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The Hurricane Express (1932)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Crime | 1 August 1932 (USA)
When his father is killed in a train wreck, Larry Baker vows to unmask a mysterious criminal called "The Wrecker," who has targeted the L&M Railroad for deadly" accidents."

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Colbert Clark (story), Barney A. Sarecky (story) (as Barney Sarecky) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tully Marshall ... Howard Edwards
Conway Tearle ... Stevens
John Wayne ... Larry Baker
Shirley Grey ... Gloria Martin / Gloria Stratton (as Shirley Gray)
Edmund Breese ... Frank Stratton
Lloyd Whitlock Lloyd Whitlock ... Walter Gray
Al Bridge ... Carlson (as Alan Bridge)
Matthew Betz ... Tom Jordan (as Mathew Betz)
Joseph W. Girard ... Detective Matthews (as Joseph Girard)
James P. Burtis James P. Burtis ... Detective Hemmingway (as James Burtis)
Ernie Adams ... Barney (as Ernie S. Adams)
Charles King ... Mike
J. Farrell MacDonald ... Jim Baker
Al Ferguson Al Ferguson ... Sandy
Glenn Strange ... Jim
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Storyline

The Wrecker wrecks trains on the L & R Railroad. One of his victims is Larry Baker's father. Baker wants to find the evildoer, among a host of suspects, but it will be difficult since the Wrecker can disguise himself to look like almost anyone. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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A THRILLER of the ROARING RAILS In Twelve Crashing Episodes! See more »


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1932 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El expreso de la muerte See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Mascot Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(12 episodes) | (edited for TV) | (DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

CHAPTER TITLES: 1. The Wrecker; 2. Flying Pirates; 3. The Masked Menace; 4. Buried Alive; 5. Danger Lights; 6. The Airport Mystery; 7. Sealed Lips; 8. Outside the Law; 9. The Invincible Army; 10. The Wrecker's Secret; 11. Wings of Death; 12. Unmasked. See more »

Goofs

In Chapter 12 when Larry (John Wayne) carries a unconscious Frank Stratton (Edmund Breese) and puts him into their car. Larry then drives off to catch the Wrecker that is getting away in the Hurricane Express. Catching up to the train, Larry jumps from the car onto the train engine. What became of Stratton? He's no longer in the car. See more »

Quotes

Larry Baker: [to the bad guys] A fine chance of finding the gold with me dead!
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Alternate Versions

Like many other serials, this was later edited into a feature film version which eliminated approximately two-thirds of the original serial footage. Almost no footage from the middle chapters of the serial were used. See more »

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Remade as Mystery Mountain (1934) See more »

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Don't Bother: Haven't You Got Something Better To Do?
22 September 2007 | by Chance2000eslSee all my reviews

I own and have watched the Alpha Video feature version of the serial. The problem with feature versions of serials is that they leave out so much; a lot of them jump too fast leaving out details behind certain dialog or sequences, which makes them hard to follow; or else the back and forth nature of the action seems pointless and tedious. There are many, many examples of this such as "Planet Outlaws" the feature version of "Buck Rogers" (1939) "The Phantom Empire," (1935) "Dick Tracy Vs. Crime Inc." (1941) among many.

The exceptions are "Rocketship" (1936) the excellent shortened first "Flash Gordon" serial and "The Lost Jungle" (1934), which is actually a real improvement over and practically a different film from the serial it came from.

This one, however, is in the category of something you watch while you're doing something else. Although John Wayne has a few good lines, and seems to do a lot of the action stunts himself, the feature version really points up the weak nature of the story. The bad guys (including the underutilized Charles King) seem to want to spend all their time trying to recover some gold stolen from a train, the Hurricane Express.

Watching this you think, don't these evil villains have anything better (or since they are villains, worse) to do? Well, while watching it, you realize that you do, but you may not have anything else planned. So let me give you some tips for things you could be doing while playing this video: Organize all the clothes in your closet. Go thru the week's mail and throw away the junk. Delete unnecessary e-mails. Pay your bills. Organize your video collection-- I do mine chronologically, but maybe you do yours alphabetically. File important papers. Lie on your bed and read something while you listen to the movie.

Good luck! I'm sure you'll be able to think of something worthwhile to do while watching this version of "The Hurricane Express."


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