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The Night Flyer (1928)

Passed | | Action, Adventure, Drama | 5 February 1928 (USA)


Walter Lang


Frank H. Spearman (story "Held for Orders: Being Stories of Railroad Life"), Walter Woods (adaptation) | 1 more credit »


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Cast overview:
William Boyd ... Jimmy Bradley
Jobyna Ralston ... Kate Murphy
Philo McCullough ... Bat Mullins
Anne Schaefer ... Mrs. Murphy (as Ann Schaeffer)
DeWitt Jennings ... Bucks
John Millerta John Millerta ... Tony
Robert Dudley ... Freddy


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A thrilling dramatic chapter in the history of pioneer railroads in the West---a pulsating story with love vibrant with tense drama, thrills and wholesome comedy---a James Cruze masterpiece. See more »








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5 February 1928 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Façanha do Foguista See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Hoppy To The Rescue
13 August 2012 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

Pretty good railroad movie and starring William Boyd, who would not become famous as Hopalong Cassidy for another seven years. Here he is an engineer for a western railroad which is trying to get a government contract to deliver the mail between two mountain towns. But Medicine Bend Pass is very dangerous - is there an engineer good enough to negotiate it and bring in the mail ontime? That honor will go to Hoppy's archrival, Bat Mullins. Hoppy, it seems, is a hell-raiser and has incurred the wrath of the line's president.

"The Night Flyer" is a good-natured adventure story featuring the charismatic Boyd in a crowd-pleasing role as Jimmy Bradley and tiny Jobyna Ralston as his sweetheart, Kate Murphy. His rival, on the job and off, is played by Philo McCullough, with whom I was not familiar. Both he and Boyd showed surprising acting depth and gave a one-dimensional story added substance. No surprises, no plot twists, just an enjoyable, if predictable, picture.

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