The Tornado

The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford.wikipedia
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It was Ford's debut film as a director, (previously he directed films with his brother Francis Ford) he was only 22 years old, but sometimes The Trail of Hate (1917) is considered the first.
John Ford – The Tornado

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The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford. It starred Jack Ford as Jack Dayton, Jean Hathaway as Jack's Iris mother, John Duffy as Slick, his partner, Peter Gerald as Pendleton, the banker of Rock River, Elsie Thornton as Bess, Pendleton's daughter, and Duck Worne as Lesparre, chief of the Coyote Gang.
There is some uncertainty about the identity of Ford's first film as director—film writer Ephraim Katz notes that Ford might have directed the four-part film Lucille the Waitress as early as 1914 —but most sources cite his directorial début as the silent two-reeler The Tornado, released in March 1917.

Francis Ford (actor)

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It was Ford's debut film as a director, (previously he directed films with his brother Francis Ford) he was only 22 years old, but sometimes The Trail of Hate (1917) is considered the first.
The Tornado (writer, 1917)

Duke Worne

Short film

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The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford.

Western (genre)

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The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford.

Writer

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The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford.

The Trail of Hate

It was Ford's debut film as a director, (previously he directed films with his brother Francis Ford) he was only 22 years old, but sometimes The Trail of Hate (1917) is considered the first.

The Scrapper

There is a third film recorded in 1917, The Scrapper, and all of its are starred by John as a cowboy hero.

Cowboy

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There is a third film recorded in 1917, The Scrapper, and all of its are starred by John as a cowboy hero.

Hero

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There is a third film recorded in 1917, The Scrapper, and all of its are starred by John as a cowboy hero.

Lost film

Jack Duffy (actor)

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It starred Jack Ford as Jack Dayton, Jean Hathaway as Jack's Iris mother, John Duffy as Slick, his partner, Peter Gerald as Pendleton, the banker of Rock River, Elsie Thornton as Bess, Pendleton's daughter, and Duck Worne as Lesparre, chief of the Coyote Gang.

Cinematography

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During the filming, Jack Ford got drunk and told to the producers which he was able to order the actor to do what they had to do and recorded it.

Film producer

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During the filming, Jack Ford got drunk and told to the producers which he was able to order the actor to do what they had to do and recorded it.

The Soul Herder

Jack Ford declared The Soul Herder as the first film he directed because he dismissed The Tornado and called it a "brunch of stunts".

Universal Pictures

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It's distributed by Universal Pictures.

March 1917

John Ford debuted as a director with the film The Tornado, with himself starring in the lead role. The film is now considered lost.