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The Railroad Inspector's Peril (1913)

Ballard, division superintendent of freight, is notified that unless his son Jack, a freight inspector, can stop the numerous thefts of freight, the boy will lose his position. Jack ... See full summary »

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... Ballard - Superintendent of Freight
Harry Southard ... Jack Ballard - the Son
... Jane - Jack's Fiancée
... Bad Bill - Leader of the Box Car Bandits
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Ballard, division superintendent of freight, is notified that unless his son Jack, a freight inspector, can stop the numerous thefts of freight, the boy will lose his position. Jack receives this information just prior to the forwarding of a valuable freight shipment. He determines to accompany this shipment to the end of his division. The young inspector is deeply in love with Jane. His father opposes the match, thinking the girl unworthy of his sou. Jack is bidding Jane goodbye just before the freight train pulls out when Ballard interferes. Rather than come between father and son, Jane, brokenhearted, leaves. Her departure causes a quarrel between Jack and his father. Jane overhears the two car thieves plot to rob the freight. She tells Ballard what she has learned. The latter telegraphs ahead to intercept the train, but is too late. Jane, hearing this, picks up Ballard's revolver, jumps into his auto, which is standing outside, and goes in pursuit of the train. Jack, seated on top... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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robbery | boxcar | bandit | railroad | See All (4) »

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Short | Drama

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4 October 1913 (USA)  »

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Its numerous shortcomings might easily have been avoided
2 December 2017 | by See all my reviews

Here is a highly romantic railroad story, containing many ridiculous features and yet on the whole making good. Miriam Cooper does some daring feats in the part of Jane, riding on top of moving boxcars with a revolver in her hand; later both she and Bad Bill jump from the moving freight train into a stream. The hero is represented as guarding valuable freight, the nature of which is not indicated; his white trousers and boiled shirt did not comport with the nature of his job very well. A story by no means uninteresting, though it does seem as though its numerous shortcomings might easily have been avoided. - The Moving Picture World, October 18, 1913


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