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The Lost Express (1925)

Kidnapping and marital reconciliation drive this action film set on a millionaire's private train.


J.P. McGowan


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Credited cast:
Helen Holmes ... Helen Martin
Jack Mower ... Alvin Morgan
Henry A. Barrows Henry A. Barrows ... John Morgan (as Henry Barrows)
Fred Church ... Arthur Standish
Elita Proctor Otis ... Mrs. Arthur Standish
Lassie Lou Ahern Lassie Lou Ahern ... Baby Alice Standish
Eddie Barry Eddie Barry ... Valentine Peabody
Martin Turner Martin Turner ... George Washington Jones
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Al Hoxie ... Undetermined Role (unconfirmed)


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 Pamela Short

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Release Date:

July 1925 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Helen Holmes #6: The Lost Express See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Sixth of a series of 8 features produced by Morris R. Schlank starring Helen Holmes and directed by J.P. McGowan for Anchor distribution. See more »

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Training for Marriage
21 February 2011 | by wes-connorsSee all my reviews

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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