Head railroad man Dan is as ugly as he is honorable. When he spots a drifter who'd hopped a freight held up by a landslide, Dan offers the man a job; then he finds the man was a railroader, too, and takes him under his wing. Engaged to Mary, Dan doesn't notice the growing attraction between his protégé and his intended, but focuses instead on running the railroad.
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World's Greatest Railroad Talk Thriller
Did You Know?
This was not the only film with a climactic train entrance into Chicago. By a coincidence of geography, the large underpass traveled through before the train's right turn past the Seng Terminal Warehouse holds overhead tracks leading into Northwestern Station. It's on those tracks that about 45 years later, the Silver Streak
(1976) would film its climactic approach shot into that station (described as Union Station in that film, but actually filming into Northwestern). See more
The locomotive that arrives in Chicago is not the same one that left on the trip. When Larry adds oil to the smoking "hotbox" en route, for example, the wheel has an outside journal box that he puts the oil into from a can. The loco that arrives in Chicago has an inside journal on this wheel (under the cab), a different type than the one the loco had earlier. See more
People have got to marry the things they love best. You two, each other. Me, the railroad.
Music by Oscar Levant
Lyrics by Sidney Clare See more