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"Supertrain" (1979) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1979-

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7 February 1979 (USA) See more »
The adventures of a nation-spanning train and its passengers. Full summary »
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 (Series Cast Summary - 9 of 11)

Edward Andrews ... Harry Flood (9 episodes, 1979)

Harrison Page ... George Boone (9 episodes, 1979)

Robert Alda ... Dr. Dan Lewis (9 episodes, 1979)

Patrick Collins ... Dave Noonan (5 episodes, 1979)

Nita Talbot ... Rose Casey (5 episodes, 1979)
Aarika Wells ... Gilda (5 episodes, 1979)
Bill Nuckols ... Wally (5 episodes, 1979)

Michael DeLano ... Lou Atkins (5 episodes, 1979)

Charlie Brill ... Robert (5 episodes, 1979)

Series Directed by
Barry Crane (3 episodes, 1979)
David Moessinger (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Writing credits
Brad Radnitz (3 episodes, 1979)
Jeff Wilhelm (2 episodes, 1979)
Earl W. Wallace (1 episode, 1979)
Donald E. Westlake (1 episode, 1979)

Sam Merrill (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Fred Silverman .... executive producer (9 episodes, 1979)
Robert Stambler .... supervising producer (4 episodes, 1979)
Rod Amateau .... producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Dan Curtis .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Dennis Virkler .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Original Music by
Bob Cobert (9 episodes, 1979)
Series Cinematography by
Seymour Hoffberg (3 episodes, 1979)
Dennis Dalzell (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Film Editing by
Geoffrey Rowland (2 episodes, 1979)
Series Casting by
Barbara Hanley (9 episodes, 1979)
Cathy Henderson (9 episodes, 1979)
Series Production Design by
Ned Parsons (1 episode, 1979)
Series Art Direction by
Hub Braden (1 episode, 1979)
Series Set Decoration by
Edward M. Parker (9 episodes, 1979)
Series Costume Design by
Nolan Miller (1 episode, 1979)
Series Makeup Department
Linda Leiter Sharp .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1979)
Robert Sidell .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1979)
Series Production Management
Robert Grand .... executive production manager (1 episode, 1979)
Barry Stern .... unit production manager (1 episode, 1979)
Joseph Stern .... executive in charge of production (1 episode, 1979)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Henry .... second assistant director (9 episodes, 1979)

Alan R. Green .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
David L. McGuire .... assistant property master (9 episodes, 1979)
Kenneth Robertson .... head paint foreman (9 episodes, 1979)

Richard Baum .... property maker (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Bill Teague .... sound mixer (1 episode, 1979)
Series Special Effects by
Russel Hessey .... special effects (1 episode, 1979)

Robert Cole .... special effects hydraulic foreman (unknown episodes)
Jim Danforth .... effects coordinator (unknown episodes)
Doug Hubbard .... special effects (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Jim Danforth .... matte artist (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Marneen Fields .... Stunt Double: Joyce DeWitt (1 episode, 1979)
Larry Holt .... stunts (1 episode, 1979)
Dick Warlock .... stunt double: Steve Lawrence (1 episode, 1979)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Abbene .... second unit: second assistant camera / second unit: assistant camera (9 episodes, 1979)
Tim Phelps .... best boy electric (3 episodes, 1979)

Albert Hood .... electrician (unknown episodes, 1979)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert Cornwall .... (men's wardrobe (1 episode, 1979)
Nancy Renard .... (women's wardrobe (1 episode, 1979)
Series Editorial Department
Hubert de La Bouillerie .... post-production coordinator (5 episodes, 1979)

Howard Kunin .... supervising editor (unknown episodes, 1979)
Series Music Department
John Mick .... music editor (9 episodes, 1979)
Series Other crew
Bill McCamey .... set nurse (8 episodes, 1979)

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60 min
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The Production Designer, Ned Parsons, was working with Dan Curtis on a location cowboy film, when Dan was asked by Fred Silverman to produce "The Super Train" 2 hour pilot. Ned called an illustrator friend to quickly "paint up" a concept illustration for a futuristic train racing through the country side! Returning from location, Dan Curtis set up production offices at MGM Studios. Bob Grand, Production Manager, secured five stages for the train's interior sets. Ned Parsons hired Ed McDonald as his Art Director expecting him to organize a drafting room of quick fingers to draw as fast as possible. Twelve roster senior set designers were given rough set plan layouts, expected to develop these flimsy plans into working drawings. Ned Parsons had begun his Hollywood career as a prop-member on a set decorator's swing gang crew. He was promoted by his family connections to a set decorator position. Then he was made an art director. Having some success, Ned was working with Dan Curtis, wrapping a "Western film," when Fred Silverman placed his call for the train film pilot order. This train pilot idea replaced a Fred Silverman approved projected NBC series that was to be about an air plane's passengers experiences on cross country and trans-continental flights. Ned Parsons hired Bruce Kay for his decorator. Into construction, Parsons and McDonald clashed resulting in Ned firing his Art Director. Because Bruce had a long working relationship with Hub Braden, Ned Parsons hired Hub, replacing McDonald. Ned explained the context of the sets with a drafting room set plan review, including stage walk-through of sets under construction. What a mess! And disaster! Ned asked Braden to draw plans for the rear train car, which was to be a swimming pool and rear train observation deck. This drawing was executed in three days and shown to the construction coordinator for him to order materials. Braden had planned to have set designers redraw his plan/elevation schematics for the carpenters. Told by the Coordinator "just give me that drawing and I'll get the set into work." Ironically this was the first set finished prior to filming.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When the train leaves the station, the platform light fixtures are reflected in the train windows. They move along with the train because the train is standing still and the camera is moving.See more »
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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Too bad NBC didn't get it right, 11 March 2005
Author: bradhig from St Louis

Supertrain looked like it had potential but NBC screwed it up big time. I remember seeing promos with train racing out of the Grand central tunnel all the time and watching Express to Terror then it disappeared. If NBC hadn't rushed it through production and let the writers make decent material it might have lasted longer. I wish someone would bring it back and get it right this time. Retooling a show is usually a death sentence for it. Why did they change things after three episodes? If your gonna spend that kind of money on a show you have better keep at it until it works. NBC put all their effect into getting the effects to look realistic but never tried to fix all scripts before any were filmed. I am guessing most of the screenplays were first or second draft versions.

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