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Chasing Choo Choos (1927)

| Short, Action, Comedy
A two-reel version of Play Safe (1927) showing only the train chase.


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Credited cast:
The Boy
Virginia Craig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Willis ...
A Thug (bit part)


Heiress Virginia Craig is in love with Monty, a working man. The men who are managing Virginia's affairs are determined to break up the relationship, out of fear that they will lose control of her estate when she comes of age. As part of their plan, they hire a gang of thugs to stage an assault on Virginia, and then blame it on Monty. Virginia refuses to believe the accusation, and she turns to Monty for protection, leading to a chaotic and hazardous chase. Written by Snow Leopard

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We see the heroine Virginia Craig several times in a Union Pacific boxcar when Monty is chasing the runaway train. When he finally catches the train and gets on board, he runs across the roofs of the boxcars to the boxcar in which she is trapped. When he lowers himself to the door, the boxcar has become one belonging the Pennsylvania Railroad. See more »


Edited from Play Safe (1927) See more »

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Holy cow! This guy is like Keaton on steroids!
29 October 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Think of this more as an action film than a comedy, and you'll be right on the money. There are funny moments, but it's mostly a suspenseful, high-risk chase with just enough exposition to establish who the characters are and why Monty will risk his life to save the girl -- and enough to make you root for Monty and want him to come out of it all unscathed.

I don't like Monty Banks' acting style nearly as much as I do Buster Keaton's, but his stunts are even more breathtaking and daring. This little film had my heart in my throat! It's well worth a watch, and more than enough to send me scrambling to find out if this was a fluke, or if all of Banks' work is as exciting.

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