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The Silver Streak (1934)

The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.


Thomas Atkins (as Tommy Atkins)


Roger Whately (screen play), H.W. Hanemann (screen play) | 2 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Burlington Zephyr ... The Silver Streak
Sally Blane ... Ruth Dexter
Charles Starrett ... Tom Caldwell
William Farnum ... Barney J. Dexter
Hardie Albright ... Allan Dexter
Irving Pichel ... Captain Herman Bronte
Arthur Lake ... Crawford
Theodore von Eltz ... Ed Tyler (as Theodor Von Eltz)
Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams ... Higgins (as Guinn Williams)
Edgar Kennedy ... Dan O'Brien
Doris Dawson ... Molly


The crew of the Pioneer Zephyr diesel train has only a few hours to deliver an iron lung to an injured man at the Boulder Dam construction site.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


SHE'S IN THE MOVIES NOW ... the fastest train on earth, blazing a new thrill trail in a gripping romance of the rails!


Action | Drama


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Release Date:

21 December 1934 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Flecha de Prata See more »

Filming Locations:

Chicago, Illinois, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


| (TCM print) | (New York opening)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The train in the film was the Chicago, Burlington, & Quincy RR's "Pioneer Zephyr" passenger train. After the train was retired from service in 1960 it was donated to the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago where it is still on display. See more »


Interior shots of Tom at the throttle show the controls near the center of the cab but the exterior views show the real engineer at the window sometimes with his arm resting on the window sill. Tom couldn't even reach the window from his position. See more »


Referenced in Victorious: Jade Dumps Beck (2010) See more »

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Quite entertaining for train buffs
18 January 2001 | by TC-4See all my reviews

While this movie is no less corny than others of it's time, the fact that most of the story takes place on a new streamlined high speed train is of interest to us train buffs. Most of the action is obviously speeded up in the camera just like the westerns of the time, it is still 70 min. of innocent fun. I recommend it.

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