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The Hurricane Express (1932)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1 August 1932 (USA)
When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called "The Wrecker," who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly" accidents."

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Colbert Clark (story), Barney A. Sarecky (story) (as Barney Sarecky) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tully Marshall ... Howard Edwards
Conway Tearle ... Stevens
John Wayne ... Larry Baker
Shirley Grey ... Gloria Martin / Gloria Stratton (as Shirley Gray)
Edmund Breese ... Frank Stratton
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Walter Gray
Al Bridge ... Carlson (as Alan Bridge)
Matthew Betz ... Tom Jordan (as Mathew Betz)
Joseph W. Girard ... Detective Matthews (as Joseph Girard)
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Detective Hemmingway (as James Burtis)
Ernie Adams ... Barney (as Ernie S. Adams)
Charles King ... Mike
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jim Baker
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Sandy
Glenn Strange ... Jim
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Storyline

The Wrecker wrecks trains on the L & R Railroad. One of his victims is Larry Baker's father. Baker wants to find the evildoer, among a host of suspects, but it will be difficult since the Wrecker can disguise himself to look like almost anyone. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A CRASHING ADVENTURE SERIAL! (1940 reissue one-sheet) See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El expreso de la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (edited for TV) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Five times in this serial during fight scenes, Larry (John Wayne) picks up Barney (Ernie Adams) and throws him at other henchmen of the Wrecker. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 9, John Wayne is riding a motorcycle going after a runaway boxcar. Sometimes it shows the boxcar on Wayne's left and sometimes on his right. It never shows the motorcycle crossing over the train tracks. See more »

Quotes

Larry Baker: [driviing his father into the trainyard] Well, Dad, I got you here on time.
[indicating the Hurricane Express]
Larry Baker: There's your pride and joy just coming off the turntable.
Jim Baker: [talking to the engineer] Yes, siree, Steve. I'll take her down.
Larry Baker: Sure jealous of this old boiler, Dad.
Jim Baker: Why shouldn't you be, my boy. She's part of me. Maybe I'm just part of her. I don't know. I took her out on her first run, and I hope L'll be at first throttle when I make my last,
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Alternate Versions

Like many other serials, this was later edited into a feature film version which eliminated approximately two-thirds of the original serial footage. Almost no footage from the middle chapters of the serial were used. See more »

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Remade as Mystery Mountain (1934) See more »

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I've Been Wrecking on the Railroad
9 May 2007 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One caveat I have to give this particular review. I saw an abbreviated 80 minute version of this serial which was almost unintelligible to follow. Not that I think the full length version would have put The Hurricane Express right up in cinematic history with Gone With the Wind.

John Wayne did three serials for Mascot and this particular one must have been edited down for a feature length movie to take advantage of his growing popularity in the Forties. The plot such as it is involves John Wayne as the son of engineer J. Farrell MacDonald who is killed in a planned train wreck.

The mysterious guy doing all these wrecks is someone appropriately called The Wrecker. He's got one interesting gimmick, he wears incredibly life like masks of all the other folks that are suspected of being the Wrecker. Fools everybody of course until the Duke catches on.

If this version of The Hurricane Express came out in the late Forties, what must John Wayne have thought when such things as Red River, Fort Apache, etc. were being released? The Duke must have shuddered.


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