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Emperor of the North ()

Emperor of the North Pole (original title)
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In 1933, during the Depression, Shack the brutal conductor of the number 19 train has a personal vendetta against the best train hopping hobo tramp in the Northwest, A No. 1.

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A No. 1
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Shack
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Cigaret
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Cracker
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Hogger
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Policeman
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Coaly
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Yardman's Helper
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Yardlet
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Gray Cat (as Elisha Cook)
Joe Di Reda ...
Dinger (as Joe di Reda)
Liam Dunn ...
Smile
Diane Dye ...
Girl in Water
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Conductor
Jim Goodwin ...
Fakir (as James Goodwin)
Raymond Guth ...
Preacher (as Ray Guth)
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Grease Tail
Karl Lukas ...
Pokey Stiff
Edward McNally ...
Yard Clerk
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Stew Bum
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Yardman
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Groundhog
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Blackman ...
Old Shine (uncredited)
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Dispatcher (uncredited)
Richard Daughty ...
The Cub (uncredited)
Bennie E. Dobbins ...
Mechanic (uncredited)
Joe Haworth ...
Ash Eater (uncredited)
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Railroad Worker (uncredited)
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Elder (uncredited)
Bern Hoffman ...
Halfy (uncredited)
James Kingsley ...
Machinist (uncredited)
George McFadden ...
Prairie Special engineer (uncredited)
Ralph Montgomery ...
Alkee Stiff (uncredited)
Hal John Norman ...
Hobo (uncredited)
Danny 'Big Black' Rey ...
Hobo (uncredited)
Wayne Sutherlin ...
Gink (uncredited)
Forrest Wood ...
Station agent (uncredited)

Directed by

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Robert Aldrich

Written by

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Christopher Knopf ... (written by)
 
Jack London ... (short story) (uncredited)

Produced by

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Stanley Hough ... producer (as Stan Hough)
Kenneth Hyman ... executive producer

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Frank De Vol ... (as Frank DeVol)

Cinematography by

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Joseph F. Biroc ... director of photography (as Joseph Biroc)

Film Editing by

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Michael Luciano

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Frank Capacchione ... associate editor
Roland Gross ... associate editor
Willie Navarro ... assistant film editor (uncredited)

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Jack Baur

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Jack Martin Smith

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Raphael Bretton ... (as Rafael Bretton)

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William Turner ... makeup artist

Production Management

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Saul Wurtzel ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

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Malcolm R. Harding ... assistant director (as Malcolm Harding)
Michael D. Moore ... second unit director
Larry Powell ... second assistant director
Barry Steinberg ... second assistant director

Art Department

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John La Salandra ... construction coordinator
Ygnacio Sepulveda ... property master
Maurice Larson ... painter (uncredited)
Stuart MacKenzie ... greensman (uncredited)
Tom Pedigo ... leadman (uncredited)
Dominick Williams ... prop assistant (uncredited)

Sound Department

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William Hartman ... sound effects
Don Isaacs ... sound effects
Godfrey Marks ... dubbing dialogue editor
Richard Overton ... sound mixer
Edward Rossi ... sound effects
Theodore Soderberg ... re-recording mixer
Don S. Walden ... sound effects (as Don Walden)
Don Parker ... sound recordist (uncredited)
Howard Wilmarth ... boom operator (uncredited)

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Henry Millar Jr. ... special effects
Tom Fisher ... special effects (uncredited)
Jack Monroe ... special effects (uncredited)

Visual Effects by

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L.B. Abbott ... visual effects

Stunts

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Bennie E. Dobbins ... stunts (uncredited)
Jerry Gatlin ... stunt double: Ernest Borgnine (uncredited)
Chuck Hayward ... stunts (uncredited)
James Kingsley ... stunt double: Keith Carradine (uncredited)
Walter Scott ... stunt double: Lee Marvin (uncredited)

Camera and Electrical Department

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Joe Jackman ... camera operator
Kenneth Peach Jr. ... camera operator (as Ken Peach Jr.)
Robert Bells ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Ray De La Motte ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Duggan ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Robert Duncan ... dolly grip (uncredited)
John Flanagan ... best boy (uncredited)
Don Gerrard ... lamp operator (uncredited)
Paul Gilbert ... generator operator (uncredited)
Orville Hallberg ... camera operator (uncredited)
Bill Hannah ... gaffer (uncredited)
O.T. Henderson ... grip (uncredited)
Roy Hogstedt ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Edward Morey III ... assistant camera (uncredited)
Jack Richter ... key grip (uncredited)
Phillip R. Sarabia ... second grip (uncredited)
Paul Schwake Jr. ... dolly grip (uncredited)
Orlando Suero ... still photographer (uncredited)
Joseph E. Thibo ... first assistant camera (uncredited)
Robert Woodside ... lamp operator (uncredited)

Costume and Wardrobe Department

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Ed Wynigear ... wardrobe
Richard La Motte ... wardrobe assistant (uncredited)

Music Department

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Albert Woodbury ... orchestrator (uncredited)

Transportation Department

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Chris Haynes ... driver
Kelly Aldrich ... driver: camera car (uncredited)
Aram Betkijian ... transportation captain (uncredited)

Other crew

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Walter Blake ... title designer
Dave Davies ... unit publicist
Howard Hohler ... script supervisor
Robert Sherman ... dialogue supervisor
Betty Berry ... production secretary (uncredited)
Ernie Fuentes ... first aid (uncredited)
Richard Menchaca ... craft service (uncredited)
Carl Skelton ... auditor (uncredited)
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Plot Summary

It is during the great depression in the US, and the land is full of people who are now homeless. Those people, commonly called "hobos", are truly hated by Shack (Borgnine), a sadistical railway conductor who swore that no hobo will ride his train for free. Well, no-one but "A" Number One (Lee Marvin), who is ready to put his life at stake to become a local legend - as the first person who survived the trip on Shack's notorious train. Written by Brian Peterson calyooper@email.com

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Taglines Only one man can be ... "Emperor of the North Pole" See more »
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Also Known As
  • Emperor of the North (United States)
  • L'empereur du Nord (France)
  • Ein Zug für zwei Halunken (Germany)
  • El emperador del norte (Spain)
  • El emperador del Polo Norte (Spain)
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Runtime
  • 118 min
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Budget $3,705,000 (estimated)

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Trivia This film was made and originally released as "Emperor of the North Pole." After initial screenings, Twentieth Century Fox executives feared that audiences might think the title indicated a Christmas movie or an Arctic exploration story and so shortened the title to "Emperor of the North," a change that made little sense in terms of audience expectations and none at all in light of the fact that "Emperor of the North Pole" is a hobo term used extensively throughout the film. See more »
Goofs The fireside chat from President Franklin Roosevelt that can be heard playing on the radio is from 28 April 1935. The film is set in October 1933. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Means of Survival: Christopher Knopf on Robert Aldrich's 'Emperor of the North' and Writing in Hollywood (2017). See more »
Soundtracks A Man and a Train See more »
Quotes [Shack is chasing Cigaret atop the train after having dealt with the aftermath of the train stopping short]
Shack: Got yourself a game leg, hey kid? You should have jumped off! That would have been the smart thing to do. You should have jumped Kid! I got to hand it to you kid, you're smart. You play both sides against the middle. Have your self a high old time. But now it's lasted long enough. Oh, you can keep running kid, but you're running out of train!
[Shack laughs as the hobo falls over the cupola of the caboose]
Shack: And there's no place to hide. My Brakey's cracked his neck, the hide's peeling off the Black, and the Hogger's ready for the looney bin. And all because of you. That's a pretty fair day's work for a tender-foot.
[Steadying his sledge-hammer]
Shack: But now I'm going to show you what happens to people who ride on my train without a ticket.
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