February 23, 2017

The Wrecker (1928)

59843Once thought lost, this a major British silent film rediscovery, in which a demented crook organises a series of train crashes to try and win customers over to the newly-established motor coach services. Filmed in 1929 on the Basingstoke to Alton line, and making extensive use of other Southern Railway locations, this is a treat for silent film and historic train enthusiasts alike. Its spectacular staged steam locomotive crash scene was filmed by 22 cameras; unused footage ended up in the 1936 film, Seven Sinners. Features an early script from Angus MacPhail’s (Whisky Galore!).

Also features a new score from silent film composer Neil Brand.


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