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Trial by Trigger (1944)

Approved | | Short, Western | 27 May 1944 (USA)
California logger Bill Cardigan must save his stand of redwoods from being bought by unscrupulous Dan Fallon, a logging company owner from Michigan.


(as William McGann)


(screenplay), (screenplay)


Complete credited cast:
Lee Roberts
Warner Anderson ...
Dan Fallon
Ralph Dunn ...
MacIntosh aka Mac
Henry Sharp ...
Fallon's Father


The Fallon lumber company is after California's redwood trees but logger Bill Cardigan who wants to save the trees is in the way. Cardigan has a note due at the bank and needs to get a large supply of logs to the mill. He sends his logs down the river so Fallon builds a dam to stop him. As Cardigan sets dynamite to blow up the dam, Fallon arrives to stop him. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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Short | Western






Release Date:

27 May 1944 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Classics of the Screen (1951-1952 season) #8: Trial by Trigger  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)


(re-release)| (Technicolor) (original release)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Vitaphone production reel #1234A See more »


Guinn 'Big Boy' Williams, who is not in this film but was in Valley of the Giants, from which much footage is used, can be clearly seen fighting in the saloon brawl and with Fallon atop the dam. In the saloon brawl the character "MacIntosh", played by Ralph Dunn, is dressed like Williams to match the footage, and in the fight scene atop the dam Robert Shayne is dressed like Williams, to match the footage from the original film. See more »


Remake of The Valley of the Giants (1927) See more »


Music by Jean Schwartz
Played in the saloon when Bill and Mac confront Fallon
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Good Western
26 April 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Trial by Trigger (1944)

*** (out of 4)

Entertaining Western short has a logger (Robert Shayne) trying to fight off a lumber company and their evil boss (Warner Anderson) over land full of redwood trees. This two-reeler has a very entertaining story and a nice cast that makes it worth watching. The most interesting thing is seeing how loggers worked back in the day when everything was a lot different than today. There are plenty of scenes of trees being cut and all of this makes the film worth viewing. Shayne is very good in his role and turns in a good performance as does Anderson as the bad guy. Cheryl Walker plays the woman caught between the two men and manages to be good as well. This was director McGann's final film but he's best remembered for directing In Old California and Blackwell's Island. Also worth noting is a famous quote from Casablanca that appears here.

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