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The Iron Horse

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Original title
The Iron Horse
Running time
133 min.
United States United States
Charles Kenyon (Story: John Russell)
Incidental music: Erno Rapee (Silent movie)
Burnett Guffey, George Schneiderman (B&W)
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Fox Film Corporation
Western | Silent Film. Trains
Synopsis / Plot
The Iron Horse was John Ford's 50th film and remains his most celebrated of the silent era. Its theme of enterprise and achievement, its open-air locations and setting in a vigorous and pioneering past proved just the subject to stimulate the young director's talent. The sheer scale of the film surpassed all other Westerns of the silent era, and established Ford as one of the leading directors in the industry.

The film combines a conventional tale of double-dealing, vengeance and romance with a poetic sense of history, and an epic theme - uniting a nation by building a transcontinental railroad, and a great man's dream realised by the courage, skill and labour of ordinary folk.
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