Although the signals say the track is clear, he still sees the train's lights. He grinds the train to a halt, derailing it. He survives, but many passengers are killed. He is fired in disgrace, but sets out to prove his innocence by finding the "phantom express. The title that indicates a supernatural theme, it comes close to that as terror rides the rails, terror being some sort of mysterious ghost train. With William Collier Jr.
Farrell MacDonald in one of his few on-screen opportunities to play the central character. With similar titles, it's understandable to get these two movies confused. The story begins with D.
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Farrell MacDonald , a veteran engineer of the Southern Pacific Railroad, running his locomotive "" through the darkness of the night accompanied by his friend and partner, Axel Axel Axelson. The signal lights tell him that the track is clear, but suddenly Smokey notices a headlight of another train directly ahead, forcing him to put the train into an immediate halt, pulling much of the attached railroad cars off its tracks. Following this incident, the headlight suddenly dims out.
Accused of negligence, Smokey appears before John Harrington Hobart Bosworth , the railroad president.
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Later, four more similar wrecks occur, Harrington finds himself pressured in selling out his railroad line, which causes Smokey dismissal from duty. Assuming the name of Bruce Smith and having his friend Dick Walsh Eddie Phillips pretending to be him by acting as railroad assistant, Bruce acquires the position as railroad mechanic, gets to room and board in the Nolan household and becomes better acquainted with Carolyn sometimes addressed by Smokey as Caroline.
During his investigation, Bruce realizes he's on the right track as he stumbles upon an amazing discovery. Nolan; Lina Basquette star of Cecil B. Huntley Gordon, among others. Axel Axelson, who performs his task in typical Swedish fashion, accent and all, gives a performance that echoes the likes of the more familiar John Qualen, who might have assumed the part in that fashion had he been cast.
The second billed Sally Blane Loretta Young's sister , has little to do in this mystery, but performs well in what she is given as Collier's love interest and kidnap victim. Aside from these minor faults, it's most notable scene occurs midway as Smokey MacDonald returns home to be surprised by a birthday party from his family hundreds of candles on the cake and miniature train on track circling around the table , and unable to tell the bad news of his dismissal.
Shortly after leaving the event, Smokey finds himself alone in his bedroom to grief and glaring at an old picture frame as he cries and laughs at the same time, causing him to throw and break the frame as it crashes onto the floor.
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