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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 ...
The Silver Streak
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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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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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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

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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Double Trouble
10 October 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I am going to give you more of the reality and let you watch the movie and enjoy or dislike it on your own.

First lets start with what the train really is. Its real name was the Pioneer Zephyr. It was built by the Budd Company in Philadelphia for the Chicago, Burlington, and Quincy Railroad (CB&Q) which is usually called just the Burlington Railroad.

It was built during the Great Depression in the year 1934 which was also when this movie was made. If you ever want the genesis for the second movie Silver Streak made in 1976 with Gene Wilder, Richard Pryor, and Jill Clayburgh watch this movie first. I don't know which of the two movies is the most outrageous.

Despite the obvious replay at double the speed of the recording, the train was fast for its time. It did a dawn to dusk Denver to Chicago run in 13 hours and 5 minutes for an average speed of 77 miles per hour. It was a speed record.

The only thing that I didn't like about the movie was a fear of almost all the people on the train except for the chief engineer. It would have been much better with oh wow expressions instead. There are portions of many trips for most of us that getting there faster would be appreciated.


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