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The Great Train Robbery
Year:  1903
Running Time:  90 minutes
Country:  USA
Cast:  George M. Anderson, Justus D. Barnes (head bandit), Walter Cameron (sheriff)....
Showtime:   Sunday, March 12, 2006 @ 01:00 PM
Director:  Edwin S. Porter

Description:
  "The Great Train Robbery" is the first western film - and also the first motion picture produced which contained a coherent plot. It was also one of the very first boxoffice blockbusters, instantly becoming a huge commercial success and spawning many outright imitations. Featuring Gilbert M. "Broncho Billy" Anderson in four separate roles, the 740-foot film catapulted him into some 375 other pictures and set numerous precedents in filmmaking techniques.

This special 100th Anniversary version contains a digitally enhanced version with a new music and effects track and color tinted sequences.

Filmed in November 1903 at Thomas Edison's New York studio, at Essex County Park in New Jersey, and along the Lackawanna railroad.

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As part of our tribute to the Western Films, we are showing the following film in the same program:

- "Tumbleweeds" (1925) starred the great William S. Hart, in his lost and biggest film, which Hart co-directed with King Baggott.

William S. Hart's last western is about the opening of the Cherokee strip in Oklahoma. A highlight is the land-rush scene, one of the great spectacles in silent films. Contains a music track and a special introduction by Hart himself, which turned out to be the actor's only speaking role.

Cast: William S. Hart, Barbara Bedford, Lucien Littlefield, J. Gordon Russell, Richard Neill, Jack Murphy


From: VCI Entertainment Collection

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