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Broadway Limited (June 13, 1941)

The Broadway Limited
 

Released on June 13, 1941: (running time 1 hour and 15 minutes) A movie star borrows a baby to change her image, but the baby that she borrows may be the kidnapped child of a millionaire.

Produced by Hal Roach

Directed by Gordon Douglas

The Actors: Victor McLaglen (Mike, railroad engineer), Marjorie Woodworth (April Germain, actress), Dennis O'Keefe (Dr. Harvey North), Patsy Kelly (Patsy, publicity agent), Zasu Pitts (Myra Potel, newspaper society reporter), Leonid Kinskey (Ivan Ivanski, the director), George E. Stone (Lefty), Gay Ellen Dakin (the baby), Charles C. Wilson (detective), John Sheehan (conductor), Edgar Edwards (State Trooper), Eric Alden (State Trooper), Sam McDaniel (train porter), Eddie Acuff (engineer's assistant), Richard Alexander (would-be kidnapper), Ralph Brooks (reporter), George Chandler (photographer at train), Jack Chefe (passenger in dining car), James Conaty (conductor), Jack Curtis (unknown), Jack Gargan (man in club car), Bud Geary (train fireman), Gibson Gowland (cafe customer), Al Hill (henchman in cafe), Edward Keane (man reading the newspaper), George Lloyd (train engineer), Tom London (engineer), J. Farrell MacDonald (railroad line Superintendant Mulcahey), Tommy Mack (cafe customer), Edmund Mortimer (passenger in dining car), William Newell (train fireman), William H. O'Brien (engineer in Roundhouse Cafe), Frank Orth (Lew, Roundhose Cafe owner), Jack Rice (haughty reporter), Ted Stanhope (conductor and messenger), Will Stanton (cafe customer), Larry Steers (passenger in club car), Bert Stevens (passenger in club car), Charles Sullivan (tough guy), Jim Toney (cafe customer), Duke York (relief train engineer)

 

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The Movie Star, The Train Engineer, and Kidnapped Baby Makes Three

Walter of Scituate was born in 1608 in Staffordshire, England before becoming part of the Plymouth Colony in the New World. Nine generations later, Marjorie Flora Woodworth was born in Inglewood, California. Her father was the city attorney of Inglewood and Manhattan Beach California all of his working life.

Movie producer Hal Roach groomed Marjorie Woodworth to be a Jean Harlow lookalike, starring Marjorie in several situation comedies. Unfortunately, her on-screen personality was never quirky enough to stand out in a comedy, as you will see in this adventure.

Marjorie Woodworth is surrounded by comedians Zasu Pitts, Patsy Kelly and Dennis O’Keefe, and they steal every scene that she is in, leaving her as the beautiful straight-lady to their comic performances. After a dozen or so years in Hollywood, she married her college sweetheart, left movies behind, and lived happily ever after.

Victor McLaglen, pronounced Muh-clog-len, is the comic big guy at the center of this adventure. He is a big and burly railroad engineer for the Pennsylvania Railroad, working on the Broadway Limited. The Broadway Limited train, which made its first run in 1912, was operated by the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company, traveling from Chicago to Pittsburgh, then Harrisburg, on to Philadelphia, and finally up the coast to New York City, arriving in Penn Station. After the Pennsylvania Railroad went out of business, this run was continued by the Amtrak system until 1995.

As our adventure opens, we discover that Marjorie Woodworth is a movie star who needs publicity, and her director convinces her that she needs to take the Broadway Limited to New York with a baby in her arms. The reporters will snap hundreds of pictures, and she will be seen in every newspaper in the country.

Unfortunately, train engineer Victor McLaglen will find a baby for her to pose with by way of a mysterious man in the railroad café, not knowing that a baby has just been kidnapped and is being hunted for by the police all over the country. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Al Hill
Al Hill
Charles C. Wilson
Charles C. Wilson
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennis O'Keefe
Dennnis O'Keefe, Leonid Kinskey
Dennnis O'Keefe, Leonid Kinskey
Dennis O'Keefe, Marjorie Woodworth
Dennis O'Keefe, Marjorie Woodworth
Edward Keane
Edward Keane
Frank Orth, Victor McLaglen
Frank Orth, Victor McLaglen
Frank Orth, Victor McLaglen
Frank Orth, Victor McLaglen
Gay Ellen Dakin
Gay Ellen Dakin
Gay Ellen Dakin
Gay Ellen Dakin
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
George E. Stone, Al Hill
George E. Stone, Al Hill
George E. Stone
George E. Stone
Jack Chefe, Leonid Kinskey, Gay Ellen Dakin
Jack Chefe, Leonid Kinskey, Gay Ellen Dakin
Leonid Kinskey
Leonid Kinskey
Leon Kinskey, Dennis O'Keefe
Leon Kinskey, Dennis O'Keefe
Leonid Kinskey, Gay Ellen Dakin
Leonid Kinskey, Gay Ellen Dakin
Leonid Kinskey, Sam McDonald
Leonid Kinskey, Sam McDonald
Leon Kinskey, Zasu Pitts
Leon Kinskey, Zasu Pitts
Leonid Kinskey
Leonid Kinskey
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe
Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe
Marjorie Woodworth, Gay Ellen Dakin
Marjorie Woodworth, Gay Ellen Dakin
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Marjorie Woodworth
Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly, Gay Ellen Dakin
Patsy Kelly, Gay Ellen Dakin
Patsy Kelly, Marjorie Woodworth
Patsy Kelly, Marjorie Woodworth
Patsy Kelly, Victor McLaglen
Patsy Kelly, Victor McLaglen
Patsy Kelly
Patsy Kelly
Sam McDaniel
Sam McDaniel
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen, Al Hill
Victor McLaglen, Al Hill
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Victor McLaglen
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts, Gay Ellen Dakin, Patsy Kelly
Zasu Pitts, Gay Ellen Dakin, Patsy Kelly
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts
Zasu Pitts