The Iron Horse

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Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder’s dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent. Years after Brandon Sr.’s murder and scalping by... read more
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Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield, Illinois, young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder’s dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent. Years after Brandon Sr.’s murder and scalping by a two-fingered Cheyenne half-breed, the adult David (played by George O’Brien, three years before his lead role in Sunrise, here in the first of ten films he made with Ford) joins in the effort now underway to lay track and accommodate “the iron horse”. Once more stir the blood and butterflies of Davy’s past as Ford guides his characters’ fates towards final convergence, like the merging of the tracks from east and west.With its expressive compositional prowess, incredible stunt work, and generous humour, The Iron Horse anticipates the bounteous universe that Ford would go on to calibrate perfectly in his greatest works.

Original Release

08/24/1924

US Release

08/24/1924

Cast

George O'Brien Dave Brandon / Davy Brandon
Madge Bellamy Miriam Marsh
Charles Edward Bull Abraham Lincoln
Cyril Chadwick Jesson
Will Walling Thomas Marsh
Francis Powers Sgt. Slattery / Sergeant Slattery
J. Farrell MacDonald Cpl. Casey / Corporal Casey
Jim Welch Pvt. Schultz / Pvt. Mackay / Private Mackay
George Waggner Buffalo Bill Cody / Buffalo Bill
Fred Kohler Deroux / Bauman
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

John Ford

Writers

Charles Kenyon, John Russell, Charles Darnton

Cast

George O'Brien Dave Brandon / Davy Brandon
Madge Bellamy Miriam Marsh
Charles Edward Bull Abraham Lincoln
Cyril Chadwick Jesson
Will Walling Thomas Marsh
Francis Powers Sgt. Slattery / Sergeant Slattery
J. Farrell MacDonald Cpl. Casey / Corporal Casey
Jim Welch Pvt. Schultz / Pvt. Mackay / Private Mackay
George Waggner Buffalo Bill Cody / Buffalo Bill
Fred Kohler Deroux / Bauman
James A. Marcus Judge Haller
Gladys Hulette Ruby
Jean Arthur Reporter / Newspaper Reporter
Chief John Big Tree Cheyenne Chief
Chris Willow Bird Indian
Danny Borzage Worker
George Brent Worker / Extra
Milton Brown Minor Role
Thomas Carr Rail Worker
Peggy Cartwright Miriam as a Girl

Producers

Patrick Stanbury Executive Producer
John Ford Producer
Kevin Brownlow Producer
David Gill Producer
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