The Lost Special (1932) - Frank Albertson and Ernie Nevers - Universal 12 Chapter Serial:
Early Universal 12 Chapter serial directed by Canadian film pioneer, Henry MacRae, concerns a stolen train, gold and two college students (Tom Hood - Frank Albertson and Bob Collins - Ernie Nevers) who battle the bad guys. From a story by Arthur Conan Doyle. The serial changes the location from England to the American West and does not include the character of Sherlock Holmes.
A special train carrying gold bullion is hijacked on its way from the Golconda Mine. Laying down portable tracks, the bandits take the train off the main line, hide it in an abandoned mine shaft, steal the gold, and pick up their makeshift tracks, leaving a mystery in their wake. Part owner of the mine, Potter Hood, and the railroad president, Horace Moore, search for the mysteriously disappeared train and gold. They are unaware, however, that the criminals are working secretly for Sam Slater, the other partner in the gold mine, who wants to sabotage mine operations enough that he can take over completely. Potter's son, Tom Hood, arrives home from college and determines to solve the mystery with the aid of his pal Bob Collins. They board the gold-shipment special train on its next run. Meanwhile, newspaper reporter Betty Moore – who is niece to the railroad president – and her friend Kate Bland begin their own investigation. After the four youths foil an attempt at a second heist, they join forces. The next 11 chapters show the characters' attempts to locate the "Lost Special" train and identify the ringleader.
Ernie Nevers (1902 - 1976) attended Stanford University, where he was an All-America College Fullback. He then played Professional Football as a fullback for the Duluth Eskimos and the Chicago Cardinals of the National Football League, as well as professional baseball as a pitcher for the St. Louis Browns. Nevers was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1951 and the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963.
ESPN ranked Nevers #25 on its Top 25 Players in College Football History, while NFL Network named him #89 on their Top 100 Greatest NFL Players. In Baseball, Ernie gave up two home runs to Babe Ruth in Ruth’s 60-homer season of 1927.
This makes a great trivia question. Question: Which NFL Football Hall of Famer gave up 2 home runs to Babe Ruth when Ruth hit 60 home runs in 1927. Answer: Ernie Nevers
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NOTE: The Aspect Ratio of the Serial is a little wide and should be narrowed.