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The Phantom Express (1932)

A railway is threatened by mysterious wrecks, which turn out to be caused by criminals using a unique deception.

Director:

Emory Johnson

Writers:

Laird Doyle (adaptation), Emory Johnson
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Cast overview:
William Collier Jr. ... Bruce Harrington
Sally Blane ... Carolyn Nolan
J. Farrell MacDonald ... D.J. 'Smokey' Nolan
Hobart Bosworth ... Mr. Harrington
Axel Axelson Axel Axelson ... Axel - the Fireman
Lina Basquette ... Betty
Eddie Phillips ... Dick Walsh
Robert Ellis ... Reynolds
Claire McDowell ... Ma Nolan
David Rollins ... Jackie Nolan
Tom O'Brien Tom O'Brien ... Red Connelly - the Telegraph Operator
Huntley Gordon ... President of Rival Railroad (as C. Huntley Gordon)
Brady Kline Brady Kline ... Slim - a Thug
Jack Pennick Jack Pennick ... Bubba - a Thug
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An engineer at the throttle of a locomotive speeding through a tunnel sees the lights of a train approaching from the other end. Although the signals say the track is clear, he still sees the train's lights. He grinds the train to a halt, derailing it. He survives, but many passengers are killed. He is fired in disgrace, but sets out to prove his innocence by finding the "phantom express." Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Il lampo See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Emory Johnson Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecast took place in Los Angeles Wednesday 8 February 1950 on KECA (Channel 7). See more »

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Interesting at first...
29 December 2010 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film begins with what appears to be a model train going down the model tracks. However, at least it is a pretty good model train! Anyway, it's supposed to be a real one and an accident is caused when the headlamp of another train appears to be heading right for them—and the train derails trying to avoid it. However, it turns out there was no other train—it's some sort of trick. So, the playboy son of the railroad owner decides to go undercover to investigate.

While this all might sound interesting, despite an interesting premise, the film really bogs down and shows that it's only a cheaply made film by a cheap-o studio. After all, the ending is just god-awful—with ridiculous stunts and an explanation of the mystery that made my brain hurt. I can clearly understand why this film was allowed to slip into the public domain—it's bad and there's little to recommend it.


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