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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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(adapted from his play) (as Dan Ullman)
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Capt. John Nelson
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Barbara Bruce
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Cal Bruce
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Smokestack
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Gus Gustavson
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Bill Quantrill
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Max Janus
Robert Keys ...
Lt. Stanton (as Bob Keys)
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Casey
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Morey
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Joe Farley
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Stone - Henchman
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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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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

When Capt. Nelson throws the lit dynamite out of the locomotive cab and uphill at the bushwhackers, it's clear that not only does he not have room to throw the dynamite from inside the cab, but also because of the window size and roof overhang, it would be impossible to throw the dynamite more than a few feet out of the cab. The bushwhackers are at least 100 feet away up a hillside behind some large boulders overlooking the track and shooting down at the train. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Bruce: What's the sense in worrying about something that might not happen?
Cal Bruce: Well, if we worry enough maybe it won't happen.
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Featured in The Sierra Number 3 Locomotive: A Star Is Reborn (2012) See more »

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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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