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Kansas Pacific (1953)

Approved | | Western | 22 February 1953 (USA)
With the Civil War about to begin, Southern saboteurs attack frontier railroad construction.

Director:

Ray Nazarro

Writer:

Daniel B. Ullman (adapted from his play) (as Dan Ullman)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Sterling Hayden ... Capt. John Nelson
Eve Miller ... Barbara Bruce
Barton MacLane ... Cal Bruce
Harry Shannon ... Smokestack
Tom Fadden ... Gus Gustavson
Reed Hadley ... Bill Quantrill
Douglas Fowley ... Max Janus
Robert Keys Robert Keys ... Lt. Stanton (as Bob Keys)
Irving Bacon ... Casey
Myron Healey ... Morey
James Griffith ... Joe Farley
Clayton Moore ... Stone - Henchman
Jonathan Hale ... Sherman Johnson
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Storyline

Just before the Civil War (but after the South has seceded), Southern saboteurs try to prevent railroad construction from crossing Kansas to the frontier; army captain Nelson is sent out to oppose them. As the tracks push westward, Nelson must contend with increasingly violent sabotage, while trying to romance the foreman's pretty daughter Barbara. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Built by bullets, dynamite, and blood-stained spikes!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 February 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kansas Pazifik See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Cinecolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The character Bill Quantrill is clearly an allusion to William Quantrill, the notorious leader of Quantrill's Raiders in the Kansas area before and during the Civil War. See more »

Goofs

When railroad boss Cal Bruce in riding in the train cab and they have to make an emergency stop, the background, from the cab, shows the land is wide open plains, however when the step off the train is up against hills, boulders and trees. See more »

Quotes

Barbara Bruce: What's the sense in worrying about something that might not happen?
Cal Bruce: Well, if we worry enough maybe it won't happen.
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The "Lone Ranger" as a bad guy!
25 June 2007 | by BruceUllmSee all my reviews

I can't recall Clayton Moore as anyone but the "brave masked man," but here he is as a bad guy with no mask. I'd say that counts as irony.

Also: who ever heard of a main character named "Mr. Bruce" in the Westerns. I think I know the source of the name, as my dad wrote the script. The same goes for the daughter, Barbara. If they had a daughter, my folks planned to name her Barbara. Three years later, they did and my sister's name is Barbara.

The memorable quotes struck a chord with me, especially when Mr. Bruce says that no one pushes him around -- except his daughter and his wife. Such dry humor was a hallmark of my father and I miss it and, of course, him.


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