The Hurricane Express

IMDb Rating 5.5 10 455


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April 11, 2019



Glenn Strange as Breck Braddock
John Wayne as Capt. Karl Ehrlich
Yakima Canutt as Henchman
694.52 MB
23.976 fps
227 min
P/S N/A / N/A

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by Hot 888 Mama 6 / 10 / 10

This is one of the earliest flicks in which . . .

. . . everyone seems to be wearing masks of everyone else's faces. It's like these 1930s people traveled in time to view FACEOFF and POINT BREAK, and then returned with a Biotech 3D printer. One guy impersonates half a dozen short, medium, and tall dudes varying by at least a foot in height. (Evidently, folks were easily-fooled simpletons back then, which is why their Depression was so Great.) These 1930s dandies also were very Wishy-Washy, never sticking to their original choice of transportation. A guy with train tickets suddenly climbs up a rope ladder into a plane; three people already IN a plane decide to jump out and walk; another joker is out for a joy-ride in his car, before he just sends it careening along--driver-less, at full speed--in order to hop a train (leaving the empty Packard to fend for itself). A little later the same clown repeats this shenanigan with a motorcycle. With John Wayne in the cast here, I was waiting for him to hop out of a plane on horseback, but no such luck. Based on this 79-minute "feature condensation," I see no reason to plod along for three more hours on the HURRICANE EXPRESS.

Reviewed by Edgar Allan Pooh 9 / 10 / 10

Only those who have studied every second . . .

. . . of the 3 hour, 46 minute, 59 second 12-chapter "Mascot Serial" version of THE HURRICANE EXPRESS would technically be qualified to rate or comment about this flick. (That's 13,559 seconds, for the mathematically challenged, like my sister.) For ease of reference, your twelve chapters (with their time splits) are: 1)The Wrecker (28:43), 2)Flying Pirates (16:35), 3)The Masked Menace (17:15), 4)Buried Alive (19:26), 5)Danger Lights (16:48), 6)The Airport Mystery (19:47), 7)Sealed Lips (18:19), 8)Outside the Law (19:00), 9)The Invisible Army (18:29), 10)The Wrecker's Secret (16:26), 11)Wings of Death (17:26), and Unmasked (17:45). As he doddered toward Oblivion, John Wayne campaigned desperately to eclipse the 259 feature film credits of his late henchman, Ward Bond. In order to inflate his work record from the 166 features on his filmography for this site (and all other credible listings) by another 94, Wayne counted each of the serials he appeared in (such as HURRICANE) as TWELVE feature film roles, rather than one (even though 11 of the chapters in each serial ran for LESS than 20 minutes!). Wayne also awarded himself a theatrically-released feature film credit for each of his TV situation comedy cameo guest bows, as well as counting coup every time he made the annual Oscar Awards broadcast as either a losing nominee or a seat filler.

Reviewed by JohnHowardReid 9 / 10 / 10

Wayne at his best too!

Pulp fiction at its best. True, the continuity is somewhat jerky, shots don't always match smoothly, the sound recording is a bit primitive, the acting amateurish, the plot ridiculous, and dialogue straight out of the Boy's Own Paper. But what do all these things matter when the movie is directed with such vigor and pace? The story tears along with action, action all the way. Car chases, train wrecks, plane crashes, fist fights, shoot-outs, stunts galore — including one of the most thrilling I've ever seen when the villain jumps from the roof of a speeding train to a rope ladder dangling from an overhead plane. Blonde Jean Harlowish Shirley Grey (we assume that's how she spells her name, though the credits have it Gray) makes an attractive heroine and figures in quite a lot of the action, whilst Wayne (oddly he is inclined to over-act here, when usually he veers to the other extreme) makes a personable hero. Good to see Tully Marshall heading the support cast, and Edmund Breese (a natural Walter Brennan type who needs little make-up to make him look scruffy) in a major role. Little Ernie Adams has the unlikely part of the Wrecker's chief thug (though he manages it well enough), while Charles King and Glenn Strange back him up. For train buffs of course The Hurricane Express is an absolute must. For serial lovers, it's great fun. One wonders how a Poverty Row outfit like Mascot was able to persuade a railroad to lend them such a vast amount of rolling stock and stage such spectacular crashes and near-misses. Doubtless J.P. McGowan's connections proved useful here! Definitely one of the most exciting and fascinating of the early sound era, independent cliff-hangers.

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