Paradise Express (1937)

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A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.



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12 May 2019 | dougdoepke
Trucks and Trains Square Off
Lively Republic programmer. So which hauler's going to get the lucrative fresh produce contract for the valley. Will it be the short-line railroad or the trucker fleet. Each has got advantages, but the racketeer trucking line won't compete fairly, doing what they can to sabotage the rail line, sending box-cars flying here and there. Good thing railroaders Larry (Withers) and Jed (Davenport) are a hard team to beat, even if Larry is the receiver to the bankrupt rail line.

For a programmer it's well produced-- the rail line crashes are dramatically done, plus nicely blended process photography, along with a mob of extras bearing down on poor Larry. Heck, even pedestrian director Kane comes up with some imaginative camera angles. However, crusty old Davenport just about eats the scenery as he storms around in a perpetual rage. Good thing the delectable Appleby is there to soften the visuals. Still, I liked her earlier scenes with an aggressive Larry when she fends him off in spirited fashion.

All in all, it's a superior little production with good pacing, okay performances, and lots of action, but most importantly, an entertaining way to pass an hour. Plus, I learned a lot about the advantages of both kinds of hauling.

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