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The Silver Streak (1934)

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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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Burlington Zephyr ...
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Ruth Dexter
Charles Starrett ...
William Farnum ...
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)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ...
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)  »

Also Known As:

A Flecha de Prata  »

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| (TCM print) | (New York opening)

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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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One of the repairmen on the Silver Streak tosses away a cigarette, but in the very next instant he has another fully lit cigarette. See more »

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Zeit-Gheist Movie for the 30's
24 July 2005 | by (Northern California) – See all my reviews

This movie really echoes the spirit of it's time. Everything then was progress & technology. The plot is the worst part of the film. It is terribly predictable & hackneyed. The film is also way short; 72 minutes for the version I have (barely 5 reels). The scenes at Hoover Dam could easily have been expanded to develop atmosphere & the brother/friend's character. The dam scenes are very interesting & show a human side to the massive project. Rail fans such as myself seek out this film (getting it is not easy) for the footage of the famous Pioneer Zephyr. This train is the forerunner of the French GTV & the Japanese Super Trains among many others. It was a technological marvel of it's time. The train has survived & is on display (magnificently restored) at The Chicago Museum of Science & Industry in a specially built vault below street level. There is an excellent use of montage early in the film as the father sees the history of railroading in his mind's eye. It is very well integrated into the story & not as 'In Your Face' as most montages are. The acting style has that curiously stiff feel of many of the early sound films. I think it has more to do with the director's uncertainty in the new technology than with the cast's talent. None of the cast were ever big time but they are attractive & reasonably well suited for their parts. I was pleasantly surprised to find it watchable. I had thought I would have to fast forward to the train footage that I bought the film to get.


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