Train Wreckers

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  • NR
  • 1905
  • 11 min
  • 5.7  (161)

Train Wreckers is a 1905 silent film directed by Edwin S. Porter and released by the Edison Manufacturing Company. The movie stars Gilbert M. 'Broncho Billy' Anderson and Margaret Illington in lead roles. The plot of the movie follows a group of train robbers who have been targeting trains in the region. They use a variety of tactics to stop the trains, including using dynamite to derail them. The local authorities, unable to catch the culprits, hire a detective to investigate the crimes. As the detective gathers clues, he uncovers a plot by a rival railroad company to drive the other company out of business.

The movie is notable for its exciting action sequences, including a chase scene involving a horse and a train. It also features innovative editing techniques, such as cross-cutting between different locations to build suspense.

Train Wreckers was a huge commercial success at the time of its release and helped to establish the Western genre in American cinema. It is also noteworthy for being one of the earliest examples of a feature-length film, running at 33 minutes long.

Broncho Billy Anderson, who played the lead in the movie, was a popular Western star at the time and went on to become one of the most influential figures in early Hollywood. He was known for portraying the archetypal cowboy hero, and his performance in Train Wreckers solidified his status as a major star.

Margaret Illington, who played the female lead, was a successful stage actress who had recently made the transition to movies. Her performance in Train Wreckers was praised for its energy and excitement, and she went on to appear in a number of other silent films.

Overall, Train Wreckers is a thrilling and entertaining movie that captures the excitement and danger of the Wild West. Its innovative editing and exciting action sequences make it a landmark film in the history of American cinema.

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    5.7  (161)