Streamline Express (September 15, 1935)

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Streamline Express
 

Released on September 15, 1935: Think 'Love Boat' on a super-fast train making a non-stop trip from New York to California, with lovers, would-be lovers, adulterers and criminals. The characters are priceless and the laughs are plentiful.

Produced by Nat Levine

Directed by Leonard Fields

The Actors: Victor Jory (Jimmy Hart), Evelyn Venable (Patricia Wallace), Esther Ralston (Elaine Vincent), Erin O'Brien-Moore (Mary Forbes), Ralph Forbes (Fred Arnold), Sidney Blackmer (Gilbert Landon), Vince Barnett (Mr. Jones), Clay Clement (John Forbes), Bobby Watson (Gerald Wilson), Lee Moran (Larry Houston), Syd Saylor (Smith, steward), Libby Taylor (Fawn, Patricia's maid), Edward Hearn (Mack, purser), Allan Cavan (senior conductor), Wade Boteler (baggage gateman), Lynton Brent (radio operator), Morgan Brown (bartender), Tommy Bupp (Wilbur, boy with dog), Joseph W. Girard (Colonel in play), Harry Harvey (baggage handler), Betty Mack (Colonel's daughter in play), George Offerman Jr. (stage hand), Jack Raymond (baggage man #1), John Ridgely (second steward), C. Montague Shaw (physician), Martin Turner (butler in play), Harry Tyler (Steve), Theodore von Eltz (Freddy Arnold)

 

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Some great movies are very life-like and realistic, but for some wonderful movies we need to suspend our grip on facts to enjoy the story. Most science fiction stories go well beyond what we know about the world around us, but usually situation comedies are set in the real world of today. This situation comedy plays out on a train trip that would be science fiction in 1935, and indeed is still science fiction today.

Our characters are all on the Streamline Express, a rocket-ship shaped railroad that will travel from New York City to Santa Barbara, California in twenty hours with no stops. This amazing train is two stories tall, with wide stairways more reminiscent of a luxury steamship than a railroad. We will soon forget that no such train really existed in 1935, and almost a hundred years later, still does not exist. No matter, the comedy, crime and romance is so entertaining that we won’t even notice.

Aboard this train for the twenty-hour trip is a beautiful Broadway actress who is running away with a wealthy man from Santa Barbara. ¬†Her producer, who wants to prevent her from leaving the show, sneaks aboard and causes havoc with her and her fianc√©. In the staterooms next door are a married man who is running away from his wife with a blonde opportunist, . . . . And the man’s wife sneaks aboard to confront and then join the runaway couple. Mix in a happy drunk, a blackmailing jewel thief and a very nervous man with his very pregnant wife, and we have the ingredients for a mighty fine way to spend an hour.

This print is the best known surviving copy of the movie, and there are a couple of spots with minor problems that last for a few seconds, but they take nothing away from the wonderful story, so just let it roll. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Clay Clement and Esther Ralston
Clay Clement and Esther Ralston
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Clay Clement
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Clay Clement
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Clay Clement
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Clay Clement
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Esther Ralston
Erin O'Brien-Moore and Esther Ralston
Esther Ralston and Sidney Blackmer
Esther Ralston and Sidney Blackmer
Esther Ralston and Sidney Blackmer
Esther Ralston and Sidney Blackmer
Esther Ralston
Esther Ralston
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable and Ralph Forbes
Evelyn Venable and Ralph Forbes
Evelyn Venable and Victor Jory
Evelyn Venable and Victor Jory
Evelyn Venable
Evelyn Venable
Libby Taylor and Victor Jory
Libby Taylor and Victor Jory
Libby Taylor
Libby Taylor
Lynton Brent
Lynton Brent
Ralph Forbes, Evelyn Venable and Victor Jory
Ralph Forbes, Evelyn Venable and Victor Jory
Ralph Forbes and Evelyn Venable
Ralph Forbes and Evelyn Venable
Ralph Forbes and Victor Jory
Ralph Forbes and Victor Jory
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer and Esther Ralston
Sidney Blackmer and Esther Ralston
Sidney Blackmer
Sidney Blackmer
Syd Saylor
Syd Saylor
Victor Jory and Syd Saylor
Victor Jory and Syd Saylor
Victor Jory
Victor Jory
Vince Barnett
Vince Barnett