Timber (1942)

58 or 60 mins | Drama | 14 August 1942

Director:

Christy Cabanne

Writer:

Griffin Jay

Cinematographer:

Jack McKenzie

Editor:

Otto Ludwig

Production Designer:

Jack Otterson

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Company, Inc.
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HISTORY

According to HR , actor Don Terry was originally cast in this film, but he did not appear in the released film and was probably replaced by Dan Dailey, Jr. According to the MPHPD review, this was the best film "by a wide margin" in Universal's series of Leo Carrillo and Andy Devine ... More Less

According to HR , actor Don Terry was originally cast in this film, but he did not appear in the released film and was probably replaced by Dan Dailey, Jr. According to the MPHPD review, this was the best film "by a wide margin" in Universal's series of Leo Carrillo and Andy Devine features. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
22 Aug 1942.
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Daily Variety
10 Aug 42
p. 3.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Apr 42
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
24 Apr 42
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 42
p. 3.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
15 Aug 42
p. 839.
Variety
12 Aug 42
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
PRODUCER
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Orig story
Orig story
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
MUSIC
Mus dir
SOUND
[Sd] tech
DETAILS
Release Date:
14 August 1942
Production Date:
22 April--early May 1942
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
21 July 1942
Copyright Number:
LP11467
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
58 or 60
Length(in feet):
5,401
Country:
United States
PCA No:
8470
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Jerome K. Osborne, chairman of lumber production for the Department of National Defense, calls in Dan Crowley of Crowley Lumber and asks the lumber magnate why his government deliveries are late. Crowley tells Osborne that a series of strange accidents has been happening at his mill. When Osborne threatens to cancel his government contracts, Crowley offers to oversee the mill's operations himself. Back at the mill, Crowley meets with his two foremen, Quebec and Arizona, who tell him that some poor workers have been holding up production. The foremen are then allowed to hire new men, one of which is their old friend, Kansas. When the fired men, led by Jules Fabian, try to start a fight with Arizona, Kansas steps in and defeats the entire group by himself. The three friends then go to the lumber camp, where they meet French-Canadian Pierre Lacour, his sister Yvette and his slow-witted friend, Bill Cormack. The two men are soon hired to work as lumberjacks, and Kansas quickly falls for Yvette. Later, Pierre tells Kansas that he has worked at a number of lumber camps and suspects the existence of a group of saboteurs, which he believes is now working in this camp. Pierre's suspicions are correct, as Fabian heads a group of foreign agents, and the saboteurs quickly discover that Kansas is actually a special agent for the Forestry Service. That night, a jealous Arizona orders Kansas to break his date with Yvette and drive the evening truck run. When Kansas decides to keep the date anyway, Pierre takes the run instead and is killed when his truck is apparently forced ... +


Jerome K. Osborne, chairman of lumber production for the Department of National Defense, calls in Dan Crowley of Crowley Lumber and asks the lumber magnate why his government deliveries are late. Crowley tells Osborne that a series of strange accidents has been happening at his mill. When Osborne threatens to cancel his government contracts, Crowley offers to oversee the mill's operations himself. Back at the mill, Crowley meets with his two foremen, Quebec and Arizona, who tell him that some poor workers have been holding up production. The foremen are then allowed to hire new men, one of which is their old friend, Kansas. When the fired men, led by Jules Fabian, try to start a fight with Arizona, Kansas steps in and defeats the entire group by himself. The three friends then go to the lumber camp, where they meet French-Canadian Pierre Lacour, his sister Yvette and his slow-witted friend, Bill Cormack. The two men are soon hired to work as lumberjacks, and Kansas quickly falls for Yvette. Later, Pierre tells Kansas that he has worked at a number of lumber camps and suspects the existence of a group of saboteurs, which he believes is now working in this camp. Pierre's suspicions are correct, as Fabian heads a group of foreign agents, and the saboteurs quickly discover that Kansas is actually a special agent for the Forestry Service. That night, a jealous Arizona orders Kansas to break his date with Yvette and drive the evening truck run. When Kansas decides to keep the date anyway, Pierre takes the run instead and is killed when his truck is apparently forced off the road by another vehicle. After Pierre's funeral, a grief-stricken Cormack tries to kill Kansas, as the saboteurs have told him that Kansas was responsible for his friend's death. Later, Kansas goes to explain things to Cormack, but finds the mentally handicapped man murdered. Mill supervisor Joe Radway immediately accuses Kansas of the killing, but Quebec and Arizona vouch for their friend. After a second truck crashes, the drivers threaten to quit, so Kansas, Quebec and Arizona offer to take their places. As Quebec turns on the siren of the lead truck, Kansas, riding in a second truck, realizes that the mystery car is actually a sound-activated mechanical mirror. Kansas manages to board the truck and convince Quebec to drive through what appears to be oncoming headlights. Afterward, the three friends confront Radway, whose mechanical toy triggered Kansas' discovery. Learning that Radway purchased the toy from merchant Doc Turner in St. Martin, the group heads there, but not before Radway's secretary, Ann Barrows, warns the crooked storekeeper of their imminent arrival. Turner sets a trap for the lumbermen, but the saboteurs, including Turner, Radway and Fabian, instead are captured by the three friends. In the meantime, Yvette manages to capture Barrows as well. Later, Kansas is put in charge of the mill, and his two old friends are soon fighting about which of them he will be directly supervising. +

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