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In South America, an American engineer is asked by his boss to build a mountain railroad tunnel following a shorter but more dangerous route.

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Johnny
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Maura
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Alexander (as Sir Cedric Hardwicke)
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Miss Braithwaite
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Pop
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Ricky
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Fog
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Joe
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Chico
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Holden
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Curly
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Señor Tobar
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Chavez
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Foreman (uncredited)
Jose Alvarado ...
Boy (uncredited)
Don Avalier ...
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Julio Ayora - House Guest (uncredited)
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Señora Ayora - House Guest (uncredited)
Nina Campana ...
Estrelita (uncredited)
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Señora Tobar (uncredited)
Tom Coffey ...
Laborer (uncredited)
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Secretary (uncredited)
Earle S. Dewey ...
Undetermined Role (uncredited)
Ernest Dominguez ...
Boy (uncredited)
Joe Dominguez ...
Laborer (uncredited)
John Eberts ...
Laborer (uncredited)
Paul Fierro ...
Engineer (uncredited)
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Foreman (uncredited)
Elias Gamboa ...
Doorman (uncredited)
Carmelita González ...
Girl (uncredited)
Phyllis Graffeo ...
Girl (uncredited)
Frank Leyva ...
Laborer (uncredited)
Sam Lufkin ...
Laborer (uncredited)
Marya Marco ...
Girl (uncredited)
Wayne McCoy ...
Laborer (uncredited)
Rudolph Medina ...
Dancer at Fiesta (uncredited)
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Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Connie Montoya ...
Girl (uncredited)
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Hernández, Headwaiter (uncredited)
Al Murphy ...
Assistant Doctor (uncredited)
Clarise Murphy ...
Laborer's Wife (uncredited)
Frank Nordstrom ...
Engineer (uncredited)
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Emilio (uncredited)
Jose Portugal ...
Waiter (uncredited)
Sheila Raven ...
Laborer's Wife (uncredited)
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Priest (uncredited)
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Dancer at Fiesta (uncredited)
Diane Stewart ...
Laborer's Wife (uncredited)
Brick Sullivan ...
Foreman with Holden at Fiesta (uncredited)
Harry J. Vejar ...
Mine Forman (uncredited)
Lucio Villegas ...
Priest (uncredited)
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Young Woman (uncredited)
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Richard Wallace

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Borden Chase ... (screenplay) and
John Twist ... (screenplay)
 
C.E. Scoggins ... (adapted from the novel by) (as C. E. Scoggins)

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Stephen Ames ... producer

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Leigh Harline

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W. Howard Greene ... director of photography
Harry J. Wild ... director of photography

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Frank Doyle

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Carroll Clark
Albert S. D'Agostino

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Harley Miller ... (set decorations)
Darrell Silvera ... (set decorations)

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Michael Woulfe ... (gowns)

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Gordon Bau ... makeup supervisor
Hazel Rogers ... hair stylist

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Sam Ruman ... production manager (uncredited)

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Grayson Rogers ... assistant director

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John L. Cass ... sound
Clem Portman ... sound

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Vernon L. Walker ... special effects

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Dwight Franklin ... wardrobe: men's
Eugene Joseff ... costume jeweller (uncredited)

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C. Bakaleinikoff ... musical director
Gil Grau ... orchestral arrangements

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Natalie Kalmus ... Technicolor color director
Edward Killy ... production assistant
Morgan Padelford ... associate color director
Sid Davis ... stand-in: John Wayne (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

Engineer Johnny Munroe is enlisted to build a railroad tunnel through a mountain to reach mines. His task is complicated, and his ethics are compromised, when he falls in love with his boss's daughter. Written by Jim Beaver

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Also Known As
  • In the Darkness of the Sun (United States)
  • Taïkoun (France)
  • Hombres de presa (Spain)
  • Titanenstrijd (Netherlands)
  • Industriaş (Romania)
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  • 128 min
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Budget $3,209,000 (estimated)

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Trivia Produced for $3.209 million, this was RKO's biggest flop of 1947, losing $1.035 million. See more »
Goofs In the closing scenes where the engine and the bridge span fall into the torrent below, Johnny (John Wayne) escapes by running along the tops of the wagons. It is obviously a stunt man since his body shape and hair are different from that of John Wayne's. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Personal History: Foreign Hitchcock (2004). See more »
Quotes Johnny Munroe: I've got a railroad to build.
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