The Great Train Robbery

Considered a milestone in film making

Partially modeled after A Daring Daylight Burglary, released months earlier, in both films:

  • The crime is discovered by a child
    Kiddie Crime Watch
  • A fight scene ends with a (rather obvious) dummy hurled off a roof
    Dummy dumping
  • A train is used for getaway
    Train getaway

The film's blockbuster success resulted in it being even more influential than its predecessor, with The Bold Bank Robbery as one of its notable follow-ups.

After a century, this flick still rocks, because it's all killer, no filler. From the opening shot of the gang busting in, to their smoking demise at the end, the only break in the action comes in the dance scene that introduces the posse (who wore dark and also enjoyed hooligan fun, so not easily distinguished from the robbers).

Just under 11 minutes is all that's needed to get across what TV shows spend at least 30 minutes on, while modern films spend at least 90 minutes. That's progress?


A Daring Daylight Burglary

One of the models for 'The Great Train Robbery'and 'The Bold Bank Robbery'. Also provides an early taste of the police procedural, in the form of a detailed rendering of emergency medical assistance for the injured policemen (a digression that, regrettably, breaks the pace of the chase).


Bold Bank Robbery

Assault, carjacking, armed robbery - then the action starts... Not usually cited as a significant or influential film, yet it contains a number of elements that were not commonly found in films at that time, but later were widely used.