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It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train. Written by
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Based in part on the books 'The Road' by Jack London and 'From Coast to Coast with Jack London' by "A-No.-1", the pen name of Leon Ray Livingston. See more »
When the passenger train reaches Salem, the station is shown to be a small wooden building located in what appears to be a rail yard. This was in fact the depot for the Oregon Pacific and Eastern Railroad in Cottage Grove, OR. The actual Salem train station is a fairly large masonry structure built in 1918, located near the city center. See more »
A no. 1:
You got a chance to be a good bum. You can be a meat eater, kid. I mean people, not their garbage.
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The credits of Aldrich's Emperor of the North don't mention the fact that it is an adaptation of Jack London's story 'The Road'.
The Road is a long short story/short novel, based on London's own experiences as a young man, riding the rails as a hobo. Most importantly, the central conflict between Borgnine's Shack and Marvin's A Number One, and the methods both use to overcome their enemy are very closely based on the Jack London story, in which a group of hobo's set out to ride the train on which a particularly brutal shack, or railway guard works.
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