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The Flying Scotsman (1929)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | May 1929 (UK)
A young fireman on the Flying Scotsman train falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the driver who is about to retire. The young fireman has replaced another named Crow who was sacked... See full summary »

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Castleton Knight
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Credited cast:
Gordon Harker
Alec Hurley Alec Hurley ... Crow
Pauline Johnson ... Joan White
Moore Marriott ... Bob White
Ray Milland ... Jim Edwards (as Raymond Milland)
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A young fireman on the Flying Scotsman train falls in love with the beautiful daughter of the driver who is about to retire. The young fireman has replaced another named Crow who was sacked for drinking on the job and is planning to wreck the express on the driver's last trip. Written by trunkeyts@aol.com

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Crime | Drama

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Pauline Johnson did her own stunts when her character climbed out of a carriage and clambered along the outside to reach the locomotive, without using any safety wires or equipment. See more »

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Featured in Steam Days: A Tale of Two Scotsmen (1986) See more »

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Impressive early train drama
8 August 2017 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

This film about the Flying Scotsman is made using the real Flying Scotsman of that time, so it has total authenticity. Train buffs will love it, and so will people who love train dramas (one of my own weaknesses). For those who do not know what the Flying Scotsman Express was, I must explain that it was the name of the steam train service between London and Edinburgh, known also as an 'overnight sleeper' because people could sleep during the journey and wake up in the morning in Scotland. The train went daily from Kings Cross Station in London to Waverley Station in Edinburgh and was owned by the London and North Eastern Railway Company. The IMDb entry for this film mistakenly says that the actor Gordon Harker was in it, but it is questionable whether he really appears in the film. I see that this film is listed on his personal credits on IMDb. One would have to watch the whole film a second time to look for him to be certain. I did watch the beginning of the film a second time to be certain that his name is not on the credits. The only acting credits given are Moore Marriott, Pauline Johnson, Alec Hurley, and Ray Milland. This was Ray Milland's second credited film, and he was 21 going on 22 at the time. He does very well. Moore Marriott, later famous for his wonderful comic acting in countless British films, here plays a straight dramatic role very effectively, as the engine driver of the Flying Scotsman, who is about to retire. Although he was only 45 years old, he was so successfully made up that he looked a convincing 60 to 65. His fireman on his very last run before retiring is Ray Milland, who is in love with Marriott's daughter, played by the intrepid Pauline Johnson, who had been appearing in films since 1920. After this she made one last film in the same year (ironically about a train wrecker), and retired in late 1929. (She would later die at the young age of 47.) Pauline Johnson in this film has what Americans call 'a lot of spunk', and English people used to call 'a great deal of pluck', in other words liveliness, verve, and initiative, not to mention fearlessness. She does her own dangerous stunts in the film, climbing along the side of the speeding express train, as well as leaping off the train to pull a switch at the last second to avert a disastrous full-speed train collision. I would say that after her departure in 1929 she was a great loss to the screen. Alec Hurley plays the embittered villain of the story. He has been sacked by Marriott because of being drunk while being the fireman of The Flying Scotsman. He vows to get even. He wants to wreck the Flying Scotsman on Marriott's last run, in order to discredit him and destroy his perfect record of having arrived safely on time every day for thirty years. The film is directed by Castleton Knight (1894-1970). It was his second feature film, preceded by another one the same year which was both his and Ray Milland's first, and which also starred Moore Marriott (who by the way had been in films since 1912). Knight only made three more feature films, the next being THE PLAYTHING (1929, a film which appears to be lost) also starring Ray Milland. But Castleton is very little known. The train episodes in this film only constitute about a third of its 57 minute duration, but are definitely worth seeing by anyone interested in old steam trains. This film began as a silent and some sound scenes were added, along with plenty of background sound and music. Some titles remain, so it is a hybrid silent-and-sound combination. It is well worth watching if only for historical reasons, but is entertaining as well.


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UK

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English

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May 1929 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Den flyvende Skotte See more »

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Mono (RCA Photophone System)

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1.33 : 1
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