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

Also known as ''Emperor of the North Pole'', this 1973 film was directed by Creator/RobertAldrich and stars Creator/LeeMarvin, Creator/KeithCarradine, and Creator/ErnestBorgnine.

During TheGreatDepression, legendary hobo "A no. 1" (Marvin) vows to be the first man to successfully hitch a ride on the train run by the brutal conductor Shack (Borgnine), who has vowed to prevent such a thing from ever happening, in competition with a young upstart who is known as Cigaret (Carradine). The resulting battle is memorably bloody.


!!Contains examples of:

* BigBad: Shack, the conductor who is determined to never let a hobo ride his train.
* 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; Stack gets a full dose of smoke to the lungs when he checks inside a burning boxcar.
* MilesGloriosus: Cigaret, the young hobo who challenges A No. 1 to become top hobo and "Emperor of the North", ducks out of the way and chickens out, while A No. 1 is left to fight Shack all by himself. A No. 1 is furious when Cigaret boasts "we did it", when A No. 1 had to fight Shack all by himself while Cigaret was hiding, and he punches his [[DirtyCoward cowardly rival off the train]] for trying to share the glory when he didn't lift a finger to help A No. 1.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Shack tries to teach any would-be riders a lesson by "highballing", leaving the station at full speed instead of letting it gradually build up, which not only hurts the locomotive's boiler, but results in him getting delayed when his train gets side-tracked on a siding[[note]]No pun intended[[/note]], and he has to spend extra time getting his train back on track[[note]]no pun intended[[/note]], and the hobos laugh at his gutsy blunder.
* OnlyOneName: Shack the conductor, and Cigaret the young bum, among others.
* RunawayTrain: Shack pushes his luck, but the train is never out of control.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: A No. 1 gives an epic one to Cigaret after he sees what a rotten coward he is in the end:
-->'''A No. 1''': Hey kid, you got no class. Hit the bums, kid. Run like the devil, get a tin can and take up mooching, knock on back doors for a nickel, tell them your story, make 'em weep. [[CouldHaveBeenAContender You could have been a meat-eater, kid, but you didn't listen to me when I laid it down.]] Stay off the tracks. Forget it. Its a bum's world for a bum. You'll never be Emperor of the North Pole, kid. [[PaperTiger You had the juice, kid, but not the heart and they go together. You're all gas and no feel,]] and nobody can teach you that, not even A No. 1. So stay off the train, she'll throw you under for sure, remember me for that. So long, kid!
* 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...