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The Iron Mule (1925)

 -  Comedy | Short  -  12 April 1925 (USA)
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In 1830, a train known as the Iron Mule is loaded with passengers, and starts off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous obstacles and delays. The engineer is prepared for ... See full summary »

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George Davis
Glen Cavender
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Doris Deane
Billy Franey
Florence Reed
Walter C. Reed
John Sinclair
Lotus Thompson
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In 1830, a train known as the Iron Mule is loaded with passengers, and starts off on its trip. Along the way, the train faces numerous obstacles and delays. The engineer is prepared for most of them, but the real challenges come when the train is ambushed by Indians. Written by Snow Leopard

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Although Buster Keaton is uncredited for his role; in an interview he said his parents went to see the film with no knowledge he was in it, and his mother was able to identify him without ever seeing his face. See more »

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fun to watch, but not particularly funny either
20 May 2006 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is an Al St. John silent comedy short. Although he is completely unknown today, he starred in a few movies with Buster Keaton--and it was from Buster he obtained the very, very old fashioned train for this film. In the Keaton film, OUR HOSPITALITY (by the way, it's one of the greatest films he ever did), the train was also featured just a few months earlier. Here in this short, the train is pulled out of mothballs and is featured.

This movie is a very leisurely paced film about one of the earliest railway lines in America. It shows the train slowly departing and follows it through the journey. The scenes are cute and interesting, but no real belly laughs or excitement either.

FYI--late in the film a group of Indians attack the train. Supposedly one of them is Buster Keaton in a cameo. I watched for this but couldn't clearly tell if this is true--the only adequate quality of the print didn't help.


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