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  Victor McLaglen.
Frame enlargement: courtesy The New Zealand Film Archive /
National Film Preservation Foundation.
Strong Boy
Also known as O Moço é Forte in Brazil; Drager Nr. 13 in Denmark; Le costaud in France; Forzuto in Italy; Viva la ambición in Spain
(1929) American
B&W : Six reels / 5567 feet / [?] 62 or 79? minutes
Directed by John Ford

Cast: Victor McLaglen [William ‘Strong Boy’ Bloss], Leatrice Joy [Mary McGregor], J. Farrell MacDonald [Angus McGregor], Clyde Cook [Pete], Kent Sanderson (Buddy Roosevelt) [Wilbur Watkins], Douglas Scott [Wobby], Slim Summerville [Slim], Eulalie Jensen [the Queen of Lisonia], David Torrence [the railroad president], Dolores Johnson [?] [prima donna or usherette]?, Tom Wilson [the baggage master], Jack Pennick [a porter], Robert Ryan [a porter]

Fox Film Corporation production; distributed by Fox Film Corporaton. / Scenario by James Kevin McGuiness, Andrew Bennison and John McLain, from a screen story by Frederick Hazlitt Brennan. Cinematography by Joseph H. August. Intertitles by Malcolm Stuart Boylan. Presented by William Fox. / © 15 February 1929 by Fox Film Corporation [LP120]. Released 3 March 1929. / Movietone 35mm spherical 1.20:1 format [?] and Standard 35mm spherical 1.33:1 format? / The film was also released in the USA in a silent version in six reels (at 5526 feet) by Fox Film Corporaton. The film was released in Denmark on 17 February 1930. The film was released in Finland on 6 October 1930. / Silent film, with synchronized music and sound effects. The Robert Ryan of this cast is not the later actor Robert Ryan.


Survival status: The film is presumed lost : A theatrical trailer for the film exists in the New Zealand Film Archive film archive : A print may exist in Australia.

Current rights holder: (unknown)

Keywords: Railroads

Listing updated: 11 February 2018.

References: Drew-Speaking pp. 82, 276; Gallagher-Ford pp. 40, 47, 498; Sinclair-Ford pp. 40, 240 : ClasIm-226 p. 41 : Website-AFI; Website-IMDb.

Home video: DVD.

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