The Iron Trail


1921

Brief Synopsis

Honest railroad man Murray O'Neil competes with the crooked railroader Curtis Gordon to be the first to complete a trans-Alaska railroad. O'Neil must complete work on a massive bridge before the spring ice floes can destroy the project.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1921
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bennett Pictures
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Iron Trail by Rex Beach (New York, 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Alaskan railroad magnate Curtis Gordon hires engineer Dan Appleton to design a railroad route up the Salmon River to the rich gold country. Gordon turns down the engineer's proposed route in favor of his own, and Appleton quits. Murray O'Neil, a rival builder, hires him and falls in love with his sister Eliza, while Appleton courts Natalie, Gordon's stepdaughter. Following Appleton's plan, O'Neil lays the trail with a bridge crossing the river in face of Gordon's opposition. When the bridge is near completion, the workmen leave in fear of ice floes. Working desperately, O'Neil and Appleton manage to complete the work just before the ice breaks on the bridge, which holds fast. The road is completed and the lovers are united.

Film Details

Release Date
Oct 30, 1921
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Bennett Pictures
Distribution Company
United Artists
Country
United States
Screenplay Information
Based on the novel The Iron Trail by Rex Beach (New York, 1913).

Technical Specs

Sound
Silent
Color
Black and White
Film Length
7 reels

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