Tearle ... Stevens

John Wayne ... Larry Baker
Shirley Grey ... Gloria Martin / Gloria Stratton (as Shirley Gray)
Edmund Breese ... Frank Stratton
Lloyd Whitlock ... Walter Gray
Al Bridge ... Carlson (as Alan Bridge)
Matthew Betz ... Tom Jordan (as Mathew Betz)
Joseph W. Girard ... Detective Matthews (as Joseph Girard)
James P. Burtis ... Detective Hemmingway (as James Burtis)
Ernie Adams ... Barney (as Ernie S. Adams)
Charles King ... Mike
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jim Baker
Al Ferguson ... Sandy
Glenn Strange ... Jim
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Victor Adamson ... Baggage Master / Farmer / Train Passenger / Bob (uncredited)
Yakima Canutt ... Henchman (uncredited)
Henry Hall ... Doctor (uncredited)
Rodney Hildebrand ... Bill (uncredited)
Eddie Parker ... Co-Pilot / Det. Nick / Doctor (uncredited)
Fred Parker ... Plane Passenger (uncredited)
Fred 'Snowflake' Toones ... Sam (uncredited)
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Directed by
J.P. McGowan 
Armand Schaefer 
Writing credits
Colbert Clark (story) &
Barney A. Sarecky (story) (as Barney Sarecky) &
Wyndham Gittens (story)

George Morgan (screenplay) &
J.P. McGowan (screenplay)

Harold Tarshis  screenplay (uncredited)

Produced by
Nat Levine .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Lee Zahler (uncredited)
Cinematography by
Ernest Miller 
Carl Wester 
Film Editing by
Ray Snyder 
Sound Department
George Lowerre .... sound recording engineer
Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
Bert Goodrich .... stunts (uncredited)
Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Wyndham Gittens .... supervising editor
Other crew
Nat Levine .... presenter
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:227 min (12 episodes) | USA:79 min (edited for TV)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Australia:PG | Germany:12 (DVD) | UK:U | USA:Passed (National Board of Review)

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The feature version,running approximately 81 minutes, was edited from Chapters #1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12.See more »
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17 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
Nostalgic Early Sound Serial, 8 September 2004
Author: ( from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

"The Hurricane Express" was one of three serials that John Wayne made for Nat Levine and Mascot Pictures after leaving Columbia Pictures following a run-in with mogul Harry Cohn over the affections of a young starlet.

The Mascot serials were always fast paced and full of action and this one is no exception. The story revolves around a mysterious character named "The Wrecker" who is bent on destroying the L & R Railroad. He causes the wreck of the Hurricane Express in which engineer Jim Baker (J. Farrell MacDonald) is killed. His son Larry (Wayne), an airline pilot vows to avenge his father's death. And that's basically it.

Wayne goes through the rest of the serial trying to identify "The Wrecker" and bring him to justice. Is the villain Edwards (Tully Marshall), the General Manager of the railroad; Stevens (Conway Tearle) the railroad attorney; Walter Grey (Lloyd Whitlock) the head of the airline; Stratton (Edmund Breese) an escaped convict who claims to have been set up by the railroad; Jordan (Matthew Betz) an engineer who was fired and has vowed revenge or is it Carlson (Alan Bridge) a station agent?

Aiding Baker is the lovely Gloria Martin (Shirley Grey) who turns out to be Stratton's daughter. Appearing as "The Wrecker's" henchmen are Ernie Adams, Charlie King, Glenn Strange and Al Ferguson. Complicating matters is the fact that "The Wrecker" can impersonate anybody by donning a life like mask of that person. Never mind that he can also apparently assume their physical characteristics and clothing as well.

After 12 chapters, a number of false leads and red herrings "The Wrecker" turns out to be.......wait, no, no...Bam! Bam!..aaaargh!

John Wayne was quite young and very athletic at the time this serial was made and can be seen clearly performing many of his own stunts. The winsome Grey was also at Columbia at the same time as Wayne and even appeared in a picture or two with him. I wonder..hmmmm.

These old serials also provide a snapshot of the times. I particularly enjoyed seeing the old cars, trains and planes. A bit dated but a nevertheless enjoyable piece of nostalgia.

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