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 Post subject: triing to find old silent railroad movie comedy
PostPosted: Sat Sep 17, 2016 9:41 pm 

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There is an old movie, that is/was on youtube. Silent movie with one of the very old 'original' style locomotives pulling a line of the rail carriages that resembled stagecoaches. they were going through desert type area and pulling such stunts as the tracks form fit over rocks and moving the tracks out of the way of a stubborn mule......can anyone help?

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 Post subject: Re: triing to find old ilent railroad movie comedy
PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 1:36 am 

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Is it this one with a version of Stephensons "Rocket" in it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ZESmgxjUc

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2016 3:34 am 

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70000 wrote:
Is it this one with a version of Stephensons "Rocket" in it?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9ZESmgxjUc


First I'd seen of that one!

The one I would have been familiar with was "Our Hospitality" (1923) with Buster Keaton; there are two funny train sequences from 0:12:00 to 29:00, and again between 1:01:00 and 1:04:00. This also features a version of Stephenson's "Rocket" (and is lettered as such):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cRNObtP_Fgo

I am still amazed at the stunts in this and other films by Keaton, along with Harold Lloyd and others of that time. Don't ask me how they pulled all these off and the stars, who did their own stunts, didn't get killed!


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 Post subject: Re: triing to find old silent railroad movie comedy
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:10 pm 

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The first one with the 'rocket' replica is nearly the same, but different. Almost like it was a two (or more) part series? Very entertaining in any case!

Any other canidates?

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 Post subject: Re: triing to find old silent railroad movie comedy
PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:34 pm 

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Did a little looking around for "The Iron Mule," and it looks like its original version was longer, running in at 24 minutes. . .roughly twice the length of what seems to be available.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Iron_Mule

A comment in one of the reviews mentions that the author did get to see the whole thing, so the footage is still around, though not always on modern release.

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0015953/


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