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The Silver Streak (1934)

The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.


Thomas Atkins (as Tommy Atkins)


Roger Whately (screen play), H.W. Hanemann (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Burlington Zephyr ... The Silver Streak
Sally Blane ... Ruth Dexter
Charles Starrett ... Tom Caldwell
William Farnum ... Barney J. Dexter
Hardie Albright ... Allan Dexter
Irving Pichel ... Captain Herman Bronte
Arthur Lake ... Crawford
Theodore von Eltz ... Ed Tyler (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Higgins (as Guinn Williams)
Edgar Kennedy ... Dan O'Brien
Doris Dawson ... Molly


The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


SHE'S IN THE MOVIES NOW ... the fastest train on earth, blazing a new thrill trail in a gripping romance of the rails!


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

21 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flecha de Prata See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print) | (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train in the film was the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy RR's "Pioneer Zephyr" passenger train. After the train was retired from service in 1960 it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago where it is still on display. See more »


One of the repairmen on the Silver Streak tosses away a cigarette, but in the very next instant he has another fully lit cigarette. See more »


Referenced in Victorious: Jade Dumps Beck (2010) See more »

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Melodrama hits the rails
11 July 2002 | by TomlonsoSee all my reviews

It's a variation on the "Get The Serum To Nome" drama, only this time it has to get . . . well, not to Nome. Good shots of the "Zephyr", now on display in Chicago and the high-speed, high-tech wonder of its day. To get the high-speed effect on film the simply halved the speed of the camera. This results in a fast train but ridiculously fast action on the part of railway workers. The acting and the script aren't bad for a thirties serial.

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