The Ohio & Mississippi train was chugging along through Indiana on October 6, 1866, when it was boarded by a nefarious outlaw gang known as the Reno brothers. The gang wasn’t just hitching a ride, it was robbing the train. This was unheard of. Never before had a moving train been robbed; holdups had always taken place on trainssitting at stations or freight yards. This daring first netted the gang $10,000, and there would be more to follow.
The concept quickly caught on. There were vast isolated areas, plenty of places to hide, and little law enforcement in the U.S. West. Pretty soon everyone was robbing trains. Eventually, railroad owners got wise, using fortified boxcars and deploying armed guards, but the bad guys had a few very good years. The Reno gang which consisted of four Reno brothers and some of their pals had two good years before they were caught and came to an untimely end at the hands of a vigilante mob, another fun part of the Old West.
Love Me Tender
The story of the Reno Brothers has been turned into two movies, one of which was the first movie to feature Elvis Presley. It was a big 1956 black-and-white CinemaScope feature. Elvis played brother Clint Reno in his acting debut. It was the last time in his acting career that he did not receive top billing.
The role was originally a straight acting role, but when Elvis’ recording of “Love Me Tender” became the first single to sell a million copies, it was included in the movie along with three additional songs, and the name of the movie was changed from The Reno Brothers to Love Me Tender. All future Elvis film outings would be similarly cross-promoted with a soundtrack.
After his mother cried at the death of character during a private screening of Love Me Tender, Elvis refused to ever die on screen again.
Inspirational Quote for 10/6/16