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Kansas Pacific (1953)

Approved | | Western | 22 February 1953 (USA)
With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

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Cal Bruce
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Joe Farley
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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

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Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Bill Quantrill: Any trouble?
Max Janus: Yeah, with the sheriff. They need a new one now.
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Good Old Hollywood Western
22 July 2005 | by (Kalamazoo MI) – See all my reviews

I was going to write a scathing report of all the anachronisms in this movie, from the dynamite to the completed U.S. Capitol Dome to the knuckle couplers and air brakes on the railroad equipment (if they look familiar, it's because the engine and the baggage/coach combination were the stars of "Petticoat Junction") to Eve Miller's Capri slacks and Maidenform bra.

But if I did I'd miss the point.

This movie isn't about what happened in Kansas in the late 1850's, it's another trip into the Hollywood Old West. It's the kind of movie you'd watch on a Saturday afternoon to forget that C- Miss Kursinsky gave you in Algebra.

Don't worry about the details. Just sit and relax, grab some popcorn and Juju Fruits and enjoy the ride. Which, at the end of the day, isn't all that bad.


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