Denver and Rio Grande (1952)

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A romanticized history of the building of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in the Colorado mountains.



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Cast overview:
Jim Vesser
Gen. William J. Palmer
Linda Prescott (as Laura Elliott)
Johnny Buff
Gil Harkness
Jane Dwyer
Tom Powers ...
Robert Barrat ...
Charlie Haskins
Engineer Moynihan
Don Haggerty ...
Bob Nelson
James Burke ...
Sheriff Ed Johnson


Edmund O'Brien and his team of railroading men try to build a rail line through a mountain pass, while a group of less scrupulous construction workers sabotage the entire operation in the hopes that they can get their tracks laid first and get the money from the railroad. Written by Marta Dawes <>

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Release Date:

3 November 1952 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)



Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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After the landslide Vesser assumes the engineer is dead because he's sees his cap lying on a rock near the river. But the cap is yellow and in the scenes where the engineer is driving the train you can clearly see he's wearing a black cap, not a yellow one. The engineer is still dead though. See more »


Jane Dwyer: You've been drinking!
Engineer Moynihan: Not a drop, so help me.
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Who's Got the right of way?
4 February 2006 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The Denver and the Rio Grande is purportedly the story of the construction of that line financed by Dean Jagger, designed by J. Carrol Naish and constructed by Edmond O'Brien. They meet some stiff opposition from the the bad railroad where Sterling Hayden and Lyle Bettger run things.

With some elements taken from films like Union Pacific and Saratoga Trunk, Denver and the Rio Grande is entertaining, but not consistently. Part of the plot is where the baddies convince Edmond O'Brien he killed Don Haggerty. They do a weak job of it in my opinion. Unfortunately that weakness leads to some rather silly motivation on the part of other characters.

What is nice is the good Rocky Mountain location photography and two very good performances by Zasu Pitts and Paul Fix in sidekick roles. They have a very cute romance going and at times they're better than the leads.

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