IRON HORSE

V'04

The IRON HORSE

John Ford
USA, 1924
122min, stumm, eZT

The IRON HORSE

John Ford
USA, 1924
, 122min, stumm, eZT

Cast: 
George OBrien
Davy Brandon
Madge Bellamy
Miriam Marsh
Judge Charles Edward Bull
Abraham Lincoln
William Walling
Thomas Marsh
Fred Kohler
Deroux
Cyril Chadwick
Peter Jesson

Production: 
William Fox
World Sales: 
Distribution in Austria: 
35 mm/Schwarzweiß

The main story of The Iron Horse (1924) involves the building of a transcontinental railroad and culminates in a reenactment of the famous union of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. However, The Iron Horse also involves a cattle drive, an Indian attack, a saloon brawl, and the Pony Express. In addition, Wild Bill Hickcok, Buffalo Bill, and Abe Lincoln make appearances. The basic situation is filled with suspense as the railroad workers hammer spikes into rails and lay down the iron rails, struggling to be the first to complete their stretch of railroad tracks.
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Actually, the thing most accurately portrayed in the Western is the land. I think you can say that the real star of my Westerns has always been the land. I have always taken pride in the photography of my films, and the photography of Westerns in general has often been outstanding, yet rarely draws credit. It is as if the visual effect itself was not important, which would make no sense at all.
</i>John Ford<i> </i>talking with Bill Libby, 1964
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