Broadway Limited (June 13, 1941)
Released on June 13, 1941: A movie star borrows a baby to change her image, but the baby that she borrows may be the kidnapped child of a millionaire.
Directed by Gordon Douglas
Written by Rian James.
The Actors: Victor McLaglen (Mike), Marjorie Woodworth (April Germain), Dennis O'Keefe (Dr. Harvey North), Patsy Kelly (Patsy, publicity agent), Zasu Pitts (Myra, society reporter), Leonid Kinskey (Ivan, 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 (bartender), 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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There is something about young boys and trains that is special. I still miss my old Lionel train set that I got one Christmas morning when I was ten or eleven years old. We lived in Meadville, Pennsylvania at that time, and I think that when Dad moved to a congregation in Shanksville, Pennsylvania when I was about 15 years old, that well-worn train set didn't make the move with us. My very short 'bucket list' includes a long ride on an old train. Riding the railroad is something that I've never done before, and a joy that I have yet to look forward to. It doesn't matter where I go, just riding with the clackety-clack of the rails as background music will be a pleasure that I will always treasure.
The Broadway Limited, which made its first run in 1912, was operated by the Pennsylvania Rail Road Company, and after it went out of business, that run was continued by the Amtrak system until 1995. It ran every day from Chicago to New York City with one stop in north Philadelphia, and then back again. What glorious days those must have been. Of course, in those days I'm betting that most of the passengers didn't recognize the romance of the rails like us old codgers looking back. They probably thought little of the train ride itself, with clamoring kids asking repeatedly, 'Are we there yet?' Thinking of that makes me think about my Chevy Malibu today. I was waaaaaaaay too young to remember the 1957 Chevy, but drool over pictures and stories about it, and would relish a ride in a 1957 Chevy on a warm summer afternoon. It is the same with old trains and steam ships. Looking back we can recognize the romance of the journey that the passengers in those days never understood. Driving my Chevy on a warm summer afternoon doesn't seem to compare at all. But wait . . . fifty years from now will someone look back to this day and dream romantically about driving a 2012 Chevy? So maybe I should pause and think about the wonders of driving my Chevy down country roads this weekend, and enjoy it like it is a rare treat, because indeed, every minute that we spend in our life journey today will be looked at as a wonderous thing fifty years from now. So let's enjoy the journey we are on today, and like we used to say in the 1960's, "Stop to smell the flowers." Life is too short to race to the finish without enjoying the trip. Pop a really big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it, relax and enjoy this train trip from Chicago to Philadelphia on the Broadway Limited!
Dennis O'Keefe and Leonid Kinskey
Dennis O'Keefe and Marjorie Woodworth
Dennis O'Keefe in Broadway Limited
Gay Ellen Dakin and Patsy Kelly
Gay Ellen Dakin and Victor McLaglen
Gay Ellen Dakin in Broadway Limited
George E. Stone and Al Hill in Broadway Limited
George E. Stone in Broadway Limited
J. Farrell MacDonald and Victor McLaglen
Leonid Kinskey in Broadway Limited
Leonid Kinskey and Gay Ellen Dakin
Leonid Kinskey and Patsy Kelly in Broadway Limited
Leonid Kinskey and Patsy Kelly, 1941
Leonid Kinskey and Zasu Pitts in Broadway Limited
Leonid Kinskey, 1941
Marjorie Woodworth, Dennis O'Keefe and Gay Ellen Dakin
Patsy Kelly, Leonid Kinskey and Marjorie Woodworth
Patsy Kelly and Leonid Kinskey
Patsy Kelly and Marjorie Woodworth
Patsy Kelly and Zasu Pitts listening to Renfrew on the radio
Patsy Kelly in Broadway Limites
Victor McLaglen and Al Hill in the Roundhouse Cafe
Victor McLaglen and Dennis O'Keefe in Broadway Limited
Victor McLaglen and J. Farrell MacDonald
Victor McLaglen on the phone
Victor McLaglen in 1941
Zasu Pitts in Broadway Limited, 1941