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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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Jim Vesser
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McCabe
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Gen. William J. Palmer
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Linda Prescott (as Laura Elliott)
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Johnny Buff
J. Carrol Naish ...
Gil Harkness
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Jane Dwyer
Tom Powers ...
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Robert Barrat ...
Charlie Haskins
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Engineer Moynihan
Don Haggerty ...
Bob Nelson
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Sheriff Ed Johnson
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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 <smdawes@home.com>

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TWO FIGHTING RAILROAD CREWS BATTLE FOR THE ONLY RIGHT OF WAY! (original print ad - all caps)

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3 November 1952 (Sweden)  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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When the train slams into the landslide the image is of the train moving along and then suddenly stopping. But this is just the film itself being skipped a few times and then being stopped to display one frame to give the illusion the train had run into something. This is obvious because the movement of the wind blown tree branches and flowing of the river completely freeze when the train comes to a stop. See more »

Quotes

Linda Nelson alias Linda Prescott: That flatcar's coming.
Jim Vesser: Don't worry, that wall will hold it.
Linda Nelson alias Linda Prescott: It's loaded with dynamite.
Jim Vesser: Everybody run!
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I've Been Working On the Railroad...
27 June 2002 | by (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Denver & Rio Grande" is probably best remembered for its spectacular head on crash of two vintage trains. Reportedly, two actual trains were used in the sequence. I don't think there were any re-takes.

The plot is the old one about the two competing railroads trying to outdo the other by nook or by crook. Edmond O'Brien (it's about THAT hat) is the trouble shooter for the Denver & Rio Grande. Dean Jagger is the head man and J. Carroll Naish the designing engineer. Laura Elliott is the love interest who thinks that O'Brien shot her brother (Don Haggerty), but of course he didn't. Because of her belief she has been feeding critical information to baddies Sterling Hayden and Lyle Bettger. It all leads to the final showdown featuring the above-mentioned crash and Elliott finding out who the real killer was. Zasu Pitts and Paul Fix (as the stereo-typical Irish engineer) provide the comedy relief.

"Denver & Rio Grande" is full of spectacular scenery and railroad shots that will satisfy the most avid train lover. And there's the crash. A better than average 50's western.


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