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The Tornado (1924 film)

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The Tornado
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Directed byKing Baggot
Written byGrant Carpenter
Based onThe Tornado
by Lincoln J. Carter
Produced byCarl Laemmle
StarringHouse Peters
Ruth Clifford
Richard Tucker
CinematographyJohn Stumar
Distributed byUniversal Pictures
Release date
  • December 14, 1924 (1924-12-14)
Running time
70 minutes
CountryUnited States
LanguageSilent (English intertitles)

The Tornado is a 1924 American silent drama film directed by King Baggot and starring House Peters, Ruth Clifford, and Richard Tucker.[1][2]


As described in a review in a film magazine,[3] grim and severe, but with a kindly heart, the boss of the lumber camp (Peters) was known as Tornado. Returning to his shack in the village, he sees Ruth Travers (Clifford), the girl he has come to the wilderness to forget, and her husband Ross (Tucker). Ruth sends word by her husband that she must see Tornado, but the husband lies to keep them apart. Tornado, learning the couple are unhappy, reaches the hotel in time to prevent Ruth from being beaten by her husband, and tells her the story of his perfidy, how he left Tornado to die in France, lied about him, and finally won Ruth. The Travers' start to leave on an early train, but a cyclone comes up. The storm causes a log jam, and flood waters damage houses in the camp. Tornado manages to break the log jam and save the town, but the logs pile against the bridge and destroy it as the train is going over. Tornado saves Ruth and goes back for her husband, but it is too late to save him.



A complete print of The Tornado is held by the EYE Film Institute Netherlands.[4]


  1. ^ Munden p. 823
  2. ^ Progressive Silent Film List: The Tornado at
  3. ^ Sewell, Charles S. (15 November 1924). "The Tornado; Universal- Jewel Is Forceful Melodrama With Tremendous Climax That Should Please Majority". The Moving Picture World. New York City: Chalmers Publishing Co. 71 (3): 266.
  4. ^ Library of Congress American Silent Feature Film Survival Database: The Tornado


  • Munden, Kenneth White. The American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures Produced in the United States, Part 1. University of California Press, 1997.
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