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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.


Emory Johnson


Laird Doyle (adaptation), Emory Johnson




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 ... Bubba - a Thug


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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Is it a ghost or a train?
1 August 2020 | by vampire_hounddogSee all my reviews

A railroad company is threatened with closure after a series of fatal accidents. In each case the driver reports seeing a train heading directly towards them. The company CEO's (Harry Bosworth) son (William Collier Jr.), normally a playboy investigates (mostly because he fancy's one of the accused driver's daughter played by Sally Blane).

A gritty action melodrama that draws heavily on Arnold Ridley and Bernard Merivale's British play, 'The Wrecker'. Made by B movie company Majestic Films, it makes for solid B movie entertainment.

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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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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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