Retrospective 2014

The Iron Horse

John Ford
USA 1924
122min
V'14

The main story of THE IRON HORSE 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 movie 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.

Live piano: Gerhard Gruber

Credits
  • Charles Edward Bull
  • Cyril Chadwick
  • Francis Powers
  • Jim Welch
  • George Waggner
  • Fred Kohler
  • Madge Bellamy - Miriam Marsh
  • J. Farrell MacDonald - Mike Donovan
  • George O'Brien
  • Will Walling
  • James A. Marcus
  • Charles Kenyon
  • John Russell
  • George Schneiderman
  • Hettie Gray Baker
  • Erno Rapee
Fox Film
35 mm
bw
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