One More Train to Rob (1971) Code Red Blu-ray Review
One More Train to Rob coasts on George Peppard’s easy-going charisma and panache, and while the film is a little light on action, it does have plenty of fun character moments and a handful of scenes where Peppard is doubled by stuntmen that showcases some surprising bits of stunt work.
A gang robs a train, but the ringleader is sent to prison for three years, and when he gets out, he wants his share of the money … and revenge.
Harker Fleet (George Peppard) runs a gang that specializes in robbing trains, and he’s known for screwing around with a lot of women, despite having a steady relationship with a member of the gang, the cold, calculating, and beautiful Katy (Diana Muldaur). On their latest score, which yields close to a hundred grand for the gang, Fleet is arrested, but the gang gets away clean, but Fleet gets three years. When he’s let out six months early for good behavior, he heads straight for Katy and his partner Nolan (John Vernon), who have become married and taken Fleet’s portion of the last train robbery and have built up a small empire around them, turning a small town into a place of commerce and business. When Fleet shows up unexpectedly, Katy and Nolan try their best to be rid of him, but Fleet has a plan: He’ll join up with some Chinese miners who have a stash of gold and use that as a carrot against Katy and Nolan, who desperately need that money to keep their lavish lifestyle afloat. Fleet joins the Chinese in a plot of revenge against Nolan, who tries throwing his entire gang against Fleet, but Fleet is always just one step ahead, and with the help of the Chinese, he’ll have his day of revenge … and Katy back in his bed soon enough!
One More Train to Rob coasts on George Peppard’s easy-going charisma and panache, and while the film is a little light on action, it does have plenty of fun character moments and a handful of scenes where Peppard is doubled by stuntmen that showcases some surprising bits of stunt work. A little peppery with some sex and profanity, this western is more progressive than the average American western of the era, and it’s clear that audiences were craving a bit more earthiness than they were used to with what they’d been served for decades before and on television. Directed by Andrew McLaglen (who later did The Wild Geese) did a fairly solid job with this one.
Code Red and Kino Lorber teamed up to release a nice high definition transfer of One More Train to Rob on Blu-ray, and the picture and sound quality are quite excellent. There are no bonus features to speak of, though.