Train to Tombstone
Cast & Crew
In the 1880s, at a train station in Albuquerque, New Mexico, passengers wait for the train to Tombstone, Arizona, which has been delayed due to the threat of an Indian ambush. Sitting on the platform waiting to board is a lovely paraplegic, Doris Clayton, who sits in a wheelchair next to her aunt Abbie. When they meet a reverend also waiting to board, Doris reveals that she is on her way to marry her fiancé, Lt. Gary Landell of the U. S. Cavalry. Later, Abbie tells another passenger, Dr. Willoughby, that Doris' doctor believes that her paralysis is psychological in nature. Farther down the platform is a young gambling hall owner named Marie, who is accompanying her friend Belle to Tombstone, having hired her to work in her establishment. After Willoughby carries Doris onto the train, the nervous train conductor, George, receives his orders to begin their journey. As the train is pulling away from the station, traveling salesman Clifton Gulliver jumps onboard, spilling his suitcase of corsets all over the aisle. Suddenly, two cowboys, who are shooting at each other, begin chasing the train. One of them, Len Howard, jumps onto the back of the train, evading his pursuer, then tells George that he wants to buy a ticket. When Abbie goes to the back of the train, Len takes her seat and begins talking with Doris. Doris reveals that she is paralyzed and that her upcoming marriage to Gary was arranged when she was a little girl. In the baggage compartment, a marshal, who has been placed aboard the train to guard a shipment of gold worth $250,000, tells George that they suspect one of the passengers of being a lookout for a gang of robbers, who use local Indian braves to help them ambush trains. George says that he checked out all the passengers except Len, after which the train's engineer, Tim, finds a "Wanted" circular offering $5,000 for Len's capture. After the marshal accuses Len of being the lookout and handcuffs him to his seat, a herd of sheep rush onto the tracks ahead. Len announces that they are about to become the victims of an Indian trick and orders George to remove his handcuffs, which he does. Len and George then quickly pass out rifles to all of the male passengers, who begin firing when the Indians attack. Tim manages to get the train through the sheep, but not before he, George, and the reverend are shot. When the marshal tries to place the handcuffs back onto his wrists, Len pulls his gun, so George intervenes, ordering that Len remain unshackled in the event of another attack. A short time later, the train comes to an incline, and Doris sees the marshal, who is really the lookout, trying to signal to the gang. After another shootout with the braves, Gary, who is secretly working with the gang, jumps aboard, where he is shot and killed. Doris is so surprised to see Gary that she jumps out of her seat, finding herself cured of her paralysis. Later, Len, who reveals that he is actually an undercover agent, announces his engagement to Doris, and the reverend agrees to perform their wedding ceremony in Tombstone.
Robert L. Lippert
According to news items, the picture was shot on location in Carson City, NV. Modern sources include Bill Kennedy and Jack Perrin in the cast.