20 July 2011 | wes-connors
J.P. McGowan Rides the Rails
After five robbery-connected train wrecks in two months, "Western Limited Railroad" company superintendent Earle Williams (as Frank Bennet) is sent to investigate. From the beginning, we know the criminals are operating from the inside, with criminal conductor J.P. McGowan (as McGuire) performing double duty as the film's director. A rail-riding hobo provides us with our story's hero. He is wanderlust Wallace MacDonald (as Lee Bennet), also revealed as the brother of Mr. Williams.
While romancing pretty Eva Novak (as Mary Callahan), Mr. MacDonald cleans up to go undercover for brother Williams. Mr. McGowan gets some good location footage here, but the actual car and train crashes are unoriginal. Williams was the biggest name associated with this film, and audiences undoubtedly were to connect him with "The Juggernaut" (1915), a wildly popular film featuring a monster train wreck. Williams died unexpectedly of pneumonia in April, while this film was in circulation.
**** Red Signals (3/1/27) J.P. McGowan ~ Wallace MacDonald, J.P. McGowan, Earle Williams, Eva Novak