Grim and hardscrabble as a hobo's life, this film documents Marvin and Carradine in their bumming travels, particularly their attempt to ride the one freight train controlled by the meanest cop on the rails, Borgnine. Marvin is superb as the No. 1 hobo of all time, the most ingenious
railrider in the history of tramping. Young drifter Carradine intends to become more famous than the man he most admires, Marvin, so he, too, boards the Borgnine train as it chugs northward, vying for the title of Emperor of the North Pole by surviving Borgnine's sadistic attacks. Borgnine beats
both Marvin and Carradine mercilessly with iron rods, chains, and fists in his attempt to r...