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Rock Island Trail (1950)

Approved | | Western | 18 May 1950 (USA)
Feud between the long-established stagecoach and steamship lines and the emergent railway companies trying to expand into the Midwest.

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(screenplay), (based upon a novel: A Yankee Dared)
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Reed Loomis
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Constance Strong
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Aleeta (as Adrian Booth)
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Kirby Morrow
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Hogger McCoy
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Annabelle Marsh
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David Strong
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Abe Lincoln
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Barnes
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Valentine Perkins ...
Annette
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Stinky Tanner
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Saloonkeeper (as Olin Howlin)
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Bent Creek
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Major Porter
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Loumas, president of the Rock Island Trail company, tries to expand his rails into the Midwest but finds resistance of the steamship and stage-coach lines. The malicious Kirby Murrow tries everything to slow down Loumas' progress and doesn't even stop before sabotage. Only Constanze, daughter of banker Strong, believes in his success strong enough to support him financially. Written by Tom Zoerner <Tom.Zoerner@informatik.uni-erlangen.de>

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1.37 : 1
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"'Rock Island Trail' tells a story of the building of the first bridge and railroad over the Mississippi River from Rock Island, Illinois, to Davenport, Iowa. The World Premier of the film was in the Quad Cities, USA, on April 27th, 1950. Republic stars took part in a pre-show promotional parade which extended from Silvis, Illinois, the Home Yard of the mighty Rock Island Lines, at the time the largest rail yard in the world, to the theater in Rock Island, Illinois, and included John Wayne, Roy Rogers, Dale Evans and Rock Island Railroad employees. See more »

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Mix of history and romance
30 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

I found it interesting that this movie is based on some historical fact. I thought it an interesting tale of railroad expansion in the United States and could well imagine that the steamship industry would fight that expansion, just as the car and trucking industries brought about it's minor status today.

Forrest Tucker was excellent in the lead, as was Adele Mara, who played his love interest. Lorna Gray was very good as the Indian princess and the introduction of women smoking was an interesting addition. I always enjoy Chill Wills and Jeff Coorey as young Abe Lincoln, small time lawyer, was also quaint, and supposedly true.

Godd movie if you are looking for a western.


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