THE COVERED WAGON, 1923, Paramount, 98 min. Dir. James Cruze. Mostly shot-on-location in Utah and Nevada, with a swelling cast of thousands of extras, this is a sterling example of what a big budget blockbuster looked like nearly a century ago. Its success spurred more epic westerns to come, such as John Ford’s acclaimed early effort.
THE IRON HORSE. Based on Emerson Hough’s then-popular novel, The Covered Wagon, Paramount bankrolled this $782,000 spectacular about beleagured pioneers on their long trek of westward expansion and settlement. With James Cruze behind the camera, a tapestry of individual stories unfolds, centering on pioneer characters played by then popular J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Ernest Torrence and Alan Hale. Full synopsis
- Cast: J. Warren Kerrigan, Lois Wilson, Ernest Torrence, Charles Ogle, Alan Hale, Ethel Wales
- Director: James Cruze
- Genres: Drama