Riders of the Timberline (1941)

58-59 mins | Western | November 1941

Director:

Lesley Selander

Producer:

Harry Sherman

Cinematographer:

Russell Harlan

Production Designer:

Ralph Berger

Production Company:

Harry Sherman Productions
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HISTORY

The working title of this film was Timber Wolves . According to a Nov 1940 news item, production on this film was delayed due to the fact that lumber mills were unavailable as location sites because they were occupied with "defense orders." For additional information on the "Hopalong Cassidy" series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; ... More Less

The working title of this film was Timber Wolves . According to a Nov 1940 news item, production on this film was delayed due to the fact that lumber mills were unavailable as location sites because they were occupied with "defense orders." For additional information on the "Hopalong Cassidy" series, please consult the Series Index and see entry for Hop-Along Cassidy in AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1931-40 ; F3.1990. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
27 Sep 1941.
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Daily Variety
24 Sep 1941.
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Film Daily
25 Sep 41
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Nov 40
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Jul 41
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
24 Sep 41
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
27 Sep 41
p. 286.
Variety
24 Sep 41
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCERS
Assoc prod
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Supv ed
SET DECORATOR
Set dec
COSTUMES
Ward
MUSIC
Mus dir
Mus score
SOUND
PRODUCTION MISC
STAND INS
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on characters created by Clarence E. Mulford.
SONGS
"The Fighting Forty," music and lyrics by Grace Hamilton and Jack Stern.
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Timber Wolves
Release Date:
November 1941
Production Date:
15128
Copyright Claimant:
Paramount Pictures, Inc.
Copyright Date:
3 December 1941
Copyright Number:
LP10864
Duration(in mins):
58-59
Length(in feet):
5,236
Length(in reels):
6
Country:
United States
PCA No:
7548
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

Bar-20 foreman Buck Peters sends his trusted ranch hands, Hopalong Cassidy and Johnny Nelson, to deliver $15,000 to Jim Kerrigan, a friend who is having difficulty meeting his lumber contract with the Ajax Lumber Company because of recurring sabotage. Hoppy and Johnny agree to stay and help Jim and all are relieved when Jim's daughter Elaine returns home with a group of loyal lumberjacks known as "The Fighting Forty." Local lumberjacks, who refuse to work Kerrigan's camp because of numerous accidents, try to stop the Forty from working, but the Forty beat them back. After Hoppy kills one saboteur who sneaks into camp in the night, he follows the compatriots to Ajax operative Ed Petrie's office and learns of Petrie's involvement. Hoppy and Jim later decide to try and smoke out the head man behind the sabotage by staging a falling out between Jim and Hoppy during which Jim throws Hoppy and Johnny out of his camp because they supposedly cheat at cards. Petrie is now sympathetic to them and along with Preston Yates, who is in collusion with Ajax and is trying to get Jim's land, they lure Petrie and his men into attempting another sabotage. Petrie's men are captured, but Jim is severely injured during the raid, and Baptiste Deschamp, his foreman, blames Hoppy and Johnny for the sabotage. Jim revives long enough to reveal the truth of the situation, and Hoppy and the lumbermen unite forces to prevent Petrie from blowing up the dam. The lumber contract is fulfilled, the Fighting Forty leave the camp and Hoppy, Johnny and Hoppy's friend California return to the ... +


Bar-20 foreman Buck Peters sends his trusted ranch hands, Hopalong Cassidy and Johnny Nelson, to deliver $15,000 to Jim Kerrigan, a friend who is having difficulty meeting his lumber contract with the Ajax Lumber Company because of recurring sabotage. Hoppy and Johnny agree to stay and help Jim and all are relieved when Jim's daughter Elaine returns home with a group of loyal lumberjacks known as "The Fighting Forty." Local lumberjacks, who refuse to work Kerrigan's camp because of numerous accidents, try to stop the Forty from working, but the Forty beat them back. After Hoppy kills one saboteur who sneaks into camp in the night, he follows the compatriots to Ajax operative Ed Petrie's office and learns of Petrie's involvement. Hoppy and Jim later decide to try and smoke out the head man behind the sabotage by staging a falling out between Jim and Hoppy during which Jim throws Hoppy and Johnny out of his camp because they supposedly cheat at cards. Petrie is now sympathetic to them and along with Preston Yates, who is in collusion with Ajax and is trying to get Jim's land, they lure Petrie and his men into attempting another sabotage. Petrie's men are captured, but Jim is severely injured during the raid, and Baptiste Deschamp, his foreman, blames Hoppy and Johnny for the sabotage. Jim revives long enough to reveal the truth of the situation, and Hoppy and the lumbermen unite forces to prevent Petrie from blowing up the dam. The lumber contract is fulfilled, the Fighting Forty leave the camp and Hoppy, Johnny and Hoppy's friend California return to the Bar-20. +

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