History Film / LastClearChance

23rd Jan '18 8:40:33 PM Serpensium
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->''"Why don't they look, Carl? Why don't they look?"''

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->''"Why don't they look, Carl? Ralph, tell me? Why don't they look?"''
26th Dec '17 1:01:06 AM Spacecoyote
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-->-- '''Hal'''

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-->-- '''Hal'''
'''Railroad Employee'''
30th Nov '17 6:26:40 PM lakingsif
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''Last Clear Chance'' is a 1959 {{Glurge}}-fest brought to you by Union Pacific, that shows just how stupid people get around trains.


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''Last Clear Chance'' is a 1959 {{Glurge}}-fest brought to you by Union Pacific, that shows just how stupid people get around trains.
30th Nov '17 6:26:15 PM lakingsif
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->''"Why don't they look, Carl? Why don't they look?"''
-->-- '''Hal'''


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* SafeDrivingAesop: A cop drops in on a farm family to explain to the youngest son--who just got his driver's license--all the ways he could die horribly if he drives carelessly. ''Especially'' if he drives carelessly near railroad tracks. [[spoiler:And then, because they live in a cruel, merciless world, the ''older'' brother crashes his car into the side of a moving train--killing himself and his fiancee--not ten minutes later.]]
-->'''Railroad employee:''' Why don't they look, Carl? Why don't they look?
25th Apr '17 6:41:22 AM Briguy52748
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* StartsWithTheirFuneral: The opening scene is of a funeral procession, which we learn is for Frank Jr.; this is followed by Trooper Hal's lament of frustration at why drivers fail to heed basic, common-sense rules of the road, even if they know full well that an instant of a bad decision could result in death and destruction.
17th Jul '16 1:29:07 AM BNSF1995
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While maligned by some as [[{{Narm}} too narmish]] particularly for a reactionary scene near the end of the film, where one railroad worker asks why some drivers fail to heed basic safety rules it was lauded by many others as a sobering effort to instill safe driving in young drivers. Today, it also stands out as a showcase of rural America in the late 1950s, before superhighways although a few four-lane highways are shown and urban sprawl and when farming was still a major part of the economy in rural areas; plus, some old-school railroad crossing technology, most notably the wig-wag (swinging pendulum) crossing signal, can be seen in use, as well as a vintage, early 1900s-style railroad crossbuck (diamond-shaped) sign years before the crossings were upgraded with modern signals and gates plus the long relegated-to-history caboose at the end of several trains. The movie itself was filmed in southwestern Idaho, with some footage also filmed in northern Colorado.

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While maligned by some as [[{{Narm}} too narmish]] particularly for a reactionary scene near the end of the film, where one railroad worker asks why some drivers fail to heed basic safety rules it was lauded by many others as a sobering effort to instill safe driving in young drivers. Today, it also stands out as a showcase of rural America in the late 1950s, before superhighways although a few four-lane highways are shown and urban sprawl and when farming was still a major part of the economy in rural areas; plus, some old-school railroad crossing technology, most notably the wig-wag (swinging pendulum) crossing signal, can be seen in use, as well as a vintage, early 1900s-style railroad crossbuck (diamond-shaped) sign years before the crossings were upgraded with modern signals signals, bells, and gates plus the long relegated-to-history caboose at the end of several trains. The movie itself was filmed in southwestern Idaho, with some footage also filmed in northern Colorado.
28th Aug '15 5:49:56 PM nombretomado
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For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E20RadarSecretService episode recap page]].

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For the ''MysteryScienceTheater3000'' ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E20RadarSecretService episode recap page]].
25th May '15 7:48:35 PM AnotherGuy
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* {{Foreshadowing}}: Frank's mother comments that ''he'' has been taking too many chances on the road.
29th Apr '15 8:28:22 AM Briguy52748
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A police officer obsessed with train and automotive safety torments an innocent mid-western farm family the day that their youngest son receives his driver's licence. He holds them hostage while rattling off tales of horrible driving etiquette and railroad-related horrors, even confronting their youngest son with the horrible image of his deceased friend. Ultimately, for reasons of his own, he finally relents. But has his grim lesson sunk in, or will innocent people die this day at the hands of our mortal enemy, the train? (Answer: Yes.)

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A police officer obsessed with train and Idaho State Patrol Trooper Hal Jackson, concerned over automotive safety torments an innocent mid-western farm and train safety, visits with a local family the day that their (established as friends), whose youngest son receives has recently received his driver's licence. He holds them hostage while rattling off tales license. Through a series of horrible scenarios detailing bad driving etiquette etiquette, unsafe driving -- one story ends in the death of one of the kid's friends -- and railroad-related horrors, even confronting their youngest son with ignorance of safety around railroads, Jackson's goal is to impress upon the horrible image young lad the need to observe safety and driving laws all of his deceased friend. Ultimately, for reasons of his own, he finally relents. the time.

But has his grim lesson sunk in, or will innocent people die this day at the hands of our mortal enemy, the train? (Answer: Yes.)
17th Jan '15 2:23:33 PM Kahran042
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* HeyItsThatGuy: William Boyett, playing the role of Trooper Hal Jackson, became best known as Sergeant William "Mac" [=MacDonald=] (the superior officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed reported to) in the 1968-1975 police drama ''Series/AdamTwelve''. Boyett, incidentally, would frequently play police officers throughout his career.
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