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Paradise Express (1937)

A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.


Joseph Kane


Jack Natteford (screenplay), Betty Burbridge (screenplay) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Grant Withers ... Lawrence 'Larry' Doyle
Dorothy Appleby ... Kay Carson
Arthur Hoyt ... Phineas K. Trotter
Maude Eburne ... Maggie Casey
Harry Davenport ... Jed Carson
Donald Kirke ... Armstrong
Arthur Loft ... Glover
Lew Kelly Lew Kelly ... Tom Wilson
Anthony Pawley Anthony Pawley ... Stymie
Fern Emmett ... Landlady
John Holland ... Gus
Robert McClung Robert McClung ... Harmonica Player (as Bob McClung)
Bruce Mitchell Bruce Mitchell ... Train Conductor
Guy Wilkerson ... Skinny Smith
George Cleveland ... Farmer Beasley


A small railroad is being squeezed out of business by the tactics of a trucking company owned by gangsters.

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Release Date:

22 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs


| (edited)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Missing from the edited-for-TV version, which seems to be the only one available, is the first scene in Maude Eburne's diner, involving Grant Withers and Arthur Hoyt as two of her customers. See more »

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Pluck and determination versus evil and not-niceness.
19 May 2019 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

When the story begins, the local railroad is in receivership--meaning that the court has appointed an overseer to watch over the day to day operations of the company. Not surprisingly, the owner of the railroad (Harry Davenport) is not happy and he doesn't yet realize that the receiver, Larry Doyle (Grant Withers) is a decent guy who really wants to help. But what neither yet realize are the depths to which a local trucking company will go to put the railroad out of business. Can Larry manage to get the railroad out of its financial woes AND defeat the wicked truckers?

Despite being only 52 minutes long*, this B-movie is quite enjoyable and lacks many of the usual B-movie cliches. Well acted and worth your time.

*It is obvious the opening scene is missing as later there is a reference to this scene where Larry meets a local lady....but it's no where in the film.

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