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Battle of Greed (1937)

Approved | | Romance, Western | 18 January 1937 (USA)
When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a ... See full summary »

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Gwynne Shipman ...
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Hammond
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Henchman Bates (as Rafael Bennett)
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Judge William H. Avery
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Judge Albion
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Jockey Brown (as Bobby Callahan)
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When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a crooked Judge, he gets a mis-trial by telling how much each of the jurors was bribed. Then he gets the Governor to appoint a new Judge. But just as the retrial opens, the Judge learns his daughter has been kidnaped. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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BONANZA! A TOWN GONE MAD and GUNS BARK RED IN THE LUST FOR RICHES! (original poster) See more »

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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Friday 26 April 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. See more »

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Through the eyes of Mark Twain
23 April 2016 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Tom Keene whose career started with the lead in Cecil B. DeMille's last silent film The Godless Girl was now toiling in poverty row studios having found his Hollywood niche there as a B western star. Battle Of Greed has some pretensions to history, but in fact it's a poorly crafted B western.

The subject here is the founding of Virginia City and Keene's conflict with Ray Butler the chief heavy who has a nicely honed craft of claim jumping. Butler tries everything legal and illegal and Keene's younger brother Jimmy Butler is shot and now paralyzed below the waist.

Keene is a lawyer and just as handy with a six gun as with a courtroom brief. Battle Of Greed is seen through the real life character Samuel Langhorne Clemens who while in Virginia City started writing humorous fiction and took up the pen name of Mark Twain. He's played here by James Bush.

Jimmy Butler gets the acting honors here with a fine performance as the crippled young man not wanting to be a burden on his big brother. Sad that it's wasted in a poverty row western.


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