Rock Island Trail (1950)

90 mins | Drama | 19 May 1950

Director:

Joseph I. Kane

Cinematographer:

Jack Marta

Editor:

Arthur Roberts

Production Designer:

Frank Arrigo

Production Company:

Republic Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The following written prologue appears in the onscreen credits: "The period trains and equipment seen in this picture are used by courtesy of the Rock Island Lines and were loaned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroads, and the Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc." The opening credits also include a dedication to "the men and women who devoted their lives to developing and perfecting the railroads of our country and to those carrying on that vast public service." According to HR , this film was made on location in McAllister, OK, where Republic Studios was granted the right to use an abandoned stretch of track belonging to the Rock Island Rail Lines. This same publication reported on 12 Apr 1950 that a special section of the Rock Island's Golden State Limited would be used to commemorate the film's premiere. Modern sources add Jack Pennick to the ... More Less

The following written prologue appears in the onscreen credits: "The period trains and equipment seen in this picture are used by courtesy of the Rock Island Lines and were loaned by the Baltimore and Ohio Railroads, and the Railroad and Locomotive Historical Society, Inc." The opening credits also include a dedication to "the men and women who devoted their lives to developing and perfecting the railroads of our country and to those carrying on that vast public service." According to HR , this film was made on location in McAllister, OK, where Republic Studios was granted the right to use an abandoned stretch of track belonging to the Rock Island Rail Lines. This same publication reported on 12 Apr 1950 that a special section of the Rock Island's Golden State Limited would be used to commemorate the film's premiere. Modern sources add Jack Pennick to the cast. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
6 May 1950.
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Daily Variety
28 Apr 50
p. 3.
Film Daily
28 Apr 50
p. 16.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Aug 49
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
2 Sep 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
7 Oct 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Apr 50
p. 3-4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
6 May 50
p. 286-7.
New York Times
5 Jun 50
p. 19.
Variety
3 May 50
p. 6.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Cost des
MUSIC
Mus dir
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec eff
MAKEUP
Makeup supv
Hairstylist
PRODUCTION MISC
Asst to assoc prod
Tech adv
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the novel A Yankee Dared: A Romance of Our Railroads by Frank J. Nevins (Chicago, 1933).
SONGS
"Rock Island Trail," music and lyrics by William Roy.
COMPOSER
DETAILS
Release Date:
19 May 1950
Premiere Information:
World premiere in Rock Island, Moline, East Moline, IL, and Davenport, IA: 20 April 1949.
Production Date:
early September--mid October 1949
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
9 May 1950
Copyright Number:
LP108
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Color
Trucolor
Duration(in mins):
90
Length(in feet):
8,082
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14223
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

While riding onboard a stagecoach in Illinois, two young women, Constance Strong and Annabelle Marsh, discuss an upcoming race in which a stage line, a steamboat line and a rail line will compete for a lucrative mail contract. When they arrive at their destination, the town of Rock Island, Constance and Annabelle are greeted by Reed Loomis, chief engineer for the Chicago and Rock Island Rail Lines. Although Constance is engaged to the owner of the steamboat line, Kirby Morrow, she agrees to meet Reed for a walk in the moonlight. Later, Reed's mechanic reports that two of Morrow's men tried to bribe him to sabotage the train's engine so that they would lose the race. Reed then rushes to Morrow's estate, where a party is in progress, and accuses him of attempted bribery. Eager to protect his reputation, Morrow challenges Reed to a duel, and when one of Morrow's guests reminds them that dueling is illegal in Illinois, Morrow invites Reed to take one of his boats up the Mississippi River to a state where dueling is still legal. Once they arrive, Reed and Morrow decide to enjoy a drink at the saloon. Morrow then asks Reed to select a weapon for the duel, and he grabs a couple of mops from a nearby bucket. They begin slapping each other with the wet mops, but are forced to declare a draw when their weapons are reduced to splintered mop handles. They return home, and early the next day, the race begins. The rail line wins by a wide margin, after which Constance's father David hosts a party at his estate. At ... +


While riding onboard a stagecoach in Illinois, two young women, Constance Strong and Annabelle Marsh, discuss an upcoming race in which a stage line, a steamboat line and a rail line will compete for a lucrative mail contract. When they arrive at their destination, the town of Rock Island, Constance and Annabelle are greeted by Reed Loomis, chief engineer for the Chicago and Rock Island Rail Lines. Although Constance is engaged to the owner of the steamboat line, Kirby Morrow, she agrees to meet Reed for a walk in the moonlight. Later, Reed's mechanic reports that two of Morrow's men tried to bribe him to sabotage the train's engine so that they would lose the race. Reed then rushes to Morrow's estate, where a party is in progress, and accuses him of attempted bribery. Eager to protect his reputation, Morrow challenges Reed to a duel, and when one of Morrow's guests reminds them that dueling is illegal in Illinois, Morrow invites Reed to take one of his boats up the Mississippi River to a state where dueling is still legal. Once they arrive, Reed and Morrow decide to enjoy a drink at the saloon. Morrow then asks Reed to select a weapon for the duel, and he grabs a couple of mops from a nearby bucket. They begin slapping each other with the wet mops, but are forced to declare a draw when their weapons are reduced to splintered mop handles. They return home, and early the next day, the race begins. The rail line wins by a wide margin, after which Constance's father David hosts a party at his estate. At the party, Constance first breaks her engagement to Morrow and then hints to Reed that she intends to marry him someday. Although he appears to be in love with her, Reed responds teasingly, saying that he would never marry a wealthy woman because they henpeck their husbands. Later, onboard a train traveling to the end of the track, where workers are continuously laying new track, Constance meets a passenger named Aleeta. The elegant, French-educated Aleeta explains that she is the granddaughter of the Indian peacemaker Keokuk. When the train arrives at "end-of-track," Aleeta, who has changed into her native dress, is escorted home by a band of Indian braves. Later, Morrow ignites one of Reed's boats, which is carrying a load of explosives, and sets it drifting toward a nearby bridge, where it explodes. Morrow is convicted of arson, and sometime later, Reed and Aleeta meet in the wilderness. She offers to send her braves to help his workers at end-of-track and then boldly tries to seduce him. Although he rebuffs her advances, Aleeta keeps her promise to send her braves the next morning. Later, Aleeta sees Morrow chasing Reed on horseback and decides to follow them. When Morrow shoots Reed's horse, Aleeta gives him one of her coach horses so that he can escape. Later, Aleeta sees Morrow's men attacking the workers at end-of-track, and after summoning her braves to help them, is fatally shot. Later, with peace and order restored, the smitten Reed capitulates and marries his beloved Constance. +

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Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

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