The Hurricane Express (1932)

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    • The Hurricane Express (1932)



      Photo with the courtesy of lasbugas

      Plot Summary
      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.
      Summary written by Ed Stephan

      Full Cast
      Tully Marshall .... Howard L. Edwards, Railroad manager
      Conway Tearle .... Stevens, Railroad attorney
      John Wayne .... Larry Baker
      Shirley Grey .... Gloria Stratton, aka Gloria Martin
      Edmund Breese .... Frank Stratton, Gloria's father
      Lloyd Whitlock .... Walter Gray, Airline manager
      Al Bridge .... Carlson, Plainville station agent (as Alan Bridge)
      Matthew Betz .... Tom Jordan, Railroad engineer (as Mathew Betz)
      Joseph W. Girard .... Det. Matthews (as Joseph Girard)
      James P. Burtis .... Det. Hemingway, Matthews, assistant (as James Burtis)
      Ernie Adams .... Henchman Barney, Machine gunner (as Ernie S. Adams)
      Charles King .... Henchman Mike
      J. Farrell MacDonald .... Jim Baker, Railroad engineer [Chs. 1, 5]
      Al Ferguson .... Henchman Sandy, The "Wrecker's" pilot
      Glenn Strange .... Henchman Jim
      Victor Adamson .... Train passenger (uncredited)
      Yakima Canutt .... Henchman (uncredited)
      Eddie Parker .... Co-pilot [Chs. 1, 6] (uncredited)
      Fred 'Snowflake' Toones .... Sam, the Train porter [Chs. 2-3] (uncredited)

      Writing Credits
      Colbert Clark story and screenplay
      Wyndham Gittens story and screenplay
      J.P. McGowan screenplay
      George Morgan screenplay
      Barney A. Sarecky story and screenplay (as Barney Sarecky)
      Harold Tarshis screenplay (uncredited)

      Original Music
      Lee Zahler (uncredited)

      Ernest Miller
      Carl Wester

      Yakima Canutt .... stunts (uncredited)
      Bert Goodrich .... stunts (uncredited)
      Eddie Parker .... stunts (uncredited)

      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

      The feature version,running approximately 81 minutes,
      was edited from Chapters #1, 2, 3, 9, 10, 11 and 12.

      Filming Locations
      Bronson Caves, Bronson Canyon, Griffith Park - 4730 Crystal Springs Drive, Los Angeles, California, USA
      Newhall, California, USA
      Saugus, California, USA

      Now available to watch:-

      The Hurricane Express (1932) - 12 Chapters
      Chapter 01 - The Wrecker
      Chapter 02 - Flying Pirates
      Chapter 03 - The Masked Menace
      Chapter 04 - Buried Alive
      Chapter 05 - Danger Lights
      Chapter 06 - The Airport Mystery
      Chapter 07 - Sealed Lips
      Chapter 08 - Outside the Law
      Chapter 09 - The Invisible Enemy
      Chapter 10 - The Wrecker's Secret
      Chapter 11 - Wings of Death
      Chapter 12 - Unmasked
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 13 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • The Hurricane Express (1932) is a 12-chapter Mascot Pictures film serial
      starring John Wayne as airplane pilot Larry Baker,
      who goes after a mystery villain named "The Wrecker,"
      the man responsible for a train crash that killed his father.

      This was the 2nd. serial, for Nat Levine, at Mascot Pictures
      This is a railroad drama, combined with airplane, and automobile stunts.

      Once again, Duke is a pilot, supported by Tully Marshall and J. Farrell Mac Donald.
      Duke's voice, was still on the squeaky side, especially when he finds his Dad,
      but he was plying his trade, and his skills were improving.

      Yakima Canutt, performed most of the stunts, doubling for almost everyone.
      Whilst, filming, Duke spotted a hobo, having breakfast, and
      he was soon breakfasting with him.

      Duke retorted that
      it wasn't a bad stew.


      User Review
      I've Been Wrecking on the Railroad
      9 May 2007 | by bkoganbing (Buffalo, New York)
      One caveat I have to give this particular review. I saw an abbreviated 80 minute version of this serial which was almost unintelligible to follow. Not that I think the full length version would have put The Hurricane Express right up in cinematic history with Gone With the Wind.

      John Wayne did three serials for Mascot and this particular one must have been edited down for a feature length movie to take advantage of his growing popularity in the Forties. The plot such as it is involves John Wayne as the son of engineer J. Farrell MacDonald who is killed in a planned train wreck.

      The mysterious guy doing all these wrecks is someone appropriately called The Wrecker. He's got one interesting gimmick, he wears incredibly life like masks of all the other folks that are suspected of being the Wrecker. Fools everybody of course until the Duke catches on.

      If this version of The Hurricane Express came out in the late Forties, what must John Wayne have thought when such things as Red River, Fort Apache, etc. were being released? The Duke must have shuddered.
      Best Wishes
      London- England

      The post was edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

    • Deep Discount DVD has this movie available as part of a 5-disc set called John Wayne - Legend of a Cowboy. There are 20 features from the 30's, and Hurricane Express is one of them.

      It can be obtained from Amazon in DVD format, from independent vendors, and is not eligible for free shipping.

      Chester :newyear:
    • Re: The Hurricane Express (1932)

      Since this was a multi-part series, there are quite a few posters, but we will share what appear to be the best ones. The first one is a color version of the one in Keith's introductory post, the second one is from Episode 9, and the third one is a 1949 re-release poster.