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Kansas Pacific (1953)

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With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.



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Complete credited cast:
Capt. John Nelson
Eve Miller ...
Barbara Bruce
Cal Bruce
Harry Shannon ...
Smokestack, Train Engineer
Tom Fadden ...
Gus Gustavson, Train Fireman
Reed Hadley ...
Bill Quantrill
Max Janus
Robert Keys ...
Lt. Sam Stanton (as Bob Keys)
Irving Bacon ...
Telegrapher Casey
Myron Healey ...
Joe Farley - Railroad Guard
Henchman Stone
Jonathan Hale ...
Railroad President Sherman Johnson


Just before the Civil War (but after the South has seceded), Southern saboteurs try to prevent railroad construction from crossing Kansas to the frontier; army captain Nelson is sent out to oppose them. As the tracks push westward, Nelson must contend with increasingly violent sabotage, while trying to romance the foreman's pretty daughter Barbara. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Built by bullets, dynamite, and blood-stained spikes!


Romance | Western


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Release Date:

22 February 1953 (USA)  »

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Kansas Pacific  »

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1.37 : 1
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Though the film is set in late 1860/early 1861, firearms used in the film appear to be from 1870s and later. They include lever-action rifles and Peacemaker revolvers. These weapons use modern metallic cartridges. Most weapons of 1860 and 1861 were percussion arms. See more »


Cal Bruce: Someday, I'm going to take a ten pound sledge to that pipe... and I hope it's in your mouth when I do.
Smokestack: I've been waiting for you to try that for twenty-two years, you miserable Irish polecat.
Cal Bruce: You're fired!
Smokestack: Ha!
SmokestackBarbara Bruce: You can't fire me, I quit two hours ago!
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The "Lone Ranger" as a bad guy!
25 June 2007 | by (Orange County, CA) – See all my reviews

I can't recall Clayton Moore as anyone but the "brave masked man," but here he is as a bad guy with no mask. I'd say that counts as irony.

Also: who ever heard of a main character named "Mr. Bruce" in the Westerns. I think I know the source of the name, as my dad wrote the script. The same goes for the daughter, Barbara. If they had a daughter, my folks planned to name her Barbara. Three years later, they did and my sister's name is Barbara.

The memorable quotes struck a chord with me, especially when Mr. Bruce says that no one pushes him around -- except his daughter and his wife. Such dry humor was a hallmark of my father and I miss it and, of course, him.

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