Supertrain (1979– )
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Express to Terror 

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Andrews ... Harry Flood
Patrick Collins ... Dave Noonan
Harrison Page ... George Boone
Robert Alda ... Dr. Dan Lewis
Nita Talbot ... Rose Casey
Aarika Wells ... Gilda
Bill Nuckols Bill Nuckols ... Wally (as William Nuckols)
Michael DeLano ... Lou Atkins (as Michael Delano)
Charlie Brill ... Robert
Steve Lawrence ... Mike Post
Char Fontane Char Fontane ... Cindy Chappel
Don Stroud ... Jack Fisk
Keenan Wynn ... Winfield Root
Deborah Benson ... Barbara Root
Ron Masak ... Fred
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 February 1979 (USA) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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When "Super Train" creative design meetings occurred between Ned Parsons and Dan Curtis in the upstairs MGM Art Department, Dan Curtis always included his wife's presence, with him, in all of these meetings. The decorator, Bruce Kay, and Ned's art director Hub Braden, also, were in these meetings. Discussions centered upon both the exterior train's features and the interior decorative treatments, color schemes, fabric and material specifications, etc. Dan Curtis, both producer and director of the pilot, was color blind! He employed his wife's intuition and color sense for approving all aspects of the train conceptual design elements! The uniforms for the train crew, stewards, conductors and staff became a major decision. In the original presentation illustration of the train, the train exterior had a red stripe which ran the full length of the engine, baggage, dining, sleeping, and compartments cars. During one of these creative meetings, "aubergine" (eggplant) became the identifying terminology for the train's color theme scheme. Approving "aubergine" indicated that the train's exterior red stripe had to change. Upon learning of this change, Eugene Lourie, who had been in charge of the second unit train miniature (as director and art director), screamed at Ned, "You are turning this train into a fag train!" Stomping out of Ned's office, Eugene Lourie had to order his painters to spray adhesive tape "aubergine" replacing all the red stripping on the two scaled miniature model train set units. The smallest model train cars were 24" long. The second larger model train cars were 6'-0" long. The full size train cars were the length of actual train cars (scenic side hard-wall and roof units being built in the MGM Mill), which were being sent to Washington State, to be mounted on an Amtrak train ordered for the second unit distant filming location. See more »

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"Supertrain" pilot movie re-titled for video
3 August 2001 | by tnt videovisionsSee all my reviews

Those familiar with NBC's short-lived and big-time failure "Supertrain" series from 1979 will immediately know what they've gotten into when "Express to Terror" starts to roll. The copy of "Express to Terror" that I have seen is a VHS release on the PRISM label. The quality of the transfer is good and I believe it is out-of-print now. As mentioned, this is simply the two-hour pilot movie that launched the "Supertrain" series. It is a rather weak attempt too, even by "Supertrain" standards. The story involves Steve Lawrence playing a guy with a gambling problem who is returning to L.A. on Supertrain and is working for Stella Stevens. Stevens plays a Hollywood agent who is using the trip on Supertrain to try and put together a movie deal with George Hamilton and Vicki Lawrence, who are on board under the credit 'Special Guest Appearances.' Neither George Hamilton or Vicki Lawrence have much of any screen time in the entire movie. In fact, I'm not sure Hamilton and Lawrence deliver more than a handful of line between themselves. The movie centers around Steven Lawrence's apparent troubles with the mob. He's borrowed money and thinks his time to repay has run out and now the mob is trying to kill him. Bumming along with Steve Lawrence is Don Meredith. Meredith plays Vicki Lawrence's husband, he is jealous of her possible relationship with George Hamilton. Steve Lawrence's job is to keep Meredith away from Hamilton and allow Stella Stevens' character the time to put together the movie deal. The plot gets rather muddy by the end, with Don Stroud thrown in as a person apparently trying to steal Steve Lawrence's identity...though considering his troubles who'd want it? Fred Williamson turns out to be the person who is hired to "off" Steven Lawrence, by literally putting him off Supertrain. It's not "Murder on the Orient Express" and not even a good "Love Boat" clone. To introduce the series, Keenan Wynn is shown announcing he is devoting his remaining years and large fortune to create Supertrain and revolutionize rail travel. Wynn is along for this first trip, but does very little. Throughout the proceedings, we are introduced to the various people who made up Supertrain's crew and regular cast.


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