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Classic Era Trains in Classic Era Films!

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Posted by ROBERT PETRICK on Thursday, September 10, 2020 9:21 PM

Do movies in which trains have only a very small bit part count?

The Sting:  Scene in the station, and poker playing and pick-pocketing on board The Century Limited.

A League of Their Own:  Two girls, one long-legged and one regular-legged, chasing down and boarding a passenger train out in the sticks. Jon Lovett giving a lady in the observation parlor car a small thrill.

Witness:  Young Amish boy standing under the rescuing angel in Philly's 30th Street Station.

The Untouchables:  Dead eye Andy Garcia punching a bad guy's ticket in Chicago.

Small bits, great scenes.

Robert 

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:07 AM

ROBERT PETRICK

Do movies in which trains have only a very small bit part count?

The Untouchables:  Dead eye Andy Garcia punching a bad guy's ticket in Chicago.

Sure!  Some of the films already mentioned above have only small roles for trains.  I should have included The Untouchables for the classic stairway scene.  I used to take those stairs every morning to get Metra when I lived in downtown Chicago.

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:18 AM

A poster on the mirror thread over at Classic Trains posted this cool film, Pacific 231.  I can't read French but the footage is great.  It's from 1949 and was edited to fit the piece of classical music featured in the soundtrack.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKRCJhLU7rs

 

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Posted by York1 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 11:04 AM

Starting right now on Turner Classic Movies is the classic noir film, "Double Indemnity".

Although there is just a small part about a train, it plays the key role in the movie.

Great film.

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Posted by oldline1 on Saturday, September 12, 2020 2:15 PM

csxns
csxns wrote the following post 5 days ago: This Property is Condemned has lots of L&N and The Flim Flam man L&N also.

The steamer in that was Reader RR US Army S-160 #1702. Now at the Great Smokey Mountain RR.

Also Boxcar Bertha filmed on the Reader.

Bronson did Breakheart Pass with some good train footage. Ex-Great western 2-8-0.

Iron Will about the kid that ran the dogsled race also with an ex-GW 2-8-0.

Bite The Bullet was another good train flick filmed on the very early C&TS.

The Train with Burt Lancaster. He also was in Tough Guys with Kirk Douglas.

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Saturday, September 12, 2020 8:59 PM

York1

Starting right now on Turner Classic Movies is the classic noir film, "Double Indemnity".

Although there is just a small part about a train, it plays the key role in the movie.

Great film.

 

Yes!  One of the greatest of classic films.  Fred MacMurray like you've never seen him before.  If only he hadn't run into that guy from Medford, Oregon.  And Edward G. Robinson chews up most of the scenes he's in.

"In all my years there is not one recorded case of suicide by jumping from a moving train!"

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Posted by The Milwaukee Road Warrior on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 5:10 PM

The trailer for Picnic (1955) starts out with a train filmed in Kansas.  Great film.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k1A1vqmkftw

 

 

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Posted by RRRR - Rat Room Rail Road on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:30 PM

"How the West was Won" - that final scene with the chase on the train was specatcular and all done full size, no computer effects or models used, all on Cinerama, too!

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Posted by FlattenedQuarter on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 6:56 PM

"The Train" 1964. Burt Lancaster takes place at end WWII

"Van Ryan's Express" Frank Sinatra, also WWII

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Posted by gmpullman on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:51 PM

RRRR - Rat Room Rail Road
"How the West was Won" - that final scene with the chase on the train was specatcular and all done full size, no computer effects or models used, all on Cinerama, too!

I saw How the West Was Won on a true W I D E screen in a local theater when it was released.

Cinerama Holiday (1955) saw those huge cameras loaded on to the California Zephyr!

https://ctr.trains.com/~/media/files/pdf/when-cinerama-rode-the-cz.pdf

They even mounted one in the nose of an F unit (Like RR-Mel has done!)

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Posted by York1 on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 8:54 PM

Cinerama!  I saw 2001:  A Space Odyssey in Cinerama when it came out.  What a trip!

York1 John       

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