Men of Action (July 13, 1935)
Released on July 13, 1935: (running time 55 minutes) Construction work on a large dam is sabotaged by a crooked banker and his henchmen.
Produced by Maurice Conn
Directed by Alan James
Written by Peter B. Kyne, Barry Barringer, John W. Krafft and Forrest Sheldon
The Actors: Frankie Darro (Johnny Morgan), LeRoy Mason (Jim Denton, chief engineer), Barbara Worth (Ann Evans, the boss' daughter), Fred Kohler (Thorenson, construction foreman), Gloria Shea (Lilly, Jefferson's secretary), Edwin Maxwell (Mr. Jepson, banker), Arthur Hoyt (Mr. Evans), Syd Saylor (Speedy), John Ince (Dad Morgan), Hank Bell (construction worker Roddy), Ben Corbett (construction worker), Art Dillard (mounted policeman), Bert Dillard (construction worker), Joseph W. Girard (official), William Gould (rancher), Jack Hendricks (mounted policeman), Frank McCarroll (henchman), Lafe McKee (rancher Lafe), Artie Ortego (construction worker), Lee Phelps (construction worker), Hal Taliaferro (henchman Wally), Slim Whitaker (Slim), Roger Williams (henchman Jack)
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Trying to Stop the Dam Accidents
If you have visited Las Vegas, it is most likely that you have also visited Lake Mead and the Hoover Dam a few miles southeast of Las Vegas. When this dam was built, it was the largest, most complex construction job ever attempted by modern man. President Herbert Hoover signed the bill authorizing the dam just before Christmas in 1928, and in September of 1930 construction began, and was scheduled to be completed by 1938.
At the peak of construction more than 5,000 men were working on the dam and it was completed two years ahead of schedule, being dedicated on September 30, 1935 by then President Franklin D. Roosevelt. The whole nation had been following the construction adventures since the beginning, and this miracle of modern technology was the center of attention for much of those years. Ten thousand people stood in the 102-degree heat (about 39 Celsius) in the middle of the desert to watch the ceremony. Two months earlier, on July 13, this movie opened in theaters around the country.
During construction of the Hoover Dam 112 men lost their lives because of tragic accidents, but what if those accidents were not really accidents? In this movie adventure a dam is being built in California, and there are some very suspicious accidents along the way. A crooked banker is hiring henchmen to sabotage the dam so that it is never finished.
This is a great good-guy, bad-guy action adventure, but there is something about this movie even greater than the plot and action of the story. If you are watching a scene where the actors are talking or moving, it is NOT being filmed at the Hoover Dam construction site. If you are watching the general construction scenes between the actors scenes, you are watching footage from the Hoover Dam construction that the movie company filmed while the dam was being built. . . . These scenes are a virtual time-machine view of those days as the dam was being built. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.