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A railroad engineer adopts a French orphan while he's fighting in the army in World War I, and takes him back to the US when the war ends. Later the boy needs an eye operation that the ... See full summary »

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Tom Forman

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Hunt Stromberg (story and scenario), Doris Dorn (story and scenario)
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Cast overview:
Harry Carey ... Big Bill Benson
Frankie Darro ... Little Bill
Edith Roberts ... Nora Burke
Wallace MacDonald ... Malcolm Gregory
Frank Hagney ... Red Burley
Duke R. Lee Duke R. Lee ... John McFarlane (as Duke Lee)
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A railroad engineer adopts a French orphan while he's fighting in the army in World War I, and takes him back to the US when the war ends. Later the boy needs an eye operation that the engineer can't afford, so he takes the rap for a murder he didn't commit in order to get his son the operation. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 1924 (USA) See more »

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Den flammende Død See more »

Filming Locations:

Klamath Falls, Oregon, USA

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Railroads and Melodramas
29 May 2011 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Harry Carey stars in a pretty good programmer about a railroad engineer, down on his luck, who takes the blame for a murder in order to get his adopted son, Frankie Darro, an operation for his eyes. Everyone is against him but hash house slinger Edith Roberts.

The whole thing wanders from the Battle of Château Thierry in France to some nice outdoors scenery around Klamath Falls in Oregon and ends with Carey running a train through a burning forest for ten thousand dollars. Carey was a middle-ranked star at this point, having started out with D.W. Griffith. He would continue to star in B westerns through the 1940s and take starring supporting roles until his death in the late 1940s -- look for him as the Vice-President in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON as, basically, Will Rogers.

This is the sort of movie where the story drives the characters, but Carey pulls off his part with his usual great competence.


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