The Phantom Express (1932)

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A railway is threatened by mysterious wrecks, which turn out to be caused by criminals using a unique deception.



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Cast overview:
William Collier Jr. ...
Carolyn Nolan
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
D.J. 'Smokey' Nolan
Hobart Bosworth ...
Mr. Harrington
Axel Axelson ...
Axel, the Fireman
Eddie Phillips ...
Dick Walsh
Robert Ellis ...
Ma Nolan
David Rollins ...
Jackie Nolan
Tom O'Brien ...
Red Connelly the Telegraph Operator
Huntley Gordon ...
President of Rival Railroad (as C. Huntley Gordon)
Brady Kline ...
Slim - a Thug
Jack Pennick ...
Bubba - a Thug


An engineer at the throttle of a locomotive speeding through a tunnel sees the lights of a train approaching from the other end. Although the signals say the track is clear, he still sees the train's lights. He grinds the train to a halt, derailing it. He survives, but many passengers are killed. He is fired in disgrace, but sets out to prove his innocence by finding the "phantom express." Written by

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15 August 1932 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Il lampo  »

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(RCA Photophone System)

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1.37 : 1
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Locomotive Breath
21 July 2009 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"A senior engineer is fired from his job after derailing his train, which causes many injuries and deaths. The engineer claims he derailed the train to avoid running into another train coming towards him in a tunnel, although there are no signs another train existed. The engineer's daughter and the railroad owner's son sent out to investigate the truth behind the accident and clear the engineer's name," according to the DVD sleeve's synopsis.

This mystery doesn't know where to point its story. After beginning as the story of elderly train conductor J. Farrell MacDonald (as "Smokey" Nolan) experiencing trouble on the job, it switches to focus on playboy William Collier Jr. (as Bruce Harrington) finding true love with beautiful Sally Blane (as Carolyn Nolan). Add a confusing suggestion of some supernatural force at work (note the title). But, the cast is great. You also get to see handsome David Rollins (as Jack Nolan) and hear silent screen veterans like Claire McDowell and Hobart Bosworth.

***** The Phantom Express (8/15/32) Emory Johnson ~ J. Farrell MacDonald, William Collier Jr., Sally Blane, David Rollins

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