This long lost, silent picture has a family connection. Starring Lon Chaney (The Man of a Thousand Faces), it was filmed on the Chicago & North Western Railroad near Green Bay, Wisconsin. My namesake Great-Grandfather, Lindsay “Len” Pruner was a C&NW trainmaster and engineer who worked with Lon Chaney as a technical advisor.
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See what IMDb has to say about “Thunder – 1929”
Unfortunately, Thunder 1929 is one of Lon Chaney’s “lost” movies with only a few minutes of footage surviving. Even worse, Lon Chaney passed away shortly thereafter due to “too much smoking”. It was his last silent film.
“Thunder on the C&NW” was an article in the Summer 1983 issue of North Western Lines magazine written by my father, Philip B. Korst about the making of this movie. It is available for purchase on CD from the C&NW Historical Society.
Lon Chaney (left) shakes Lindsay Pruner’s hand in front of a C&NW locomotive
Lon Chaney (center) and my Great-Grandfather Pruner (far left)
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