Passed | | History, Romance, Western
After witnessing the murder of his father by a renegade as a boy, the grown-up Brandon helps to realize his father's dream of a transcontinental railway.
A notation on a title card states that in the final scenes of the meeting of the west and east railways, director John Ford used the actual engines that did meet on that day, the Jupiter and Locomotive 116. This claim was, in fact, not true. Not only was one of the locomotives actually number 119 (not 116), but both engines had already been scrapped by the time of the film - Jupiter in 1909, and No. 119 in 1903.
Accurate and faithful in every particular of fact and atmosphere is this pictorial history of the building of the first American transcontinental railroad.
At 3:12, Brandon's arm changes position as he leans against the tree.
The DVD release of this film contains two different edits, one for the American market and one for Europe. The American release is 16 minutes longer than the European cut. The American cut is dedicated to the memory of Abraham Lincoln while the European release is dedicated to the memory of George Stephenson. In the American release Fred Kohler's character is named Deroux while in the European cut his character is named Bauman.