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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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Capt. John Nelson
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Cal Bruce
Harry Shannon ...
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Gus Gustavson
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Bill Quantrill
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Max Janus
Robert Keys ...
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Morey
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Joe Farley
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Henchman Stone
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Sherman Johnson
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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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Kansas Pazifik  »

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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 »

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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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Straightforward Civil War Western with Good Action Sequences
16 May 2001 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

"Kansas Pacific" is a dramatization of one of the types of confrontations that took place in the West during the Civil War. In an area where the residents had divided loyalties, a group of Southern sympathizers wants to prevent the completion of a railroad being built by the Union, so the Union Army sends in experts and eventually backs them up with strength. It's a decent Western, and it is also interesting as a fictional depiction of a little-known aspect of the Civil War era.

The story is straightforward, and the script and acting are fairly routine, though there are some familiar faces in the cast such as Sterling Hayden, Barton MacLane, and Clayton Moore.

The action sequences, especially towards the end, are done well and are the main reason to watch the movie. The period setting is convincing, the special effects during the battles are realistic and exciting, and there is also a decent musical score.

There should be plenty in "Kansas Pacific" for any Western fan to enjoy it, and you might also give it a try if you enjoy historical-based fiction.




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