[[caption-width-right:350:'''Nobody''' rides his train for free.]]

AKA ''The Emperor of the North Pole''. In this 1973 Depression-era film, legendary hobo "A no 1" (Creator/LeeMarvin) vows to be the first man to successfully hitch a ride on the train run by the brutal conductor Shack (Creator/ErnestBorgnine), who has vowed to prevent such a thing from ever happening. The resulting battle is memorably bloody.

!!Contains examples of:

* CoolTrain: Oregon Pacific & Eastern No. 19, the locomotive who appears most in the film as head of "Shack's train".
* DisproportionateRetribution: Try to steal a ride on this train? The conductor will smash your head in with a hammer and watch as you get cut in half by the train wheels.
* TheGreatDepression
* {{Hobos}}: Naturally.
* HollywoodFire: Averted
* RunawayTrain: Shack pushes his luck, but the train is never out of control.
* UndersideRide: The hobos try this for part of the journey. Shack retaliates by attaching a large metal pin to a length of wire and playing it out beneath where the hobos are hanging. The pin repeatedly rebounds off the track ties and hits the hobos' bodies with bruising force.
* TrainTopBattle: And under the train...and on the side of the train...