Iron to Gold

Iron to Gold is a lost[1] 1922 American silent western film produced and distributed by Fox Film Corporation. Based on a short story by Max Brand, writing as George Owen Baxter, the film starred Dustin Farnum and was directed by Bernard J. Durning.[2][3]

Iron to Gold
Film poster
Directed byBernard J. Durning
Produced byWilliam Fox
Written byMax Brand (story)
John Stone
StarringDustin Farnum
Marguerite Marsh
CinematographyDon Short (aka Donovan Short)
Distributed byFox Film Corporation
Release date
  • March 12, 1922 (1922-03-12)
Running time
50 minutes; 5 reels,
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)


As described in a film magazine,[4] rough, big-hearted miner Tom Curtis (Farnum) discovers that his partner George Kirby (Conklin) has been robbing him and shoots him in a fight. Tom then escapes to the mountains and becomes an outlaw to avoid any unmerited prison sentence. Later Anne Kirby (Marsh) and her husband Tom go west to look over the mine. Two outlaws attack them during the ride, and Anne is carried off to a cabin in the mountains. While the two outlaws fight over the possession of Anne, Tom arrives on the scene and drives them both away. He is about to accompany her back to safety when he learns that she is the wife of his former partner George Kirby, who had robbed him of his share in a valuable claim. One of the bandits waylays them and, after knocking out Tom, rides off with Anne. Tom shoots him but is himself severely injured. Anne nurses him in the cabin for a week where her husband George and the Sheriff (Belmore) find her, but Tom escapes. Tom then decides to give himself up. Anne, having learned the truth about her husband, leaves him. George hires a New York City gunman to kill Tom, but when George attempts to kill the gunman, the gunman kills him instead. Anne returns to her home in the east after making Tom her partner in the mining interests, and there is every reason to believe that he will soon be her partner in life, too.



  1. The Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Catalog: Iron to Gold
  2. The American Film Institute Catalog Feature Films: 1921-30 by The American Film Institute, c.1971
  3. The AFI Catalog of Feature Films: Iron to Gold
  4. "Reviews: Iron to Gold". Exhibitors Herald. New York City: Exhibitors Herald Company. 14 (13): 60. March 25, 1922.

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