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|John Wayne - The Early Years|
Actor: John Wayne
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Before he was "The Duke", he was the hottest new action lead in Hollywood. Rediscover his energy, charisma and raw talent in 3 terrific cliff-hanger serials that thrilled matinee audiences in the golden age of cinema. Join... more »
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A THRILLER OF THE ROARING RAILS IN 12 CRASHING EPISODES!
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"Oscar winner John Wayne stars as pilot Larry Baker, who makes an unscheduled landing in a vain attempt to prevent a railway collision that kills his father. As a result, he is fired for disobeying orders. His mission now, is to find out who actually was responsible for the wreck of he hurricane express, and to hand out justice for the death of his father. A Classic..."
Good old fashioned cliff hanger series
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is an early cliff hanger series that we used to see in movie matinees with a new segment every week. The series includes sequences with a Ford trimotor airliner and some good railroad sequences. On the tape version I have seen the video quality is only fair and often poor. However,it is fun and worthwhile."
A very early non-western John Wayne serial from 1932
Daniel Jolley | Shelby, North Carolina USA | 05/30/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You have to go way back for this early John Wayne film; The Hurricane Express was actually a serial in 12 parts released in 1932. There aren't any cowboys or horses around for this adventure, but there's plenty of action. A baby-faced John Wayne plays an airplane pilot whose father, a train engineer, is killed when some fiend who calls himself "the Wrecker" causes the Hurricane Express to crash. Larry Baker (Wayne) swears that he will catch the man who killed father, but the Wrecker has a way of escaping time and again - this is due largely to the fact that he has a set of incredibly lifelike masks that allow him to pose as any number of characters, including Larry Baker. Baker's lady friend's father was "railroaded" (ahem) and sent to prison for embezzling from the company, and his recent escape puts him high on the list of suspects. Then there is the local airline boss who stands to profit from all of the railroad's troubles. Throw in a number of other likely suspects, and you've got a real riddle on your hands. Talk about action, though. The good guys and bad guys are constantly hopping from trains to cars to airplanes and back again. The very young Duke gets cold-conked on the head so many times I stopped counting, but you know John Wayne can't be stopped. All of this going to and fro, combined with the kind of film quality that naturally applies to a film from 1932, left me a little confused at times, and the whole deal with the masks felt a little Scooby Doo-ish, but overall I found The Hurricane Express a pretty entertaining experience."