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JOHN PAYNE plays a college guy who gets a lumberjack job on a crew run
by STANLEY FIELDS. Fields is a rough mannered, diamond-in-the-rough
type of guy who manages to win the attention of GLORIA DICKSON when she
applies for a job as singer in the local tavern. And unfortunately, he
has most of the footage throughout the film.
Turns out that Dickson is Payne's former sweetheart which sets up the usual formula triangle with Payne caught between the newly married couple and his friendship with both.
Some of the timberland footage looks like stock shots used from other Warner films about lumberjacks. The story, as well, seems like a retread of familiar films dealing with the same background and romantic triangle.
With Fields using rough tactics to get his logs to the mill on time, we know there will be some sort of conflict between him and Payne before the story is over. Too much plot takes place in the last ten minutes, involving a vengeful runaway train, which gives the story an abrupt feel before it winds up in downbeat fashion.
Summing up: Forgettable B-film leaves a bad impression.
Warner's TIGER SHARK plot -- usually with Edward G. Robinson in the
lead and a top director like Howard Hawks or Raoul Walsh directing --
gets the B treatment among lumberjacks . Stanley Field, of course,
doesn't have the range of Robinson, but John Payne is fine in an early
outing as the juvenile lead, and Gloria Dickson is absolutely terrific.
She never got out of the Bs, and was working for Columbia when she died
in a fire at her home four years later, alas.
This feature is one of the very short, one-hour second features that Warner Brothers produced under Briney Foy in the pre-war period. Overall, it's a good, workmanlike piece.
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