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Silent Barriers (1937)

The Great Barrier (original title)
Approved | | Action, Drama | 25 March 1937 (USA)
The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Milton Rosmer, Geoffrey Barkas (uncredited)


Alan Sullivan (novel), Michael Barringer (screen play) | 3 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Richard Arlen ... Hickey
Barry MacKay ... Steve (as Barry Mackay)
Roy Emerton Roy Emerton ... Moody
Antoinette Cellier ... Mary Moody
Lilli Palmer ... Lou
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Major Rogers (as J.Farrell Macdonald)
Reginald Barlow Reginald Barlow ... James Hill - Member of C.P.R. Board
Arthur Loft ... William Van Horne - Member of C.P.R. Board
Ben Welden ... Joe (as Ben Weldon)
Jock MacKay Jock MacKay ... Bates (as Jock Mackay)
Henry Victor ... Bulldog Kelly
Ernest Sefton Ernest Sefton ... Magistrate
Frank McGlynn Sr. ... Sir John Macdonald - Prime Minister of Canada
Gilbert Emery ... George Stephen - Member of C.P.R. Board
Howard Hickman ... Donald Smith - Member of C.P.R. Board (as Howard C. Hickman)


The building of the Canadian Pacific Railway.

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Action | Drama


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Release Date:

25 March 1937 (USA) See more »

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Silent Barriers See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Made it's TV debut on the American ABC Network on 14 September 1956. See more »

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Palmer, a hooker?!
9 August 2002 | by calvertfanSee all my reviews

I recorded this just to see one of my favourite actresses, Miss Lilli Palmer. The delightful little lady, always so proper, so stiff-upper-lip, so serene...and suddenly she's in a low cut dress with a tight bodice, a blonde wig, hanging around a cheap bar. The town floozy. And to her credit, she absolutely pulls it off, like Jean Kent's reversal from The Reluctant Widow back to The Wicked Lady. If this had been an American production, I daresay Palmer would have gotten an Oscar nomination for her superb playing. But, enough of that. This isn't JUST "the building of the Canadian Pacific Railroad", that makes it sound dull. Sure, that's what it's centered on - finding a pass through the Rockies to complete the rail - but it's so much more. A couple of card sharks start the action by coming to town; not to work, but to win. But they end up working anyway, after a fight at the saloon finds them in court, without money for bail, and with a full prison cell. The movies shows how they both take to their fate, and the many obstacles, some of them romantic, in their way. This is real, and it's not a happy ending for some. Great movie overall, 9/10.

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