The End of the Run (1913)

Rufus Trent, engineer of the Fast Mail, is keenly attached to his old engine. When an order comes which results in his being assigned to a new locomotive, the old man is almost heart-broken... See full summary »

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Hal Clements
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James B. Ross ... Rufus Trent, a Veteran Engineer
Robert Walker ... Billy Warren, Trent's Fireman (as Robert D. Walker)
Miriam Cooper ... Ruth, Trent's Daughter (as Marian Cooper)
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Rufus Trent, engineer of the Fast Mail, is keenly attached to his old engine. When an order comes which results in his being assigned to a new locomotive, the old man is almost heart-broken. Billy Warren, Trent's fireman, is in love with Ruth, the engineer's daughter. He notices that the new engine is wearing the old man down, and later discovers that Trent's sight is rapidly falling. As a result of this only Billy's vigilance averts a serious accident. Billy urges Ruth to persuade her father to retire, but the old man angrily resents the suggestion that he is growing old. And more and more does the safety of the passengers depend upon Billy's alertness. An opportunity for promotion comes, but because it would take him from Trent, the fireman deliberately turns it down. One day, while Billy's attention is claimed by low steam pressure, the old man runs past a danger signal and almost derails the train. His fireman averts a terrible accident in the nick of time. The ignoring of the ... Written by Moving Picture World synopsis

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Short | Drama

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The situation lacks clear-cut, effective development
2 December 2017 | by deickemeyerSee all my reviews

Not quite up to the best of the Kalem railroad stories; the situation lacks clear-cut, effective development, which has not been made dramatic. The sweetheart's old father is a railroad engine driver and becomes a doddering old man, though he still holds his place. The hero refuses to pass an examination for promotion, because he must stay with the old man asks him straight, since he can no longer see signals. In the end, he is found out and laid off and the young people marry. There is not enough substance to this to make the best picture. That young engineer, if caught smoking a cigarette on duty, would have been fired. - The Moving Picture World, October 18, 1913


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 October 1913 (USA) See more »

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Kalem Company See more »
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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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