The Iron Horse
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John Ford directed this epic-scale silent western, which was one of his first major successes and was hugely influential on outdoor films that followed. David Brandon (James Gordon) is a surveyor in the Old West who dreams that one day the entire North American continent will be linked by railroads. However, to make this dream a reality, a clear trail must be found through the Rocky Mountains. With his boy Davy (Winston Miller), David sets out to find such a path, but he's ambushed by a tribe of Indians led by a white savage, Deroux (Fred Kohler); while the boy manages to escape, David is… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Mid-level Ford, full of both interest and faults."
‑ Michael E. Grost, Classic Film and Television
"It's hard to argue that the film is more than very competent."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"It's a large canvas, and one that the filmmaker, then 29, often has trouble filling."
‑ Fernando F. Croce, Slant Magazine
"John Ford's first American epic is not a birth of a nation, but its physical and symbolic unification in the wake of the Civil War."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Parallax View
"Although Ford is not yet at the peak of his artistic powers in The Iron Horse, the film is still immensely entertaining and fascinating as a glimpse of the early Ford."
‑ Beth Accomando, KPBS.org
"It's not a great film, but it is captivating in its grandeur."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Surprising by virtue of how much of Ford's mature work is already in evidence."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"It's the atmosphere that Ford captures so beautifully, from the location shooting to the labor and process of clearing land and laying track."
‑ Sean Axmaker, Turner Classic Movies Online
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