The Juggernaut (1915)

Genres - Action  |   Sub-Genres - Disaster Film  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Juggernaut might be better known today if it hadn't had the bad luck to open the same week as D.W. Griffith's super-spectacle The Birth of a Nation. Frank Currier plays a mercenary railroad owner who, oblivious to the dangers posed to his customers, has allowed his line to become appallingly dilapidated. But when he finds that his own daughter Anita Stewart is on a doomed train, Currier piles into a fast car and chases down the locomotive, hoping to avert disaster. He doesn't, and the film ends on a wholly unexpected tragic note. Much was made of the fact that Vitagraph went to the expense of destroying a real train for this film, even though "planned" train wrecks had been a staple of county fairs for years. The film's romantic lead was played by Earle Williams, who would soon be voted the most popular male star in moviedom by the readers of Motion Picture Magazine.

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customer, danger, daughter, owner, railroad, train [locomotive]