The Overland Limited (1925)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Melodrama  |  
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This melodrama, the first release from a small-time independent company called Gotham, is an old-fashioned thriller. David Barton (Malcolm McGregor) is the consulting engineer for a railroad company; his father, Big Ed (Ralph Lewis), is the engineer for the Overland Limited. David is in charge of building a bridge over a mountain gorge, but his rival, Bruce Miller (John Miljohn) -- both are in love with the same girl, Ruth Dent (Olive Borden) -- is determined to see the project fail. He and his associates weaken the structure, hoping that the blame will fall on David. Miller doesn't realize that on the Overland Limited's first trip across the bridge, his mother and Ruth are both on board. So is Farrell, a mad pugilist (Charles Buddy Post). Farrell breaks free from his minders and knocks both Big Ed and the fireman unconscious. Big Ed comes to in time to uncouple the engine, which falls into the gorge. The cars are all derailed. Miller's mother is killed, and Miller confesses to his crime. Big Ed recovers to ride the Overland Limited over the rebuilt bridge, and David and Ruth are united.

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affection, bridge [structure], construction, daughter, design, driver, father, mother, mountains, railroad