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Paradise Express (1937)

A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.


Joseph Kane


Jack Natteford (screenplay), Betty Burbridge (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Withers ... Lawrence 'Larry' Doyle
Dorothy Appleby ... Kay Carson
Arthur Hoyt ... Phineas K. Trotter
Maude Eburne ... Maggie Casey
Harry Davenport ... Jed Carson
Donald Kirke ... Armstrong
Arthur Loft ... Glover
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Tom Wilson
Anthony Pawley Anthony Pawley ... Stymie
Fern Emmett ... Landlady
John Holland ... Gus
Robert McClung Robert McClung ... Harmonica Player (as Bob McClung)
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Train Conductor
Guy Wilkerson ... Skinny Smith
George Cleveland ... Farmer Beasley


A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.

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Missing from the edited-for-TV version, which seems to be the only one available, is the first scene in Maude Eburne's diner, involving Grant Withers and Arthur Hoyt as two of her customers. See more »

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The Hooterville Cannonball
4 March 2017 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

One of the more interesting things about Paradise Express probably known in later years as the Hooterville Cannonball is the fact that Harry Davenport is playing against type. Usually cast as the kindly grandfather type in films, Davenport plays the kind of crotchety old guy usually done by George Barbier.

Davenport is the president of a local railroad which is in receivership and hemorrhaging business badly to a trucking company. That was happening all across the USA then, it's called progress. But in this case the receiver appointed, Grant Withers is looking to save the railroad, particularly a line to the town of Paradise where a lot of local farmers were sending their produce with the railroad until recently.

Donald Kirke is president of the trucking company, but these guys are racketeers, shades of Jimmy Hoffa. He arranged for Withers to be made receiver, but Withers crosses him up. Of course Davenport's pretty granddaughter Dorothy Appleby might have something to do with it.

On the whole it's not a bad product from Republic Pictures, the Hooterville Cannonball is of course saved. In fact Withers finds an interesting way to sabotage the saboteurs which you have to see the film for.

These crooks go to jail, unlike Homer P. Bedloe who never gave up his efforts to close down the Hooterville Cannonball.

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22 February 1937 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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