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Emperor of the North (1973)

Emperor of the North Pole (original title)
In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

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Cast

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Cracker
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Hogger
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Policeman
Harry Caesar ...
Coaly
Hal Baylor ...
Yardman's Helper
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Yardlet
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Gray Cat (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Di Reda ...
Dinger (as Joe di Reda)
Liam Dunn ...
Smile
Diane Dye ...
Girl in Water
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Conductor
Jim Goodwin ...
Fakir (as James Goodwin)
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Storyline

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 Brian Peterson calyooper@email.com

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24 May 1973 (USA)  »

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$3,705,000 (estimated)
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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Sam Peckinpah replaced Martin Ritt as director. Then, Robert Aldrich replaced Sam Peckinpah. Martin Ritt was originally slated to direct but was fired from the production. Sam Peckinpah was approached next but he couldn't agree with the producers on money. The project was then offered to, and accepted by, Robert Aldrich, who had previously directed the film's two top-billed leads, Lee Marvin and Ernest Borgnine, in The Dirty Dozen (1967) around six years earlier. See more »

Goofs

The switch is not thrown for the mail express train to pass by Shack's train as it just enters the junction. In those days, not having the switch thrown would have derailed the mail train. See more »

Quotes

Hobo: Don't worry, Shack. We'll keep a place for you in the jungle. Six feet down.
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Connections

Referenced in Life on Mars: Home Is Where You Hang Your Holster (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

A Man and a Train
Lyrics by Hal David
Music by Frank De Vol
Sung by Marty Robbins
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Polar Express, it ain't!
2 March 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There were just so many great B movies made in the 70s and this is one of the best. Stark and cruel but completely watchable and with two excellent male leads, this brutal hobo railroad drama remains fixed in most viewers minds forever. It is also part of two great sub genres...the depression years drama and the railroad thriller. So many films to choose from in either genre and practically all watchable and enjoyable. EMPEROR was released for about 10 days and never surfaced again. I used to add it in as a double feature in my cinema right up until about 1980 and it always commanded major discovery status. The problem is the title: and like DAY OF THE LOCUST or EMPIRE OF THE SUN or other confusing titles the pubic never found it themselves. It failed on first release and was only repeatedly discovered when the public went to a double feature as described above. In Oz it was released only as EMPEROR OF THE NORTH. You could almost mix'n'match films in those days; THE STREETFIGHTER, BUSTER AND BILLIE, THE SPIKES GANG, FROM NOON TILL THREE, WHATS THE MATTER WITH HELEN, BLOODY MAMA, all interchangeable in any programme. Others here can tell you the story, but I will tell you to find it yourself and have a major discovery film enter your library.


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