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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE
REALY ENJOYED VERY GOOD STORY LINE PLAYED BY RIGHT PEOPLE WAS VERY REAL IN THE WAY DELIVERED AND WERE FILMED I RATE THIS ONE
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3.0 out of 5 stars Built By Bullets, Dynamite And Blood Stained Spikes!
Kansas Pacific is directed by Ray Nazarro and written by Daniel B. Ullman. It stars Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon, Tom Fadden and Reed Hadley. A Cinecolor production with music by Albert Sendrey and cinematography by Harry Neumann.

"In the years preceding the War between the States, `Bleeding Kansas' was split down the middle. Being...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Built By Bullets, Dynamite And Blood Stained Spikes!, 5 Oct 2013
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Spike Owen "John Rouse Merriott Chard" (Birmingham, England.) - See all my reviews
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Kansas Pacific is directed by Ray Nazarro and written by Daniel B. Ullman. It stars Sterling Hayden, Eve Miller, Barton MacLane, Harry Shannon, Tom Fadden and Reed Hadley. A Cinecolor production with music by Albert Sendrey and cinematography by Harry Neumann.

"In the years preceding the War between the States, `Bleeding Kansas' was split down the middle. Being a border state-and not legally committed to either side-Kansas was almost torn apart by its two equally violent factions.

A railroad to the West was being built. To the rapidly forming Confederacy, this line, if completed, could mean the difference between defeat and victory, because it could well become the lifeline for the Union's western military installations.

Some Southern groups therefore, took strong steps to see that the Kansas Pacific did not reach completion. Northern interests, on the other hand, took equally strong steps to see that it did. All of this happened before any formal declaration of war, so neither side was really justified in the acts of total violence which resulted."

It's a fictionalised account that would surely have the historians frothing at the mouth, but on its own modest terms Kansas Pacific is solid entertainment. It's 1860 and Hayden is an undercover Army engineer who is sent in to ensure that the railroad is built. Not easy because the construction is plagued by sabotage attacks by Southern Rebels led by William Quantrill (Hadley).

Thus the story follows a familiar path that sees Hayden viewed with suspicion by some, admired by others, and as the sabotage attempts increase in ferocity, so does Hayden's will to succeed. Some love action comes his way (Miller on dressage duties only), as does the chance for some stoic engine driving. The action is well staged by Nazarro, who oversees dynamite attacks and cannon warfare, and the location photography coupled with the train sequences are most pleasing.

Modest for sure, but performed well in the right areas and at 73 minutes in length it barely has time to annoy anyone but the history buffs. 6/10
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3.0 out of 5 stars Strictly Routine., 1 Sep 2010
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Bob Salter "Captain Spindrift" (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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The cover of this DVD is a bit misleading, as it would indicate a more modern era western. It was in fact made in 1953, and is a very traditional sage brush saga. Sterling Hayden lends his considerable presence to the role of a Union army engineer sent out to speed up work on the Kansas Pacific railroad, which is being hampered by Confederate sympathisers, just before the outbreak of the Civil War. The leader of the confederate gang is called William Quantrill, who is clearly based on the real confederate guerilla fighter of that name. The film is pretty routine, with the exception of some pyrotechnics that are well above the average, which is where the director Ray Nazarro, seems to have used the extra budget he was allocated by Walter Wanger. "Shooting the Money" as they say in the time honoured Hollywood tradition. Unfortunately the rest of the film is very B western looking, with only Hayden, and his main support Barton MacLane being well known faces, although "Lone Ranger" Clayton Moore turns up in a small role.

It was a great pity that Sterling Hayden was not able to forge a greater career in Hollywood. He is certainly the best thing about this film. Sadly his involvement in giving evidence during the McCarthy era damaged his career irreparably. Whilst others like Dalton Trumbo was jailed for refusing to give evidence, and hailed later as a hero, Hayden was long vilified. Hayden later apologised openly for his behaviour at the time, and was admired by no less a person than John Huston for his honesty. Sadly there is not too much to admire in this DVD. Strictly routine, and only really for the western completist.
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5.0 out of 5 stars GOOD ONE, 8 Feb 2014
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REALY ENJOYED VERY GOOD STORY LINE PLAYED BY RIGHT PEOPLE WAS VERY REAL IN THE WAY DELIVERED AND WERE FILMED I RATE THIS ONE
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