A railroad employee finds out the identity of "The Wrecker", a criminal who is deliberately causing trains to crash. However, before he can disclose the crook's name, he is shot and killed.... See full summary »

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Black Jack Bolivar
Donald Keith ...
Louie Weinstock
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Sheriff James
Bill Patton ...
Henchman
Gene Layman ...
Henchman (as Gene Laymon)
Victor Potel ...
Tom Watson
Robert 'Buddy' Shaw ...
Tommy McGuire (as Buddy Shaw)
Donald Mack ...
Dude Malloy
Henry Roquemore ...
Gilbert Henderson
Pat Harmon ...
Barney McGuire
Adabelle Driver ...
Mrs. McGuire
Lawrence Underwood ...
Master Mechanic
Elyn Glyn ...
Mrs. Malloy
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A railroad employee finds out the identity of "The Wrecker", a criminal who is deliberately causing trains to crash. However, before he can disclose the crook's name, he is shot and killed. A passenger aboard the train volunteers to go after the killer and bring "The Wrecker" to justice. Written by frankfob2@myway.com

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1 May 1934 (USA)  »

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An incomplete nitrate print of this film (missing the first reel) survives in the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »

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Funny little train thriller
24 July 2010 | by (Konstanz, Germany) – See all my reviews

In the early 1930s it seems to have been a quite popular B film genre: take a railroad with big steam engines; take some sabotage being done, leading to train wrecks; take some higher-ranking official with a charming daughter; take a young man from out of town who wants to solve the crime...

Examples include Danger Lights, Hurricane Express (a serial, starring young John Wayne), Phantom Express - and this one, of course.

Once one knows the patterns, watching such movies is interesting for the details. In "Twisted Rails" we get more than the usual amount of running and fighting on the train's rooftop; a truck/car chase on curvy mountain roads (which appear repetitive); and a pesky alarm bell device hidden in a box that supposedly contains gold bullion for US$50,000.. not to mention the many shootings and fistfights where it is obvious that no actors were harmed in making this film.

There could have been more scenes of steam engines in motion. But then again, the extended round-house scene presented much eye-candy for a train lover like me. All in all, an enjoyable old piece. Available at archive.org for legit download (it's in public domain).


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