|Directed by||John Ford|
|Written by||Grace Cunard|
|Distributed by||Universal Film Manufacturing Company|
The Tornado is a 1917 American short Western film directed and co-written by John Ford. 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. There is a third film recorded in 1917, The Scrapper, and all of its are starred by John as a cowboy hero. The film is considered to be lost. It's distributed by Universal Pictures.
It was released on March 3, 1917. It starred Jack Ford as Jack Dayton, Jean Hathaway as Jack's mother, John Duffy as Slick, his partner, Peter Gerald as Pendleton, the banker of Rock River, Elsie Thornton as Bess, Pendleton's daughter, and Duke Worne as Lesparre, chief of the Coyote Gang.
- John Ford as Jack Dayton (as Jack Ford)
- Jean Hathaway as Jack's mother
- Peter Gerald as Pendleton, banker from Rock River (as Pete Gerald)
- Elsie Thornton as Bess, Jack's daughter
- Duke Worne as Lesparre, the lead of Cayote gang
- John Duffy as Slick, Jack's partner
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