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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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Burlington Zephyr ...
The Silver Streak
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Ruth Dexter
Charles Starrett ...
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Barney J. Dexter
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Allan Dexter
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Captain Herman Bronte
Arthur Lake ...
Crawford
Theodore von Eltz ...
Ed Tyler (as Theodor Von Eltz)
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Higgins (as Guinn Williams)
Edgar Kennedy ...
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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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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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 »

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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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Melodrama hits the rails
11 July 2002 | by See all my reviews

It's a variation on the "Get The Serum To Nome" drama, only this time it has to get . . . well, not to Nome. Good shots of the "Zephyr", now on display in Chicago and the high-speed, high-tech wonder of its day. To get the high-speed effect on film the simply halved the speed of the camera. This results in a fast train but ridiculously fast action on the part of railway workers. The acting and the script aren't bad for a thirties serial.


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