Law of the Timber (December 19, 1941)
Released on December 19, 1941: (running time 63 minutes) A young girl running a lumber operation must discover who the scoundrel is that will kill to keep her from filling a company-saving lumber order.
Produced by Bernard B. Ray
Directed by Bernard B. Ray
Written by James Oliver Curwood with screenplay by Jack Natteford
The Actors: Marjorie Reynolds (Perry Lorimer), Monte Blue (Hodge Mason), J. Farrell MacDonald (Mr. Adams, banker), Sven Hugo Borg (Olaf Swenson), Hal Brazeale (John Gordon), Earl Eby (Frank Barnes), George Humbert (Eric Smith, cook), Milburn Morante (Abe Cain), Betty Roadman (Ma Cain), Eddie Phillips (Sam Cain), Jack Holmes (Harry Lorimer), Victor Adamson (lumberjack), Jack Cheatham (lumberjack), John Elliott (Sheriff), Joe Garcio (lumberjack), Merrill McCormick (guitar playing lumberjack), Charles McMurphy (lumberjack), Art Mix (lumberjack), Jerry Sheldon (lumberjack), Rudy Sooter (lumberjack)
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The Pretty Girl, The Lumberjacks, and the Killer
On December 7, 1941, Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and instantly the United State was into World War II, fighting both the Japanese in the Pacific and the Germans in Europe. The day before, on December 6, 1941, virtually no Americans were convinced that we would be at war soon. This movie hit movie theaters thirteen days later on December 19, and the first scene makes mention of ‘cutting timber for the government’ and later the squatter family suspected of sabotaging the lumber deal states that they would not harm anything that is helping the nation at this dangerous time. I don’t know if those scenes were re-shot after the attack on Pearl Harbor, or if the whole movie was shot after that infamous day, but it sure didn’t take long for the movie company to tie their plot into the war effort.
The plot is a familiar one, but it is set in the wilderness of the Northwest United States where the trees grow tall and straight, and big, tough lumberjacks risk life and limb to provide the wood that is building the nation. This isn’t a cowboy movie, but like them, the all-man tough adventure needs at least one pretty young girl to provide a bit of eye-candy for the guys watching the adventure.
In this story young ‘Perry’ Lorimer, daughter of Harry Lorimer, becomes the owner of the lumber operation, and someone in the company is trying very hard to stop her from filling the order of lumber for the government. After the company gets the order they must hire many tough lumberjacks to get the job done, and several of the tough men of the wilderness are a bit odd . . . . When the ‘accidents’ start happening, there are several great suspects, and the search is on for the identity of the person or persons who will kill in order to prevent this order from being completed.
The testosterone flows freely as these tough men suspect each other, and we suspect them all. See how soon you can discover who the good guys are and who the bad guys are . . . . And watch out for the Ace of Clubs in the poker game - it can be deadly. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Earl Eby, Marjorie Reynolds and Jack Holmes
Earl Eby and Marjorie Reynolds
Earl Eby and Monte Blue
George Humbert, Merrill McCormick
George Humbert, Monte Blue
Hal Brazeale, Marjorie Reynolds
J. Farrell MacDonald
John Elliott, Marjorie Reynolds, Earl Eby
Sven Hugo Borg
Marjorie Reynolds, Earl Eby, J. Farrell MacDonald
Marjorie Reynolds, Earl Eby
Milburn Morante, Eddie Phillips
Monte Blue, Hal Brazeale, Sven Hugo Borg
Sven Hugo Borg