The Hurricane Express (1932)

“Nothing is worse than rotting in jail when you know you’re innocent.” – Frank Stratton

Number of Times Seen – 1 (9 Jul 2021)

Brief Synopsis – After his father is killed in a train accident, a pilot working for the train company tries to discover who is responsible for the death.

My Take on it – This is a film that I recently came across by accident.

I had never heard of it and didn’t even know that John Wayne was in such a film.

This was originally made as a serial and the full runtime of the original movie is almost 4 hours long.

They found a way to condense the story into just under 90 minutes and it still works quite well in the truncated format.

For a film made almost 90 years ago, they do a nice job keeping things exciting and thrilling.

The chase scenes and the aspects of the story filmed on the train itself are done in engaging ways that make the story feel even more suspenseful to watch unfold.

The acting may be a bit stiff but that can be expected of films of this age.

Besides Wayne, I didn’t recognize any of the others actors in this film by face or by name.

Liked the way that they deal with how the villain was able to keep his identity such a secret throughout the story because it comes across in a pretty realistic fashion.

Yes, there are some scenes that are hard to take in as being plauisble, but they don;t take too much away from things by the way that they are presented here.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The feature version,running approximately 81 minutes, was edited from Chapters #1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)


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