The Great K & A Train Robbery (1926)

Western | 17 October 1926

Director:

Lewis Seiler

Writer:

John Stone

Cinematographer:

Dan Clark

Production Company:

Fox Film Corp.
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HISTORY

The 23 Mar 1926 FD announced that Fox Film Corp. had acquired rights to Paul Leicester Ford’s 1897 novel, The Great K & A Train Robbery. The Western was a starring vehicle for Tom Mix and his “wonder horse, Tony,” according to the 8 May 1926 Motion Picture News, which listed Irving Cummings as director and Bradley King as the scenarist. However, Cummings was later replaced by Lewis Seiler, and John Stone was given sole credit for writing the scenario. The film was reportedly photographed on location in Royal Gorge, Colorado.
       The Aug 1926 AmCin reported that cinematographer Dan Clark spent a long time in Colorado shooting a train from one end to the other. Clark "had never known that there were so many camera angels on a train. He has photographed from the top of the train, from side, front, rear, straight-up and endwise, all while the train was covering him, his camera, and crew with ... More Less

The 23 Mar 1926 FD announced that Fox Film Corp. had acquired rights to Paul Leicester Ford’s 1897 novel, The Great K & A Train Robbery. The Western was a starring vehicle for Tom Mix and his “wonder horse, Tony,” according to the 8 May 1926 Motion Picture News, which listed Irving Cummings as director and Bradley King as the scenarist. However, Cummings was later replaced by Lewis Seiler, and John Stone was given sole credit for writing the scenario. The film was reportedly photographed on location in Royal Gorge, Colorado.
       The Aug 1926 AmCin reported that cinematographer Dan Clark spent a long time in Colorado shooting a train from one end to the other. Clark "had never known that there were so many camera angels on a train. He has photographed from the top of the train, from side, front, rear, straight-up and endwise, all while the train was covering him, his camera, and crew with soot.
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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
American Cinematographer
Aug 1926
p. 12.
Film Daily
23 Mar 1926
p. 4.
Film Daily
24 Sep 1926
p. 14.
Film Daily
10 Oct 1926
p. 6.
Motion Picture News
8 May 1926.
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Moving Picture World
16 Oct 1926
p. 443.
Photoplay
Dec 1926
p. 57.
Variety
27 Oct 1926
p. 40.
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LITERARY
Based on the novel The Great K & A Train Robbery by Paul Leicester Ford, first published in the Aug 1896 issue of Lippencott's Magazine , and in hard cover by Dodd Mead & Co. (New York, 1897).
DETAILS
Release Date:
17 October 1926
Copyright Claimant:
William Fox
Copyright Date:
5 October 1926
Copyright Number:
LP23193
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
gauge
35mm
Length(in feet):
4,800
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

When the K & A Railroad is subjected to a series of mysterious robberies, detective Tom Gordon is detailed to uncover the mystery. Disguised as a bandit, Tom boards the train of K & A President Cullen. Sensing that Tom is not a criminal, Cullen's daughter, Madge soon falls in love with him, though she is sought after by Burton, her father's secretary, who is in league with the bandits. Ultimately Tom discovers Burton's duplicity, and with the aid of Tony, his horse, rounds up the villains and wins the hand of ... +


When the K & A Railroad is subjected to a series of mysterious robberies, detective Tom Gordon is detailed to uncover the mystery. Disguised as a bandit, Tom boards the train of K & A President Cullen. Sensing that Tom is not a criminal, Cullen's daughter, Madge soon falls in love with him, though she is sought after by Burton, her father's secretary, who is in league with the bandits. Ultimately Tom discovers Burton's duplicity, and with the aid of Tony, his horse, rounds up the villains and wins the hand of Madge. +

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