Jim Cole, heir to a mining operation, takes over the mine, which is suffering from unexplained low production, and is facing a strike by the miners. Jim will soon loose the mine if ... See full summary »

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(as Harry Fraser)

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Mary Norsen
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Fred Johnson
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Claire Johnson
Matthew Betz ...
Dorsky
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Joe Norsen
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Emil
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Molly Hendricks (as Ruth Frazer)
Phil Dunham ...
Cole, Sr.
Elliott Sullivan ...
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Jim Cole, heir to a mining operation, takes over the mine, which is suffering from unexplained low production, and is facing a strike by the miners. Jim will soon loose the mine if production doesn't increase and the sabotage continues. Mary Norsen, office-secretary, accidentally learns of a plot by Fred Johnson to wreck the mine and force Cole to sell his coal-mine. She and her brother, Joe, join Cole in his fight to stop Johnson. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Action | Crime | Drama | Romance

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23 November 1936 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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In Britain, the Pathescope Company released a 900 ft mute version on the 9.5mm gauge in 1938 and some prints still exist. See more »

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Coal in 1936
21 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It is a good idea to keep in mind that this movie is from 1936 - long before the regulations were put in place to protect miners from situations as seen here. These modern regulations also insure against the strife that miners went through in these days. Remembering that WWII is just around the corner coal was about to be a most important thing for fighting the Axis in Europe and the Pacific. Legal ramifications had not been enacted in 1936 that would have overseen most of the corporation's rules and ability to make profits, as well as miner's wages, insurance, etc. As far as the movie goes - Again keep in mind that Talkie-Movies were new so the writing and acting was done primarily by stage actors. All in all this is a great movie that delves into the world of union rights, safety issues, and corporate greed that follows humankind even into today's coal mining businesses. Craming all these into a short, 1936 movie wasn't easy - ergo the flaws and missteps. But the story is told well, filmed well, and works. The final scenes were excellent and rank well up there with today's special effects.


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