“All Aboard!”: Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, Dec. 2017 Edition, Vol. 3:10
With the exception of the horse, the automobile, the airplane and the whore with the heart of gold, there is, perhaps, no mode of taking a ride more celebrated in movies than the train; that chariot of the Plains gliding along a pair of steel rails eternally fixed on a parallel course yet somehow meeting in a magical kiss on a horizon which is a forever beyond reach. Then again, there’s Amtrak, Still, riding the rails has been a source for stimulating the imagination with wild flights of romanticized adventure appearing possible around every bend in the track, in every bathroom stall at Penn Station. (Sorry, we promised we weren’t going to make any references to Congress this time around.) And it this sense of hobo adventure that we find reflected in this month’s edition of America’s longest running non-steroid competition, the Classic Film Images Photo Quiz, brought to you this month, as always by those fine folks who market and distribute SKITTLES, America’s most popular over-the-counter nutritional supplement. In this very special extended holiday edition (That’s what’s called hype folks, just so you’ll appreciate all the labor intensive minutes that were sacrificed to put this crap together.), we celebrate the time honored method of transportation known as the railroad as used as both a means of conveyance and a backdrop for romance and mystery. The following twenty five images (yes, we have increased this edition’s photo layout as a sort of cinematic Advent Calendar) illustrate just a few (25, in fact) examples of the endless representations of riding the rails in the cinema. Your task, as always, is to identify all twenty five films (correctly if you will, otherwise it’s far too easy a puzzle) from which the pictures are taken. The first to do so will, as always, receive the truly smashing CSR Culture Shock Award, a limited edition trophy which will suitably adorn any Georgian Manor mantel or the bottom of any dustbin with equal aplomb. Good luck.