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The Hurricane Express (1932)

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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Trivia

The feature version,running approximately 81 minutes, was edited from Chapters #1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the chase/escape segment where the Hurricane Express, carrying a shipment of gold, is to be wrecked and robbed; the plane used to remove the wrecker from the train, bring the wrecker to his gang, chase the train to get the gold after Larry stops the wreck, and a couple of other scenes; continually changes from a single engine bi-plane to a dual engine monoplane. See more »

Quotes

Gloria Martin: [urging him to surrender the gold] You're only making it worse.
Frank Stratton: Oh, nothing is worse than rotting in jail when you know you'e innocent,
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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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Aside from having a young John Wayne in the lead, it's not particularly outstanding.
30 November 2012 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

"The Hurricane Express" is a very low budget movie serial from tiny Mascot Studios. And, because of this, there isn't a whole lot to distinguish it other than one big thing--it stars a very young John Wayne. If it weren't for this, I doubt if many people would ever want to see the film. It just isn't very good.

The film begins by introducing Larry (John Wayne) and his father. Larry is a pilot and his dad has been an engineer for the railroad for many years. However, soon the father is killed--the result of someone sabotaging the rails. Who would do this and why would they do it? Larry was determined to figure this out for himself--and thus goes the rest of this 12-part serial. At the end of each part, there is, of course, some cliffhanger that makes it APPEAR that he is killed--but naturally, Larry has found some ridiculous way to somehow survive. It turns out that the sabotage is NOT the work of some nut, but a guy called 'The Wrecker'--but who the wrecker is you need to wait until part 12 to learn. In the meantime, he and his gang try again and again to sabotage the rails.

When you watch the film you'll probably notice a few things. First, the film is very quiet. The usual incidental music is gone--partly because early sound films sometimes missed this and partly because the production was so cheap that they couldn't afford it. Also, the condition of the print is not particularly great--but much of this is because of the degradation of the film and has nothing to do with the original quality of the serial. As for the writing, it's pretty poor--with lots of action but not a whole lot in depth or believability. It's quite a step below the quality of a serial from a decade later. Not terrible...just not all that good.


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