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Kansas Pacific(1953)

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Kansas Pacific opens with the following written foreword: "In the years preceding the War between the States, `Bleeding Kansas' was split down the middle. Being a border state-and not legally committed to either side-Kansas was almost torn apart by its two equally violent factions. A railroad to the West was being built. To the rapidly forming Confederacy, this line, if completed, could mean the difference between defeat and victory, because it could well become the lifeline for the Union's western military installations. Some Southern groups therefore, took strong steps to see that the Kansas Pacific did not reach completion. Northern interests, on the other hand, took equally strong steps to see that it did. All of this happened before any formal declaration of war, so neither side was really justified in the acts of total violence which resulted."
       Studio production sheets erroneously list Chubby Johnson as "Smokestack," the role played by Harry Shannon, but no contemporary news items have been found to determine if this was due to a casting change. According to a Los Angeles Herald Express news item, the film was shot on location in Sonora, CA.