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Chasing Choo Choos (1927)

| Short, Action, Comedy
A two-reel version of Play Safe (1927) showing only the train chase.


Monty Banks (story), Charles Horan | 1 more credit »

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Credited cast:
Monty Banks ... The Boy
Virginia Lee Corbin ... Virginia Craig
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Leo Willis Leo Willis ... A Thug (bit part)


Heiress Virginia Craig is in love with Monty, a working man. The men who are managing Virginia's affairs are determined to break up the relationship, out of fear that they will lose control of her estate when she comes of age. As part of their plan, they hire a gang of thugs to stage an assault on Virginia, and then blame it on Monty. Virginia refuses to believe the accusation, and she turns to Monty for protection, leading to a chaotic and hazardous chase. Written by Snow Leopard

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Short | Action | Comedy

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We see the heroine Virginia Craig several times in a Union Pacific boxcar when Monty is chasing the runaway train. When he finally catches the train and gets on board, he runs across the roofs of the boxcars to the boxcar in which she is trapped. When he lowers himself to the door, the boxcar has become one belonging the Pennsylvania Railroad. See more »


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Well-Crafted & Entertaining Chase Sequences
6 December 2004 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The well-crafted and amusing chase sequences in "Chasing Choo-Choos" are among the better such scenes of their era and genre. The feature was excerpted from the longer movie "Play Safe", and the idea works well. As it remains, there are a few minutes of decent material left at the beginning that set up the main action in a generally efficient manner.

Monty Banks does well in the lead, as a character vaguely similar to those played by some of the more famous screen comics of the 1920s. The story sets up a romance between him and Virginia Lee Corbin, which her guardians are determined to break up. All of the introductory material is really just to set up the lengthy action/comedy sequences, which involve various means of conveyance ranging from horse carts to automobiles to trains - especially trains. As with the best of such sequences, it has portions that combine comedy and suspense.

Overall, it's a movie that works very well as a short feature. There's not actually much to it, so it can hardly rank anywhere near movies such as "The General" that include brilliant chase scenes as part of a movie that is also brilliant overall. But "Chasing Choo-Choos" does provide nearly 20 minutes of decent action and humor, and that is just what it set out to do.

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