One More Train to Rob (1971)

GP | 108 mins | Comedy, Western | May 1971

Director:

Andrew V. McLaglen

Producer:

Robert Arthur

Cinematographer:

Al Edens

Editor:

Robert Simpson

Production Designers:

Alexander Golitzen, Henry Bumstead

Production Company:

Universal Pictures
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HISTORY

The working titles of the film were Hark , The Last Bullet and H. Fleet, Robber . As noted in the Var review, it is not clear at what point "Hark" loses interest in stealing the gold for himself and is motivated to help the Chinese out of altruism. Although an Apr 1968 HR news item reported that W. R. Burnett had been hired to write the screenplay, his contribution to the final film, if any, has not been determined. According to Filmfacts , One More Train to Rob was shot on location in Southern California. A modern source adds Larry J. Blake and Michael F. Blake to the cast. One More Train to Rob marked the feature film debut of actor Soon-Taik Oh, who had previously appeared in numerous television shows often credited as Soon-Teck Oh and Soon-Tek ... More Less

The working titles of the film were Hark , The Last Bullet and H. Fleet, Robber . As noted in the Var review, it is not clear at what point "Hark" loses interest in stealing the gold for himself and is motivated to help the Chinese out of altruism. Although an Apr 1968 HR news item reported that W. R. Burnett had been hired to write the screenplay, his contribution to the final film, if any, has not been determined. According to Filmfacts , One More Train to Rob was shot on location in Southern California. A modern source adds Larry J. Blake and Michael F. Blake to the cast. One More Train to Rob marked the feature film debut of actor Soon-Taik Oh, who had previously appeared in numerous television shows often credited as Soon-Teck Oh and Soon-Tek Oh. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Nov 1970.
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Filmfacts
1971
pp. 221-22.
Hollywood Reporter
15 Mar 1968.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 1968.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Mar 1970
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Apr 1970
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Oct 1970.
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Hollywood Reporter
26 Oct 1970.
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Los Angeles Times
18 Jun 1971.
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Motion Picture Herald
19 May 1971.
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New York Times
3 Jun 1971
p. 33.
Variety
9 Jan 1970.
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Variety
21 Apr 1971
p. 17.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus supv
VISUAL EFFECTS
Spec photog eff
Titles & optical eff
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit prod mgr
STAND INS
Stunt coord
SOURCES
LITERARY
"Havin' Myself a Fine Time," music by David Shire, lyrics by Richard Maltby, Jr., sung by Tim Morgan
"Nearer, My God, to Thee," words by Sarah Adams, music based on the hymn "Bethany," arranged by Lowell Mason.
PERFORMER
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Hark
The Last Bullet
H. Fleet, Robber
Release Date:
May 1971
Production Date:
9 March--early April 1970
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures
Copyright Date:
30 April 1971
Copyright Number:
LP39054
Physical Properties:
Sound
Westrex Recording System
Color
Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
108
MPAA Rating:
GP
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

With the help of several accomplices, professional thief Harker Fleet holds up a train and steals a Wells Fargo money shipment. While distracting the passengers by robbing them of their valuables, the bandits place the currency in the suitcases of Hark’s mistress Katy and his friend, ambitious Irishman Timothy Xavier Nolan, members of the gang who are posing as legitimate travelers. After the robbers ride away, the train continues on its journey with the money in the possession of Katy and Nolan, who remain above suspicion. Hark and his men return to town, where they have already set up alibis for the time of the train robbery. When the posse catches up with Hark, he is in the boudoir of a prostitute who swears that he has been with her all night. The sheriff concedes that Hark could not have robbed the train, but when Eli and Luke Jones unexpectedly appear and accuse Hark of getting their sister Cora Mae pregnant, he sides with the brothers in insisting that Hark marry the woman and help build the Joneses’ ranch. Panicked that he will lose his freedom, Hark breaks loose and flees, inadvertently causing the sheriff to break his leg and a deputy to be injured. His escape is short-lived, as Hark is shot and soon captured. When Hark’s accomplices, Red, Slim and Jim Gant, later rendezvous with Katy and Nolan to receive their share of the loot, they report that Hark was taken immediately to a judge, who married him to Cora Mae and then sentenced him to three years in prison for felonious assault. To upset Katy, Gant, who has assisted Nolan ... +


With the help of several accomplices, professional thief Harker Fleet holds up a train and steals a Wells Fargo money shipment. While distracting the passengers by robbing them of their valuables, the bandits place the currency in the suitcases of Hark’s mistress Katy and his friend, ambitious Irishman Timothy Xavier Nolan, members of the gang who are posing as legitimate travelers. After the robbers ride away, the train continues on its journey with the money in the possession of Katy and Nolan, who remain above suspicion. Hark and his men return to town, where they have already set up alibis for the time of the train robbery. When the posse catches up with Hark, he is in the boudoir of a prostitute who swears that he has been with her all night. The sheriff concedes that Hark could not have robbed the train, but when Eli and Luke Jones unexpectedly appear and accuse Hark of getting their sister Cora Mae pregnant, he sides with the brothers in insisting that Hark marry the woman and help build the Joneses’ ranch. Panicked that he will lose his freedom, Hark breaks loose and flees, inadvertently causing the sheriff to break his leg and a deputy to be injured. His escape is short-lived, as Hark is shot and soon captured. When Hark’s accomplices, Red, Slim and Jim Gant, later rendezvous with Katy and Nolan to receive their share of the loot, they report that Hark was taken immediately to a judge, who married him to Cora Mae and then sentenced him to three years in prison for felonious assault. To upset Katy, Gant, who has assisted Nolan in double-crossing Hark, makes a special point of reminding everyone that Hark is known as a womanizer. Before Hark is taken to prison, Cora Lee reveals that she is not pregnant and annuls the marriage, prompting Hark to realize that Nolan framed him in order to keep his share of the money as well as turn Katy against him. Over the next few months, Nolan convinces Katy to marry him and they settle in Calador, California where the business-minded Nolan invests the rest of the stolen money, establishing himself as a town leader and major property owner. When Hark is later released from prison six months early for good behavior, he proceeds to Calador to take revenge. On his way there, Hark witnesses the ambush and attempted robbery of workers from the Chinese-owned Heaven and Earth Mine, who are delivering a shipment of gold bullion to San Francisco. Although the Chinese, who have suffered previous holdups, have requested the escort of two deputies, the gang of robbers easily overtakes them. When the shipment is discovered to be a decoy containing rocks, the angry robbers kill two miners and abduct the elderly leader, Mr. Chang, who correctly guessed that the deputies were in league with the gang and substituted rocks for the gold. Although Hark has a fleeting thought of robbing the Chinese himself, he intervenes and captures the two corrupt deputies and, assisted by Chang’s grandson, Yung, and the other Chinese miners, takes them to town. When the deputies are presented to Sheriff Monte in Calador, the lawman refuses to punish them, saying that the testimony of Chinese is inadmissible in court. Again, Hark intervenes, declaring that he was an eyewitness to the crimes, and demands to be taken to Nolan, whom he suspects is behind the robberies. Upon hearing Nolan’s name mentioned, Monte becomes warily respectful and takes Hark to Nolan’s ranch where Gant, whose brother Bert is one of the deputies, shows no pleasure in seeing him. Although Nolan is surprised that Hark has been released from prison so soon, he pretends to be pleased and tells him that he has invested his share of the loot, as well as his and Katy’s, in a way that will double the amount when it matures in the near future. Hark finagles an invitation to stay at the Nolans' mansion, but when the town’s preacher and his wife arrive for a visit, Katy, who has longed for respectability, convinces Hark to retire to his bedroom. From the bedroom window, Hark becomes suspicious when he notices an unusual amount of activity occurring around the barn and after climbing out the window to investigate, discovers that Chang is being held there. Eavesdropping, he learns that Chang refused Nolan’s request for a loan and watches as Nolan and his men try to convince the old man to reveal the location of the gold. After Hark returns through the window to his room, he is visited by Katy, to whom he explains Nolan’s betrayal. Katy almost succombs to Hark's romantic advances, but her need for security overcomes her desire. Later, when Hark confronts him, Nolan claims that he never meant for Hark to go to jail and admits that he needs the miners’ gold to forestall bankruptcy until his investments mature. Hark, realizing that his share of the proceeds from the robbery will not be returned until Nolan's investment matures, decides to cultivate the good will of the Chinese in order to steal their gold. Shortly after, Hark proceeds to a bordello run by Big Nellie to find Ah Toy, the woman loved by Yung who sold herself for $500 to help her family. Leaving a promissory note for that amount written on a mirror, Hark abducts Ah Toy and delivers her to Yung, thus gaining his trust. As part of a plan, Hark takes Ah Toy as his companion to a dance held at the Nolan mansion. Her presence shocks the bigoted attendees and, using their rudeness as an excuse, Hark picks a fight with Gant, which distracts the crowd from noticing Yung and other miners sneak into the barn to free Chang. After the Chinese return to the mining camp, Hark and Chang discuss plans to deliver the gold to San Francisco. Chang is initially suspicious of Hark, until the robber explains that all he wants is revenge on Nolan. Convinced of Hark's sincerity, Chang formulates a plan with Hark to dupe Nolan. Later, Hark tells Nolan that the Chinese have hired him to deliver the gold to the San Francisco bound train and arranges to meet him on the way to the station to divide it between them. However, Nolan double crosses Hark by arranging for his men to ambush Hark after Nolan leaves with his half of the gold. Assuming that the men will kill Hark, Nolan tells Katy that Hark is dead. Hark is rescued by the miners, however, and although several of Nolan’s men are shot, one gets away and warns Nolan. When Nolan leaves to deliver his gold to the train, he sends for a large group of accomplices, which alerts Katy that Hark is still alive. Meanwhile, using Chinese fireworks, Hark and the miners stop the freight train before it reaches the station. After loading the gold in a compartment near the engine, they hide on the train. When the train arrives at its scheduled stop, Nolan and his men load the other half of the gold, unaware initially of the presence of Hark and the Chinese. When a shootout commences, the miners defend themselves by throwing dynamite, as they are unpracticed with guns. At Hark’s signal, the train departs with the miners and the gold. Hark then disconnects the rear of the train, as he continues the gunfight with Nolan and his men. In the midst of the battle, Katy arrives and shoots a man before he kills Hark. After Hark mortally wounds Nolan, Nolan sees Hark's remorse and, with his dying breath, says that if Chang will lend Hark money, he will be able to save the ranch. Hark promises to do so, for Katy’s sake. However, although his revenge is complete, Hark is annoyed to realize that Nolan “beat” him, by making him an honest citizen. +

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