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The Lightning Express

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The Lightning Express
Directed byHenry MacRae
Written byFord Beebe (screenplay)
Produced byHenry MacRae
StarringLane Chandler
Louise Lorraine
Al Ferguson
Edited byAlvin Todd
Edward Todd
Music bySam Perry
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • June 3, 1930 (1930-06-03)[1]
Running time
10 chapters (220 minutes)
CountryUnited States

The Lightning Express is a 1930 American pre-Code Universal film serial, featuring the adventures of "Whispering Smith" (played by Al Ferguson). This serial is considered a lost film.[2]

The serial's story focuses on whether a railroad will be allowed to cross a family's property.[3]

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The Lightning Express was based on "Whispering Smith Speaks" by Frank H. Spearman.[4] Released by Universal on June 3, 1930, it was a remake of Whispering Smith Rides (1927).[5]

Chapter titles

  1. A Shot in the Dark
  2. A Scream of Terror
  3. Dangerous Rails
  4. The Death Trap
  5. Tower of Terror
  6. A Call for Help
  7. The Runaway Freight
  8. The Showdown
  9. The Secret Survey
  10. Cleared Tracks


See also


  1. ^ Rainey, Buck (June 8, 2015). Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956. McFarland. pp. 141–142. ISBN 978-1-4766-0448-0. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  2. ^ Mayer, Geoff (February 9, 2017). Encyclopedia of American Film Serials. McFarland. p. 71. ISBN 978-0-7864-7762-3. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  3. ^ Webb, Graham (July 13, 2020). Encyclopedia of American Short Films, 1926-1959. McFarland. p. 318. ISBN 978-1-4766-8118-4. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  4. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "2.". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 10. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.
  5. ^ Rainey, Buck (June 8, 2015). Serials and Series: A World Filmography, 1912-1956. McFarland. pp. 141–142. ISBN 978-1-4766-0448-0. Retrieved June 17, 2021.
  6. ^ Cline, William C. (1984). "Filmography". In the Nick of Time. McFarland & Company, Inc. pp. 201. ISBN 0-7864-0471-X.

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The Lightning Express (1930)
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