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The Express Car Mystery (1913)

Dugan, looking for trouble, smashes Pasquale's violin. The violinist follows the loafer, but is pacified by a passing priest. Grant's salary is insufficient for his family's needs. His ... See full summary »

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William Brunton ... Pasquale - an Italian Violinist
... Black Dugan - a Loafer
Harold A. Livingston ... John Grant - Express Messenger
... Myrtle Grant - John's Wife
... Murray - Grant's Employee (as G.A. Williams)
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Dugan, looking for trouble, smashes Pasquale's violin. The violinist follows the loafer, but is pacified by a passing priest. Grant's salary is insufficient for his family's needs. His respect for an increase is denied. That day a large sum of money is placed in his care, consigned to a distant bank. Dugan learns of this money and decides to steal it. Unable to board the train in the yard, he drops to the roof of the express car as it passes under a bridge. Grant is knocked unconscious by Dugan. The thief empties the money bag and jumps off the speeding train into a river. Later, the express messenger is accused by his employer of having stolen the money and is arrested. By chance, Dugan passes Pasquale's house. The Italian follows him and learns that the man intends to leave the city. Dugan discovers the Italian looking through his valise and assaults him. A lamp, upset by accident, sets fire to the house. Dugan escapes. The Italian revives and chops his way out. Knowing his man will... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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19 November 1913 (USA)  »

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All its parts are equally absorbing
20 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Another Kalem railroad picture, perhaps better than the last. It is so interesting that one will not notice that it is in two reels. There is more substance to it than was in "The Runaway Freight," and it has no story of distinctly minor interest; all its parts are equally absorbing and all have been handled to make a dramatic whole, effective and eminently worth while. Good photography is of primary importance in such an offering and is present in this picture. Fair character drawing and intelligent acting are also found. A desirable release. - The Moving Picture World, December 6, 1913


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