Millionaire John Morgan rides his personal train to pick up his daughter, Mrs. Arthur Standish, and her child, Alice, to take them on a trip away from the son-in-law, Arthur. On the way Morgan and the train are kidnapped by order of Arthur so that he may attempt to reunite with his wife. After a complicated chase, Arthur meets his wife and they are reconciled. They then reach Morgan and explain the situation to him after which all are on good terms once more.Written by
Aboard his "Union Pacific" train, millionaire railroad manager Henry Barrows (as John Morgan) flares up when he sees a newspaper article revealing he's about to take little "Lassie" Lou Ahern (as "Baby" Alice) abroad. The cute tyke is the offspring of Mr. Barrows' daughter Olita Otis (as Ruth Standish) and her estranged husband Fred Church (as Arthur Standish). Barrows plans to use the girl to get her parents back together. The newspaper article also alerts Mr. Church, who sets out to kidnap his child...
Meanwhile, Barrows' train goes off the beaten tracks, and disappears; this hijacking "mystery" is solved by the film's closing. Joining the fun is top-billed Helen Holmes (as Helen Martin), who catches the eye of Barrows' son Jack Mower (as Alvin Morgan). Needless to say, a romance develops between the two. Ms. Thomas, who was director J.P. McGowan former wife, was a railroad movie serial star in the 'teens. Here, she hasn't much to do. The surviving print of "The Lost Express" is not in good shape.
**** The Lost Express (8/15/26) J.P. McGowan ~ Helen Holmes, Jack Mower, Fred Church, Henry Barrows
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