The Iron Horse DVD

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The 1924 blockbuster that launched John Ford into Hollywood's emerging A-list of directors The Iron Horse is an epic mythification of the American railroad's birth: a rambunctious blend of historical drama and Western actioner revenge story and saloon comedy noble biopic and all-bets-off tall tale. 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. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Iron Horse in its US full-length version for the first time on DVD in the UK. [show more]

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Released
26 September 2011
Directors
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Format
DVD 
Publisher
Eureka Entertainment 
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Runtime
283 minutes 
Features
PAL 
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5060000403398 
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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play The 1924 blockbuster that launched John Ford into Hollywood&39;s emerging A-list of directors The Iron Horse is an epic mythification of the American railroad&39;s birth a rambunctious blend of historical drama and Western actioner revenge story and saloon comedy noble biopic and all-bets-off tall tale Neighbour to the pre-presidential Abe Lincoln in Springfield Illinois young Davy Brandon accompanies his father westward to realise the elder&39;s dream of a rail line bridging the ends of the continent Years after Brandon Sr&39;s murder and scalping by a two-fingered Cheyenne half-breed the adult David (played by George O&39;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&39;s past as Ford guides his characters&39; 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 The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present The Iron Horse in its US full-length version for the first time on DVD in the UK Actors George O&39;Brien Madge Bellamy Charles Edward Bull Cyril Chadwick Will Walling Francis Powers J Farrell MacDonald Jim Welch George Waggner Fred Kohler James A Marcus & Gladys Hulette Director John Ford Certificate PG Year 1924 Languages Silent (English) Duration 2 hours and 30 minutes (approx)

Epic silent Western from director John Ford. The film concerns the building of the first transcontinental railroad and tells a story of double dealing among surveyors and contractors, attacks by the Cheyenne Indians, immigrants hoping for a better life, saloon girls deviously seducing railroad officials, sons struggling to realise the forgotten dreams of their now-dead fathers, and desperate last minute rides by the pony express. It culminates with the celebrated scene of the joining of the rails at Promontory Point, Utah.