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The Iron Horse Review

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Brandon and son, Davy try to find an alternative route for a railway. Upon its discovery Brandon is killed by Indians. Years later and the arilway is commissioned, but crossing and double crossing leads to Davy retracing his steps, perhaps placing himself in danger once more.

★★★★★

This is what archive DVD should be about - the restoration and reissue of classics that haven't seen the light of a projector beam in eons. Photoplay has done its typically exemplary job in polishing up and scoring John Ford's 50th and finest silent picture.

A pioneering railroad tale that established the tropes that would become Western bywords, this is not just a rousing adventure, but also a cinematic landmark. George Schneiderman and Burnett Guffeyís imagery still shimmers, while Fordís handling of location and showpiece is little short of magisterial.

This is not just a rousing adventure, but also a cinematic landmark.