The Silver Streak
|The Silver Streak|
Original film poster
|Directed by||Thomas Atkins|
|Produced by||Glendon Alvine|
|Written by||H.W. Hanemann
|Editing by||Fred Kundtson|
The Silver Streak is a 1934 film loosely based on the record-setting "dawn-to-dusk" run of the Pioneer Zephyr on May 26, 1934. The original Zephyr trainset was used for the exterior shots in the film, while interior scenes were filmed on a soundstage in Hollywood. For the film, the "Burlington Route" nameplate on the train's nose was replaced with one that read "Silver Streak".
One of the movie's promotional items was a small book called "The Story of The Silver Streak" which was illustrated with black and white stills from the movie.
In 2006 Con-Cor International, Ltd. produced a model of the Pioneer Zephyr. A limited number (350 HO scale and 250 N scale) of these bore the nameplates of the Silver Streak from the motion picture instead of the standard Burlington Zephyr nameplates.
The film made a profit of $107,000.
- Packer, Eleanor. "The Story of the Silver Streak." (1935, Whitman Publishing). The cover shows the train and says "Read the Book See the Movie."
- Richard Jewell & Vernon Harbin, The RKO Story. New Rochelle, New York: Arlington House, 1982. p78
- The Silver Streak at the Internet Movie Database
- Article on the making of the film http://www.thezephyr.com/monson/silverstreak.htm
- Con-Cor Silver Streak - These units are sold out. This is not posted as an advertisement.
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