Classic Film Review- The Train Robbers

The Train Robbers

Directed by Burt Kennedy, this is a not as well known of a John Wayne film despite it being one of the most high quality films that he had made. 

The Duke stars as Lane (of no relation to his previous character in Hondo). He and his friends live in a small town in Texas where a woman, Mrs. Lowe, comes telling them that her husband was part of a gang that robbed gold from a train. She has returned to get the gold to clear her husband’s name for their son’s sake. Lane convinces her to to take him and his posse with her to collect the gold and collect an award the Railroad Commission put up for its return. However, the original gang that stole the gold is after it as well as a shadowy Pinkerton agent who is following the posses every move. 

Mixed with the Duke’s raw sense of humor and stunning backdrops, this film should be remembered as one of John Wayne’s best films. Burt Kennedy, an American hero who served in the military with distinction, made some incredible films in his times including the original version of The Killer Inside Me. 

PARENTAL CONCERNS: Violence and language


  • John Wayne as Lane
  • Ann-Margret as Mrs. Lowe
  • Rod Taylor as Grady
  • Ben Johnson as Jesse
  • Christopher George as Calhoun
  • Bobby Vinton as Ben Young
  • Jerry Gatlin as Sam Turner
  • Ricardo Montalban as The Pinkerton man

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