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At This Moment (1954)

| Short | 1954 (USA)
A "short" documentary style, with footage of real railroad workers in addition to reenactments. The purpose of the film is to stress the importance of railroads on the industry of America ... See full summary »

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Cliff Hall ...
Scotty
Pat Englund ...
Kelly
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Bill Ritter
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John O'Shea
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Ed Price
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Mike Telfor
Fred Morris ...
Johnny Duff
Jack Binkleman ...
Pete Simmons
John Beaman ...
Russ McGregor
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A "short" documentary style, with footage of real railroad workers in addition to reenactments. The purpose of the film is to stress the importance of railroads on the industry of America and the lives of every American. It is done by having a conversation taking place by several people in a small diner or restaurant - a guy, the waitress Kelly, and the diner owner. A customer talks about railroad statistics and then explains how important the railroads are to the country's business. Listening in to the conversation is a stranger who ends up being from the local television station. He pretends to be uninterested but ends up doing a TV show on the information. He sends the waitress a dozen roses and says he hopes she likes the TV show which is showing on the diner TV and IN COLOR! Written by padutchland

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A Tribute to American Railroads
6 July 2007 | by (Czech Republic) – See all my reviews

"At this Moment" is a played, color document from the middle of fifties which is meant as the panegyric portrait of American Railroads. It is a montage of real shots of the trains, railroads, interiors of wagons, landscapes, fields, industrial areas, workers and passengers and long interview of workers and railway servants in small canteen - this situation is played by a few actors. The most outstanding one is a waitress, a beautiful young lady Kelly (played by Pat Englund, ephemeral TV series actress). There is also one stranger in the buffet who is vainly waiting for somebody and who is listening both informed and witty dialog. This man is a TV reporter who prepares a program about the railways. The movie presents American Railroads as the integral part of life of all Americans and accents both loading and passenger traffic. It has great charm: the atmosphere in canteen seems to be conventionalized but the nostalgia asserts. The footage from the real life are splendid. I must recommend this short to all fans of trains and railway!


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