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Kansas Pacific (1953)

Approved | | Western | 22 February 1953 (USA)
With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (adapted from his play) (as Dan Ullman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. John Nelson
Eve Miller ... Barbara Bruce
Barton MacLane ... Cal Bruce
Harry Shannon ... Smokestack
Tom Fadden ... Gus Gustavson
Reed Hadley ... Bill Quantrill
Douglas Fowley ... Max Janus
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Lt. Stanton (as Bob Keys)
Irving Bacon ... Casey
Myron Healey ... Morey
James Griffith ... Joe Farley
Clayton Moore ... Stone - Henchman
Jonathan Hale ... Sherman Johnson
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Storyline

Just before the Civil War (but after the South has seceded), Southern saboteurs try to prevent railroad construction from crossing Kansas to the frontier; army captain Nelson is sent out to oppose them. As the tracks push westward, Nelson must contend with increasingly violent sabotage, while trying to romance the foreman's pretty daughter Barbara. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Built by bullets, dynamite, and blood-stained spikes!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas Pazifik See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Walter Wanger Productions See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Although shot in the 1.37:1 aspect ratio (for later television airing) the theatrical aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1 widescreen. Most modern 16x9 (1.78:1) televisions have a "zoom to width" picture option, essentially allowing the viewer to see it as the director and cinematographer intended. It is easy to spot films shot this way since all the titles and credits will still fit when properly cropped (they stay in the "middle" of the frame), and there is an unusual amount of "headroom" above the actors in medium and close-up shots when viewed uncropped. Quite often "mistakes" like seeing equipment in the top or bottom of the uncropped frame would never have been seen by a theater audience. See more »

Goofs

Though this is supposed to be late 1860 according to the newspaper in the opening scene, after two of Quantrill's men bust out of jail, Quantrill says they will let the Kansas Pacific build the rails but destroy the locomotives using artillery. When asked if he was going to steal cannons from the Union Army, he replied he was going to requisition them from the Confederate Army. The Confederate Army was just being established in Virginia and the Southern States in March of 1861. There was no Confederate artillery anywhere near Kansas at this time. See more »

Quotes

Smokestack: It looks like we're already in the war everybody keeps talking about.
Capt. John Nelson: No, this is worse than war. In a war, at least you know who you're fighting.
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Good railroad epic with a rousing music score.
8 October 1999 | by Hup234!See all my reviews

I saw "Kansas Pacific" in theatrical release, as the second half of a double bill with "War of the Worlds". What a day at the movies that was! Since then, I've sought this film out and have seen it repeatedly. There could be more rail action for my taste, but what there is, plus the solid performances of the fine cast, makes for a very good Western indeed. And Albert Sendrey's terrific gonna-build-a-railroad soundtrack music is epic. I've always wished Hollywood had given him more to do. You'll be humming that theme, and carrying fond memories of steaming down the high iron aboard the "Kansas Pacific". Highly recommended to all.


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