The Hurricane Express (1932)

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    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

    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

    Best Wishes
    London- England

    Edited 5 times, last by ethanedwards ().

  • Another release if you don't want to spend to much money is here:

    150 serials

    Here you get all three John Wayne serials plus a bunch of extra crap. I thought the technical quality was decent for these old series even though one of the reviewers at Amazon felt different.

    Popol Vuh

  • 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.

  • Another long one! but I stayed with it! Must be one of the few movies he was in were he has a Dad! Too bad he died.