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This film was produced in 1930 and filmed on the Chicago, Milwaukee, St. Paul & Pacific Railroad, which was also known as the Milwaukee Road. The movie was mostly filmed along the Milwaukee's lines in Montana. The railway yard in Miles City, Montana, was the setting for many of the yard scenes, while rural scenes were shot along the line through Sixteen Mile Canyon, also in Montana. Additional footage was shot in Chicago, where the Milwaukee Road was headquartered until 1986, when it went out of business. This was the first film shot in the then-new Spoor-Berggren Natural Vision Process.

This film is in the public domain. The original 1930 copyright was not renewed. It became public domain content twenty-eight years later in 1958.

Thanks for the reminder about Danger Lights.  A friend gave me that movie a few years ago.  The train scenes are great, and the rest needs to be taken in the context of the times and the technology that was available.

It made me wonder how much of the interaction in that movie was considered to be acceptable behavior at the time (with extra drama, of course).  I hope that the "management techniques" employed by Dan Thorn weren't common at the time, but who knows.  Also makes me consider how people in other countries might react to current American movies - do they think that they represent normal life in this country?

Rich, did you notice that the Extra was running WEST at Lombard, MT, instead of East?  Chicago is the other way!

I’ve never been to Lombard, Montana, so I would have no idea which way the train was headed, unless I paid close attention to the sun angle. And neither would 99.99% of the people who watch this film.

Only someone who is very familiar with the railroad in that part of the country would notice this. It sounds like this is “home territory “ for you.

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Yes, Armstrong gets to say that great closing line "no, 'twas beauty killed the beast'. Louis Wolheim was probably the best known actor in the film, having just been in the classic "All Quiet on the Western Front".

"Other Men's Women" was originally put out as "The Steel Highway". Great supporting role by James Cagney!

There is a guy in that movie that I had to do a double take on. He played one of the hobo's in parts of the movie, then he shows up again at the end of the movie being dragged away from the train. I believe he said that he would never ride a train again since it was traveling so fast. His name is Hugh Herbert and is a comedian. Some of the movies that he played in later in life were mostly bumbling idiot roles and can be quite funny at times. His trademark was usually a character who muttered, fluttered his fingers with a high pitched hoo hoo hoo! I've seen his cartoon character in the cartoons that I think were Looney Tunes Cartoons.

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