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The Silver Streak (1934)

The Silver Streak (1934)

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Beyond the fact that both films shared a "railroad" background, RKO Radio's 1935 actioner The Silver Streak bore no relation to the 1976 Gene Wilder vehicle of the same name. The earlier film stars Charles Starrett as Tom Caldwell, the dynamic young designer of a streamlined, high-speed passenger train. During a polio epidemic, our hero endeavors to prove the efficiency of his train by making a breakneck 2,000-mile trip to deliver iron lungs to the Boulder Dam region. The well-chosen supporting cast includes William Farnum as old-time railroad man B.J. Dexter, who in the film's most moving scene ruminates over the brief but colorful history of his chosen profession. The real-life Burlington Zephyr "plays" the titular train in The Silver Streak, which earned a much-needed profit of 107,000 dollars for RKO. (One a side note, some of the music heard during the final two reels was lifted from Max Steiner's score for King Kong.)

Cast

Charles Starrett
as Tom Caldwell
Sally Blane
as Ruth Dexter
Hardie Albright
as Allan Dexter
William Farnum
as B.J. Dexter
Arthur Lake
as Crawford
Murray Kinnell
as Dr. Flynn
Harry Allen
as McGregor
Robert E. Homans
as Dam Engineer
Dave O'Brien
as Dam Phone Operator
Howard Hickman
as Board Member
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