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The Hurricane Express -- "The Wrecker," a multiply-disguised master villain, continually sabotages and wrecks trains on the L & L Railroad to fuel the success of a competing airline service. In one of his earliest roles, John Wayne portrays aviator Larry Baker, whose father was killed in one of the "Wrecker's" train wrecks. He comes to the rescue of Gloria Stratton, whose father Frank is falsely accused of the crimes. They band together to track down the "Wrecker." Filled with death-defying action, stunts, and near-misses, this feature version of the serial is packed with high energy and excitement that surpasses many other films of the day.

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Writers:
Colbert Clark (story) &
Barney A. Sarecky (story) ...
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Release Date:
1 August 1932 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
A THRILLER of the ROARING RAILS In Twelve Crashing Episodes! See more »
Plot:
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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Aside from having a young John Wayne in the lead, it's not particularly outstanding. See more (9 total) »

Cast

  (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)

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
 
Stunts
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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Runtime:
USA:227 min (12 episodes) | USA:79 min (edited for TV)
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Certification:
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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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Aside from having a young John Wayne in the lead, it's not particularly outstanding., 30 November 2012
Author: planktonrules from Bradenton, Florida

"The Hurricane Express" is a very low budget movie serial from tiny Mascot Studios. And, because of this, there isn't a whole lot to distinguish it other than one big thing--it stars a very young John Wayne. If it weren't for this, I doubt if many people would ever want to see the film. It just isn't very good.

The film begins by introducing Larry (John Wayne) and his father. Larry is a pilot and his dad has been an engineer for the railroad for many years. However, soon the father is killed--the result of someone sabotaging the rails. Who would do this and why would they do it? Larry was determined to figure this out for himself--and thus goes the rest of this 12-part serial. At the end of each part, there is, of course, some cliffhanger that makes it APPEAR that he is killed--but naturally, Larry has found some ridiculous way to somehow survive. It turns out that the sabotage is NOT the work of some nut, but a guy called 'The Wrecker'--but who the wrecker is you need to wait until part 12 to learn. In the meantime, he and his gang try again and again to sabotage the rails.

When you watch the film you'll probably notice a few things. First, the film is very quiet. The usual incidental music is gone--partly because early sound films sometimes missed this and partly because the production was so cheap that they couldn't afford it. Also, the condition of the print is not particularly great--but much of this is because of the degradation of the film and has nothing to do with the original quality of the serial. As for the writing, it's pretty poor--with lots of action but not a whole lot in depth or believability. It's quite a step below the quality of a serial from a decade later. Not terrible...just not all that good.

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