Monday, March 21, 2011

Help with epic movie about the Chinese in America

From: "Henry Wong"

I would like to make an epic movie about the Chinese in America.

Can you help?

Henry Wong


Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...

See Chinese railroad workers.

3/21/2011 4:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

For information about the Chinese railroad workers on the first transcontinental railroad, see,
Chinese railroad workers
Links relating to Chinese

Please be sensitive to the different goals of movie makers who typically want to tell a story and are not concerned with historical accuracy, while those interested in railroad history often get very passionate about even the slightest historical inaccuracies.

The subject of the CPRR Chinese workers is difficult because there are no first hand accounts written by Chinese, and there is a tremendous amount of misinformation in recent publications.

The best modern book about transcontinental railroad history is Empire Express.

3/21/2011 4:34 AM  
Blogger CPRR Discussion Group said...


... you might want to quickly scan four books for themes:

William F. Chew's Nameless Builders of the Transcontinental (on the Chinese workers);

Liping Zhu's A Chinaman's Chance (on Chinese placer gold miners);

Ruthanne Lum McCunn's Thousand Pieces of Gold (about Polly Bemis and her life from China to San Francisco to the gold fields – this is also a movie);

Victor Nee's classic Longtime Californ (about Chinatown).

Liping Zhu, Eastern Washington University, is working on a history of the Chinese experience in the West.

There are a number of sites tied to the Chinese experiences in the American West. Just a couple: Virginia City, Montana (Thousand Pieces of Gold was filmed, in part, here); also Golden Spike National Historic Site.

Bob Spude – Historian – Cultural Resources Management – National Park Service – Intermountain Region – 505.988.6770 Voice – 505.988.6876 Fax

The National Park Service cares for special places saved by the American people so that all may experience our heritage.

3/21/2011 12:29 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Luis Sánchez López"
Subject: From Spain looking for information concerning a railway bridge that appeared in Robert Aldrich's "Apache" movie.

I'm a teacher of Cimematographic Arts from Spain. I'm working in a project about filming locations (just bridges and viaducts) and now I'm involved in Robert Aldrich's "Apache" movie, which was mostly shot around California in 1954. I need to know where is located the railway bridge that appeared in the movie. I've been checking a lot of information about the film but there has been no luck.

I know that it's extremely difficult to find out the location of this bridge, but could you help me? ...


5/30/2015 2:26 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

From: "Kyle Wyatt"

This from Larry Jensen, author of The Movie Railroads and an expert on the subject.

—Kyle Wyatt


On May 19, 2015 8:05 AM, "Jensen Larry" wrote:


That's a piece of stock footage from the 1950 film A Ticket to Tomahawk that was reused in Apache. It's the bridge across the Animas River, north of the High Line on the D&RGW Silverton Branch. The locomotive was Rio Grande Southern Railroad #20.

The original train scenes shot for Apache were done at the RKO-Radio Studio Ranch in Encino, California, using Virginia & Truckee Railroad #25.


5/30/2015 2:42 PM  

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