After his father (J.Farrell MacDonnald) dies in a trainwreck & pilot
John Wayne accuses his boss, airline manager Lloyd Whitlock, he is of
course fired from his job. But since he has sworn to avenge the death of
his father, his whole time is consumed by the search for the man
responsible anyways, & that man is known as the Wrecker ... but
that's about all that is known about him, for the Wrecker carefully
obscures his identity by wearing plastic masks resembling about any
member of the cast, so who could it be ?
Airline manager Lloyd Whitlock,
who would profit the most from the railroad company's problems ?
Betz, the engineer fired for the wreck in which Wayne's father died, now
seeking revenge on the railroad company ?
Maybe leading lady Shirley
Grey's father (Edmund Breese), an escaped convict who was arrested for a theft he didn't commit - & he thinks
he was framed by the railroad company ?
Or someone else after all ?
Anyways, things start heating up, as the
Wrecker wrecks the Hurricane Express (again) to get his hands on a gold
shipment, but Wayne interferes. Amidst all the confusion, Edmund Breese
gets his hands on the gold shipment which he hides to finally get some
evidence about the theft he didn't commit.
From now on everybody
wants to get his hands on the gold, including Wayne, Whitlock, the
railroad manager Tully Marshal, his attorney Conway Tearle, the
Wrecker's gang & of course railroad detectives Joseph W.Girard &
James P.Burtis. Many a chase by train, plane, car & motorbike
ensue, with everybody setting traps for everybody, the Wrecker
disguising himself as everybody (including Wayne, but ok, not Shirley
Grey), & of course some traditional shoot-outs, until finally the
Wrecker turns out to be ... Conway Tearle, who wanted to become manager
of the railroad (& has shot Tully Marshal to that end).
In an attempt
to wreck the Hurricane Express yet again, he & his gang are finally
Definitely done on the cheap (after all, Mascot was not exactly a
rich company), & some miniature models used do not really look
terribly convincing, this is nevertheless a fast paced, action-oriented
serial. Traditionally, the mystery is taking backseat, & some of the
plotholes are just too big to fill, but after all, when originally
shown, the audience would just see one episode a week, & this
episode had to deliver the goods actionwise rather than having an
elaborate narrative, & from this point of view, Hurricane Express
is great entertainment, no less.