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Denver and Rio Grande (1952)

A romanticized history of the building of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad in the Colorado mountains.

Director:

Byron Haskin

Writers:

Frank Gruber (story by), Frank Gruber (screenplay by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Edmond O'Brien ... Jim Vesser
Sterling Hayden ... McCabe
Dean Jagger ... Gen. William J. Palmer
Kasey Rogers ... Linda Prescott (as Laura Elliott)
Lyle Bettger ... Johnny Buff
J. Carrol Naish ... Gil Harkness
Zasu Pitts ... Jane Dwyer
Tom Powers ... Sloan
Robert Barrat ... Charlie Haskins
Paul Fix ... Engineer Moynihan
Don Haggerty ... Bob Nelson
James Burke ... Sheriff Ed Johnson
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Storyline

Edmund O'Brien and his team of railroading men try to build a rail line through a mountain pass, while a group of less scrupulous construction workers sabotage the entire operation in the hopes that they can get their tracks laid first and get the money from the railroad. Written by Marta Dawes <smdawes@home.com>

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Taglines:

TWO FIGHTING RAILROAD CREWS BATTLE FOR THE ONLY RIGHT OF WAY! (original print ad - all caps)

Genres:

Adventure | Western

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1952 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Denver & Rio Grande See more »

Filming Locations:

Silverton, Colorado, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Nat Holt Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

Just before the crash, the fireman in the occupied train spots the oncoming train. The engineer tries to slow down. A third man appears and runs back to uncouple the occupied cars. When he gets back to the engine, there are now four people in it. Eventually five people jump off the engine. See more »

Quotes

Engineer Moynihan: Get firing!
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I've Been Working On the Railroad...
27 June 2002 | by bsmith5552See all my reviews

"Denver & Rio Grande" is probably best remembered for its spectacular head on crash of two vintage trains. Reportedly, two actual trains were used in the sequence. I don't think there were any re-takes.

The plot is the old one about the two competing railroads trying to outdo the other by nook or by crook. Edmond O'Brien (it's about THAT hat) is the trouble shooter for the Denver & Rio Grande. Dean Jagger is the head man and J. Carroll Naish the designing engineer. Laura Elliott is the love interest who thinks that O'Brien shot her brother (Don Haggerty), but of course he didn't. Because of her belief she has been feeding critical information to baddies Sterling Hayden and Lyle Bettger. It all leads to the final showdown featuring the above-mentioned crash and Elliott finding out who the real killer was. Zasu Pitts and Paul Fix (as the stereo-typical Irish engineer) provide the comedy relief.

"Denver & Rio Grande" is full of spectacular scenery and railroad shots that will satisfy the most avid train lover. And there's the crash. A better than average 50's western.


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