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Battle of Greed (1937)

When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a ... See full summary »

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... John Storm
Gwynne Shipman ... Linda Avery
... Mark Twain
Jimmy Butler ... Danny Storm
... Hammond
... Sawyer
... Bates - Henchman (as Rafael Bennett)
William Worthington ... Judge William H. Avery
Henry Roquemore ... Judge Albion
Fox O'Callahan ... Jockey Brown (as Bobby Callahan)
... Virginny
... Comstock (as Bud Buster)
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When silver is found in Virginia City, Lawyer John Storm leads a group from Indiana west. He soon has to defend them all in court against a company that is after their claims. Fighting a crooked Judge, he gets a mis-trial by telling how much each of the jurors was bribed. Then he gets the Governor to appoint a new Judge. But just as the retrial opens, the Judge learns his daughter has been kidnaped. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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BONANZA! A TOWN GONE MAD and GUNS BARK RED IN THE LUST FOR RICHES! (original poster) See more »


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This film was first telecast on New York City's pioneer television station W2XBS Friday 26 April 1940. It is one of over 200 titles in the list of independent feature films made available for television presentation by Advance Television Pictures announced in Motion Picture Herald 4 April 1942. At this time, television broadcasting was in its infancy, almost totally curtailed by the advent of World War II, and would not continue to develop until 1945-1946. See more »

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Little-known gem, starring Tom Keene, has clever script and talented cast and an early representation of Mark Twain
17 July 2015 | by See all my reviews

Excellent acting, in every part, carries a cleverly created story -- with a tee-niny bit of history as its basis.

Tom Keene was one of the most likable movie heroes, and it puzzles me constantly why he is not a household name today, except among hard-core western fans.

Here his character, John Storm, is supported by his younger brother, beautifully played by Jimmy Butler, and by Virginia City's newspaper editor Mark Twain, very interestingly played by James Bush.

This is an early portrayal of Twain, and the earliest I know of. The Twain persona became part and parcel of Americana in several versions of a one-man show, "Mark Twain Tonight," with Hal Holbrook probably the most famous portrayer.

Opposing Storm is the brains heavy, Hammond, whose first name is apparently never given, and the brawn heavy, Bates, fascinatingly played by Ray, or Rafael, Bennett.

Helping mark this film as a great one in its class is continual interplay among the minor characters, especially when they tease Bates about his upcoming battle with Storm.

There is some absolutely marvelous back-and-forth among the hangers-on and Bates and his fellow henchmen.

Apparently this is a little-known movie, since for now there are no other reviews, but it is available in a mediocre print at YouTube, which is where I watched it late 15 July 2015.

I want to see every Tom Keene movie available, and hope you will seek out those opportunities, too. He is watchable, likable, talented, and his movies are well done, with generally high production values.

So far, every Keene movie I've seen has had a good script and talented cast and crew. I highly recommend them all, including "Battle of Greed."


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