Tommy McGrath and "Fats" Moody, two young boys on the verge of becoming hardened criminals, attempt to hold up a warehouse but escape before the police arrive. Hopping a freight-car, they go west where they are befriended by a pair of retired actors. When they leave , they decide to join the CCC(Civilian Conservation Corps)as it seems a good place to hide from the law. Both soon have the toughness knocked out of them and are on the straight-and-narrow. Tommy meets and falls in love with Joan Martin, the sheriff's daughter, but just after his appointment to the Forestry Service he is accused of murdering one of the camp leaders he had fought with on several occasions, and he hides in a nearby cabin. Tommy catches a lunatic setting fire to the woods, attempts to stop him and is shot through the shoulder. When he comes to, the forest is ablaze and he struggles back to the cabin to release the deputy he had escaped from. Written by
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This film received its first telecast Friday 5 December 1941 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). Post-WWII television viewers got their first look at it Sunday 21 May 1950 on WPIX (Channel 11). See more »
BLAZING BARRIERS is a cheap outdoors adventure made by Monogram in 1937. Most of the film seems to have been shot in just a couple of locations and most of the supporting cast are interchangeable, just there in numbers to make the film look bigger than it is.
The protagonists are a couple of young goons by the name of Tommy and Fats. They're failed criminals who decide to escape the long arm of the law by joining something called the Civilian Conservation Corps, an outdoor outfit involved in tree logging and other forestry enterprises.
This being a somewhat moralistic story, the main characters soon change for the better, but their lives are made more complex by the arrival of an even more sinister character with destruction in mind. BLAZING BARRIERS is a predictable little effort that doesn't ring true for a second, but at least there's plenty of incident to take your mind off the cheapness of it all.
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