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I played this movie to see what it was about.
It is a twelve part move that is about three hours long, and it is a serial series that would run in theaters on the weekends or the type of serial series that those who can remember, would run on TV on Saturday's.
Then, in those days, when watching, they would leave you with suspense as to what happen with the actor, actors.
To find out you would have to go back to the theater on Saturday, or if it were the television, turn in to see if the actors survived the incident.
I found watching this to bring back memories of those days and with this movie, to try and see if I could guess who the person was that was responsible for causing the trains to crash.
When watching this, seeing the actor take what one might consider to be a fatal fall and then seeing the next sequence only to find out that he, or she survived the incident, with what appears to be no injuries at all, kind of makes one laugh; but in those days this was entertainment and was enjoyable to watch.
It is telling that the studio at the time did not even put John Wayne's name above the title. Apprarently, they did not yet recognize his box office potential at this time, or else the studio execs at Fox and Columbia a year or to previously had done a fair job in trying to deep-six his career. It is a shame that Duke Wayne had to toil at these bargain basement studios such as Mascot and Republic for so many years until "Stagecoach" made him a huge star.
Since I did not spend much on the DVD, I shall not rank it badly for its picture and sound quality. But hey, distributors everywhere, we are talking about John Wayne--the most outstanding action star of the talking picture era. One would think that the people who are selling this serial, and other early films of Wayne, would take more pride in the presentation, and try to do a better job in the restoration. I really thought the picture and sound quality could have been improved, so I only rated it with two stars. I still recommend that John Wayne fans see this, and other early 1930s films he did. In seeing these films it will become obvious that no matter how little money was expended, the Duke still emerges as the unparalled hero of the silver screen.
The real prize here is John Wayne, who shows the charm, dash and energy that would later make him a genuine star. Also the Wrecker himself, whose neat trick with the masks had me guessing as to his true identity right up to the 12th chapter. Also, the genuine and facinating footage of a period train yard AND airport. All in all, this is WELL worth the miniscule price.
OH! I almost forgot to mention that the transfer and print quality is actually pretty good. And one of the Wreckers henchmen ("Jim") was 6 foot 5 inch Glenn Strange! THE Glenn Strange, who'd later play the famed Monster in "House of Frankenstein" and "Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein"!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Condensed version of the original 12 part series. This should be made clear in the item description.Published 7 days ago by Chris Cardillo
John Wayne, all you need for a great movie. This one is a real mystery and kept me guessing till the end. Wonderful old trains and airplanes, love those locomotives.Published 1 month ago by Brad Kruger
Fun movie to critique about the mistakes ha! good for John Wayne fans.Published 2 months ago by Gingersnap
classic John Wayne movie - one of the good guy movies he was so good at.Published 5 months ago by Frank Moore
The story line is a little jumpy, but otherwise it is a classic.Published 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
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