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The Iron Horse
Directed by John Ford (uncredited)
Produced by John Ford
Written by Charles Kenyon
John Russell
Charles Darnton
Starring George O'Brien
Madge Bellamy
Cinematography George Schneiderman
Distributed by Fox Film Corporation
Release date(s) 28 August 1924
Running time 133 minutes
Country  United States
Language Silent
English intertitles

The Iron Horse is a silent film directed by John Ford in 1924. It was produced by Fox Film. [1]



The film presents an idealized image of the construction of the American first transcontinental railroad. It culminates with the scene of driving of the golden spike at Promontory Summit on May 10, 1869. There is even a note in the title before this scene, that the two original locomotives from 1869 event are used in the film (Although this is false - both engines were scrapped before 1910). Of course, a romantic story with love, treachery and revenge is also here. Main stars were George O'Brien and Madge Bellamy.

There is a video version of this film, with original music composed and conducted by John Lanchbery with philharmonic orchestra from Prague. This version is softly tinted.


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