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Posted by ORNHOO on Sunday, July 26, 2020 4:32 PM
I caught the movie "The Wings of Eagles" on TCM yesterday. The opening scene involves naval aviation cadet "Spig" Wead (John Wayne) giving an "unauthorized" airplane ride to army pilot captain Herbert Allan Hazard (Kenneth Tobey), comedy ensued. Part of the flight involved the plane "buzzing" a cut of boxcars being shoved across a bridge, forcing two brakemen to dive for the safety of Pensacola Bay.
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Posted by Flintlock76 on Sunday, July 26, 2020 7:46 PM

Pensacola Bay?  At least the water's warm!

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, July 27, 2020 4:49 AM

ORNHOO
...forcing two brakemen to dive for the safety of Pensacola Bay.

But did they bail a little too late, like the guy at Smiths Falls? Devil

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=838vcxVwXOo

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Posted by ORNHOO on Monday, July 27, 2020 7:48 AM

Overmod
But did they bail a little too late, like the guy at Smiths Falls? 

See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pv9BNE_8MU

 

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, July 27, 2020 8:11 AM

No, I suppose not.  But he did miss them by a good 20 feet... about the same margin as the bailout at Smiths Falls...

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, July 27, 2020 8:16 AM

ORNHOO

 

 
Overmod
But did they bail a little too late, like the guy at Smiths Falls? 

 

See for yourself: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Pv9BNE_8MU

 

 

So cool!  Oh so cool!  Movies with CGI don't even come close!  

No CGI here either...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gTv_4DPQUnQ  

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Posted by ORNHOO on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:19 AM

When this thread was first started two scenes came to mind, but I avoided posting them because the involvement of trains was tangential at best. Recent posts would make it seem that is not a valid concern, so:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp2UhFQQb_k

and:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytRSzrKjYJQ

 

 

 

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, July 27, 2020 9:23 AM

I wonder who did the actual flying in  "The Wings of Eagles?" I assume either Frank Tallman or Paul Mantz. It's not the greatest John Ford movie ( I much prefer the westerns) but Ward Bond does a great performance as John Ford. That scene cracked me up! 

One flying film that was highly under-rated back in the day was "Darling Lili" and no CGI there either. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Monday, July 27, 2020 10:25 AM

There's a very good possibility Paul Mantz or Frank Tallman did the "Wings of Eagles" flying, in the post-war years they were the go-to guys for movie flying where Hollywood was concerned.

Speaking of no CGI, how about this classic?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tnm351D9wkE  

Ornhoo, don't worry about what you post here.  There's some threads on this Forum that are so out of control, disgustingly so, that I don't think it matters anymore.

It's getting to the point they might as well change "General Discussion" to "General Disgustion."

Great clip from "The Red Shoes!"  

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Posted by ORNHOO on Monday, July 27, 2020 10:34 AM

Flintlock76
ere's a very good possibility Paul Mantz or Frank Tallman did the "Wings of Eagles" flying,

According to IMDB it was Paul Mantz

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Posted by kenny dorham on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:20 PM

charlie hebdo

In the French TV series "Maigret" one episode entitled  'First Class Murder' takes place entirely on a halted train and station (a restored 1940s steam-powered train).

 

What did you think of that series.?
My wife has been wondering about it.
Thank You

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Posted by M636C on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:49 PM

ORNHOO

When this thread was first started two scenes came to mind, but I avoided posting them because the involvement of trains was tangential at best. Recent posts would make it seem that is not a valid concern, so:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kp2UhFQQb_k

and:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ytRSzrKjYJQ

 

I thought there was a helicopter scene in Red Shoes following a 141R on The Blue Train along the coast approaching Nice. I haven't seen it in TV versions, and suspect it was cut...

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Posted by M636C on Wednesday, July 29, 2020 6:53 PM

kenny dorham

 

 
charlie hebdo

In the French TV series "Maigret" one episode entitled  'First Class Murder' takes place entirely on a halted train and station (a restored 1940s steam-powered train).

 

 

 

What did you think of that series.?
My wife has been wondering about it.
Thank You

 

If you are referring to the recent series with Rowan Atkinson as Maigret, I 've found it to be really good (although I haven't seen the episode mentioned).

Peter

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 9:01 AM

There were various steam powered trains in the Maigret series with Michael Gambon. Filmed in Romania, I think. 

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, July 30, 2020 11:55 AM

54light15

There were various steam powered trains in the Maigret series with Michael Gambon. Filmed in Romania, I think. 

 

And in the long-running French Maigret,  played by Bruno Cremer, filmed in France and Belgium. 

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Posted by York1 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 12:02 PM

I know it has been mentioned several times, but last night Turner Classic Movies showed "Some Like It Hot" again.  It's got great scenes on the train with Jack Lemmon and Marilyn Monroe in a sleeping car.  A great Billy Wilder movie from 1959.

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Posted by 54light15 on Thursday, July 30, 2020 2:29 PM

"This will put hair on your chest."

"No fair guessing!" 

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Monday, August 3, 2020 10:34 PM

I just watched the classic John Ford movie, "The Quiet Man." There are scenes set in a rail station with a steam locomotive and you get a good look into the cab and there are short passenger cars with doors down the side. These also look to have a middle axle in the centre of each, similar to what ran in Germany. I think the film is set in the 1920s, but the railway logo on the coaches look a little more modern than from that era. Great flick! 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 10:28 AM

54light15

I just watched the classic John Ford movie, "The Quiet Man." There are scenes set in a rail station with a steam locomotive and you get a good look into the cab and there are short passenger cars with doors down the side. These also look to have a middle axle in the centre of each, similar to what ran in Germany. I think the film is set in the 1920s, but the railway logo on the coaches look a little more modern than from that era. Great flick! 

 

"The Quiet Man" is set in contemporary (for the time) Ireland, so you're looking at Irish rail equipment as it was around 1952. 

I just love the locomotive though, it looks like a storybook engine!  Have a look.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WJpoh1uYMYU  

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Posted by zugmann on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 11:17 AM

More of a newer classic - but I always liked the Conrail scenes around Baltimore (I believe Consol - been a while since I watched it) in "Enemy of the State".  

  

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Posted by ORNHOO on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 12:36 PM

For more mid-fifties Irish railroading may I suggest the "a minute's wait" segment of "The Rising of the Moon"?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMTEOvs8VLQ

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v-tXIVAUaXEBg

 

 

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 1:50 PM

Flintlock- I had guessed that "The Quiet Man" was set in the 1920s since the only automobile seen in it is a 1920s Morris tourer. A friend of mine has been to the town where it was filmed, at Cong in County Mayo. He said it looks much the same today as it did when the movie was made but is much more of a tourist attraction. 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:03 PM

County Mayo?  Isn't that interesting!  My grandfather, that is my mother's father, was born in the Aran Islands but grew up in County Mayo, howver I don't know just where.  

Ever hear that old saying from the Aran Islands fishermen about the sea?  Goes like this...

"A man who isn't afraid of the sea will soon be drownded, because he'll be going out on a day when he shouldn't.  But here we are afraid of the sea!  So we only get drownded only now and then."  

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Posted by 54light15 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 2:45 PM

Here's a bit of John Ford trivia- his yacht was named the Araner and you see it in his later film, "Donovan's Reef." 

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:28 PM

54light15

Here's a bit of John Ford trivia- his yacht was named the Araner and you see it in his later film, "Donovan's Reef." 

 

Cool!  The next time "Donovan's Reef" is on, a VERY funny movie by the way, I'll keep an eye out for it!

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Posted by York1 on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 4:53 PM

The trouble is that Donovan's Reef is one of those films that is almost never on TV anymore.

I'm not sure if someone owns the rights to it and won't let it get shown, or if networks just don't think anyone cares.

If someone has already posted this, I apologize.  I haven't read through all the posts.

Here's Lee Marvin running the train on the bar:

 

My wife and I love that movie.

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Posted by pennytrains on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 7:09 PM

It makes the rounds on this channel: https://moviestvnetwork.com/.  I get it as an add-on to a local station that broadcasts free tv over the air.  Y'all remember rabbit ears?  Wink

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 8:09 AM

Holy smoke, I'd forgotten all about Lee Marvin and the Lionels, it's been that long since i've seen the film!  

I see he got right down to track level so he could watch the train coming at him!  Just like I do!

Thanks York!  

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Posted by Convicted One on Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:12 PM

Yesterday I watched an episode of Gunsmoke  titled "Death train".

Centered upon the quarantine of a rail passenger car containing diseased occupants, and the tug of war hysteria played out through the town residents and their polarized positions.

Seemed especially relevant, for some reason.

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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, August 6, 2020 1:25 PM

Convicted One
Seemed especially relevant, for some reason.

Of course!  Times change, human nature doesn't. 

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