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Law of the Timber (1941)

Approved | | Drama | 19 December 1941 (USA)
The H&L Lumber Company headed by Henry Lorimer and his daughter "Perry", receives a huge national defense order, and prepares to cut the dangerous Antler Valley tract. Eastern dude John ... See full summary »



(story "The Speck on the Wall"), (screenplay)

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Complete credited cast:
Hodge Mason
Olaf (as Sven-Hogo Borg)
Hal Brazeale ...
John Gordon
Earl Eby ...
Frank Barnes (as Earle Eby)
George Humbert ...
Abe Cain (as Milt Morani - billing typo)
Betty Roadman ...
Ma Cain
Eddie Phillips ...
Sam Cain
Jack Holmes ...
Harry Lorimer (as Jack M. Holmes)
Zero the Dog ...


The H&L Lumber Company headed by Henry Lorimer and his daughter "Perry", receives a huge national defense order, and prepares to cut the dangerous Antler Valley tract. Eastern dude John Gordon applies for a lumberjack's job and Lorimer hires him. Soon, a series of accidents occur, topped by a forest fire of unknown origin, in which Lorimer is killed. Perry decides to carry on in her father's place, despite the objections of camp manager Barnes, who covets the company. The storehouse, where the dynamite needed to clear an avalanche is stored, explodes and Barnes blames Gordon. The latter has some cartridge cases used by the rifleman to explode the storehouse, and Barnes instructs his henchman Hodge Mason to get the evidence and kill Gordon. Perry overhears and attempts to stop them, but Barnes knocks her unconscious and puts her in the cab of a runaway train. Unable to keep Mason from reaching the plunger to set off an explosion to wreck the train, Gordon boards the speeding engine and... Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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TIMBER FIRE! Flaming forest Giants crash to their doom...as a mystery killer counts his victims. See more »








Release Date:

19 December 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

James Oliver Curwood's Law of the Timber  »

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Sound Mix:

| (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The earliest documented telecast of this film occurred Monday 4 February 1946 on New York City's pioneer television station WNBT (Channel 1). On the West Coast, it first aired in San Francisco Saturday 4 June 1949 on KGO (Channel 7). See more »


I'll Keep Rolling My Own
Lyrics and Music by Hal Raynor
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Yumpin' Yimminy, this is a lousy picture!
12 January 2011 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

You gotta hand it to PRC, they managed to produce a long series of dreadful films during the life of this poverty row studio--and "Law of the Timber" is yet another.

The film manages to be about lumber AND national defense--no mean feat! It seems that the entire fate of the free world depends on a group of lumbermen harvesting trees which will be used for national defense!! And, Yumpin' Yimminy, they're gonna do it! And, why do I keep saying 'Yumpin' Yimminy'?! Well, because one of the most stereotypical and annoying characters ALWAYS seems to be saying this--as if, perhaps, it's the result of a brain injury! It really got on my nerves and I gave up counting after he said it for the 3723934th time! As for the rest of these actors, they were mostly pretty dull--as was the bizarre script. In fact, I think I am being a bit charitable giving it a 3. Dumb and silly.

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