Roaring Timber (1937)

65 mins | Drama | 4 July 1937

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HISTORY

The working title of the film was Blazing Glory. Some scenes were shot on location in Astoria, OR. ...

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The working title of the film was Blazing Glory. Some scenes were shot on location in Astoria, OR.

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GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
PERSONAL & COMPANY INDEX CREDITS
CREDIT
SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
21 Aug 1937
p. 3
Film Daily
31 Jan 1938
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
25 Feb 1937
p. 4
Hollywood Reporter
11 Mar 1937
p. 2
Hollywood Reporter
12 Jul 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Daily
19 Aug 1937
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald
28 Aug 1937
p. 50
New York Times
19 Aug 1937
p. 23
Variety
14 Jul 1937
p. 21
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Blazing Glory
Release Date:
4 July 1937
Production Date:
3 Mar--25 Apr 1937
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
14 June 1937
LP7203
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Victor System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
65
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
3375
SYNOPSIS

Andrew MacKinley hires tough Jim Sherwood to be his foremen and get eighty million feet of lumber cut and offers him a bonus when the job is done. The bank reluctantly grants MacKinley a $500,000 loan to finance the big order. At the logging camp, news arrives that MacKinley has been killed in an accident, and then a dam collapses and causes the loss of a week's work. As they begin again, MacKinley's general manager, Sam Garvin, is bribed by Brooks, a competitor, to persuade MacKinley's daughter Kay to sell the company. Garvin tries to turn Jim and Kay against each other, telling Jim she will not pay the bonus, and telling Kay that there was no agreement to pay Jim a bonus. Kay and her aunt, Mary MacKinley, visit the camp and take over Jim's cabin. After a tour of the camp, Harrigan, the engineer, convinces Kay that the problems are Jim's fault, even though Harrigan designed the broken dam. When Harrigan's bridge collapses under the weight of a train and kills three men, the workmen form a mob to get Harrigan. Jim stops them and fires Harrigan himself. Kay rehires Harrigan and fires Jim, but this causes the men to walk off their jobs. Harrigan hires a new, inexperienced crew at lower wages, but Jim's men stop them from going to work, and a fight breaks out between the two groups. Kay then fires Harrigan and takes over herself, but learns that the men will only work for Jim. She asks Jim to return, and promises him the bonus. At Garvin's suggestion, Harrigan sabotages the camp and causes a train wreck. ...

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Andrew MacKinley hires tough Jim Sherwood to be his foremen and get eighty million feet of lumber cut and offers him a bonus when the job is done. The bank reluctantly grants MacKinley a $500,000 loan to finance the big order. At the logging camp, news arrives that MacKinley has been killed in an accident, and then a dam collapses and causes the loss of a week's work. As they begin again, MacKinley's general manager, Sam Garvin, is bribed by Brooks, a competitor, to persuade MacKinley's daughter Kay to sell the company. Garvin tries to turn Jim and Kay against each other, telling Jim she will not pay the bonus, and telling Kay that there was no agreement to pay Jim a bonus. Kay and her aunt, Mary MacKinley, visit the camp and take over Jim's cabin. After a tour of the camp, Harrigan, the engineer, convinces Kay that the problems are Jim's fault, even though Harrigan designed the broken dam. When Harrigan's bridge collapses under the weight of a train and kills three men, the workmen form a mob to get Harrigan. Jim stops them and fires Harrigan himself. Kay rehires Harrigan and fires Jim, but this causes the men to walk off their jobs. Harrigan hires a new, inexperienced crew at lower wages, but Jim's men stop them from going to work, and a fight breaks out between the two groups. Kay then fires Harrigan and takes over herself, but learns that the men will only work for Jim. She asks Jim to return, and promises him the bonus. At Garvin's suggestion, Harrigan sabotages the camp and causes a train wreck. Jim leads the men in an effort to stop a dangerous forest fire. The men then join together to finish the job, and the lumber is delivered.

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