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Overland Pacific (1954)

Approved | | Western | 27 February 1954 (USA)
Railroad investigator tries to find the reason behind constant Indian attacks on the railroad.

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Ross Granger (as Jack Mahoney)
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Ann Dennison
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Del Stewart
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It's just after the Civil War and a railroad is expanding westward. Saloon owner Stewart brings in rifles hidden in whisky barrels and gives them to the Indians to attack the construction crew. He is trying to get the railroad to change it's route and go through his town. Posing as a telegrapher, railroad agent Granger arrives to see if he can stop the railroad's troubles. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Hard-as-spikes men and soft-as-silk women ... they ran into towering canyons and Comanche terror when they ran the railroad to the Gold Coast.

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At approx. 19:38, the telegraph line was referred to as a telephone line. This was supposed to have taken place shortly after the end of the civil war, which was 1865. The telephone was not invented until 1875 and the first telephone was not installed until 1878. The golden spike connecting east to west was driven in May of 1869 in Promontory, Utah. See more »

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Weeks: Well, that's my hotel over there. It's usually full up, but I can take care of you now that Mr. Holly is changing his room.
Ross Grainger: Wrong. Holly isn't changing his room. He checked out.
Weeks: No, he'll be occupying the downstairs rear. You see, I'm also the Oaktown's undertaker. And having my establishment on the premises, well, it saves so many steps.
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28 February 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The B-western Overland Pacific documents the struggle to build a railroad and how the whites are just as brutal as the natives. It seems like an early try at political correctness, and you can't fault the filmmakers for having the best of intentions.

Jock Mahoney headlines this frontier drama. Despite Mr. Mahoney's average amount of talent in the acting department, he does help bring subtle touches of realism to this picture. For example, when there is a brawl on the street and he brushes up against a building or a railing, we actually see dust fly. A lot of westerns are too clean; but the reality is that these old west towns are dirty and dusty.


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