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* TheSevenWesternPlots: The movie chronicles the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s, making it a railroad story.


* TheSavageIndian: Somewhat subverted. The Indians are resisting something that represents a mortal threat to their way of life. In the climactic battle, a Cheyenne is killed, and his dog trots over and nuzzles his master's corpse.

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* TheSavageIndian: Somewhat subverted. The Indians are resisting something that represents a mortal threat to their way of life.life, while the principal villain is a white man manipulating the Cheyenne for his own ends. In the climactic battle, a Cheyenne is killed, and his dog trots over and nuzzles his master's corpse.


''The Iron Horse'' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord. It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.

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''The Iron Horse'' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord.

It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.


Although TheWestern had been a popular genre dating back to ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' in 1903, this film, along with ''The Covered Wagon'' the year before, marked the evolution of the genre into epic drama. It was also the first big western for Ford, who would spend decades making many classics of the genre.

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Although TheWestern had been a popular genre dating back to ''Film/TheGreatTrainRobbery'' in 1903, this film, along with ''The Covered Wagon'' ''Film/TheCoveredWagon'' the year before, marked the evolution of the genre into epic drama. It was also the first big western for Ford, who would spend decades making many classics of the genre.

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* VehicleTitle. Iron horse is the Indians' name for the locomotive.


'''''The Iron Horse''''' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord. It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.

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'''''The ''The Iron Horse''''' Horse'' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord. It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.



* ArtisticLIcenseHistory: The Pony Express had been out of business for quite some time when construction began on the railroad. In fact, it only ran for a year and a half, as the operating expenses were too high for the Express to make a profit.

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* ArtisticLIcenseHistory: ArtisticLicenseHistory: The Pony Express had been out of business for quite some time when construction began on the railroad. In fact, it only ran for a year and a half, as the operating expenses were too high for the Express to make a profit.


* AnachronismStew: The Pony Express had been out of business for quite some time when construction began on the railroad. In fact, it only ran for a year and a half, as the operating expenses were too high for the Express to make a profit.

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* AnachronismStew: ArtisticLIcenseHistory: The Pony Express had been out of business for quite some time when construction began on the railroad. In fact, it only ran for a year and a half, as the operating expenses were too high for the Express to make a profit.


''The Iron Horse'' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord. It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.

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''The '''''The Iron Horse'' Horse''''' is a 1924 film directed by Creator/JohnFord. It is a story of the construction of the Transcontintal Railroad in the 1860s. The film opens with young Davy Brandon accompanying his father, a surveyor, on a trek to examine possible railroad routes. Right after the Brandons discover a pass through the mountains, Davy's father is murdered by a band of Cheyenne, led by a white man who is missing the last three fingers on his right hand.


* ManifestDestiny: A major theme of the film, as the railroad will link east and west.

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* ManifestDestiny: UsefulNotes/ManifestDestiny: A major theme of the film, as the railroad will link east and west.


* DisconnectedByDeath: A telegraphic variant. A guy climbs a telegraph pole to tap out a message but is shot down by the Cheyenne. His message is decoded as "Indians attacked Train No. 8 near Clay send help to--".



* KilledMidSentence: A telegraphic variant. A guy climbs a telegraph pole to tap out a message but is shot down by the Cheyenne. His message is decoded as "Indians attacked Train No. 8 near Clay send help to--".


* FemmeFataleSpy: Ruby the dance hall girl (and implied hooker, because what else would she be doing there?) is tasked with seducing Jesson and getting him under Bauman's control. She doesn't have to try very hard.



* MataHari: Ruby the dance hall girl (and implied hooker, because what else would she be doing there?) is tasked with seducing Jesson and getting him under Bauman's control. She doesn't have to try very hard.

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* {{Railroading}}: Bauman really, really wants the railroad built over his land. He is prepared to kill anyone who finds the mountain pass that will allow the railroad to bypass his land.


* SatelliteLoveInterest / TokenRomance: Miriam does nothing and hardly affects the plot at all, and seems to be there for no other reason than to be a love interest for Brandon. If Madge Bellamy and her character had been written out of the movie the story would be almost exactly the same.

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* SatelliteLoveInterest / TokenRomance: Miriam does nothing and hardly affects the plot at all, and seems to be there for no other reason than to be a love interest for Brandon. If Madge Bellamy and her character had been written out of the movie the story would be almost exactly the same. (Ford would complain years later in interviews that the studio had forced him to give Bellamy more screen time, even demanding closeups that didn't match the rest of the scene. This is very noticeable when Bellamy seems to change outfits when in closeup during a conversation with Davy on the train.)


Skip forward a couple of decades, and construction on the railroad is underway. David Brandon Sr.'s old friend, Thomas Marsh, is a contractor with the Union Pacific, and his daughter Miriam (Mae Marsh), Davy's childhood sweetheart, has come along. Miriam is engaged to Jesson, the railroad's chief engineer. Grown-up Davy is a Pony Express rider for the railroad. Unfortunately for the railroad, Jesson is in cahoots with Bauman, and unscrupulous land speculator who is trying to detour the railroad through some land that Bauman owns. Unfortunately for Davy, Bauman always keeps his right hand hidden...

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Skip forward a couple of decades, and construction on the railroad is underway. David Brandon Sr.'s old friend, Thomas Marsh, is a contractor with the Union Pacific, and his daughter Miriam (Mae Marsh), Davy's childhood sweetheart, has come along. Miriam is engaged to Jesson, the railroad's chief engineer. Grown-up Davy is a Pony Express rider for the railroad. Unfortunately for the railroad, Jesson is in cahoots with Bauman, and an unscrupulous land speculator who is trying to detour the railroad through some land that Bauman owns. Unfortunately for Davy, Bauman always keeps his right hand hidden...

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