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Park Avenue Logger (1937)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Romance | 16 March 1937 (USA)
Millioniare Curran, thinking his son too intellectual, sends him west to learn logging at one of his lumber camps. Unknown to his father, Grant Curan is a professional wrestler and easily ... See full summary »

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David Howard

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Daniel Jarrett (screenplay and adaptation) (as Dan Jarrett), Ewing Scott (screenplay and adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
George O'Brien ... Grant Curran
Beatrice Roberts ... Peggy O'Shea
Willard Robertson ... Ben Morton
Ward Bond ... Paul Sangar
Bert Hanlon Bert Hanlon ... Nick
Gertrude Short Gertrude Short ... Margy MacLean
Lloyd Ingraham ... Mike Curran
George Rosener ... Matt O'Shea
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Police Sergeant (as Robert E. O'Connor)
Brother Jonathan Brother Jonathan ... Wrestler
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Millioniare Curran, thinking his son too intellectual, sends him west to learn logging at one of his lumber camps. Unknown to his father, Grant Curan is a professional wrestler and easily able to handle the thugs that attack him at the lumber camp. This enables him to stay on the job and he soon undercovers how his father is being cheated by the local boss. Written by Maurice VanAuken <mvanauken@a1access.net>

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And were these timber thieves surprised when the "sissy" turned loose a punch like the kick of a mule! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Tall Timber See more »

Filming Locations:

Crestline, California, USA See more »

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Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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This film's earliest documented telecasts, under its re-release title of Tall Timber, took place in Cincinnati Wednesday 21 April 1948 on WEWS (Channel 5), and in New York City Saturday 12 March 1949 on WATV (Channel 13). See more »

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Opening credits are shown on rough tree bark (lumber and logger being a theme of the flick). See more »

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The basic story idea was good but I think the plot was too complicated and occasionally executed poorly
24 September 2013 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

This film is available through Alpha Video. In many cases, and this is certainly one of them, their DVDs are of exceptionally poor quality prints--and this one looks like a copy of a copy of a copy of a videotape. It's ugly, that's for sure.

The basic story idea of "Park Avenue Lodger" is good. However, one HUGE part of the story never is resolved--and it's a shame because it's a really interesting twist.

The story begins with a wealthy father (Lloyd Ingraham) complaining to his friend that his son is a bit of a sissy. The young man (George O'Brien) is very cultured and well-educated, but the father doubts the guy has any ability to work a job that requires muscle and stamina. What the father does NOT know is that the son is quite the macho man--and is a masked professional wrestler!! However, since neither confides in the other, neither knows that they really have a lot in common. Oddly, after the father attempts to change the son by sending him west to work as a logger, there is no mention about the pro wrestling career!! I really wanted to hear more about this and it was clearly a dangling plot point.

Once out west, two things happen. First, the son falls in love with a woman whose family are direct competitors with his family. Second, there are a bunch of thieves working in the logging industry and they will do anything to stop the boss' son from investigating. But, the guy is quite savvy and soon learns the truth--at which point his father shows absolutely no faith in him and will not accept that he's being cheated. How does it all work out? See the film.

In addition to the dangling plot point, I must say that Ingraham plays one of the nastiest, least appreciative and surliest fathers I can recall having seen in a film. I really think they should have toned this down a bit. Overall, a mildly interesting film that simply should have been a lot better. It all seemed very rushed and would have loved it if the film had moved more logically and deliberately.


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