Friday, May 14, 2021

Spending Time on the Rails, a Tribute to Jim Mixter

Two Fridays ago Jim Mixter passed away after a brief, aggressive cancer sapped him of life just weeks after his 70th birthday. Jim was multi-dimensional, a career executive with ExxonMobil, a leader and choir member in his church, a neighborhood organizer, a bird watcher, a loving husband, father and grandfather. He was our daughter-in-law Allison’s father, granddad to Finley and Dagny. Jim also was an avid railroad man, hardly ever missing an opportunity to ride the rails across the land, rarely missing an opportunity to photograph and speak about trains. 


With that last facet of his life in mind, here are my favorite movies with trains as a central or significant plot detail. From time to time I will post other theme-based movie lists. 


If you have a favorite not on my list, let me know. My randomly listed movies apply only to films I have seen. 


3:10 to Yuma (the original starring Van Heflin and Glenn Ford)


Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


The Train


Trains, Planes and Automobiles


Throw Momma from the Train


Von Ryan’s Express


Strangers on a Train


The Lady Vanishes


Girl on a Train


Unstoppable 


Murder on the Orient Express (I prefer the 1974 version with Albert Finney as Hercule Poirot)


North by Northwest


Union Pacific


Twentieth Century (1934 version starring John Barrymore and Carole Lombard)


The General (Buster Keaton silent film)


The Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 (either version, though the original with Walter Matthau and Robert Shaw is better)


Shanghai Express


The Narrow Margin


The Bitter Tea of General Yen


Knight Without Armor


Sliding Doors


Speed


Dr. Zhivago


The Bridge on the River Kwai

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