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James Edward Grant (screenplay)
Frank J. Nevins (based upon a novel: A Yankee Dared)
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Release Date:
18 May 1950 (USA) See more »
Loumas, president of the Rock Island Trail company, tries to expand his rails into the Midwest but finds... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Solid action, with a few wrinkles See more (5 total) »


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Forrest Tucker ... Reed Loomis

Adele Mara ... Constance Strong

Lorna Gray ... Aleeta (as Adrian Booth)

Bruce Cabot ... Kirby Morrow

Chill Wills ... Hogger McCoy

Barbra Fuller ... Annabelle Marsh

Grant Withers ... David Strong

Jeff Corey ... Abe Lincoln

Roy Barcroft ... Barnes

Pierre Watkin ... Major
Valentine Perkins ... Annette
Jimmy Hunt ... Stinky Tanner
Olin Howland ... Saloonkeeper (as Olin Howlin)
Noble Johnson ... Bent Creek
John Holland ... Maj. Porter
Kate Drain Lawson ... Mrs. McCoy
Dick Elliott ... Martin, Railroad Conductor

Emory Parnell ... Sen. Wells

Billy Wilkerson ... Lakin, Indian Chief
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Richard Alexander ... Morrow's Henchman (uncredited)

Stanley Andrews ... Businessman (uncredited)
George Barton ... Fireman (uncredited)
Clarence Brooks ... Butler (uncredited)

Bill Clark ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Edward Clark ... Old Man (uncredited)
John Compton ... Trooper (uncredited)
Charles J. Conrad ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Victor Cox ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Dick Curtis ... Barton - Railroad Agitator (uncredited)

Steve Darrell ... Stagecoach Driver (uncredited)
James Flavin ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Sam Flint ... Lieutenant (uncredited)

Alex Gerry ... Masters, Morrow's Lawyer (uncredited)
Everett Glass ... Judge (uncredited)

William Haade ... Morrow's Henchman (uncredited)
Frank Jaquet ... Mr. Smith (uncredited)

I. Stanford Jolley ... Card Player (uncredited)

Kenner G. Kemp ... Tavern Patron (uncredited)
Jack Low ... Railroad Workman (uncredited)
Emmett Lynn ... Old Timer (uncredited)
Frank McFarland ... Gentleman (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Army Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jerry Miley ... Surveyor (uncredited)
Billy Mitchell ... Carriage Driver (uncredited)
Monte Montague ... Yard Boss (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery ... Barfly (uncredited)

Ralph Moody ... Keokuk (uncredited)
Charles Morton ... McCarthy (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Army Lieutenant (uncredited)
Jack Pennick ... Sergeant (uncredited)
Norman Rainey ... Minister (uncredited)

Marshall Reed ... Stagecoach Passenger (uncredited)
Kathryn Sheldon ... Old Woman (uncredited)

Emil Sitka ... Railroad Fireman in Bar (uncredited)

Larry Steers ... Colonel Cavenport, Board Member (uncredited)
Harmon Stevens ... Worker (uncredited)
Don Summers ... Mail Carrier (uncredited)
George Taylor ... Employee (uncredited)
Tex Terry ... McIntyre (uncredited)

Directed by
Joseph Kane 
Writing credits
James Edward Grant (screenplay)

Frank J. Nevins (based upon a novel: A Yankee Dared)

Produced by
Paul Malvern .... associate producer
Original Music by
R. Dale Butts 
Cinematography by
Jack A. Marta  (as Jack Marta)
Film Editing by
Arthur Roberts 
Art Direction by
Frank Arrigo 
Set Decoration by
John McCarthy Jr. 
George Milo 
Costume Design by
Adele Palmer 
Makeup Department
Peggy Gray .... hair stylist
Bob Mark .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Nate H. Edwards .... production manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dick Moder .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
T.A. Carman .... sound
Howard Wilson .... sound
Special Effects by
Howard Lydecker .... special effects
Theodore Lydecker .... special effects
Ted Mapes .... stunt double: Forest Tucker (uncredited)
Jack Montgomery .... stunts (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Camera and Electrical Department
Austin Herrick .... gaffer (uncredited)
Ira Hoke .... still photographer (uncredited)
Garry Lambrecht .... grip (uncredited)
Joe Novak .... camera operator (uncredited)
Music Department
Jerry Roberts .... musical director (uncredited)
Stanley Wilson .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
William E. Hayes .... technical advisor: Rock Island Railroad
Harvey Parry .... assistant to associate producer
Herbert J. Yates .... presenter
James Yarborough .... script supervisor (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
90 min
Color (Trucolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Finland:K-12 | Sweden:15 | UK:U | USA:Approved (certificate #14223) | West Germany:12 (nf)

Did You Know?

"'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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful.
Solid action, with a few wrinkles, 31 August 2005
Author: halhorn from Irving, TX

Forrest Tucker had numerous leading-man opportunities following his breakthrough role in SANDS OF IWO JIMA. This was his first and arguably best. As Reed Loomis, he is persuasive as he attempts to raise money for his railroad expansion but is a worthy man of action as well, great with a gun, his fists and, as he demonstrates in a memorable scene with Bruce Cabot, even a mop dipped in boiling soup (you have to see it). Adele Mara makes an appealing leading lady as always, Bruce Cabot is a sturdy villain, and there's great support from erstwhile Republic leading lady Adrian Booth and perennial sidekick Chill Wills.

As action-packed as just about any Republic western, with one of the studio's strongest overall casts. Fast-paced and well handled by Joseph Kane. Turns up frequently these days on Encore's Western Channel. Recommended.

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