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The Silver Streak (1934)

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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(as Tommy Atkins)

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The Silver Streak
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Ruth Dexter
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Barney J. Dexter
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Allan Dexter
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Captain Herman Bronte
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Crawford
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Ed Tyler (as Theodor Von Eltz)
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Higgins (as Guinn Williams)
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Dan O'Brien
Doris Dawson ...
Molly
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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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Action | Drama

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Release Date:

21 December 1934 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Flecha de Prata  »

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| (TCM print) | (New York opening)

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(RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

They claim the iron lung can't be carried on an airplane because it's too heavy, but 5 men are able to push it off the loading dock onto the train. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Victorious: Jade Dumps Beck (2010) See more »

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The Silver Streak of 1934
25 February 2015 | by (Annandale, VA, United States) – See all my reviews

In this RKO pictures, the crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has 19 hours to deliver an iron lung to a town in NV who needs urgent medical attention. Who can arrange for such an extravaganza display of power and action, yes, it has to be a rich father paying everything he has for saving his son. This is a most courageous plot fabrication belonged to the Silver Streak (1934). Based on Roger Whatley's story, and scripted by him and Jack O'Donnell demonstrates a breakneck 2000 mile train trip which must be made in 19 hours (with available technology in 1934 to build that train). This is the only solution to the curing an epidemic of infantile paralysis. Sally Blane, Charles Starrett, Hardie Albright and William Farnum topped director Thomas Atkins cast which also included Irving Pichel, Arthur Lake and others. The Burlington Zephyr Also received prominent credit for portraying the Silver Streak. There is enough of high speed excitement, drama and the love story to make audience overlook the story's rampant implausibility. It earned $107,000 in profits, a substantial sum for 1934 value of money. The 20th century Fox film released its 1976 version starring Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor bore no relation to this movie except for the express train. The latter was also a huge box office hit and a fun movie to watch.


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