"Grumpy" Anderson is an old railroad engineer that is obsessed with keeping his train on schedule, no matter the cost. His two sons are also rail men, but don't share his single mindedness,...
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"Grumpy" Anderson is an old railroad engineer that is obsessed with keeping his train on schedule, no matter the cost. His two sons are also rail men, but don't share his single mindedness, which leads to one son's death and a fight with the other on the first son's funeral car leads to a crash, and demotion of Grumpy to mechanic in the yards. His redemption comes during the Mississippi flood, when he is again pressed into service to pilot a relief train along with his surviving son.Written by
I actually haven't seen this film, so i won't offer a fantasy review like some create for lost films, though there is a small piece showing a scene where Chaney is in the engine cab, running the locomotive through the wintery landscape, He is snarling at his son, also in the cab, along with the haughty singing star that has forced herself aboard to get to Chicago on time, very much against Chaney's wishes. That's the only bit of the film that so far as anyone knows exists. The reviews at the time were great. TIME magazine cited a scene where Chaney, now broken down to mechanic at the round house, lovingly, sensitively stroked the metal monster as he sadly remembered better times. Sounds like it could be a masterpiece, especially if it might also be matched with it's vitaphone/movietone score, which made so many of 1928-9 MGM features thrilling. How could it be bad?
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