The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.


(as Tommy Atkins)


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Complete credited cast:
The Silver Streak
Ruth Dexter
Barney J. Dexter
Allan Dexter
Captain Herman Bronte
Ed Tyler (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Higgins (as Guinn Williams)
Dan O'Brien
Doris Dawson ...


The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.

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SHE'S IN THE MOVIES NOW ... the fastest train on earth, blazing a new thrill trail in a gripping romance of the rails!


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Release Date:

21 December 1934 (USA)  »

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A Flecha de Prata  »

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(RCA Victor System)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train in the film was the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy RR's "Pioneer Zephyr" passenger train. After the train was retired from service in 1960 it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago where it is still on display. See more »


Interior shots of Tom at the throttle show the controls near the center of the cab but the exterior views show the real engineer at the window sometimes with his arm resting on the window sill. Tom couldn't even reach the window from his position. See more »


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It takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry
20 October 2014 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

At a board of directors meeting, handsome railroad engineer Charles Starrett (as Tom Caldwell) presents his plan for a modern, high-speed train called "The Silver Streak". The conservative board of directors considers Mr. Starrett's progressive plan preposterous. They reject his design. Starrett resigns and goes to work for another locomotive company, which is secretly arranged by his beautiful girlfriend Sally Blane (as Ruth Dexter). She is also the daughter of William Farnum (as Barney "BJ" Dexter), chairman at the railroad firm Starrett left. The diesel-powered train is built, but runs into some trouble. "You can't beat steam," is what the old guard says, but the industry is faltering and needs to attract a new generation of travelers...

While dull, this production has a few good reasons to watch...

William Farnum was one of the first movie "super-stars" and gets a featured, late career role. He even gets to kiss Ms. Blane (Loretta Young's lovely sister). Adventurous engineer Hardie Albright (as Allan Dexter) does well with the most dramatic supporting role. Arthur Lake and Guinn "Big Boy" Williams (as Crawford and Higgins) are an effective comic relief team (one wishes the material were better). There are many recognizable players in small roles - from veteran character actress Mary Carr as the weepy train passenger to attractive newcomer Dave O'Brien as a telephone clerk. The actual train is shown to great effect

  • but the climax is rendered unexciting by showy reaction shots, a

superfluous Russian spy and a general poor pace.

***** The Silver Streak (12/10/34) Tommy Atkins ~ Charles Starrett, Sally Blane, William Farnum, Hardie Albright

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